What I know about Benjamin can be found here. Below is information that might or might not be my Ben.
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the 1860 Census he is found in Township 11 S Range 6 in Pope County,
Illinois. He appears to be married to a Margaret. It states that he was
born in Kentucky and currently farms. The value of his personal estate
is 100. It also states that he cannot read or write.
and Margaret live with a 38 year old Jacob A Thompson who also farms. The value of his real estate was 300 and personal estate was 100. It appears that Benjamin was a farm hand for Thompson.
A few houses down lives another Yates family, probably Benjamin's parents and siblings.
William Yates 60 Farmer $200 Personal Property born Kentucky
Sally Yates 40 KY
Eda Lamasters 26 KY
Betsy Yates 22 KY
Joshua Yates 18 KY
Cynthia A Lamasters 9 KY
Mary Lamasters 6 KY
Philip Yates 5 KY
Lewis Yates 1 m IL
In the 1850 Census a William and Sally Yates can be found in Carter County, Kentucky.
William Yates 56 farmer b: VA
Sally 46 TN
Eda 23 KY
Betsy 20 KY
Nancy 17 KY
Sally 12 KY
Allen 22 laborer KY
Benjamin 15 laborer KY
William 14 KY
Jackson 9 KY
Joshua 6 KY
One house away is : (possibly a brother to Benjamin)
Levi Yates 27 farmer KY
Sally 23 KY ( possibly a McGlone)
George 4 KY
William 2 KY
Ambrus 3 m KY
In the 1850 Census Pope County lists Joseph Yates, 45, born VA and family. He could be a brother to William and uncle to Benjamin.
Family records show the following:
Yates father - born VA
mother - born TN
Benjamin F Yates 1836 (KY) - 1901 (IL)
and raised Margaret Williams ( who was orphaned)
I have not been able to find a family with Ben and these siblings. I think this might actually be Roscoe Charles's family. He was a son of Ben and Etha Inda's. Several of these names line up to match his children's names. He married a Margaret.
Marriage records show a Benjamin Yates or BF Yates married 3 times in
Pope County, Illinois. I assume they all our the same Benjamin Yates but
have no real proof.
1. Benjamin Yates married Margaret K King in Pope County on January 6, 1856.
2. Benjamin Yates married Frances E. Scott in Pope County on August 18, 1864.
3. B.F. Yates married Ethinda Williams in Pope County on November 17, 1864.
might have fought in the Civil War. His age is off by a few years and there is no mention of him being a veteran in his death notice in the paper.
Illinois Sixth Calvary, Company A, Enlisted August 31, 1861; became Corporal on March 10, 1864; Mustered out November 5, 1865 as Sargent. The paperwork states that he was born in Crittenden, KY and was a resident of Golconda, Pope County, Illinois. He was 23 years old was dark eyes and complexion and black hair.
In 1866 Pope County list his taxable personal property as follows:
1 horse = $50
1 cow = $12
2 sheep = $4
3 hogs = $7
Domestic animals $73
Unenumerated prop $15
Total net value $88
6 acres wheat
17 acres in corn
On January 14, 1904, Andrew J Yates died near Blanchard, Pope County, of dropsey, disease of right foot. He was buried in Womack Cemetery on January 15, 1904. Records show that he was a white male, 61 years of age, who lived on a farm. He had lived in Illinois 48 years (1856).
This is a clue that points to the fact that Benjamin probably moved to Illinois at the same time. Andrew J was probably his brother "Jackson" in the 1850 census.
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index for Pope County ( these could be Benjamin's sibling)
Andrew J Yates married Margaret I/J Young on February 1, 1866.
Sally Ann Yates married John Blackburn on December 18, 1856.
William Yates married Mary Ann Mitchell on December 12, 1859.
William Yates ( Benjamin's father) might have moved to Missouri and might have remarried.
Resources: family records - his great granddaughter, Illinois marriage records, census records, tax records, Civil War records, email correspondence with Dixie Barger ( thanks!)