Wife: Sarah Woodward (5)
Born: 06 Feb 1642 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Died: 21 Oct 1706 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusettss
From "The Ancestry and Allied Families of Nathan Blake 3rd and Susan (Torrey) Blake early Residents of East Corinth, Vermont," by Almira Torrey Blake Fenno-Gendot, Published by the author at the Stanhope Press, Boston, Mass., 1916
"Gates, Stephen(2) (Stephen-1) was born about 1640 probably in Hingham, son of Stephen and Ann Gates. He married at Cambridge, Sarah, daughter of George and Mary Woodward of Watertown in 1664. She was born 6 Feb. 1642/3. He lived for a time in Cambridge, Boston, Marlborough and finally was among the proprietors of Stow, Mass., 1681. In 1673 he bought a large tract of land of Edward Drinker of Boston and which on the 3rd of June 1684, Benjamin Bowhoe an Indian of Pompacittaquntt (now Stow), quit-claimed to him. "He called himself a yoeman and the amount of land is stated at 300 acres situated in the township of Stow, lying on both sides of a cirtain brook there commonly called by the name of Elsabeth; als. Alsabat Brook." He died possessed of this farm lying on and around Spindle Hill which he left his six sons to be equally divided among them, the division deed being dated 26 March 1710/11 and recorded 1 July 1718. Two sons Stephen (3) and Thomas having previously removed to Preston, Conn., sold their shares to the four remaining brothers, Simon, Isaac, Nathaniel and Daniel. "In Jan. 1886 the Homestead was sold; thus passed out of the family the 'Gates Farm' which had been in its possession for two hundred years It was situated about a mile southwest of the center of town. at the foot of Spindle Hill. In 1907 the house was still standing, but unoccupied and in need of repair to insure its preservation." But in 1913 it was accidentally burned to the ground. His will is dated at Stow, 5 Sept. 1705 and proved 1707. He died at Acton 1706.
Stephen, b. 17 July 1665, m. Jemima Benjamin of Pylmouth Colony, 8 Nov. 1686; d. 4 Nov. 1732
Simon, b. 5 Mar 1666/7 at Cambridge, m. Hannah Benjamin at Stow, 4 May 1688; d. 1752
Thomas, b. 31 Dec. 1669 at Boston, m. Margarit Geer of Preston, Conn., Dec. 1695; d. at Preston 1740.
Isaac, b. 1673, m. Elizabeth ___________; d. at Stow, 22 Nov. 1748, age 75 yrs.
Nathaniel, b. 1675, m. Mary Gilson at Concord, 17 Oct 1700, mentioned in his father's will in 1705.
Sarah, b. 27 April 1679 at Marlborough, never married, d. 27 Jan. 1724
Rebecca, b. 23 July 1682 at Marlborough, m. Timothy Gilson at Concord 17 Nov. 1700. Mentioned in his father's will of 1705.
Daniel, b. 23 April 1685 at Stow, d. 22 March 1759, age 74 yrs.
Stephen GATES (Stephen) was born in 1640 in Cambridge, Suffolk, MA. He died on 9 Jul 1707 in Acton, Mass
Stephen married Sarah Woodward dau of George and Elizabeth (Hammond) Woodward. of Watertown Mass. They also resided at Stow before settling in Preston, Conn. Stephen married Sarah WOODWARD of Watertown, MA. From HOBART-1912: "Stephen-2 GATES (Stephen-1) married Sarah Woodward, grand-daughter of his step-father, and led a very migratory life. In Boston, where he was living February 17, 1667 [citing Middlesex Deeds 3:262], he was an assistant to Edward Drinker, a potter and Baptist preacher. In 1673 he was of Cambridge, when Drinker deeded to him three hundred acres in the wilderness between lancaster and Concord on both sides of Elizabeth Brook [citing Middlesex Deeds 5:180]. He was of Stow in 1684 when he took an Indian title to the Elizabeth brook property [citing Middlesex Deeds 9:57], and there he and his son Stephen were taxed in 1688. "Of Stow, sick in body, he made his will September 5, 1701, giving his entire farm to his six sons, after the decease of his wife Sarah. Out of the moveable estate _30 was to go to his daughter Sarah and _20 to daughter Rebecca who had received part of her portion since her marriage. Executors: wife Sarah and eldest son Stephen. He [Stephen] died July 9, 1707, and the will was proved September 19, 1707 [citing Middlesex Probate No. 8966]." Stephen GATES and his wife Sarah had eight children: Stephen-3, Simon, Thomas, Isaac, Nathaniel, Sarah, Rebecca and Daniel. Of these, Stephen and Thomas are known to have been at Preston, CT by 1708. I know of no evidence that their father, Stephen, ever lived at Preston; certainly, their uncle, Thomas, had moved to Preston by October 1703.
Lieutenant Daniel GATES was born on 25 Apr 1685 in Stow. He was said to have married (1) Anna Eleveth and (2) Anna Gates. [Torrey, NEHGR 120:169 says only that he married Anna (---).] Daniel lived on farm at Spindle Hill, Stow, which was part of the farm owned by his father. By deed made 25 March 1741 and recorded 20 May 1757, he conveyed the farm to his son, Silas. He served as selectman in 1724, 1738, 1747, 1751, and 1752; also served on town committees and as tithingman and fence viewer.Daniel married Anna ELEVETH .
Revised: November 26, 2016