Administrator: Betty Jean Fitting Lindsay-Davis,
1200 Greentree Dr, Weatherford TX 76087
Jeandavis@live.com Created Nov 2011-Updated May 2018
Bates Mill Cemetery
Located on Ehrke Road
Winslow Twp, Camden County
About Bates Mill Cemetery and its Families!
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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).
In some of the earliest papers in the Cemetery file we note that Ehrke is spelled "Urkey."
In 2014 "Americore", a company from North Jersey was hired to scan the right side of the cemetery for unmarked graves. We also asked them to scan the Heggan plot #127 on the side next to the road. Stories were told of a baby that was buried there..the scan confirmed that story. In addition Americore was asked to scan plot #89 since the stone was blank and we had no confirmation of a burial. They also confirmed that there was a burial in that plot. The scan on the right side showed 69 unmarked graves in varying depths and positions. So the rumors of digging holes to dispose of dead Indians and those who died in the Revolutionary war (and before) could be true. So....we have found a way to recognize these unmarked graves so that they would not be forgotten. We have placed a round-ground level marker at each of these spots with the inscription:
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):
"...as 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
Send Your Donation to: Bates Mill Cemetery, 1200 Green Tree Dr. Weatherford TX 76086 - 2018
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.
Bates Mill Cemetery was incorporated by the State of New Jersey in 2015, our name is officially:
Bates Mill Resting Place, Inc.
And at this writing, the official address is
1200 Green Tree Drive
Weatherford TX 76087
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.
The name "Beebe" is found spelled many different ways on the stones..including "Beebee","Bebee" and "Beebe."
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.