I believe I am a descendent of the James Gatens mentioned in your post as having eventually settled in Cedar Falls, Iowa.This is the information we have gathered concerning on our great grandfather James Gatens . . . . .
James was born in County Donegal, Ireland; Diocese Derry - Parish Burt in 1827.He came to Iowa in 1855.He died December 4 1898 in Cedar Valley, Cedar County, Iowa.James married Mary Gallager, who came from the same County, Diocese and Parish in Ireland.
Their Children were . . . . James (b. Abt. 1854) Edward (b.1856-d.1905 Iowa City, Iowa) Cornelius J. (b. Abt. 1858-d.1924) John Henry, (b.1861-d. 1932), Our Grandfather, my Mother's Father, Fancis (b. Abt.1862) William T. (b.1863-d. 1953) Bridget (b. Abt.1866)
With your information we now have the name of our Great Grandfather's siblings and father.I have corresponded with a Margaret Gatens from West Virginia.She said that her family had come from Scotland so I thought if we were related it might be too far back.Maybe it was via Scotland.
Your information seems to connect on these items . . . .
Same county in Ireland, Eldest son of Dominick born in 1827, Settled in Cedar Falls vs. Cedar Valley, James named his two youngest William and Bridget, same as his brother and sister.
This is very exciting.We may have linked our families.Please let me know what you think.