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John W "Buck" Bates
and Martha Adams

John Wesley Buck Bates b 21 Oct 1878 Letcher Co KY d 6 Feb 1956 Crafts Colly, Letcher Co KY; s/o Joe Sim Adams and Eliza Bates. John Wesley Buck Bates m. Elizabeth Eliza Lizzie Bates b 10 Jan 1856 d 9 Jun 1933; buried Franklin Cemetery, Craft Colly, Letcher Co KY. (Elizabeth Eliza Lizzie Bates never married. She was d/o John Henderson Bates and Martha Robinson). John W Buck Bates m. 5 Dec 1902 Letcher Co KY to Martha Adams b 26 Mar 1878 Crafts Colly, Ermine, Letcher Co KY d Crafts Colly, Ermine, Letcher Co KY; d/o John L Adams and Jennie Lucas. John W. Bates is listed as 6'1" tall and 185 lbs with brown eyes, brown hair, dark complexion on his ww2 draft registration. He's listed as working for Elkhorn Coal Company, Kona, KY and is age 63 on the form. Children of John W Buck Bates and Martha Adams;

1. Wint Bates b 6 Jan 1904 Letcher Co KY d 14 Apr 1960; age 56; buried Bates Cemetery, Southdown, Letcher Co KY; m. 16 Nov 1921 Letcher Co KY by J M Blair, minister at Colly Creek to Ada Franklin b 6 Jun 1903 Letcher Co KY d 12 Aug 1976; age 73; buried Bates Cemetery, Southdown, Letcher Co KY; d/o Elzy Franklin and Mary Polly Ann Sergent.

2. Can Bates b 1906 KY

3. Lizzie Bates b 28 Mar 1907 KY d 1 Jul 1977; age 70; buried Bates Cemetery, Southdown, Letcher Co KY; m. 11 Oct 1926 Colly, Letcher Co KY to Charles Odie Branch b 10 May 1886 West Point, Hardin Co KY d 20 Apr 1962 Seco, Letcher Co KY; buried Adams Cemetery, Ermine, Letcher Co KY; s/o Bud Branch and Mary Blevins.

4. Liza M Bates b 1908 KY

5. Henry Hen Bates b 10 Jun 1910 KY d 20 May 1940; buried Franklin Cemetery, Crafts Colly, Ermine, Letcher Co KY; m. abt 1932 to Ida Adams b 29 Feb 1915 KY; has a burial plot in Franklin Cemetery, Craft Colly, Letcher Co KY; d/o Milton Adams and Jane Cook. Children of Henry Hen Bates and Ida Adams; i. Beatrice Bates b 1933 KY ii. Ruby Jean Bates b 1935 KY iii. Billy Bates b 1937 KY iv. Betty Mae Bates b 1939 KY

Ida Adams m. (2) McKinley Combs.

6. Nannie Bates b 26 Aug 1912 d 15 Jun 1913; buried Franklin Cemetery, Crafts Colly, Ermine, Letcher Co KY.

7. Minnie Lee Bates b 28 Mar 1912 KY d 26 Feb 1974; age 61; Letcher Co KY; buried Evergreen Cemetery, Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY; m. 18 Nov 1930 Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY to Arthur Lee b 25 Sept 1882 TN d 21 Feb 1957; age 74; died of broncial asthma; Ermine, Letcher Co KY; buried Evergreen Cemetery, Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY; s/o Joe Lee and Nannie Unknown. (death certificate states Arthur Lee is buried Bates Cemetery, Crafts Colly, Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY).

Minnie Lee Bates m. 1960 to (2) James Floyd Jim Day b 23 Feb 1904 Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY d 29 Dec 1975; age 71; Harlan Co KY; buried Day Cemetery, Ermine, Letcher Co KY; s/o Nathaniel Randolph Day and Salinda Catherine Day. This marriage to Minnie Lee Bates was the 4th marriage for James Floyd Day.

James Floyd Jim Day m. 24 Dec 1925 Colly, KY to (1) Cordelia Delia Pratt b 1906 Knott Co KY d 16 Feb 1929 Letcher Co KY; died of toxic goiter; buried Pine Creek near Mayking KY; d/o John C Pratt and Elizabeth Bettie Ann Craft.

James Floyd Day m. 18 Oct 1929 Ermine, Letcher Co KY to (2) Dorothy Edna Freeman b 26 Jan 1913/14 Copperhill, Polk Co TN d 12 Sept 2003 Lincolnton, Lincoln Co GA; age 89; buried Sandhill Cemetery, Cumberland, Harlan Co KY; d/o Thomas N Freeman and Lula M Whittenbarge.

James Floyd Day m. 19 Jan 1946 Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY to (3) Artie Cornett b 9 May 1901 Letcher Co KY d 27 Jun 1959; age 58; Letcher Co KY; buried Day Cemetery, Ermine, Letcher Co KY; d/o Benjamin Franklin Cornett and Abby Jane Mullins. This was also a third marriage for Artie Cornett.

Artie Cornett m. 3 Jan 1917 Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY to (divorced before 1924) (1) Riley L Frazier b 21 Mar 1899 Letcher Co KY d 16 Dec 1964; age 65; Wayne Co MI; buried Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne Co MI; s/o Joseph Frazier and Nannie R Webb.

Riley L Frazier m. 1925 to (2) Anna Taulbee b 7 Apr 1907 d 1 Ap 1986 Brosse Pointe Farms, Wayne Co MI; buried Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne Co MI.

Riley L Frazier m. abt 1950 to (3) Liza Unknown b 1901 d 14 Dec 1957 Detroit, Wayne Co MI; buried Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne Co MI.

Artie Cornett m. 24 Jan 1924 Blackey, Letcher Co KY to (2) Jesse Jet Caudill b 21 Jul 1898 Letcher Co KY d 25 Nov 1935; killed by wife Artie Cornett by axe to the head; buried Caudill Cemetery, Letcher Co KY; s/o Henry Caudill and Barilla C Jones.

8. Alice Bates b 18 May 1916 d 17 Jul 1917; buried Franklin Cemetery, Crafts Colly, Ermine, Letcher Co KY.

9. Dallas Bates b 25 Oct 1918 KY d 8 Sept 1990; age 71; buried Bates Cemetery, Southdown, Letcher Co KY; m. 1937 to Allen Lee b 2 Nov 1914 d 16 Jul 1974; age 59; buried Bates Cemetery, Southdown, Letcher Co KY.

10. Ida Bates b 9 Aug 1920 KY d 12 Oct 2000 Letcher Co KY; m. abt 1937 KY to Henry Perry b 2 Sept 1917 Knott Co KY; s/o Dock Perry and Nevada Hall. Children of Henry Perry and Ida Bates; i. Albert Perry b 1938 KY

11. Willard H Bates b 14 Apr 1921 d 14 Apr 1921; buried Franklin Cemetery, Crafts Colly, Ermine, Letcher Co KY

12. Patty Bates b 22 Feb 1922 Letcher Co KY d 24 Nov 1954; age 32; Wayne Co MI; buried Bates Cemetery, Southdown, Letcher Co KY; m. 1945 to Enoch Flannery Frazier b 14 Jan 1901 Letcher Co KY d 8 Sept 1956 Brownsttown Twp., Wayne Co MI; age 55; buried Bates Cemetery, Southdown, Letcher Co KY; s/o Joseph Frazier and Nannie Webb.

Enoch Flannery Frazier m. (divorced 4 Apr 1940) 7 Dec 1920 Ice, Letcher Co KY to Sarah Elizabeth Lizzie Boatright b 6 Jul 1906 Letcher Co KY d 1 Jun 1998 Trenton, Wayne Co MI; buried Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock, Wayne Co MI; d/o Henry Clinton Boatright and Doshie Adams.

Enoch Flannery Frazier m. Geneva King b 3 Sept 1921 Hazard, Perry Co KY d 4 Sept 1951 Kansas City, Jackson Co MO; in an early morning fire in her apartment; buried South Point Cemetery, Orrick, Ray Co MO.

Geneva King m. Elwood E Brown b 20 Oct 1920 Orrick, Ray Co MO d 4 Sept 1951 Kansas City, Jackson Co MO; in an early morning fire in his apartment; buried South Point Cemetery, Orrick, Ray Co MO.

Sarah Elizabeth Lizzie Boatright m. 1 Jun 1946 Detroit, Wayne Co MI to Louis Anthony Kuhn b 13 Jul 1899 Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co PA d 28 Dec 1965 Brownstown Twp, Wayne Co MI; buried Ferndale Cemetery, Riverview, Wayne Co MI; s/o Anghony Kuhn and Armeda Kresge.

13. Willie Bates b 9 Jun 1924 Letcher Co KY d 10 Oct 1985 Letcher Co KY; age 61; buried Bates Cemetery, Southdown, Letcher Co KY; m. 25 Nov 1944 Fulton OH to Ruby Mae Waynick b 31 Jan 1928 d 7 Jul 1982 Fayette Co KY; buried Bates Cemetery, Southdown, Letcher Co KY; d/o Dewey Waynick and Maude E Deason.


Obituary: John W Buck Bates
21 Oct 1878 - 6 Feb 1956

Mountain Eagle, Whitesburg, Kentucky
Thursday Evening, 9 Feb., 1956

John W Buck Bates passed away on Monday, February 6th, 1956 at his home at Southdown following a short illness. He was 76 years of age.

He was married to Martha Adams Bates who survives him along with the following children: Wint of Seco; Can, Lizzie Branch, Minnie Lee and Dallas Lee of Ermine; Myrtle Nelle and Willie Bates of Detroit and Ida Perry of Kona.

Two children preceded him in death. He was a retired miner and had been a member of the Kona Regular Baptist Church for several years. Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. --

Funeral services were held on (CST) at the home at Southdown with Ministers Lloyd Pike, Basil Hall and Bob Sexton officiating. Burial followed in the Bates Cemetery at Ermine (Letcher Co KY). Craft Funeral Home in charge.


1900 Letcher Co KY Census ED 76 Rock Houses District 3
12 12 Bates Eliza Head W F Apr 1856 44 S 2 2 KY KY VA Farmer
12 12 Bates John Son W M Nov 1879 20 S KY KY KY Farmer
12 12 Bates Henry Son W M Aug 1881 19 S KY KY KY Farmer


1910 Letcher Co KY Census Precinct 3 District 0147 Engine
174 174 Bates John Head M W 32 M1 7 KY KY KY Farmer General Farm
174 174 Bates Martha Wife F W 30 M1 7 5 4 KY KY KY
174 174 Bates Wint Son M W 6 S 174 174 Bates Can Son M W 4 S 174 174 Bates Lizzie Daughter F W 3 S 174 174 Bates Myrtle Daughter F W 2 S 174 174 Adams Luiza Sister in law F W 17 S 174 174 Bates Liza Mother F W 54 D 2 2 KY KY KY


1920 Letcher Co KY Census Coly Road East Whitesburg, District 0066
350 370 Bates John W Head M W 41 M KY KY KY Farmer General Farm
350 370 Bates Martha Wife F W 41 M KY KY KY
350 370 Bates Wint Son M W 16 S KY KY KY Miner Coal Mines
350 370 Bates Can Son M W 14 S KY KY KY Miner Coal Mines
350 370 Bates Lizzie Daughter F W 13 S KY KY KY
350 370 Bates Liza M Daughter F W 12 S KY KY KY
350 370 Bates Hen Son M W 9 S KY KY KY
350 370 Bates Minnie Daughter F W 5 S KY KY KY
350 370 Bates Eliza Mother F W 62 Wd KY KY KY


1930 Letcher Co KY Census Kona, Haymond and Millstone District 0026
396 400 Bates John W Head M W 49 M 24 KY KY KY Laborer Coal Mines
396 400 Bates Martha Wife H F W 49 M 24 KY KY KY
396 400 Bates Can Son M W 24 S KY KY KY Laborer Coal Mines
396 400 Bates Henry Son M W 19 S KY KY KY Track Man Coal Mines
396 400 Bates Minnie Daughter F W 16 S KY KY KY
396 400 Bates Dallas Daughter F W 12 S KY KY KY
396 400 Bates Ida Daughter F W 10 S KY KY KY
396 400 Bates Paty Daughter F W 8 S KY KY KY
396 400 Bates Willie Son M W 5 S KY KY KY


1940 Letcher Co KY Census Hemphill 67-15 New Kona
126 165 Bates J. W. Head M W 61 M KY Miner Coal Mines
126 165 Bates Martha X Wife F W 64 M KY
126 165 Bates Patty Daughter F W 18 S KY
126 165 Bates Willie Son M W 16 S KY
126 165 Adams James Lodger M W 18 S KY

127 166 Bates Henry Head M W 29 M KY Miner Coal Mines
127 166 Bates Ida Wife M W 26 M KY
127 166 Bates Beatrice Daughter F W 7 S KY
127 166 Bates Ruby Jean Daughter F W 5 S KY
127 166 Bates Billy Son M W 3 S KY
127 166 Bates Betty Mae Daughter F W 1 S KY

128 167 Lee Arthur Head M W 53 M TN
128 167 Lee Minnie X Wife F W 28 M KY
128 167 Lee Fred Son M W 5 S KY


Jesse Jet Caudill
21 Jul 1898 - 25 Nov 1935

Source Findagrave 80954823

Jesse "Jet" Caudill was the son of Henry and Barilla (Jones) Caudill. He married Artie Cornett on January 24, 1924, in Blackey, Letcher County, KY. Jesse and Artie had no children of their own, but Artie had three children from her previous marriage to Riley Frazier: Edith (Frazier) Tyree, Ruby Frazier and J. L. Frazier.

As the family story goes, Artie killed Jesse with an ax because he was going to move (or remove) a tree that she had planted. Jesse's death certificate gives his cause of death as being "struck with an ax by his wife - cut though skull into brain".

On January 29, 1936, Artie was convicted of the Willful Murder of Jesse and it was "ordered and adjudged by the Court that the defendant, Artie Caudill, be taken by the Sheriff of Letcher County to the State Reformatory at Frankfort, Kentucky, and there confined at hard labor for a period of eleven (11) years."

It is doubtful that Artie ever served her full term in prison, because she later married Jim Day on January 19, 1946, only ten years after her sentencing.


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