American Silversmiths

William Yates
(1767-1857)
Hannah Palmer
(Abt 1775-)
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William Palmer Yates
(1813-1894)

 

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William Palmer Yates
  • Born: 5 Apr 1813, Morris NY
  • Died: 24 Jul 1894, Elmira NY

  General notes:

Silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker

  Events in his life were:

  • He worked circa 1835-1843 as a silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker in Elmira NY
  • He was a partner in 1843-1845 with O. Kimball in Elmira NY as YATES & KIMBALL 18
  • He worked circa 1846-1880 as a silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker in Elmira NY
    Listed in Boyd's 1860 city directory at 51 Water Street.
  • He appeared on the 1850 census taken at Elmira NY, listed as a jeweler.
  • He appeared on the 1870 census taken at Elmira NY, listed as an engraver.
  • He appeared on the 1880 census taken at Elmira NY, listed as an engraver.
  • Obituary printed in the The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review on 1 Aug 1894
    Death of an Old and Esteemed Watchmaker.
    Elmira, N. Y., July 29. -- William P. Yates, one of Elmira's oldest and most highly esteemed citizens, died Tuesday evening, after an illness covering two years. The direct cause of death was uraemic poisoning.

    The deceased was born April 5, 1813, in Otsego County and came to Elmira in 1840. He opened a jewelry store at the foot of Baldwin St. on Water St., and for many years conducted business there, afterward removing to the store of A.J. Watson, the jeweler. He confined his attention more especially to watch making until about three years ago, when his advancing age compelled him to retire from business. He was, later, however, engaged with A. J. Watson, and was able to be about the streets until about a month preceding his death. The deceased is survived by his son, Horace G. Yates, of this city.



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