Agnes McMenamy was born in 1810 in Scotland. She was also known as ‘Nancy’ but favoured ‘Ann/e’ later in life. In 1832 she was convicted of man robbery and sentenced to life imprisonment. The following year she was transported to the colony of New South Wales. Less than a year after her arrival she married fellow convict Joseph Gates (1812-1880). They had a son together and relocated to South Australia after Anne received her ticket of leave. She would go on to receive a conditional pardon and die in the Adelaide Hills.
John was the son of convicts Joseph Gates (1812-1880) and Agnes McMenamy (1810-1860). He was born after his mother gained her ticket of leave in New South Wales. The family relocated to South Australia after his birth and baptism and he spent the remainder of his life in the Adelaide Hills. John married married Ellen Pascoe (1843-1917) in 1863 and they had sixteen known children.
Edwin was the son of John Gates (1842-1919) and Ellen Pascoe (1843-1917). He was born in South Australia, married in Broken Hill (what is now New South Wales) and died in Western Australia.