Here are two places for you to look for information:
1. Go to the Webconnect and search for william pate--look for the GEDCOM info from lunar7. From the census info I have poured over, I think she has it right.
2. Also, search for Jinx Pate Lee, she has a great website for Pate.
3. Another area to look at is the White genealogy--they lived in Ashley and Nashville, IL during that period and intermarried with the Pates.
4. If you want to find out who William's father is, George W. or Matthew, write to the State of Illinois for his Army enlistment papers, I understand that informaiton is listed on them. The State of IL has a great genealogy website--might want to peruse it. They are always adding information.
I am ldrshp7, however my gedcom is currently being updated.
Oh, why do I know this info--William Pate is my
gr-gr-grandfather who married Emily Watts in Mt Vernon, IL, 1850. I have visited the graveyards there-interesting.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I can send you some additional information--I have a picture of William and his two daughters (Mary Lucinda was my grandfather's mother--married Loran Munson in Denton, TX). Many Pate cousins still reside there.
Dr. Gene Munson