General John Bates was born in Greenville, South Carolina.He is the brother of Juilius Bates and Elizabeth Jackson.
John was a veteran of 1812.He was one of the first Justices of the Inferior Court of Hall County. He was leader of the Union Party in Hall County, and he chaired the Union Democratic Republican Convention, July 1, 1835.
He was Murray County Representative to the State Legislature in 1839.
He is buried on the Old home place.
Also is attached to Rice Ross Bates of Georgia.
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