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NICHOLAS BATES, farmer, P.O. Spartansburg, was born in Spring Creek Township, Warren Co., Penn., December 18, 1831, son of Sanford and Parney (Bills) Bates, the former a native of Massachusetts, the latter of Ohio. They were early settlers of this county, residing where their son William now lives. Mr. Bates departed this life October 3, 1874, and his widow followed him in 1876. She was an excellent Christian lady, a member of the Baptist Church, and much respected by all. They were parents of six children, three of whom are now living. Our subject was married to Mary L. Dexter, a native of Warren County, Penn., and daughter of John and Minerva (Burroughs) Dexter, natives of New England, who had a family of eight children, seven now living. Mr. Dexter was accidentally killed in 1866. To Mr. and Mrs. Bates has been born one child— John G. Mr. Bates has been a resident of Sparta Township over forty years. In politics he is a Democrat.