Sometimes I feel like ghosts are running through me, united by the same name - Thomas Ates. I come from the Texas line of Ates: (at least) my Great (Thomas), Great (Thomas), Great (Thomas), Great(Dan) grandfather (Thomas)[my Dad - Thomas]. We know a Thomas Ates first appeared there in connection with a Turkish navy ship which ran ashore during that time. Ates is known Turkish surname, and the name "Thomas Ates" was tradionally passed down as "Tomakakis"? in Turkey. For myself, I am curious about the Texas line of Ates and how they may relate to the FL, MA, and LA lines, if at all? I know there is a separate (though completely unrelated) line of Ates or Ate from Holland. Would anyone have any info?