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Introduction

This page is devoted to the BATE ancestors of my father-in-law - the origins of the name, who they were and where and when they lived.

The genealogical data in these pages is accurate to the best of my current (at the time of writing) knowledge. This means it is of very variable reliability, since sources at one extreme are 100% certain (e.g. I know who I married, where and when, and the identity of my parents) to the mere rumour level, such as LDS data extracted from the IGI and Ancestral File, and reminiscences of elderly relatives, some now deceased. Anyone wishing to make any use whatever of this information is therefore strongly advised to contact me for source details.

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Origins of the name

The surname Bate apparently has two possible origins:
  1. From the Middle English given name Bate or Batte, a pet form of Bartholomew.
  2. An occupational name for a boatman, from the Old English bat, meaning "boat".

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Variants of the name

I know of no variants from the first origin, but the second gives rise to Boatte, Boater, Boatman and Bottman.

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Sarah Jane Bate

Sarah Jane BATE was my wife's father's maternal grandmother. She was born somewhere in the large parish of Sedgley, Staffordshire in about 1842, but I cannot trace a birth certificate for her.

St. James's ChurchOn Christmas Day 1858 she married John Ball at St. James's Church, Lower Gornal. They lived, from no later than 7th April 1861 (census day) until at least 17th October 1872 at 43 Lake Street, Lower Gornal (called Lake Lane in the 1861 census).

They produced at least six children: Mary Ann (born about 1860, and described as a nailer, aged 11, in the 1871 census), Alfred (born early January 1861 or late December 1860 but missing from the 1871 census), Ben (born 1862-1863 - at some point he moved to Mansfield, Nottinghamshire), Isaac (born 1868-1869 - he also moved to Mansfield), Sarah (born about February 1871) and Sarah Jane (born 17th October 1872).

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Thomas Bate

Sarah Jane Bate's father was Thomas Bate. He was christened at St. Peter d'Or Church, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire on 22nd March 1807. On 16th October 1837 he married Mary Glazzard at Wolverhampton. They had (at least) five children: Thomas (born about 1838), Elizabeth (born about February 1841), Sarah Jane, Benjamin (born about 1845 in Lower Gornal) and George (born 1850 in Lower Gornal). According to his daughter's marriage certificate Thomas was a miner.

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Richard Bate

Thomas Bate's parents were Richard Bate and Ann (née Jarvis). All I know of them is that they had a second son Joseph.

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Acknowledgement

My thanks to Andrew Hough for the information about Thomas's parents and brother.

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