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AARON BATES, farmer, Spartansburg, was born in Spring Creek Township, Warren Co., Penn., April 16, 1836, son of Nicholas and Nancy Bates, natives of Massachusetts and New York respectively. Nicholas Bates engaged in lumbering most of his life, took up the farm in Sparta Township, this county, now owned by our subject. He died in Spring Creek Township, Warren Co., Penn., March 23, 1867, aged sixty years. His widow, who was a member of the Presbyterian Church, died April 18,1883, aged sixty- eight. They had eight children, five now living. Aaron, the eldest son, was educated in the common schools, then followed lumbering until he was twenty- six years of age, when he bought his present farm in Sparta Township, on which he has since resided. He owns 131 acres of land with good buildings and improvements. He was married, December 25, 1861, to Susan, daughter of Chauncy and Rosanna Lopus; the former a native of New York, the latter of Ireland. They are parents of eight children, all now living. Mr. and Mrs. Bates have three children: Lewellyn R., Irvin W. and Ella May. Mr. Bates and family are much respected in this community. He has held some of the township offices, is a F. & A.M., and in politics a Democrat.