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Elizabeth E. Gates
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Birth: Feb. 22, 1841
Death: Jun. 19, 1924

Wife of George Porterfield Gates, who was a co-founder and partner of the Waggoner-Gates Milling Company, a flour mill in Independence Missouri. He built his white Victorian style house at 219 North Delaware in Independence Missouri. Neither George or Elizabeth Gates were really that famous. But their daughter Margaret Gates, married David Willock Wallace, and they had a daughter named Elizabeth Virginia Wallace, a name most people wouldn't recognize. Elizabeth married a young Independence Missouri fellow named Harry, that she had attended the same schools with, from 5th grade through high school. After George Gates and his wife had died, the house belonged to daughter Margaret. Harry first moved into the house with his mother-in-law and wife in 1919. In 1952 Margaret died, and the house now belonged to Harry and Elizabeth. At the time of Margaret's death, the house was now quite famous. It was referred to as "The Summer White House". Most people referred to Elizabeth as Bess, Bessie, or simply as Mrs. Truman. Elizabeth Gates was the maternal grandmother of Bess Truman, wife of the 33rd President of the United States, Harry S. Truman. The Truman Home was designated as a National Historic Site May 23, 1983, and is now operated by the National Park Service. The site also includes the two adjacent homes of Mrs. Truman's brothers, and, across Delaware Street, the home of the President's aunt and cousins. George Gates, wife Elizabeth, daughter Margaret, and her husband David Wallace, are all buried in this cemetery, along with many other relatives of Harry S. Truman. (bio by: Bill Walker) 
 
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 Spouse:
  George Porterfield Gates (1835 - 1918)
 
 Children:
  Margaret Elizabeth Gates Wallace (1862 - 1952)*
  Madge Gates Wallace (1862 - 1952)*
  C Walter Gates (1868 - 1923)*
  G. Walter Gates (1868 - 1923)*
  Frank E Gates (1871 - 1925)*
  Tillie Gates (1874 - 1877)*
  Bessie Gates (1883 - 1884)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery
Independence
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
 
Created by: Bill Walker
Record added: Sep 20, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6791754
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