Our Genealogist Explains Family Relationships
Ira J. Bates


I just discovered your web site. I think I’m related to Martin Van Buren Bates through John Wallis Bates and Elizabeth Hall Bates — their son, Martin Van Buren Bates married to Henrietta Craft — their daughter (my great grandma), Mattie Bates, who married Leander Chambers — their daughter (my grandma), Hazel Chambers, who married John Wiley Wolfe — their daughter (my mother), Jorretta Wolfe Wilhelm.

Does this seem correct?

I read something about a terrible incident (retaliatory hangings) by Martin Van Buren Bates and brothers before they left Kentucky. Does anyone know more?

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