Born: 1. Jan, 1844, Lee County, Iowa, a member of the Iron County Militia. According to his attached birth certificate his father Thomas Bateman was born in England. Bateman was only thirteen years of age at the time of the massacre. According to the book "Life & Confession of John D. Lee, Bateman was the Youngest participant at the Mountain Meadows Massacre. He was the one John D. Lee sent in alone with the white flag to get the immigrants to surrender. After he was accepted by the leaders of the immigrant train John D. Lee went in and talked the members of the wagon train into giving up their property and arms for the Mormon's promise of escorted safe passage back to Cedar City, Utah.
After the Mormons were back out on the trail back to Cedar City and had the immigrants in position . The Mormons executed the immigrants in cold blood as ordered by the Prophet Brigham Young.