Information I received from a Cates cousin indicates that Robert Cates and Matilda Carter had 7 children, as follows:
Benjamin C. b. 1828 TN Rachel b. 1829 TN John F. b. 1831 TN Robert L. Jr. b. 1833 TN Penelope b. 1836 TN Miranda b. 1838 TN Martha
Both Benjamin and John F. married Stowe daughters (Mary and Delila) and both couples are my g/g/g/grandparents (thus Robert would be my gggggrandfather).
The information after Benj/Mary and John F./Delila came to Barry County MO can be confirmed through census records, gravestones etc.
My info indicates that Robert was the son of William (b.1769 in Orange Co. NC, d. 15 June 1842 Bradley Co. TN) and Sarah, but if anyone has either confimation or correction regarding Robert Cates' lineage (specifically, which William was his father and where that William came from, and most especially, their country of origin), I'd be very, very grateful.
The 1850 Bradley Co. TN census shows Matilda Cates (age 46) as head of household living with her four children John, Robert, Penelope and Amanda, and shows Benjamin (age 22) and his wife Mary (age 25) living next door.
The 1860 Barry Co MO census shows Matilda (age 58) listed as head of household and living with her daughter Amanda, with John and Delila living next door.
On 21 August 1867 in Barry Co MO, John F. Cates is listed as administrator of his mother's "Matildy" Cates' estate.
Any info about Stowe ancestors would also be appreciated.