Louisville's First Families -A SERIES OF GENEALOGICAL SKETCHES
Author - KATHLEEN JENNINGS
Published by THE STANDARD PRINTING CO.- Louisville, KY 1920
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The Bate Family. Chapter XII.
BERRY HILL" was the Virginia home of James Smalley Bate, and for that reason the Kentucky pioneer chose that name for his extensive acreage on the Ohio river, his estate covering the land which is now the suburb of Glenview, and the Bate residence being the Glenview Farms, home of Mr. and Mrs. Baylor Hickman.
Dr. James Bate, a surgeon, who emigrated from Yorkshire, England, and settled in St. Mary's, Maryland, was the father of the Kentucky settler.
Dr. Bate married Susannah Bond, the daughter of James Bond, whose five sons fought in the Delaware Blues. The Bates removed to what is now Martinsburg, W. Va., and it was there that on attaining his majority James Smalley Bate married Lucy Moore Throckmorton, granddaughter of John Robinson, speaker of the House of Burgesses, and great granddaughter of Sir Alexander Spottswood, first Colonial governor of Virginia.
When James Smalley Bate and his family came to Kentucky in 1789, their first location was Harmony Landing on the river above Prospect.
They moved shortly to Falls of Ohio, and their first home here was a twelve-room log house on "Berry Hill." The second house was of brick and stood about five hundred yards from the third house on "Berry Hill," which was started shortly after 1800, and is now the Hickman home. The house and grounds were planned and laid out, a composite of the old Bate place in Maryland and Virginia.
James Smalley Bate was interested in the civic life of Louisville, and he was one of the founders of Christ Church Cathedral, and gave the land on which the church was built. He died in 1834, leaving a large fortune to his seven children, each receiving 500 acres of the estate. James Smalley Bate is buried in the old Glenview cemetery and here lies his mother, Susannah Bond Bate, who was born in 1740. Dr. James Bate died in Virginia during the Revolution.
The black walnut forest to the side of the homestead furnished the beautiful wood which is found in the mantels, and the woodwork and floors throughout the dwelling. The forest itself was uprooted in the Louisville cyclone and the side of the house was badly damaged also. According to a tradition in the family, expert carvers were paid $150 apiece for the work on the mantels, which are exquisite in design. The doors
for the house were brought on packmules from Virginia, and as the house was finished before the doors arrived, it was necessary to hang mattresses in the apertures when the family took possession of the house.
The little attic room in the cupola, high up over the front door, is said to have been the household bank, and here James Smalley Bate kept the treasure chest with its stock of gold from which the expenses of the estate were drawn, and into whose coffers poured the wealth of this substantial and prosperous landholder, who did so much to advance agricultural pursuits in Jefferson county.
Gerard Bond Bate inherited the Bate home, "Berry Hill," and he sold it in 1869 to James C. McFerran, who, with his son, John B. McFerran established a famous trotting horse farm on the Glenview Farms. Later it was the home of John E. Green, and for some years has been owned by the Hickmans.
John Throckmorton Bate, who was born in 1809 at Berry Hill, and lived to be eighty-eight years old, spent his life in that vicinity. In 1834, the year of his marriage, to Eleanor Anne Locke, he built "Woodside" within a mile of his father's home. The house still standing is a splendid example of the Virginia farmhouse colonial of white brick. In this house lived three generations
of Bates, the last owner in the family being John Throckmorton Bate, son of Clarence Bate and Octavia Zantziger, and grandson of John Throckmorton Bate.
The name of "Woodside" was changed to "Arden" when the beautiful place was purchased by Peter Lee Atherton, who continues to make it his year-around home. Many fine pieces of mahogany furniture bought for Berry Hill and Woodside are still in possession of the Bate family in Louisville. A quantity of the family silver was lost in a fire a few years ago.
James Smalley Bate and his wife, Lucy Moore Throckmorton, were the parents of the following children: Catherine, James Smalley, Robert, Susan, Lucy, Gerard Bond and John Throckmorton Bate.
Catherine Bate married Henry Washington, a Virginian and close kinsman of George Washington, who as a very young man left the Old Dominion for the Kentucky settlements. No other member of his immediate family ventured this way, and when one of his descendants was seeking an accurate genealogy of the family it was necessary to make a trip to Virginia to secure data from the Washington Bibles.
There are three children of Catherine and Henry Washington living at Irvington, Ky. Mary Washington, who married Theodore Munford,
recently celebrated her ninetieth birthday; Georgiana, who married Richard Herndon, the mother of Jesse M. Herndon, of Irvington, and Bate Washington, whose wife was Mary Helm. Emmaree Washington, daughter of Bate and Mary Washington, is the wife of B. Perry Weaver, of Louisville, and the mother of Ben Helm Weaver, Burton Perry Weaver and Mary Washington Weaver.
Glorvine Eugenia Washington, daughter of Henry and Catherine, married Alfred Harris, and from her is descended a granddaughter, Catherine Washington Harris, the wife of Dr. Clint W. Kelly. She is the mother of Dr. Alfred Harris Kelly, whose wife was Amy Gunn Snowden before her marriage; Dr. Clint W. Kelly, Jr., Wager Swayne Kelly and Edwin Parson Kelly. Susan Washington, another daughter, married Dr. Joseph Morrison Tydings, the Methodist minister, and their son Richard H. Tydings and his wife, Nell Mansir, with their four children: Joseph Mansir, Anna Ray, Richard, Jr., and Mary Avery Tydings, make Louisville their home.
Lucy Washington married Junius Alexander, and their son, Dr. Junius B. Alexander, lives here.
Lucy Bate, who married George Gray, had five children, but left few descendants. A daughter,
Lizzie Gray, married Mann William Satterwhite, and was the mother of George Satterwhite, who married Laura Hays, and of Bessie Satterwhite, the wife of Walter Stouffer, and mother of Walter Stouffer, Jr.
Mary Gray married Dr. Coleman Rogers, and their only living child is Mary Rogers, Mrs. William O. Andrews, of St. Louis, and the mother of four children. William Gray married Nellie Snowden, and has living here one granddaughter, Eleanor Gray, the wife of Rudolph C. Krauss. Lucy Gray was never married. Ella Gray, one of the four daughters of Lucy Bate and George Gray, is the widow of Norbourne G. Gray, and has one son, Coleman Gray, who makes his home in New York.
Gerard Bond Bate, who inherited the home place, died a bachelor. He was a Harvard graduate, and a man of great culture and refinement.
John Throckmorton Bate married Eleanor Anne Locke, and had two sons, Octavius Bate, who died as the result of an accident while a student at Centre College, and Clarence Bate, who was educated at Brown's, a classmate of Elihu Root and John Hay.
Clarence Bate married Octavia Zantziger, daughter of Major Richard Zantziger, and his wife, Mary Bullitt. There were four children of
this marriage, three living, Octavius L. Bate, a bachelor; John Throckmorton Bate, who married Margaret Mitchell, and Octavia Zantziger Bate, who is the wife of. Dr. Clarence Graves, head of the Baptist Mission of the South, at Nashville.
John Throckmorton and Margaret Bate have two children, Margaret, the wife of Allen Ford Barnes, of San Antonio, and the mother of Margaret Ford Barnes, and John Throckmorton Bate, Jr., a student of medicine at University of Virginia.
Susan L. Bond Bate married in August, 1826, Richard Taylor Robertson, the son of Isaac Robertson, who came from Glasgow, Scotland, and his wife Matilda Taylor, daughter of Commodore Richard Taylor. The Robertsons left Louisville to make Brandenburg their home. They had thirteen children, and from one of these, a daughter, Susan Eliza Robertson, a number of Louisville people are descended. She married her cousin, Richard Alexander Bate, a son of James Smalley Bate II, and his wife, Virginia Alexander.
Susan Eliza and Richard Alexander Bate have a daughter and two sons in the city, Fanny Barbour Bate (Mrs. Theodore S. Drane), Dr. Richard Alexander Bate, who married Julia Hornsby Calloway, a descendant of Daniel Boone's
companion, Col. Calloway, the Indian fighter, and Virginius A. Bate, who married Eliza Johnson.
Lucy Moore Throckmorton Bate, another daughter, married Henry Watts Clark, of Chicago, and James Smalley Bate married Nell Semple, a cousin, and lives in Henry county.
James Smalley Bate and his wife, Virginia Alexander, had a family of eight children, and their home was a part of the Glenview Farms. The couple lived there, died there, and their children are making their home on the land. Two daughters, Lucy and Ellen Bate, married Major Walker Taylor, Confederate veteran, and nephew of Gen. Zachary Taylor. From Lucy Bate Taylor, the first wife, are descended James Taylor and his sister, Virginia Taylor, who live on the Bate land on the Brownsboro road. Ellen Bate Taylor, the second wife, leaves three daughters, the Misses Taylor, who also live out on the Brownsboro road. Another daughter of James Smalley and Virginia Bate is Virignia Alexander Bate, who lives on a portion of the old farm.
Robert Bate, son of James Smalley Bate and Lucy Moore Throckmorton, married Fannie Barbour, and had four sons, Gerard Bate, a bachelor; William Bate, who married Lucy Washington; Philip Bate, whose wife was Helen Bullitt, and
Edward Bate, who married Fannie Mayo, and has two children, Rebekkah Bate Welch, of New York, and Yandell Bate, U. S. A.