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Actually, this story is a combination of family tale and supposition. We don't yet have proof. We know a Crickmur and a Culpepper were wed in Virginia and had immigrated to Kentucky by the early 1820s. The site in Virginia where a number of Crickmurs and Culpeppers could be found was Norfolk.

This piece of "The Story" is about the first two generations of Creekmans to be in Virginia. The link to our Kentucky Crickmurs is still missing. asserts that John Yates was born in 1595 in England. No information is given on his parents.

George Cabell Greer's compilation Early Virginia Immigrates 1623 -1 1666 states that John Yates immigrated to Virginia probably in 1635 by William Barber, a mariner of Charles City Company. In 1636 he paid the passage of Joane, his wife and Richard and Mary Yates. It is possible they were his children. In 1638 he paid for transport of Jone Yates to Lower New Norfolk Co. Virginia. Movements within Virginia were also listed as "transports" the same as movements to Virginia.

The Complete book of Emigrants b 1607-1660 by Peter Wilson Coldham lists three 1635 transports of a John Yates. The one by Barber mentioned above adds that John Yates was 20 years old. There is another dated June 10, 1635 where a John Yates, age 48 went from London to Bermuda on the True Love of London, Mr. Robert Dennis. As our  John Yates of Virginia paid for a number of passages in 1636 he may have been an older man with an established family. The 20 year old John may have been the son of the 48 year old John though there is no proof of that. 

His youngest daughter was born in Norfolk about 1640. Joane's maiden name or birth information is not known. 

According to migural John and Joane Yates had four children . They were
1. Joanne
2. Richard
3. Mary
4. Frances born about 1640 in Norfolk

John was an active leader in the community. He was listed as a Church warden of "ye pish of Elizabeth River" in 1642. This is from Lower Norfolk county Libraries, Vol. 1 page 145.

John died in 1648 in Virginia. Lower Norfolk County Libraries, Volume 1, page 104, it was noted that he had owned two bibles and other old books valued at 220 pounds. The list was an inventory of all books of Lower Norfolk county. Therefore, John Yates was an educated man, able to read.  The inventory of his Norfolk County estate is also noted in Virginia Wills and Administrations by Clayton Torrence.  As is the will of Joane Yates in 1666.

The death of Joane Yates in 1666 is also in  The Virginia Genealogist 1966 in an article called Creekmore Notes compiled by Mabel H. Thornton and Elizabeth B. Wingo. On page 148 it states thatDorothy Ballintine married John Creekmore and that she was the granddaughter of Joane Yates who died 1666. Their source was Norfolk County Wills and Deeds book E, page 11. This article contains some sketchy information on the Ballentines and Yates as well as all the bequests of John Creekmore's will.


If you know the answer please CONTACT US

1. Where did they come from?

2. What was Joane's maiden name


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