Last Will & Testament of Thomas Bates of Nottoway Parish in Amelia County. The will was dated 9 September 1775. Bequests were made to his daughter Elizabeth Crenshaw, "my riding mare", granddaughter Mary Crenshaw, "my bed and furniture", daughter Mary Bates, "Negro woman Jane and 6 pounds cash", and to his son Abner Bates, "remainder my estate, whether it be money or money's worth." Abner was also the sole executor. The witnesses were John Bailey, William Hood and Joseph Cheely.
Thomas Bates' Estate inventory dated 20 November 1775. Inventory was taken by Abner Bates and contained one slaves, a Negro woman named Jane.
Source: Amelia County, Virginia Will Book 2, page 155
Submitter: Juli Morgan who notes: David Bates, son of Abner, married executor of Abner's will William Hood's daughter, Susannah Hood, in Lunenburg County. Susannah Hood Bates had a brother, also named William. (William Hood III, to be exact.) William III's son, John Robert Hood, married Rebecca Bates, d/o David Bates & Susannah Hood Bates. The brothers and sisters of John Robert & Rebecca also intermarried extensively in Lunenburg County. John Robert & Rebecca left Virginia sometime between 1823 & 1840, eventually settling in northwest Alabama.