A search for Richard Ellison Bates brings up this post: http://www.jenforum.net/bates/messages/3987.htmlhttp://www.jenforum.net/bates/messages/3987.html "Trying to document two generations of Bates. 1st. Richard Ellison Bates of Clinton, East Feliciana Parish, LA md. Jul 1841 Catherine E. Robinson. Richard's parents are said to be William Bates b. 1792 md. 25 Feb 1814 to Rebecca Ann Frith/Firth.
William Bates' parents are said to be Richard Bates b. 19 Oct 1761 SC, or Scotland md. Jane Weathersbee b. 21 Jan 1766 of SC. Richard is son of Andrew Bates & Elizabeth Green.
My info is coming from "Mississippi Pioneers - A History of the Bates Family 1803-1962" and research is in behalf of one of Richard Ellison's descendents."