My father was Thomas Earl Ates. He was born in 1939. He knew very little about his father's side of the family.He knew they lived around Marked Tree, AR.His father's name was Thomas Lewdaniel Ates. He married Hattie Mae Hunter, who was my father's mother. They divorced when he was an infant, and was raised by his step-father, so he never met his father. I think his grandfather's name may have been George, and he may also have had a brother named George.
I would appreciate any information about the Ates family from that area.