William, Sorry I have no primary proof of the Wm Gates/Elizabeth Pettis marriage.But am accumulating data that certainly suggests it and put the query on the Pettus site to see if anyone could verify.
In a publication on the Norris Family by Herbert S Norris he lists a son Pettis born to James Norris and Nancy B Gates (dau. of William & Elizabeth Gates) Much of his data is sourced but this particular entry is not so I am writing to him to see if he will provide that information.
Paul Daily was fortunate to receive his g grandfather's family history work and on that pedigree chart it shows Elizabeth Pettis as wife of William Gates. Charles Daily was gone by the time Paul got the papers so we again have no source but Charles was the gggrandson of William Gates and apparently had a strong interest in family history.I realize neither of these is proof positive at this point in time but surely strong indicators we should follow this trail as far as possible. We need to either prove or disprove or get enough substanial data to draw a good conclusion.Some times the same errors are repeated so long they get acceptance but on the other hand these are very different sources from two separate branches that indicate/hint at similar relationships. I do have the name of William Gates and Elizabeth? children if you want those.... Nancy B Gates 8 Oct 1780 J. P. Gates18 Jan 1783 Horatio Gates 17 Mar 1786 JOhn Gates 10 May 1788 Elizabeth Gates 27 Jan 1791 William Gates Jr abt 1794 Mary Ann (Polly) Gates 7 Sept 1796
We have 18 Jul 1758 as birth and 1 Mar 1822 as date of death for Elizabeth.This information is from the family bible of daughter Elizabeth Harl. William and Elizabeth both died in Mason County , Kentucky. Please share your thoughts on how we should proceed. Thanks, Mary