I was intrigued by your post referring to Abel Gates and his wife Mary Burns from Missouri.My father was Edgar Pope born in Acme Wa. very near Mt. Vernon his mother Mary Pope (plants)Her mother was Martha Curtis (Hensley) She was the daughter of Elcana Hensley and Mary E. Gates who was the daughter of Abel Gates and Mary Burns. Mary Gates was born in Pike Missouri July 28 1827. There is either a line here or a real coincedience.
If you have any other information could you please share it with me. Thanks. Dan Pope