Bates Family Collection
Scope and Contents
The Bates family papers include legal documents (estate records and deeds), the sermons and scrapbooks of Samuel L. Bates, and the account books and diary of Mary R. Bates. Sermons are handwritten. Bates appears to have used the sermons over the course of several years as multiple dates and locations can appear as notes on a single document. Additional notes seem to indicate hymn numbers used in services. They are dated relative to when they were first written, not over the course of their noted use. Scrapbooks contain clippings of reports on Congregational conferences, anniversary celebrations, liturgy, especially hymnology, obituaries of ministers, sermons, and or pictures of schools and churches, mostly in Vermont.
Collection is open for research.
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Biographical / Historical
Samuel L. Bates was born in Brookfield, Vermont in 1831. He attended UVM where he was a member of the Delta Psi fraternity. Graduating in 1857, he then taught at Brandon (1857-1858). He was principal of Underhill Academy from 1858 to 1860. He attended Andover Theological Seminary and was ordained a Congregational minister on March 23, 1864. Bates was pastor at Underhill (1863-1871), Newbury (1872-1890), Benson (1891-1893), and Winooski (1893-1897). In 1871, he married Marion E. Walker (1843-1923) and they had two children, Mary R. Bates (1872-1964) and Samuel Walker Bates (1880-1891). He served as Secretary of the Vermont Congregational Convention (1888-1901). Rev. Bates died in 1904. His father, Deacon Samuel Bates (1799-1861) and his father Deacon Thomas Bates (about 1771- 1857) may be represented in the family papers.
0.4 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 oversize folder)
The Bates family papers include legal documents (estate records and deeds), sermons and scrapbooks of Samuel L. Bates, and diaries of Mary R. Bates.
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