A Remarkable Man Passes Away.
Addedby John Helms
Mr. William Gate died Saterday at his home near Pisgah Church from where he was buried in the grave yard nearby Sunday afternoon at two oclock. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev,I,O,Gray
of the Weslyan Methodist church . in Long Shoals assited by Rev, R.Z. Johnston, of Lincolton, and Rev, C.R.Ross of the Lincolton circuit.
A detail of Confederate Veterians acted as pall bearers and bore the body from the residence of the deceased to the church and grave wher it sleeps almost within a stones throw of his home.
A large concourse of people attended the funiral, many going out from Lincoln and the church was totally
inadequate to accommodate the crowed .
In the begining of his remarks Mr. Gray read the following facts about the deceased;
William Gates born in Lincoln county in 1815 died the 18th day of May, 1907 his age 92 years.
Elizebeth Gates (Norman) the surviving widow was 89 on the 8th day of April,1907 .
This venerable couple were married Sepetember 29th 1839.Living Children .
Marcus Wilson Gates ,born in 1840; John L.Gates, and William C Gates, Mary E. Putnam, and
Callie Rhyne, Dead; Nancy A.Cauble , and P.Ellen Thornberg,one child died in infancy.
Living Descendants 26,Grandchildren ,66Great grandchildren and 2 Great great grandchildren.
Dead 5 Grandchildren ,22 Great grandchildren , making the total 129 descendants.
At the conclusion of the burial services the daughters of the confederacy banked the grave with flowers.
The editor of the news was privieged to attend the burial of this venerable veterian of the Civil War and Soldier of the cross.
It was an unusual sight,pathetic and interesting, to see around his grave the bereaved widow, their five living children, and the descendants of five generations.
The Gates Family William Gates and Elizebeth were married September 29th 1839 and togeather they have traveled the pathway of life sixty seven years .
Mrs. Gates will be 92 years of age the 8th day of next April.
Mr. Gates served in company A,23rd,regiment.
They have two son's that were also confederate soldiers, Wilson Gates of company I,37th regiment and John L. Gates of company C 71st, Nancy, a daughter of this venerable couple first married William White, a member of compant K, the Southern Stars.
William White was wounded at the battle of Bethel,the first blood shed in the Civil War on his return home,Mrs, Elizebeth Gates, mended the hole made in the coat sleeve where the ball pierced his arm.
White re-entered the service and died in prison of small pox.
His widow became the wife of Harrison Cauble.
(Source) Lincoln County Times 1907.
Source Researcher Greg Gates.
William Gates served in the Confederate Army, 23rd Reg, Co, b . Infantry The Hog Hill Guards, He enlisted March 15 1862 at the age of 45 and was by Occupation a farmer .
His name appears on the Honor Roll in May 1862 and later his name appears on a muster roll list of the General Hospital ,Camp Winder ,Richmond Va, in August 1864.
His discharge states that he was 5 ft 10" tall Present and accounted for until discharged as a private on March 15 ,1864 by reason of being over age .
In his application for a pension in 1901 he stated that he had never been wounded,but had been struck serveral times but never hurt.
He also related his problems with a disease of the kidneys (chronic inflamation)
the doctors call "Brights Disease" and also stated that he was almost blind in his right eye which bothered him and that he could see with his left eye only with the use of glasses but had to cover his right eye he further states that he had served in the " Senior Reserves" until the surrender .
On July 1st, 1907 his widow Elizebeth applied for his pension ( 4th Class) and she states that William had died in May 1907 the Hog Hill Guards first officers were George Washington Steal, Captain Thomas Jefferson Seagle, Lieutenant.
They were son's of General Daniel Seagle who was a General in the State Militia
for many years until the close of the Civil War.
In 1860 he was 65 years old and to old for active service.
This was the dissapointment of his life .
In 1907 Williams funeral at Pisgah M.E.Church, ex confederate veterans served as pall bearers and the United Daughters of the confederacy banked his grave with flowers he had at the time of his death a total of 129 descendants (Children
Grandchildren and GGrandchildren) in 1916 his wife Elizebeth was laid to rest at his side .