Jacob GATES

Jacob GATES

Male 1811 - 1892  (81 years)

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  • Name Jacob GATES  [2, 3
    • This biographical sketch adapted from the LDS Biographical Encyclopedia.

      Jacob Gates, one of the (LDS) First Seven Presidents of Seventies from 1862 to 1892, was the son of Thomas Gates and Patty Plumbly... His father was a farmer, and during the early period of Brother Gates' life he worked on the farm. He also worked at the carpenter and joiner trade, and his education was confined to a limited period of time.
      He married Millie M. Snow, (Her name is given in another source as Mary Minerva Snow.) daughter of Levi Snow and Lucinia Streeter, March 16, 1833. Later in life he practiced plural marriage and fathered a total of thirteen children of record. He was baptized by Orson Pratt June 18, 1833, and confirmed a member of the Church the same day by Zerubbabel Snow. April 11, 1834, with his young wife, he left his father's house for Missouri, where he arrived June 30, 1834, and located seven miles west of Liberty, Clay county, which was quite a small village at that time.

      While here Brother Gates was invited to go with Caleb Baldwin upon a mission, on which he left Jan. 25, 1836. At Flat Branch, Sangamon county, Ill., on Feb. 18, 1836, he was ordained an Elder in the Church under the hands of Elder Baldwin, and on the 25th of the same month he left Edgar county, Ill., to return home to Clay county, in company with 32 souls, who chose Elder Gates as their captain.

      In the fall of 1836 Elder Gates moved to Caldwell county, Mo., a distance of about fifty miles, where he was ordained a Seventy under the hands of the Prophet Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon, Dec. 19, 1838. In the same fall (1838) he had been compelled to march under a large military escort, in company with some fifty-seven other brethren, a distance of about forty miles, to Richmond, Ray county, to which place Joseph and Hyrum Smith had also been taken from, Far West. Elder Gates' journal says: "It was here that we were tried for all the capital crimes, save one, before Judge Austin A. King, and we were imprisoned some three weeks. Finally we went each other's bail and were released, when we left for Quincy, Illinois."

      Not long after this Elder Gates went to Hancock county and received a commission as ensign in a company of militia. The same month he left home in company with Chandler Holbrook to preach the gospel, going as far east as Kirtland, Ohio, and Clay county, Mo., and in the fall returned home, in company with Wm. Snow he left Nauvoo, July 7, 1843, on a mission to La Porte, in the northern part of Indiana, and the fall of 1841 he went south into Marshall county and organized a branch of the Church; a goodly number were baptized.

      In June, 1843, he again left home for a mission to the New England States, and before going he met the Prophet Joseph. His health was feeble, but the Prophet said: "Go and fill your mission, and we will wrestle after you come back." The Prophet and Elder Gates would often engage in the game for exercise. When Elder Gates returned home from his mission, May 26, 1844, he saw the Prophet for the last time, a little distance from him, on his horse, going to his martyrdom.

      At the October conference, 1844, he was ordained and set apart senior president of the fourth quorum of Seventies, under the hands of Parley P. Pratt and Orson Pratt.

      In the autumn of 1847 he came to Utah, and in the fall conference of 1849 he was appointed, with several others, to take a mission to England. He left Salt Lake City Oct. 19, 1849, and embarked at New Orleans on the steamer "Maine," which arrived in Liverpool April 6, 1850. While on this mission, which lasted three Years, Elder Gates filled several important positions in presiding over different divisions of the British mission, and many were added to the Church. On his return home he was appointed to take charge of a company of Saints which he successfully brought across the plains, arriving in Salt Lake City Sept. 30, 1853.

      During the following few years he traveled throughout Utah, assisting in the organization of the different quorums of Seventy. In 1859 he was called on another mission to Europe. To fill it he left Utah Sept. 19, 1859, and reached Liverpool on the 13th day of December, Soon after his arrival there he received a letter from Pres. Brigham Young, informing him that he had been selected as one of the First Council of Seventies. While upon this mission he traveled with Apostles Amassa M. Lyman and Charles C. Rich. In 1861 he returned home; on his way he stopped at the different points and assisted in the outfitting work of companies of Saints about to cross the plains. At the October conference, 1862, he was ordained a member of the First Council of Seventies.

      While living in St. George, Washington county, he served as a member of the county court for several years. He was also elected a member of the house of representatives of the legislative assembly of the Territory to represent the district composed of the counties of Washington and Kane. He was re-elected three times to the same officer, namely, in the years 1864, 1865, 1866 and 1867. He was also elected a member of the council of the legislative assembly in 1873, to represent the district composed of the counties of Kane and Washington. May 12, 1866, he was appointed brigade aid-de-camp, First Brigade of the Nauvoo Legion Militia of Utah, in Iron military district, with the rank of colonel of infantry.

      After a well spent life Elder Gates died at his residence in Provo, Utah as a true and faithful Latter-day Saint. [1]
    Born 19 Mar 1811  Saint Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Birth 9 May 1811  St. Johnsbury, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1850  Living in Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Census 1860  Living in Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Census 1870  Living in Saint George, Washington Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Census 1880  Living in Bellevue, Kane Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Died 14 Apr 1892  Provo, Utah County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 6
    Death 15 Apr 1893  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Provo City Cemetery, Provo, Utah Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I96989  Main Tree
    Last Modified 13 Mar 2020 

    Father Thomas GATES, Sr.,   b. 07 May 1776, Henniker, Merrimack Co., New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1851, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Patty PLUMLY,   b. 27 Aug 1776, Acworth, Sullivan Co., New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1845, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 15 Dec 1796  Acworth, Sullivan Co., New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Family ID F08882  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Minera SNOW,   b. 30 Jul 1813, St. Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1891, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 16 Mar 1833  [4
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F40238  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Emma FORSBERRY,   b. 27 Jul 1830, Lester, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1907, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Jacob Forsberry GATES,   b. 31 Jul 1854, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1942, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Franklin Forsberry GATES,   b. 13 Feb 1856, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1923, Saint George, Washington County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)  [Birth]
    +3. Jedediah Morgan GATES,   b. 22 Mar 1858, Salt Lake City, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1947, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)  [Birth]
    +4. Emma Adelaide GATES,   b. 22 Aug 1862, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1951, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)  [Birth]
     5. William Milo GATES,   b. 8 Jun 1864, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1865, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  [Birth]
    +6. Wellington Forsberry GATES,   b. 15 Jun 1866, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1942, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 4 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F40239  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Mary WARE,   b. 19 Feb 1844, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1909, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 25 Oct 1862  [2
    Children 
     1. Heber Ware GATES,   b. 9 Oct 1863, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1865, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  [Birth]
     2. Charles Henry GATES,   b. 28 Oct 1866, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1868, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  [Birth]
    +3. Claudius Ware GATES,   b. 15 Feb 1869, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1927, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)  [Birth]
    +4. Mary Elizabeth GATES,   b. 16 Jun 1872, Bellevue, Washington Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1909, Salt Lake County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)  [Birth]
    +5. Lillian Josephine GATES,   b. 19 Dec 1875, Bellevue, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1926, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)  [Birth]
    +6. Arthur Ware GATES,   b. 2 Jul 1878, Bellevue, Washington Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1964, Alameda Co., California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [Birth]
     7. Orson Pratt GATES,   b. 8 Sep 1882, Bellevue, Washington Co., Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1890, Provo, Utah County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 7 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 4 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F40242  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Provo City Cemetery, Provo, Utah Co., Utah Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Jacob Gates
    Jacob Gates
    Jacob was born 1811 in Vermont and died 1892 in Utah. He is the son of Thomas Gates and Patty Plumly.

    Photo added by: Carl W. McBrayer

    Headstones
    Jacob Gates Headstone
    Jacob Gates Headstone
    Jacob, son of Thomas Gates and Patty Plumly, is the husband of (1) Mary M. Snow and Emma Forsberry. He is buried in the Provo City Cemetery in Provo, Utah County, Utah.

    Created by: Carl W. McBrayer
    Photo added by: Leena Rogers

  • Sources 
    1. [S11241] Find A Grave: Bio of Jacob Gates.

    2. [S11053] Ancestry.com: Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848.

    3. [S03384] Stephen Gates of Hingham and Lancaster, Massachusetts, and His Descendants, Charles Otis Gates, (Name: Name: New York: Willis McDonald & Co;;).

    4. [S02329] Find A Grave Website.

    5. [S5988] Ancestry.com: Vermont Vital Records, 1720-1908.

    6. [S11287] Ancestry.com: Utah Cemetery Inventory 1847-2000.

    7. [S11289] 1850 Census Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory.

    8. [S11290] 1860 Census Great Salt Lake, Great Salt Lake County, Utah.

    9. [S11294] 1870 Census Saint George, Washington County, Utah Territory.

    10. [S11295] 1880 Census Bellevue, Kane County Utah.

    11. [S03020] RootsWeb: World Connect - #17796.