Joseph William Bates III
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History of Joseph William Bates and Martha Ann McEntire Bates
written by Leah Louis Francom Wood granddaughter
Joseph William Bates a native pioneer who is the son of Joseph William Bates II and Harriett Billington Bates. His father was a member of the Mormon Battalion and a Lt. Colonel in the Standing Army of Utah. He was also a body guard for Pres. Brigham Young when Pres. Young came south to Utah County and Payson. Joseph's mother Harriett Billington was 12 years old when she came as a pioneer from England in 1843.
Joseph William Bates my grandfather was born in the old Sugar House Ward in Salt Lake City on October 1, 1854. The second child in a family of six children. His sister Eliza Jane Bates was also born in Salt Lake City. The other four children were born in Payson, Utah. Joseph's parents settled in Payson when Joseph was 3 years old. Two of his brothers Hugh Franklin, Louis Austin and his sister Harriet Maria died in young child ¸hood. Eliza, Joseph and Edward grew to man and womanhood.
Joseph was a sturdy, happy and dependable boy whose childhood in Payson was filled with much to do. He helped his father who was a mason and stone cutter. Joseph also stood guard with his father during the Black Hawk and Indian Wars when he was only twelve years old. He and his father are listed in the Prominent Men of Utah book published in the 1920's. Their pictures are there also.
Joseph William Bates and Martha Ann McEntire were married 14th October 1877. They started life together on a small farm on the south end of Payson Main Street. A number of years later Joseph and Martha Ann moved to the east part of Payson where they bought a 15 acre farm in the Salem fields not far from their home where he raised sugar beets which were hauled to U&I Sugar Co. in Spanish Fork for market also he raised corn, wheat and alfalfa.
I remember when the men came to thresh the wheat. Grandpa hired Gil Bearnson's thresher and there were maybe 20 men for lunch. Grandma fed the threshers at noon on tressle tables out under the shade trees. The beet and the wheat harvest were busy days.
Grandpa liked to dance. He knew all the dances, The Varsouvienne, Schottish, Quadrille, Polka and Virginia Reel. He danced in his youth and he danced in his maturity. I remember when we had Ward parties. Dancing was always a part of the fun. It was my pleasure to dance the Virginia Reel with my grandfather. That has always been a special memory for me. Also my grandfather was my Sunday School teacher when our class of twelve and thirteen old were studying the Book of Mormon. I remember the fun we had at a party when we were to graduate to the next highest class. We played games and had luncheon of sandwiches, salad, ice cream, cake and punch. Grandpa taught Sunday school, one class or another for over 30 years. He was also at one time, president of the Elders Quorum in First Ward.
Joseph was also City Sexton for 34 years. During the flu epidemic of 1918-20 there were so many people who died and so many graves to dig that he was hard pressed to keep up with the work even though he had much help. His sorrow for the families was great, especially for those who buried their little children.
Grandpa had the gift of healing. He was called many times to bless the sick. He had great faith in the healing power of the Priesthood. Leland Worsencroft, a young boy at the time, related later to me Leah Wood that Grandpa Bates had healed him when he lay near death with small pox. Joseph William always said, “It’s the Lord who healed them.” He went humbly with a prayer in heart to do good wherever he could. In the D&C Sec. 46 V.10-11 it says: For all have not every gift given unto them. There are many gifts and to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God and verses 19-20 “and again it is given to some to have faith to be healed and to others is given to have faith to heal."
Joseph W. or "Doadie" as grandma and many of his friends called him and "Marthie” as grandpa called grandma, were the parents of nine children. Five of them lived to maturity. They were: Martha Ann b.1878 Harriet May b.1881 Joseph William b.1884 Charles Henry b.1891 Susan Eliza b.1896. Those who died in infancy were: Louis Edwin b.1887; Mary Awilda b. 1889; Erwin Eli b.1894; Lilly Verene b.1900. It was a great sorrow to them' to lose these children.
When Grandpa's brother Edward lost his wife in child birth leaving six children the oldest of whom was 14 and the infant Edward was 5 weeks old, Grandpa and Grandma took their infant son Edward to raise as their own.
In young childhood Edward was stricken with spinal meningitis and was left with a problem on his back. Grandpa took him to specialists in Salt Lake City many times for treatment and to have his braces adjusted as he grew. They loved Edward as deeply as their own. He brought the number of their surviving children to six.
When the new First Ward chapel was to be constructed, Joseph W. Bates was selected as one of the executive building Committee in February 1930.
Then in December of 1941 he was honored as an outstanding citizen of Payson by being presented the annual Yule Candle at the Junior High School Carol and Candle service.