|Thomas Waterman & Cynthia York Gates*|
They were the parents of Lafayette Gates, born c1856, and Sarah Adeline (Sofie) Gates, wife of John Taylor Coffey.
Update Dec. 13, 2011: I was recently contacted by a Gates researcher who is searching for the death and burial information for Thomas and Cynthia as well as their son Lafayette.
I had been primarily interested in their daughter Sofie but, that request for help led me to do a bit more digging.
In addition to the above two children, Thomas and Cynthia had five other children, all born in OR. They were William, born c1852; Laura, born c1854; Don Carlos, born c1858; Emma May, born c1863 and Mary, born c1868.
The family was first in the Oregon Territory census of 1850 in Clackamas Co. In 1860 and 1870 they were in Multnomah Co., OR and disappeared after that.
Readers who may be researching this family and who know where the Gates are buried are invited to contact me.
*Photo courtesy Dorothy Louise Crawford, dec'd., Union City, CA, a descendant of Lewis Moses Coffey