John Gately - Jemima Mercer
Seeking any info or ideas as to WHY John Gately had 3 VERY young Bush orphans bound to him in Caswell Co., NC????
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Caswell Co., NC
7/1788 Judith Bush orphan age 1 1/2 years bound to John Gately
10/1789 William Bush orphan age 5 last Christmas and Elizabeth Bush orphan age 10 months bound to John Gately
John Gately had married Jemima Mercer on 1/30/1787 in Caswell Co. Why were they "Taking on" 3 VERY young orphans who were certainly too young to be put to work or learn a trade???
Was there a family connection with these orphans and either John or Jemima?? Does anyone have any ideas on who the parents may have been for the Bush orphans??
John Gately died about 1805. By 1810 his widow Jemima was located in Caldwell Co., KY where her brother John Mercer resided.
Did these Bush orphans go with her and were they related to the Bush family already in Caldwell County??
I'm open to any suggestions, please.