Person:William Tate (17)

Gen. William Tate
b.20 Nov 1753 Virginia
m. abt. 1740/41
  1. Capt. James Tate1742 - 1781
  2. Lt. Thomas Tate1744 - 1833
  3. Eleanor Tate1747 - 1801
  4. John Tate, Esq., Virginia Legislatorabt 1749 - 1802
  5. Gen. William Tate1753 - 1830
  6. Robert Tate, of Middlebrook, Augusta County, VA1755 - 1832
  1. Mary Tate1779 - 1863
  2. Dorcas Tate1782 - 1817
  3. John Tate1785 - 1845
  4. Dr. Mitchell Tate1786 - 1827
Facts and Events
Name[1] Gen. William Tate
Gender Male
Birth[1] 20 Nov 1753 Virginia
Death[1] 11 Feb 1830 Washington County, Virginia, United States

William Tate was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Not to be confused with William Tate (1747-1802) of Augusta and Russell County, Virginia, son of Robert Tate and Mary.

Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 527.--18th May, 1779. David Kerr and Margaret to Robert Tate. Delivered to William Tate, July, 1782.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 117.--14th January, 1791. William Tate, of Washington County, Va., and Agness, to George Lots.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Vol. 2 - Tate's heirs vs. Tate's executors--O. S. 144; N. S. 50--Bill, 28th July, 1803. Complainants are, viz: Thomas, John, Isaac, Mary Tate, Andrew Steel and Elizabeth, his wife, and Sarah Tate. In 17__ a contract was made between John Tate, father of Thomas, of one part and Thomas and his brother, James Tate (deceased), of other part, by which Thomas and James were to assist in building a mill. John, Isaac, Mary, Elizabeth and Sarah are children and legal representatives of James. John died testate, devising part of mill to his son John, part to orator Thomas, and remainder to orators John and Isaac. James Tate died 178_ testate. John Tate, Jr., lately died testate. Suit against executor of John Tate, Sr., and of John Tate, Jr., for accounting. Thomas Tate removed to Holston. Answer 1804 by Jane Tate, widow and executrix of John Tate, Jr., and by Samuel Finley, who married Polly Tate, daughter of said John. Jane married John about 1774. Samuel married Polly about 1796-1797. John Tate, Sr., died March, 1801. Deposition 23d July, 1804, of Hugh Fulton in Flemingsburg, Ky. Hugh did not marry the widow of James Tate. Charles Tate deposes in Washington County, 9th March, 1805: Is son of Thomas Tate and grandson of John. Nancy Tate deposes ditto, is daughter-in-law of John Tate. James Tate was killed at Battle of Guilford, 1781. Hugh Fulton, Sr., deposes in Augusta, aged 77 years. The contract about mill was made prior to 1774. Alexander Hall deposes ditto, was brother of James Tate's wife. William Tate deposes 27th June, 1804, in Washington County, brother of Thomas and James. William moved from Augusta in 1782-83. Alexander Stuart deposes 28th January, 1804, in Augusta, aged 70. James Tate died 1780. His wife, Sarah, married Hugh Fulton in 1785, and they moved to Kentucky about 1781. Peter Alexander deposes 25th October, 1805, in Woodford County, Kentucky.

Records in Virginia

1807 - Gen. William Tate was among the Federal Electors to Vote for President and Vice President, 1807, for 4th of March 1808, representing Washington County, Virginia. [Source: Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts ..., Volume 9, by William Pitt Palmer, Sherwin McRae, Virginia, Raleigh Edward Colston, Henry W. Flournoy, pg. 616]

Gen. William Tate was among the 24 Virginians elected to the freeholders of Virginia, held at Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia on 21 September 1812, in representing Virginia's 24 electoral votes in the Presidential election. [Source: Defending the Old Dominion: Virginia and Its Militia in the War of 1812, by Stuart L. Butler, pg. 96]

Gen. William Tate is listed on the Smyth County Revolutionary War Memorial, which was dedicated to the eternal memory of the American Revolutionary War soldiers and patriots from the area which in 1832 became Smyth County, Virginia, who sacrificed their lives and fortunes that we might have our freedom and independence.


William Tate may have married Elizabeth ??? or Dorcas Mitchell. More research necessary.

He was also a doctor.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Riley, Agnes Graham Sanders. The Pioneer Tate family of Augusta County, Virginia. National Genealogical Society Quarterly (National Genealogical Society). (Vol 57, Issue 3 (Sep 1969)), 181.