Dates: 1800-2000

Collection Number: MS 680

Physical Location: Archive Room File Cabinet

Extent: 2 boxes.


  • Bates, Rowland H. -- 1787-1871
  • Bates, Edwin J. -- 1812-1889
  • Stevens, Evelyn Mann

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

User Restrictions: Gloves required for photographs.

Preferred Citation: Bates Family Papers, MS 680, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, Charlottesville, Va.

Acquisition Information: Unknown.

Biographical/Historical Information: Rowland Horsely Bates (1787-1871) was a general business owner in the former Israel's Gap. His son, Edwin James (1812-1889), was the executor of his will and took over his father's debt and business dealings. Their family legacy exists today as Batesville, named after the Bates family for their contributions to the community.

Scope and Content: The Bates Family Papers includes numerous facets of the family, organized into personal and professional papers. The personal papers include pedigree and genealogical research, transcriptions of Rowland's last will and testament listing the race of individuals on the estate, letters and correspondences, and medical papers, while the professional papers include legal and insurance documents, freight bills, slave hire papers, and various collected advertisements. A photo album is included in a separate box.


Folder 1: Genealogy + Research
Folder 2: Medical Receipts (1847-1914)
Folder 3: Letters/Correspondences (1834-1928)
Folder 4: Insurance Documents
Folder 5: Freight Bills
Folder 6: Advertisements
Folder 7: Slave Hire Papers [Martha, Mary Jane, Rice, Lee, Samuel, Andrew, and Winston – various years]
Folder 8: Legal Documents
Folder 9: Receipts (1810s-1840s)
Folder 10: Receipts (1850s-1870s)
Folder 11: Receipts (1880s-1890s)
Folder 12: Receipts (1900s-1930s)
Folder 13: Receipts (Families: Pleasants, Suddarth, Fortune/Falls)
Folder 14: Receipts (Undated)
Folder 15: Miscellaneous


  • Bates, Rowland H. -- 1787-1871
  • Bates, Edwin J. -- 1812-1889

Family Names:

  • Bates family.
  • Oliver family.
  • Durrett family.
  • Suddarth family.
  • Moon family.
  • Sutherland family.
  • Timberland family.
  • Timberlake family.
  • Pleasants family.
  • Fall family.
  • Fortune family.


  • Bates family
  • General stores -- Virginia -- Batesville
  • Merchants -- Virginia -- Batesville
  • General stores -- Virginia -- Albemarle County

Geographical Names:

  • Batesville (Va.)
  • North Garden (Va.)

Record Types:

  • Correspondences.
  • Fire insurance maps.
  • Business correspondence.
  • Legal instruments.
  • Photographs.