My Aunt Jane, who met some of the Gates family, told about an episode involving Elizabeth Mattingly Gates. During the Civil War, Union soldiers came through taking all the meat from the farm. They eyed the nice wool blankets longingly saying, "Wish we were further south, then we'd take these". Elizabeth Mattingly Gates sat in front of the dresser where their money was hidden but they didn't ask her to move.
|Gates' Family Home near Coxs Creek, Kentucky - May 1905|
from left: Russell Gates; Mattie Gates; Metta Gates Spaulding; Elizabeth Mattingly Gates (wife of Wm Gates)
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1. An Atlas of Nelson & Spencer Counties, Kentucky. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: D. J. Lake & Co., 1882.