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Alyssa Joy (Bates) Webster is the sixth daughter of Gil and Kelly Bates' nineteen children. She is married to John Webster and they have four children: Allie, Lexi, Zoey, and Maci Jo.

Early Life

Alyssa as a baby

Alyssa Joy "Bizz" Bates was born on November 9, 1994, to Gil Bates and Kelly Jo Callaham.[1] She was the couple's sixth child, and they went on to have thirteen more children after her.

Alyssa began preparing meals for the family at only twelve years old.[2] She was also the family's secretary and clothes shopper.[3]

Alyssa was said to be especially close to her paternal grandmother, Mama Jane, as a child. She still maintains this close bond as an adult.

Childhood Education

Alyssa was homeschooled growing up. She and her siblings were raised as active participants of Bill Gothard's Institute in Basic Life Principles.


John asking Alyssa to enter a courtship

See also: Alyssa Bates and John Webster wedding


In 2012, Alyssa began working on Congressman Daniel Webster's campaign for the United States House of Representatives. It is through this campaign work that she got to know John Webster, who she became attracted to.

On November 6, 2013, John took Alyssa out on a date that started at Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, where he gave her a necklace. They then had lunch on the porch at Rafferty's before heading to Rock City in Chattanooga, TN, where he asked her to enter a courtship.[4]

John proposing to Alyssa


On January 16, 2014, John took Alyssa out to a beach at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Realizing what was happening, Alyssa began crying, and John proposed to her. Afterwards, they took a rented car to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse for dinner.[5] Alyssa described the dinner as "the most elegant (expensive) restaurant I've ever visited".[6]


Alyssa's wedding to John Webster

Alyssa married John Webster on May 24, 2014, at Salem Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN.[7] Her maid of honor was her new sister-in-law, Tori Webster. Her bridesmaids were Tori, Michaela, and Whitney Bates, Andrea Warren, Liz Miller, Erin Paine, and Bethany Chavez. Her flower girls were her sisters, Addallee and Ellie Bates. Her brother Nathan Bates was among the groomsmen, and her brother Judson Bates was one of the ring bearers. The wedding was officiated by her father, Gil Bates. [7]


Alyssa and John shortly after the birth of Allie Jane

On November 18, 2014, John and Alyssa Webster announced that they were pregnant with their first child. "We are overwhelmed with excitement to be expecting," the couple said in a statement. "We can't wait to welcome our precious little baby into the world."[8]

On April 11, 2015, Alyssa gave birth to a daughter, Allie Jane Webster. "We are so excited to welcome our healthy, beautiful baby girl Allie Jane into the world. We are ecstatic and grateful to receive this precious gift."[9] She weighed 6 pounds and 11 ounces and was 21 inches long.[10]

Alyssa's family shortly after the birth of Lexi Mae

On September 15, 2016, John and Alyssa announced that they were expecting their second child, a girl, with a due date of January 27, 2017. "John and I are simply overjoyed with happiness," Alyssa commented. "We are highly anticipating our daughter's arrival."[11]

At 7:20pm on January 26, 2017, Alyssa gave birth to a second child, Lexi Mae Webster. She weighed 6 pounds and 2 ounces.[12]

Alyssa's family shortly after the birth of Zoey

On November 9, 2017, Alyssa and her husband announced that they were expecting their third child, a daughter to be named Zoey Joy Webster, who was due April 2, 2018.[13]

At 4:20 am on March 28, 2018, Alyssa gave birth to her third child, Zoey Joy Webster. She weighed 6 pounds and was 19 inches long. [14]

Alyssa and John's pregnancy announcement

On August 6, 2020, Alyssa and John announced that they are expecting their fourth child, who is due February 17, 2021.[15] On September 12, 2020 they announced that they were having a girl and on September 18, they announced that she would be named Maci Jo.

On February 9, 2021, Alyssa gave birth to her fourth daughter, Maci Jo Webster. She weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 18 inches long. [16]


Alyssa cleaning at an ice cream shop

Flower Shop

Alyssa worked part-time at Pots and Petals Florist in Lake City, TN, as a teen.[17] She worked here up through her wedding, and put a lot of her earnings towards wedding expenses.

Cleaning Business

Alyssa currently works with her husband cleaning commercial buildings.[18] Their work in this business was featured on the Bringing Up Bates episode "Sunshine State Bates".

A Bringing Up Bates ad featuring Alyssa and her husband

Television Appearances

Alyssa appeared on the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting many times as a teenager and young adult.

In 2012, TLC aired one season of the show United Bates of America, which focused on Alyssa's family. In 2015, UpTV began airing a similar show, Bringing Up Bates. Alyssa is occasionally featured in both shows.

Wedding Involvement

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