Peter Gates was born in New Jersey, in 1778, of German descent, and emigrated to Washington County, Pennsylvania, in 1801, and married Sarah Spech in 1803. He removed to Mifflin Township, Richland County, in 1830, and deceased in 1861, aged eighty-three years. His family consisted of Martin, Jacob, John, Isaac, Elizabeth, Eunice, Margaret and Sarah. He was twice married, his second wife being Elizabeth, sister of Samuel Lewis, of Mifflin.
Isaac Gates, forth son of Peter, was born near Hillsborough, Washington County, Pennsylvania, September 15, 1815. In 1830 he accompanied his father's family to Richland County, Ohio. Here he grew to manhood, attending the common schools of the neighbor in the winter season, and labored on a farm in the summer. His father's family being in moderate circumstances, he was compelled to labor at wages to procure clothing and education, the schools at that period being sustained by individual subscriptions. In 1839 he was elected constable of Mifflin Township, and was re-elected five times successively. In November 1834, he married Susan Newcomer, daughter of Christian Newcomer, who was subsequently commissioner of Ashland County. Mr. Gates moved to the village of Mifflin, where, in1842, he was elected justice of the peace, and twice re-elected. In 1848 he was elected sheriff, and re-elected in 1850. In 1852 he was elected auditor, and re-elected in 1854. In 1862 he was again elected auditor, and re-elected in 1864. He now resides in Ashland. Since the expiration of his second term, as auditor he has followed the business of a public salesman or auctioneer. He has been an active member of the Lutheran Church since 1847, and, much of the time, a deacon or elder. His family consists of Sarah J., Halstead, Margaret, deceased, Fannie E., Nelson, William H., Christian N., Ruben H., Arminda, Elizabeth, Frank and Martin I.