Joseph Yates was born about 1812 in Christian County. He moved to Hamilton Co, Illinois and married Nancy Campbell on 11 July 1833. They had five children: Eli Riley b. 1834; John W. b. 1836; Nancy Jane b. 1839; Rebecca b. 1844; and Martha Ann b. 1846. Both parents died and the children were living with relatives by 1850. Eli Riley was my GGgrandfather. Eli married Martha Ann Shelton who was the granddaughter of Abraham Shelton. It seems that Joseph Yates could be related to the Sheltons somehow. Any information on any Yates families in the late 1790s and early 1800s in Christian County would be greatly appreciated!