Thomas Bates was my 4 x great grandfather and father of James Bates 1803-1891.
He was born in 1756 in Sutton Valence, Kent to John and Ann and baptised there on 2nd October 1756.
My research has found 8 siblings, all older than Thomas.
He married Sarah Smith in Kent on 6th November 1780. They had twin daughters the next year, but neither survived childhood. Sarah died in 1785.
Thomas then married Mary Kennard on 14th May 1789. I have found 6 children from this marriage , including my direct ancestor James.
I have yet to find the death record for Thomas and know nothing about his occupation.