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Hervey Bates Sr (1795 - 1876)  

Hervey Bates Sr. & Jr. Tombstones do not bear an suffix only Henry Bates the III Hervey Bates Jr. used Hervey, Hervey Jr. and Hevery II; Hervey III used also Hervey and Hervey Jr. - biographies, newspapers articles and census and vital records use a variety of the suffix's

Ninety-five years ago every person then living within the limits of Marion county knew Hervey Bates, most of them personally. If the same name is not known so universally in the county at the present time it is merely due to the physical impossibility of any one man to have a personal acquaintance with several hundred thousand people. At the present time there are living in Indianapolis three men named Hervey Bates, grandfather, father and son.

The original Hervey Bates was appointed the first sheriff of Marion county by Governor Jennings in 1822. His appointment came before he had taken up his residence in Marion county.

Hervey Bates was born at Old Fort Washington, now Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1795. He was given his father's name, so that the name Hervey has persisted through at least five successive generations of the family.

Hervey Bates Sr., served under Generals Wayne and Harmer as "Master of Transportation" during the Indiana Wars in the Northwest. His duties were in forward provisions and mutations of war from the frontier posts to the soldiers at the front.

Sheriff Bates through the early death of his mother and the remarriage of his father went to Warren, Ohio, where he grew up and received his early education. At the age of twenty-one he went to Brookville, Indiana, and there met and fell in love with Miss Sidney Sedgwick, a cousin of Gen. James Noble, one of the most conspicuous early charactersin Indiana history. Owing to parental objections the young couple ran away and were married.

In 1816, at Brookville, Hervey Bates cast his first vote. This was for a delegate in form a constitution for the new state of Indiana.

A short time later he removed with his young wife to Connersville, and from there in 1822 came to Indianapolis, which was then a mere site in the wilderness, deriving its importance from the fact that it had been established as the future capital of Indiana. The town consisted of only a small collection of log cabins.

As the first sheriff of Marion county, Hervey Bates issued a proclamation calling for an election in the county. Hervey Bates was not so much of a politician as he was a business man, and for many years he was prominent as a pioneer merchant of Indianapolis. a business which gave him a substantial fortune.

His name is associated with many of the first undertakings and institutions of Indianapolis.

He was the first president of the "Branch of the State Bank" at Indianapolis and filled that office ten years. He was also instrumental in the formation of the earliest insurance company, was a stockholder in the first hotel corporation, and in the first railroad finished to the capital. He was identified with the first Gas, Light & Coke Company an din many other enterprises having for their object the public welfare. He was a member of the Masonic lodge of Indianapolis.

In 1852 Hervey Bates began the erection of what became known far and wide as the Bates House, one of the foremost hotels of its day. Hervey Bates possessed a vast amount of energy, mental and physical, and with it came the rugged honesty that made his name as long as he lived a synonym of integrity.

His death occurred July 6, 1876, at the age of eighty-one.

He and his wife had three children, their only-son being Hervey Bates.

Hervey Bates, the second of the name to have lived in Indianapolis, was born in this city in 1834. He inherited many of the characteristics that made his father a man of note. He grew up in Indianapolis and it has always been his home. For many years he was connected with one of the first wholesale grocery houses and was also an active banker. He was one of the originators of the American Hominy Company. Of late years he has been retired and has attained the age of eighty-three. As a matter of personal recollections he has practically witnessed every phase in the growth and development of this native city. He married Charlotte Cathcart, and they were parents of a son and a daughter.

Hervey Bates III was born at Indianapolis in October, 1858. He was educated in the city public schools, in the Phillips Exeter Academy and in Harvard University. He began his career through experience as an apprentice at the machinist's trade and for a number of years was connected with the Atlas Engine Works. Mr. Bates has served almost from this beginning as president of the American Hominy Company, one of the large and important industries of Indianapolis. In 1891 he married Susan Martingale. Of their two children the only survivor is Hervey Bates, representing the fourth generation of the name in Indiana.

Indiana and Indianans : a history of aboriginal and territorial Indiana and the century of statehood Chicago: American Historical Society, 1919, Dunn, Jacob Piatt, pg. 1697-8

Combines two nineteenth-century architectural styles. Built 1850s-1860 in Italianate Style. Later additions in Second Empire Style. It was built over a period of fifteen years by a succession of men of local and national historical importance. Owners included Hervey Bates, Sr., first Marion County sheriff, Thomas A. Hendricks, U.S. vice president, and John Coburn, U.S. congressman. Listed in National Register of Historic Places, 1976.

This is not the same Bates House. The location of "Lincoln's" Bates House was at the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets in Downtown Indianapolis. That Bates House burned in 1889 and was rebuilt, then was demolished in 1901 to make way for the Claypool Hotel (completed 1903).

This is a photo found via internet and crossed between several sites of the house probably as it stands about 2016.
-Hervey Bates, Indianapolis banker and businessman, saw opportunity for providing housing accommodations for transients en route west. In 1852 workers broke ground on the northwest corner of Washington and Illinois streets and the four-storied Bates House, decorated in Victorian style,was completed in 1853 at a cost of $75,000.00. Its cost of $2.00/room/day, including meals, proved attractive to travelers, including President-elect Abraham Lincoln. He overnighted on 11 February 1861 when he was en route toWashington, D.C. for his First Inaugural. In a speech from the Washington Street balcony of the hotel he called for the preservation of the Union. The following day Hoosier Governor Oliver P. Morton hosted the President at breakfast at the hotel. In time the Bates House languished and the hotel was razed in 1901.

Hervey Bates Birth: Jan. 25, 1795 Fort Washington, Cincinatti, Hamilton, Ohio Death: Jul. 6, 1876 {Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana } Burial: Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana Son of Daniel Bates and Mary /Kitchell

married 7 Mar 1819 (marriage Licence) Brookville, Franklin, Indiana Sidney Sedgwick Birth: Jul. 27, 1798 Death: Feb. 27, 1872 Burial: Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana Daughter of John Sedgwick and Janette Kent
    Died – Bates – On Tuesday morning, February 27, at 7 ˝ o’clock, Sidney Bates, wife of Hervey, sen, in the seventy-fourth year of her age.

    Funeral will take place from her late residence corner of Market and New Jersey streets, on Thursday morning at half-past ten. Services by the Rev. J. H. Morrow - Indianapolis Evening Journal Tuesday, February 27, 1872, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Katherine Rebecca Bates (____ - 1826) Death: Oct. 22, 1826 Buried Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis Marion County Indiana

    Mary Jane Bates (1820 - 1891)Birth: Nov. 20, 1820, Death: Dec. 28, 1891 Fort Wayne Allen County Indiana married Brookville, Franklin, Indiana Lawrence Martin Vance Birth: Jul. 16, 1816 Ohio Death: Mar. 22, 1863 Cincinnati Hamilton County Ohio Both Buried Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis Marion County Indiana

    Elizabeth H. Bates (1828 - 1873) Birth: Sep. 26, 1828 Indiana Death: Dec. 16, 1873 Buried Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis Marion County Indiana

    Ellen Irene Bates (1833 - 1839) Birth: Feb., 1833 Death: Sep. 9, 1839 Buried Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis Marion County Indiana

    Hervey Bates (1834 - 1929)

Hervey Bates Sr (1795 - 1876) ~~~ Hervey Bates Jr/II (1834 - 1929) ~~~ Hervey Bates III/Jr (1858 - 1939)

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