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Thomas Kimsey Bates migrated with his family to Murray County, Georgia in December of 1832. He grew up in Murray County and reached his majority there. He met and later married Miss Ann Jane McGill on October 2, 1851 in Murray County, Georgia. Ann was the daughter of William McGill and Cynthia Ann Long.He acquired land there, with the help of his father Julius Bates, began farming and raising his
family there. When the Civil War came to be, Thomas Kimsey Bates enlisted on April 24, 1862 into Company "H" of the 36th Georgia Infantry as a Sergeant. Leaving his wife with young children, he went to fight for the "Cause". He was captured at Vicksburg, Mississippi on July 4, 1863, along with many other of his kin that were also Confederate Soldiers. He was paroled July 9, 1863 at Vicksburg, Mississippi after swearing allegiance to the "United States of America" and awaiting the proper exchange of prisoners. He was loyal to the cause of the Confederacy, protecting his heritage and his family, and their values!
While Thomas Kimsey Bates was fighting in the great war, his wife Ann Jane "McGill" Bates died in August of 1863.It is believed, since it has been written by his daughter that she died twelve days after giving birth to a child.This child is unnamed and is believed not to have survived. It is believed that Ann and the baby are buried at the Julius Bates Cemetery, north of Eton, Georgia. The kids were left at home to fend for themselves, but not for long as relatives came to their aid.Thomas Kimsey, once he heard the plight of his kids, raced home to protect them.There are many stories here, especially about the one where he hid in the fields by day, afraid to tell his kids that he was around, for fear that the Yankees would force his children to tell them where he was.Instead he toldthem that he had to go back to the war, but in fact he hid in the fields and came in every night to see that they had food and to put out the fire.After the war was over, Thomas Kimsey and his five motherless children migrated to Arkansas about 1867-68, with 5 other families in wagons drawn by oxen.Soon after he got there, his daughter Cynthia was married against his wishes and soon after
that he migrated to Texas with the rest of his children.He migrated to Wise and Parker County, Texas and he died February 29, 1884, in Poolville, Parker County, Texas.He is buried at the Poolville Cemetery in Parker County, Texas.On November 20, 1999, his grave was marked with a Confederate Headstone marking his service in the Confederacy.This marker was obtained and installed by Gary E. Bates of Midland, Texas, a great grand nephew.
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