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The Rev. John H. Bates was born in Lowell, Mass., 27 Nov 1848, the only child of John M. and Emily Blackman Bates.
In 1873 he married Caroline Phillips, daughter of Samuel Phillips, of Mercer, Pa. Five children were born of this union: Samuel P. Bates, Emily B. Ballard, of Long Beach, CA; Madge B. Horton, of Buffalo, NY; Charles E. Bates, of Cattaraugus, NY, and John H. Bates, Jr., of Pasadena, CA.
Rev. Bates joined the Erie Conference after serving Methodist churches at Franklin and Oil City, Pa., and served pastorates at Leon, Westfield, Dunkirk, Mayville, Silver Creek, Meadville, and other New York and Western Pennsylvania churches.
Rev. Bates died on 11 Feb 1926, as the result of having been hit by a street car in Buffalo a few weeks previously.