Welcome to GATES COUNTY
Gates County is located in northeastern North Carolina, just south of Suffolk, Virginia.
The Nottoway, Meherrin,and Nansemond Indians found this area to be an ideal place,
offering them all the natural resourses for a good life. On the East side is the Great
Dismal Swamp, one of the largest nature preserves in the country, where Bear, Deer and
all types of wildlife live. On the West side is the Chowan River, proclaimed to be one
of the world's most beautiful rivers. Bennetts Creek provides water sports for the water
enthusiast. Crops of peanuts, corn, soybeans and cotton grow along the banks of the swamp,
pocosins and creeks. Gates was formed in 1779 from Chowan, Hertford, and Perquimans
counties. Named in honor or General Horiatio Gates, commander of the American Army at the
Battle of Saratoga, it lies in the northeastern part of North Carolina, bounded by Camden,
Chowan, Hertford, Pasquotank, and Perquimans counties, and by the state of Virginia. The
legislature of 1830-31 passed an act which changed the name of the county seat from Gates
Court House to Gatesville.
Some GATES COUNTY SURNAMES
Askew, Babb, Ballard, Blanchard, Boone, Booth, Braddy, Brinkley,Brown, Bunch, Byrd, Carr,
Crawford, Cross, Cullins, Darden, Duke, Eason, Ellis, Eure, Felton, Goodman, Goodwinn,
Gordon, Breen, Harrell, Harrison, Hayes, Hays, Hobbs, Holland, Howard, Howell, Humfleet,
Hunter, Johnson, Jones, Kelly, Kittrell, Lang, Langston, Lassiter, Lee, Mathias, Mincy,
Minchew, Minshew, Mullen, Mullins, Mewsome, Odom, Parker, Parks, Pearce, Piland, Pipkin,
Porter, Pugh, Raby, Reed, Riddick, Roberts, Rogers, Rountree, Sparkman, Spivey, Sumner,
Taylor, Teabout, Tunstall, Umfleet, Umphlett, Vann, Wayne, White, Whitfield
1786 Census, Gates, Co
Gates County Cemetery Survey
1850 Census Index
North Carolina Marriage Database-Index for Gates County
Passenger lists of Ships arriving in North Carolina
ROUNTREE'S of GATES County
Francis Rowntree married Sarah Coleman, Francis Rowntree was born to them, and he married
Anne or Jane Sumner, about 1690 in Chowan, NC.
Children of Francis and Wife were:
The Rountree Name, where did it come from??
There have been many stories as to where the name Rowntree (Rountree) came from exactly.
According to one source, the first child to have this name was a child who was found
under a tree called "Rowan Tree"., a mountain ash growing in Yorkshire, England. The
child, a boy was dressed in fine cloths. He was found on the grounds of an estate owned
by a nobleman, who took pity and compassion on the child and raised him as his own son,
naming him "Rowantree" after the tree under which he was found. Who the child was or
where he came from , he never found out. This boy's descendant now run in the thousands,
and they live in all parts of the world..There is no record of when this boy was found,
we can only guess that it was around the time that Columbus discovered the new world since
the name of the first record was in 1521 when John Rowntree had a son-in-law and daughter
bring a lawsuit against his relative to land and houses. Some say this John Rowntree was
the child found under the tree or perhaps a son.
The Rowan tree was held scared by the Norsemen or Vikings from Scandinavia. So its possible
that this child found under such a tree came from Norway or Denmark as the Vikings settled
and colonized Yorkshire, England in the fifteenth or sixteenth century. Many of the towns
there are called by Scandinavian names such as Whitby, Newby, Rudby, Kriby and Ingleby.
Another story handed down among the Rowntree(Rountrees) is that when the Noresemen warriors
took over England, one of the valient warriors was rewarded by being given a large estate
and on this estate there were a large nurmber of Rowan Trees, and he took the name from
The earliest recorded Rowntree is that of the will of Lawrence Rowntree of Newby.,,,dated
1557. Between 1600-1700 there are eight more lawsuits, all of which connect the Rowntree
name with north Yorkshire. These lawsuits show that the Rowntrees were yeomen or farmers.
As early as 1605, Will Rowntree and Margaret Rowntree of Seamer are recorded as Recusants,
and the same is true for James Rowntree in 1614, a yeaoman. The Stokesley Parish Register
has the following...August 29, 1615, Agnes Rountree of Tartan was buried at nigt in the
semer Churchyard, a Recusant.
Moses Rowantree, born in Yorkshire, England, 1550, died 1621, age 71, in Yorkshire, England,
married 1572 to Melvina York, born 1556, died 1624, age 68. Children, William and Ralph
William Rowantree, born 1573, died1627, age 54, Yorkshire, England, married in 1595 to
Rachel Simpson, born 1574, died 1636, age 62.
Children that we know of, Joseph. (Maybe more)
Joseph Rountree, born 1598 died 1660, age 62, Yorkshire, England, married 1620 to Rebecca
Toms, born 1601,died 1656, age 55
Children, John, (maybe more)
John Rowantree, born 1622, died 1680, age 58 London England, married 1646 to Jane Hardy,
born 1635, died 1684, age 59.
Children, Elizabeth and Frances
Frances Rowantree 1, born 1649, London, England, died 1723, age 74 in Virginia, USA. married
1670 to Sarah Coleman, born 1655, died 1723, age 68.
Children, Robert, John, Thomas, Frances 11, William, Moses, Charles (born 1680, died 1759,
age 79 died in North Ireland)
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