Hello everyone, tonight i'll focus on my paternal Grand Mother Mrs. Velma Gates Chatman Family.
She was born in Rusk County Texas September 1917 to Mose and Jewel Gilmore Gates.
Mose was Born in Desoto Parish Louisiana in Grand Cane around 1886.
His Parents were Rev. Robert and Sissie Ann Dunn Gates. Rev. Gates was born in Louisiana in 1865. First Lady Gates was born in 1872. Mose wasn't their only child and i will get to them in my next post.
The Gates family moved to East Texas in the late 1800's Rev, Robert Gates founded a Church Gates Chapel baptist Church the in the East Texas town of shelbyville. Still in operation today.
Here's a Picture of my Grand Mother Mrs. Velma Gates Chatman and historical information on Gates Chapel.
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GATES CHAPEL, TEXAS. Gates Chapel is a small, predominantly black community on Farm Road 417 two miles south of Shelbyville in southern Shelby County. It began as a church and school community. The settlement grew up around the Gates Chapel Baptist Church, which was organized in 1913 and named for Robert G. Gates, its founder and first pastor. The community's school had been consolidated with a neighboring district school by 1938. In 1981 Gates Chapel consisted of the church, a small cemetery, and widely scattered houses.