Wates Family Saga

This is a book that was written by my great-aunt, Margaret Pitt being completed in 1974. It records all members of the Wates family, being descendants of George Wates of Erith, Kent (abt 1720 - 1770), of whom she was able to find a record. So far as is known all persons with the name Wates, other than two or more families in the United States, one being a family of Afro-Americans, are descended from this George. Margaret maintained contact with a large number of cousins and the book contains many fascinating biographical sketches

Following Margaret's death in 1992 I felt that it would be a shame if her work became fixed in time, and that it should be continued. I and Ian Roberts of Ontario, Canada (a descendant of William Wates (1816-1894)),accordingly scanned, edited and updated it and the First Revised Edition in electronic form was completed in 1999.

I continued to update it with information from members of the family with whom I was in contact or who contacted me or Ian but in 2021 decided to bring it to an end and sadly it is again fixed in time. The final edition is available on request in electronic form. It was also printed and at present there are printed copies available. Please contact either Ian or myself.

The Saga uses a reference system under which each member of the family has a unique reference consisting of a series of letters which reflect his branch and generation. This is used in the newsletters and the links below

Here is a tree which is a guide to the links between the branches of the family, the reference system and the chapters in the book

"What's In A Name" by Louise Wates

In Chapter XII of the Wates Family Saga Margaret Pitt wrote about the circumstances surrounding the birth in India of Dominic Wates, son of Ted Wates. Much of her information came from his youngest son Jimmy who had settled in England. Jimmy's daughter Louise decided to carry out some further research. She has written up the result for the benefit of Dominic's many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, most of whom live in Australia, and this can be obtained by request to me bawates@globalnet.co.uk or her louisebrownlee@yahoo.co.uk


Here are a few newsletters that I circulated:

February 2018
February 2006
June 2002
July 1999
February 1998

Family links

I have identified various websites belonging to members of the family



Ian Roberts
1042 Montrose Street
Ontario K6V 7K1

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