David Allen Gates Sr. (1830-1864)
Father William A. Gates (1803-?)
Mother Jerusha A. Willingham
Vital Information
Born c1830 in Boliver, Hardeman, Tennessee
Married Sarah L. Howell (1833-1861) - November 9, 1850 in Hardeman County, Tennessee
Died April 8, 1864 at the Battle of Mansfield, Louisiana
1 W. T. Gates (1851-bef 1890)
2 Anna E. Gates Stanley (1853-aft 1922) m. Mr. Stanley
3 Marietta A. Gates (1856-1877) m. Robert M L Baker
4 Julia Gates (1858-bef 1890) - never married, died in childhood
5 David Allen Gates Jr (1861-1934) m. Kate Matthews
6 son Gates (dates unknown, died in childhood)


David Allen Gates was born in Tennessee in about 1830, likely the son of William A Gates of North Carolina, son of Allen Gates and Elizabeth Allen, and his wife Jerusha Willingham (possibly daughter of Helbrin Willingham) of Tennessee, with whom he was living in 1850. He married Sarah L. Howell on Nov 9, 1850 in Hardeman County, Tennessee but he was a resident of Fayette County. Although not yet born when his father was listed in Fayette County in 1830, he was living with his father in the 1840 census and it is where he had his own family in the 1850 census. The young family moved to Cherokee County, Texas in about 1852 and they are found living there, near Rusk, Texas, in 1860. In 1861 he became Sgt. David A. Gates in Company B (Cherokee County, Texas) of the 9th Regiment, Texas Infantry, also known as the Nichol's Regiment and the 5th Texas Volunteers. The portrait seen here is believed to have been taken that year or shortly afterward. He was killed at the Battle of Mansfield, Louisiana in April of 1864. In a brief biography written about his son in the "Centennial History of Arkansas, Vol III (1922)" the following was said:

"David Allen and Sarah (Howell) Gates, both of whom were natives of North Carolina, the former born in 1830 and the latter in 1832. They were married in Hardeman county, Tennessee, in 1850, and resided for a considerable period in Alto, Texas, where the father engaged in merchandising. In 1861 he responded to the call of the Confederacy, becoming a first lieutenant and brigade quartermaster and was on active duty to the time of his death, being killed on the battlefield of Mansfield, Louisiana, April 8, 1864, thus giving his life for the cause in which he believed. He was a democrat in his political views. His wife's death occurred in Texas, in September, 1861. They were the parents of three sons and three daughters, of whom two sons and two daughters reached adult age. David Allen and his sister, Mrs. Annie E. Stanley, a widow, are the only ones now living."


Census Records

  1. 1840 Census: Fayette County, Tennessee
  2. 1850 Census: Fayette County, Tennessee
  3. 1860 Census: Rusk, Cherokee, Texas


  1. Centennial History of Arkansas, Vol III (1929)