Dr. Horace J. Bates

The Free Press
Cartersville, Georgia
January 18, 1883, page 3
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Death of Dr. Horace J. Bates.

We find the following tribute to the late Dr. Bates, of Covington, in the Enterprise of that town:

“Dr. Horace J. Bates was born in Newport, Herkimer county, N. Y., Nov. 10, 1796. He emigrated to Georgia in 1818, and settled in Eatonton, where he remained until March 1823, when he removed to Covington, where, after a long, laborious and successful life, surrounded by a most worthy family, and all of the comforts that wealth could give, he died Dec. 27, 1882.

Dr. Bates was a most remarkable man, in many respects, worthy of a fuller biographical sketch, for the benefit of the young men, than the present writer can now prepare. Suffice it to say, that inspired with a laudable ambition to provide for himself and make his mark in the world, he left all the endearments of the paternal home and in a land far away among strangers, without the appliance of wealth or the patronage of the great, trusting alone in the virtues of diligence, industry and frugality, with justice to all men, he received not only wealth, but that which is far better, the respect, confidence and esteem of his contemporaries. But, best of all, many years ago, during his young manhood, he gave his heart to God, united with the church, and it is believed, lived and died in hope of a glorious resurrection, to immortal life and youth.—Henry Gaither.”

Dr. Bates was the father of our fellow-citizen, Mr. G. H. Bates, of this county, where the father is well and favorably known. The deceased visited here two or three months ago and looked hale and hearty for a man of his great age. Dr. Bates was the family physician of the father of the writer fifty-four years ago when we were born in Newton county, and was always beloved by the family. Eighty-six years, one month and seventeen days is a long lease of life. Three months ago he was as erect in stature as a young man, and a stranger would not have supposed him over sixty-five years old.

Peace to the ashes of the good old doctor and revered be his memory!


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