Age: 29, credited to Burlington, VTVITALS
Birth: abt 1833, Burlington, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Proprietors Cemetery, Portsmouth, NH
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Sergeant Robert Bates, U.S.M.C., retired, died very suddenly at his home in Kittery Monday noon, of heart disease, at the age of 60 years, 11 months and 25 days. Sergeant Bates was employed in the construction department at the navy yard, and had just come home to dinner apparently feeling as well as usual, but five minutes or less after his arrival his younger daughter on going into the dining room to join him found him seated in a chair with his head thrown back in an unnatural position. Aid was summoned at once, but all was over and he died instantly without a struggle. Sergeant Bates was a native of Vermont and joined the army when but a youth. After serving one enlistment he joined the Marine corps, in which he remained until August, 1890, when he was retired under the 30 years' service act. During the early days of the war he was stationed at the barracks at this navy yard, and married while here Miss Annie S. Hoyt, who with two daughters survives him. He served with credit, during the war and up to the date of his retirement in various men-of-war, his last service afloat being on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga in her cruise around the world, and was for a period of six or more years before his retirement first sergeant at the barracks here. After his marriage and up to about eight years ago his family resided in this city, but since that time they have lived in Kittery. His invalid wife and young daughters have the sympathy of the community in their unlooked for and terribly sudden bereavement. Funeral services were held at the house Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Henry E. Hovey officiating, and were attended by a large delegation from E. G. Parker Post G.A.R. of Kittery of which he was a member, and by a sergeant's guard of U.S. Marines with drum and bugle, under the command of First Sergeant Donahue.
Portsmouth Journal - July 16, 1892
Submitted by Nicole Cloutier - Special Collection Library - Portsmouth Public Library