The first Yates is Benjamin who was born in 1805, he was an Ostler or Stablekeeper at Inn. He is not shown on any census, the  Bishops transcripts for Bosley show his occupation as Horsekeeper

He married at Prestbury Parish Church on 16 Sep 1827 - "Benjamin Yates servant Mary Bennett sp both of Bosley." We have a lot more detail about the "Bennett" family of Bosley.

The 1841 census indicates that Mary was born in Bosley, and is widowed with 2 children. In the 1851 census Mary is living with Joseph Smith (wife of). Her third child (Joseph) was born out of wedlock. On Joseph's birth certificate there is no father and Mary only gives the name Yates she does not state a maiden name. On the 1851 census Mary is shown as the wife of Joseph Smith, and the child Joseph is now called Smith (not Yates).

In 1861 Mary is called Smith aged 56 born Bosley living with Joseph Smith aged 55 an Agricutural Labourer at the Old Bull.

Mary died on 27 May 1868 her name given as Mary Yates, it must be assumed that she never married Joseph Smith. She died in Bosley age given as 65, occupation given as "Widow of Benjamin Yates Farm Labourer". Cause of death "Gastritis some years Certified." It was registered on the 13th May 1868 by the mark of Samuel Darcey in attendance at Bosley. Samuel Darcey was living at the Harrington Arms Bosley as a 61 year old Lodger occupation Labourer in 1861, place of birth Sproston Cheshire. In 1871 Darcey seems to be in a separate house at the Harrington Arms a 71 year old labourer with place of birth now given as Denton Lancashire.

Benjamin's son Abel moved to Buglawton/Congleton where he became a Carter and small Farmer.

James Yates the then Landlord of the "Lord Nelson Inn" is seen in the charabanc photograph sitting at the front on the right hand side:

charabanc trip from lord nelson

Below is a copy of Kelly's 1891 Cheshire Directory. Abel Yates of Bath Vale is the last entry on the page.

kelly 1891 directory

james yatesada yates wedding

Both photographs above were taken outside No 115a Astbury Street Congleton. On the left is James Yates and on the right the wedding of Ada Yates left to right - Julia Yates, Harold Walton, Ada Yates, Nancy Walton.

Below is a (poor quality) picture of young sisters Ada and Julia Yates.


World War Two - James Yates - Dunkirk Hero

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