Where the Bates family gathers online to share information about our ancestry. Starting with our earliest proven ancestors, Charlton Bates and Nancy Kelly (O'Kelly) Bates, this blog and its accompanying book includes personal stories and photos shared by Bates descendants.
Oh, Come Angel Band ~ The Living Genealogy of the Charlton Bates Family authored by Yvonne Perry and Jenny Bates Meadows-Sauls is available for Purchase on CreateSpace Purchase on Amazon.com
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
New Home Baptist Church Baptizing of Bethel and Ethel Bates
This is the baptizing of Bethel (Buster) and Ethel (Deedle) Bates by old Preacher Stover in the 1930s. The men would dam up the creek on the church property with bags of dirt about a week before the baptizing so that the water would be deep enough. Bethel and Ethel Bates are the twins of Lem and Lillie Smith Bates.