The Yeates family came to Tennessee from Bertie Co., N.C.. John Yeates died there in 1787 and his son James, a soldier in the Revolution died there in 1806. James' wife was Avarilla Walston and were married Feb. 2, 1767 (or Feb. 6, 1767 Bertie Co., NC). Their children were:
Isma Yeates who was born in Bertie Co. in 1770 married Martha Freeman of that County born in 1780. Isma sold his land in NC, Jan. 5, 1819. He located first in Davidson Co., Tn., then moved on to Humphreys County, Tn.
In a deed of gift Jan. 7, 1839, (He did not die until 1846) Isma Yeates names the following children:
Polly Yeates White (wife of Whitbea), Sally Yeates Harris, Thomas P. Yeates, Freeman Yeates, Reddick Yeates, James Yeates, Levi Yeates, William Yeates, and Eliza Yeates.
The Yeates' home was four miles east of Waverly. Later this home was of the Carnells. The old family cemetery still stands. The following markers are there:
Martha Yeates, died 1838 Izma Yeates, died 1846 Freeman Yeates, died 1849 Reddick Yeates, died 1852 James Yeates, died 1856
In September 25, 1848, Izma Yeates estate was settled. His sons Reddick and James were the administrators. C. E. Harris was the Clerk and R. H. McCreary was County Court Clerk.
This was taken from a history book of Humphrey's Co. TN. Page 461. The book was located in Nashville, Tn. State Archives Library.