Administrator:  Betty Jean Fitting Lindsay-Davis,
 1200 Greentree Dr, Weatherford TX   76087       Created Nov 2011-Updated October  2015
Bates Mill Cemetery
Located on Ehrke Road
Winslow Twp, Camden County
New Jersey


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The land for Bates Mill Cemetery was conveyed by Benoni Bates to his son Charles P. and his daughter, Rebecca Jessup on September 13, 1869, Book 60, pages 610 and 614 (Camden County NJ). 
The Cemetery continues to be free of property taxes in Winslow Township (N.J.S.A. 54:4-4.4).  This is re-evaluated every three years - at which time we have to complete and send a form indicating that we do not have plans to use the land for any other project.
In some of the earliest papers in the Cemetery file we note that Ehrke is spelled "Urkey." 
From Elwood Fooder:
'I heard my grandmother - Ann Bates Walker - say that the original Bates started a saw mill at Bates Mill before the Revolutionary war.  It is believed that he married an Indian maiden. 
Information Supplied by William J. Boyd Of Glassboro NJ in 1994:

--Benjamin Bates b.7/20/1761  d. 1840  He served in the Revolutionary War and later operated the Bates Saw Mill.
--Benoni Bates b.1802 d. March 1877
--Phebe Bates -"Indian" wife of Benoni
--David Bates, b. 1816  d. ?1860-1865?  He was a sawyer and worked at the Bates Saw Mill.
--Elizabeth (Yourison) Bates, wife of David Bates. b 1820  d.1/20/1876
---Note:  There is a small gravestone marked "Mother" and is located just to the right of William Bates gravestone who died 1893.  Could this be Elizabeth (Yourison) Bates as she was the mother of William.
--Jurusha (sp) (Bates) Beebe d. September 12, 1852 was the wife of William Beebe.

Information supplied through the years by Dr. Elwood Fooder (DVM):
" you pace the cemetery, in the upper right hand corner are a lot of local sandstone markers all with the last letter..which is "B".  "All Bates!"  One in front row is C.B.B. (With the "C" being on Top)-Captain Benjamin Bates of the Revolution (1776).  He captured Joe Mulliven (sp) and took him to be hung after capturing him a second time.  The second time he caught him, Bates" had his hat shot off-in fact. By the way, the sandstone came from the other side of Bates Mill Pond.  My great-grandfather was David Bates, my grandmother's father."
CBB-Captain Benjamin Bates
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The name "Beebe" is found spelled many different ways on the stones..including "Beebee","Bebee" and "Beebe."
In a Courier Post article dated 1933, Henry C. Beck writes about Bates Mill:  
About the middle of the 18th century, Thomas Cole built a sawmill in the area. It became known as "Bates Mill" after a line of successful ownership passed from Thomas Cole to Aaron Chew, Josiah Albertson, Benjamin Bates, John Albertson and finally Benoni Bates. 
The cemetery nearby was first opened when Thomas Cole built the mill. The oldest graves are marked only by rude brown stones with initials cut into them.