Little is known about Alexander Cates, some of the information passed down is as follows:
--Alexander Cates "came over the mountains" from North Carolina.
--His father's name is John.
--The Cates of southwest Madison Co. ky. are descendants of Alex's brothers or sons.
--He was never the same after the Battle of Richmond. He died in 1865 as a result of wounds or illness suffered at the Battle of Richmond.
A few actual records found are as follows:
--A Madison Co. record of Alex's marriage to Polly Parkes dated Jan. 15, 1835.
--An Estill Co. record dated March 20, 1845 in which Alexander acknowledged a debt to Andrew Garrett which was witnessed by J. U. Bedall. Most likely a land transaction.
--An Estill Co. marriage of his daughter, Elizabeth to John Hunter at the home of Alexander Cates. The marriage was Aug. 28, 1854.
--1850 and 1960 census records show his birth to be around 1807 to 1810. Both show him to be born in Kentucky. The 1850 census has him in Estill Co. the 1860 census has him in Yates precint (southeastern corner) of Madison Co. Ky.
--An 1864 Estill court record showing his wife as a widow.
In the early 1700's there were a large number of Cates in Orange Co. N.C. All apparently descendents of Robert Cate, a Quaker shoemaker that came into Henrico Co. Va from England in the 1650 area, descendents use both names, Cate and Cates. I have not tried to put together this group until we are more certain of our lineage.
There are three Cates families now living in Muhlenberg Co. Ky. all cousins and grandchildren of a Smith Cates. no one there knows the source of Smith Cates. Also, there was a Wilson Cates 1811-1884 that lived in Muhlenberg Co. Wilson can be traced to a Robert D. Cates of Tennessee. No connections could be made to our branch. supposedly, the last communication between the Madison Co. Cates and those of Muhlenberg Co. was when Alex's son William was killed in 1896. The Muhlenberg Cates wrote to the widow offering their help.
Alex Cates, supposedly served as a wagoner (wagon driver) during the Civil War. We do not know which side he was with, most likely, because of the location, he was with Morgan's Raiders (Confederate). No record of service could be found on either side, Morgan was very poor at keeping records. The Battle of Richmond Kentucky was in August of 1862. Battles around Richmond, Va. occurred in lates 1864 and early 1865. An 1864 Estill Co. court record listed his wife as a widow. Most likely, Alex never left the immediate area.
More About Alexander Cates and Mary (?) Polly Parkes: Marriage: 1835
Children of Alexander Cates and Mary (?) Polly Parkes are: