Family:Unknown Cathey and Unknown (1)

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Little is known of the father of this family, more research is necessary. Additional information (including sources) is welcome with any updates.


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Descendants of Unknown Cathey


Generation No. 1

1. UNKNOWN1 CATHEY was born WFT Est. 1650-1666.

Notes for UNKNOWN CATHEY:


http://www.tngenweb.org/maury/fgs/cathey.html

W.D. Bostick

Last Rev. 3/2003


CATHEY


The earlier generations of the CATHEY family in America is well-researched and documented. One major source for the Cathey family is: Cathey Family History and Genealogy Volume I (1700-1900) by Boyt Henderson Cathey (BHC), 1993. This brief annotation of information is drawn from this source, “Cathey Kith and Kin” (Cathey Reunion Organization Newsletter), and other sources as noted.


Note: this summary only includes detailed information for the direct descent for our branch of the family.


Early history of the Catheys, from “Maury County TN History and Families” (Turner Publ., 1998), pp 221-2: The ancestry of the Maury County Cathey family goes back to the ancestral home on the island of Colonsay and Oronsay off the western coast of Scotland. In 1493, the Cathey family, members of the McFie clan, were driven from the islands to Galloway and Carrick in the lowlands of Scotland after their land was taken away by the Scottish Crown. Between 1611-1618, the Cathey’s migrated to Ulster, North Ireland, after powerful landlords confiscated their lands. Mary Cathie Gillis, of Glasgow, Scotland, wrote: “The process was aided by the English Crown persecution, killing and banishment of many who would not deny their Presbyterian beliefs.. the Cathey’s took to Ireland and to America, their religion, their firm belief in a good education, and a character to work and to prosper..” The Catheys remained in Ireland 90-100 years before migrating to America.


Edna Carson Cathey Trotter (Columbia “Daily Herald”, 29-Jul-1971; reprint 1972 “Cathey Kith and Kin”, p. 4) writes: “Tradition says that the Catheys lived on an island off the coast of Scotland, that they owned two islands and used one for a burying ground. Later they lived on the Scottish mainland. They went from Scotland to Ireland, didn’t remain there long and came to this country soon after 1700. There were possibly four brothers and their families who came together and settled in Pennsylvania. The one that we are directly descended from is John Cathey.”


The Catheys came to County Monaghan, Ireland, from Isle of Colonsay, Scotland, after the chief of their Clan MacPhie was killed in 1623. Archibald Cathey b. 1660, John Cathey b. 1668, and Alexander Cathey b. 1675, were all born in Monaghan. William Moorhead, John May, and Samuel Given married some of the children of Arch, John and Alex. The Catheys emigrated to Lancaster, Pennsylvania about 1720, many of them moving south to Virginia and North Carolina by 1740. So they could have lived in Monaghan from about 1625 to 1720.


James Leyburn wrote an excellent social history, entitled “The Scotch Irish” (UNC press, 1962). He describes the abject poverty and lawlessness prevailing in Scotland in the seventeenth century and earlier. There was much then to induce the tenent farmers of the Scottish lowlands to emigrate to the Ulster “Plantation,” established in northern Ireland after 1610. Later religious and poltical turmoil induced further migration of the Scots Irish to America, beginning in 1717/8. A second, larger wave of Scots Irish migrated during 1725-1729.


From: http://www.cagenweb.com/mariposa/cathey.htm

CATHEY FAMILY CHRONICLE

The Origins of the Cathey Family Family Name: The derivation of the Cathey family name is believed to be from the Clan McAfie (Scotland). The Gaelic spelling is MacDubhSithe" meaning 'Son of the Dark Fairy or Elf'. The ancestral home of the Macfies was on the Island of Colonsay, off the coast of Scotland. They were descendants of “low land Scots.” In a rebellion against King Malcomb of Scotland in 1615, the Chief of the Clan was killed. He was murdered at the Standing Stone. The lordship of the Isles changed in the fifteenth century. The name “Macfie” was changed into many different spellings over the years. Our family kept the Anglo spelling of “Cathey”.

It is believed many of the Catheys emigrated to Monaghan County, Ulster, Northern Ireland, perhaps as early as 1611-1618. The Catheys lived there approximately ninety to one hundred years before immigrating to America. The earliest known “Cathey” descendant in America was James Cathey, born in Ulster, North Ireland in 1685. He was a millwright. At the age of thirty-three, he married a woman known only as “Ann” in 1708. James’ records show that he purchased land in Cecil, Maryland in 1718 and remained there until 1724.

In a peace agreement with the Indians, James Cathey was issued 200 acres of land that was recorded in the Samuel Blunston Register under Thomas Penn in 1732. It did not take long for the Catheys to learn Virginia and North Carolina were where they wanted to settle--there was better and cheaper land. They moved their belongings by wagon and oxen over the Great Wagon Road to the great valley of Virginia, along the Shenandoah River near Staunton, where they lived between 1730-1743. James was deeded 1,350 acres by King George II for the sum of “sixteen pounds, 15 shillings.”

After leaving Augusta County, West Virginia, a road crosses the Yadkin River leading to the Irish settlement near Mills Bridge, Salisbury, North Carolina. By 1760, Salisbury had been settled. James Cathey’s deed shows the Cathey household in Anson County colony of North Carolina. It was known as the “Cathey Settlement,” an Irish enclave of fourteen families, ten miles west of Salisbury. The Catheys were the first English-speaking settlement. Here in the Cathey Settlement, James was granted 3,752 acres. Soon thereafter, he became ill, and left one-half of his plantation to his wife, Ann, and one-half to a nephew, John Branden. Records show that later, his two grandsons were deeded the original mill site. James knew how important it was for the people of the wilderness to be able to mill and grind their own grain.


E. H. Cathey, in the year 2000 edition of “Cathey Kith and Kin Newsletter,” makes a case that the brothers John and James Cathey (sons of Alexander and Margaret Cathey), of Clones Parish in western County Monahan, Ireland, were in this first or second wave of emigration. If so, the John Cathey listed in Generation 2 (below) [RN = 301 in the Boyt Cathey enumeration] would have been about 66 years old when he settled on the frontier at Conodoguinet Creek in present day Cumberland County, PA, in 1733. He would have been the patriarch of the American Catheys.


Boyt Cathey writes (Sept. 2000):


“James Cathey born c. 1685 Ulster died c. 1757 Rowan Co., NC. Recently we have concluded that he was the son of Alexander Cathey and wife Margaret who never came to America.


“John Cathey b. 1667 Ulster died 1743 in PA was his (James') older brother. John's second wife was Ann ???? who apparently had a Cathey husband prior to marriage to John. John had a will that has been a great help.


“There was a George Cathey b. c. 1700 who was a son of Ann by her first husband. This George came to America & died in Rowan Co., NC (we think). His widow Jean and grown sons moved to Mecklenberg Co., NC where Jean died in 1777. She is buried at Steele Creek Pres. Ch. near Charlotte Airport.”


M. R. Long (1942), in “General Griffith Rutherford & Allied families,” writes that King George II granted a tract of land in Mecklenburg, NC, to John Alexander Cathey. The Catheys, among the first settlers of North carolina, received grants of land as early as 1742.


Much of the summary information for Generations 1-4, presented below (exclusive of NOTES), is taken from the CATHEY Genealogy prepared by Marty Gant[1], and retains his Record Number (RN) annotation. Also given are Boyt H. Cathey’s reference number (BHC RN).


Generation 1


1. 1 Cathey [10270], born in Ireland. He married unknown.


Children of CATHEY were as follows:

         + 2 i John2 Cathey [8502] (BHC RN=403), born in Ulster, Ireland. He married Ann (---) [7378]. 

+ 3 ii James2 Cathey [6437] (BHC RN=401), born 1680/89 in Ulster, Ireland. He married Ann (---) [6438].

?{+ 4 iii Sarah2 Cathey [10341] (BHC RN = 7566), born abt. 1700 in Ulster, Ireland. She married (1) Samuel Givens [10340]. She married (2) Robert Allen [10329]}.

+ 5 iv Elizabeth2 Cathey [16652], born abt. 1691 in Ulster, Ireland. She married John Brandon [16653]. (John Brandon, Sr, b. abt 1691)

+ 6 v Mary2 Cathey [16659] married John Brandon (Captain) [33817].

+ 7 vi 2 Cathey [33834] married Ann (---) [7378].



Notes:


Boyt Cathey lists Sarah [his RN = 7566] as the daughter of John Cathey in Generation #2. (Q.v.).


E. H. Cathey lists as children of Alexander and Margaret Cathey (of Clones Parish; both died in 1698):

Jean, b. Abt 1665;

John, b. Abt 1667;

Margaret, b. Abt 1677;

Katherine; b. Abt 1677;

Ann, b. Abt 1679;

{Mary Elizabeth, b. Abt 1684, married a John Brandon}

James, CHR 3-Jul-1694.


E. H. Cathey writes in the 2002 edition of “Cathey Kith and Kin”: James Cathey (BHC RN 401) and family (about 8 individuals total) arrived first, perhaps with the Brandons. The earliest documented date for a Cathey in America was October 1, 1720. According to record, James landed at Philadelphia. He lived first, as far as known, in Milford Hundred, Cecil County, Maryland and then East Tottingham Township, Chester County PA. Later, other groups would arrive. It is likely that many of the Cathey’s (including John Cathey’s daughters, Hannah and Maley) arrived in America as indentured servants, to pay for their transportation. EHC estimates that about half of the Scotch-Irish immigrants came to America indentured.


Billy Kennedy, "The Scots-Irish in the Carolinas, Causeway Press (1997), p. 162 : The Catheys.

This family moved from C. Monagham in Ireland about 1718 and settled in south western Pennsylvania. James Cathey is recorded in 1719 as owning land on the Delaware River in Cecil County, Maryland; by 1724 he resided in Chester County, Pennsylvania and in 1733 held 200 acres at Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania. Five years later his son William owned 466 acres in the Beverly Manor of the Shenadoah Valley and by 1743 the Cathey Virginian land holdings (at Beverly Manor and Orange County) had reached 2,350 acres. James and George Cathey moved to Rowan County, North Carolina in 1749, settling west of the Yadkin River in the area known as the "Irish Settlement". The Catheys were a typical Scots-Irish Presbyterian family whose prosperity came about through sheer determination and hard work.


R.W. Ramsey, “Carolina Cradle” (UNC Press, 1964). Pages 37-8 (see also “Cathey Kith and Kin”, 1969); “By the spring of 1749, the Irish settlement consisted of at least fourteen families, including those of James Cathey, George Cathey, ..” “with respect to the settlement process, few names carry more significance than that of James Cathey. He and his son George were the leaders in what was probably the first English-speaking settlement to be established in North Carolina (or, indeed, in the entire South, exclusive of Virginia) so far from a navigable river. .. it was on George Cathey’s land that the settlers constructed the earliest known religious edifice west of the Yadkin - Thyatira Presbyterian church.” By 1736, James and George were in Lancaster Co., the home of John Cathey (brother of James and father of Alexander Cathey). John Cathey died in Lancaster county in 1743, whereupon his son Alexander joined the other Catheys in Virginia. .. Sometime prior to 1751, William Cathey died, leaving his land in the Shenandoah to an older brother (John) still living in Ireland. The latter came to America to claim the land, but moved to North Carolina upon discovering that the rest of the family had done so.


Re: James Cathey, from http://www.martygrant.com/gen/cathey.htm

“My Cathey line begins with James Cathey, born ca 1680 in Ulster, Ireland. He and several of his siblings came to Pennsylvania (Lancaster and Chester Counties) before ca 1724. He and his wife Ann left there for Orange (later Augusta) Co, VA in the 1730's. They remained there until ca 1750 or so when they moved to Rowan Co, NC where he died in 1757, and Ann shortly afterwards”.

Generation 2


2. John2 Cathey [8502] (Cathey1), born in Ulster, Ireland; died 1743 in Lancaster Co, PA. He married abt. 1700 in Ulster, Ireland, Ann (---) [7378].


Children of John CATHEY and Ann (---) were as follows:

         + 8 i Alexander3 Cathey [Grant: 6455; BCH RN = 303], born 1707 in Ulster, Ireland. He married        Elizabeth Pinkney [6456]. 

+ 9 ii Eleanor3 Cathey [7366], born in Ulster, Ireland. She married (1) William Moorhead [7359]. She married (2) John May [5714].

+ 10 iii Hannah3 Cathey [10326] married Richard Graham [10325].

+ 11 iv ?3 Cathey [10327] married Brendle [10323].


Notes:


Boyt Cathey includes as children of John Cathey:

Sarah, b. Abt 1700, m. Samuel Givens (b. Abt 1693) in 1718;

Alexander, b. Abt 1707, m. Mary Elizabeth Pinkney;

Eleanor, b. Abt 1711, m. (1729) William Moorhead;

Hanna, b. Abt 1718, m. (1736) Richard Graham;

Maley (Mary?), b. Abt 1721, m. John Brandon, Jr., in 1739; and

unk female, m. ?? Trindle.


Another source (Bbrown6575@aol.com) lists additional children of John and Ann Cathey including Mary and George (the latter b. 1692 in “Managham”(sic), Ulster, Northern Ireland). Ann is likely the second wife of John Cathey. E.H. Cathey lists children of John of Clones: Mary (CHR 1685), Ann (CHR 1695), and Katherine (CHR 1703)


Edna Cathey Trotter writes that after the death of John Cathey, Alexander, the other members of the family left PA and moved to the Shenandoah Valley in VA, and later to Salisbury, Rowen Co., NC. The middle branch of the Shenandoah was at one time called Cathey’s Creek.


Col. John Cathey’s widow later married Tom DeArmond, who was not considered the equal to the family into which he married. The older children soon married and took the younger children to live with them.



Generation 3


8. Alexander3 Cathey [6455] (John2, Cathey1), born 1707 in Ulster, Ireland; died 7 Apr 1766 in Rowan Co, NC. He married bef. 1740 in DE, Elizabeth Pinkney [6456], died aft. 1768 in Rowan Co, NC.


Children of Alexander CATHEY and Elizabeth PINKNEY were as follows:


          + 48 i Alice4 Cathey [6462], born bef. 13 Sep 1742 in PA. She married (1) John Locke [8505]. She married (2) Benjamin Robinson [6463].

+ 49 ii John4 Cathey [6458], born bef. 13 Sep 1742 in PA. He married Mary Erwin [5704].

         + 50 iii William4 Cathey (Major) [6457], born 16 Jan 1747 in Anson Co, NC. He married Alice "Else" Hagan [6436]. He died 1827 in Sumner Co., TN.

51 iv Margaret4 Cathey [6461], born bef. 6 Apr 1766 in Rowan Co, NC.

+ 52 v James4 Cathey (Captain) [4350], born 1750 in Anson Co, NC. He married Jane Rutherford [4349].

+ 53 vi Richard Alexander4 Cathey [6460], born abt. 1745/50 in Anson Co, NC. He married Elizabeth Giles [6464]. (R.A. CATHEY was a gunsmith and soldier)


NOTES:


E. H. Cathey (2002) writes that Alexander Cathey, born 1707, married Elizabeth Pinkney. He appears in the Cumberland Valley in 1734. EHC speculates that Alexander, an indentured servant, met and married Ms Pinkney when he and his master were located near Annapolis, MD. Later, in the McFarland neighborhood on Conodoguinet Creek (near the present day Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76), Alexander lived across the creek from his uncle James Cathey. It is believed that Alexander left Lancaster Co., PA, for Virginia after his father’s death.


In 1753 Alexander Cathey was a Justice of the Peace in Salisbury, NC. He presided over the first courts of Rowan County which were held in 1755. He was a friend and neighbor of Squire Boone, father of the famous Daniel Boone. He is buried near Salisbury in the Thyatira Cemetery, formerly Catheys Meeting House; his monument states “Alexander Cathey who died 1766, age 59 years.” Most of the Cathey clan migrated from Rowan to Mecklenburg County, NC, before the American Revolution.


Heritage of Rowan County, NC, Vol. 1, 1991: Alexander Cathey is described as “a typical Scots; he was loud, rowdy, hard-working, loved his family and liked a good drink and a good fight.”


“Maury County TN History and Families” (Turner Publ., 1998), p. 222: John Cathey, born in Ulster, Ireland, came with his family to Lancaster County, PA, where his will was recorded in 1742. His son, Alexander, is the progenitor of the Maury County branch of the Cathey family. Alexander (b. 1707 in Ulster, Ire.) married Mary Elizabeth Pinckney. After his father’s death, his family traveled down the Great Wagon Road, stopping for a short time in Augusta County, VA, before they journeyed on to Rowan county, NC. .. Alexander was a leader of the Cathey (Scots-Irish) settlement in Rowan County. He died in 1766 and is buried in the Thyatira (Old Cathey Meeting House) Church cemetery in Rowan County.

         The children of Alexander and Mary Elizabeth Pinckney were: John, James, William, Richard, Margaret, and Alice.  Nine years after the death of Alexander Cathey, the Revolutionary War started.  This writer has not documented a service record for John, but William served as a Major and James served as a Captain during the war.  Richard served in the NC Militia.  William received a land grant for 4,000 acres of land on the south side of Duck River in Tennessee Territory, and James received 2,000 acres of land in West Tennessee.  Richard was also granted land in Tennessee.  Before James died in NC in 1791, he traded his land to his brother, William, for 2,000 acres of land on Duck River so that their children could be neighbors in the new land.  The Cathey brothers started disposing the land their father had left them and looked westward to Tennessee Territory.  By 1800 there was but one Cathey family on the Federal Census for Rowan County. {Much of the Cathey data came from Boyt H. Cathey}”


Abstr. Of Wills & Estates Records of Rowan Co., NC (1980), p. 3: ALEXANDER CATHEY. 6 Apr. 1766. Prb. July 1766. Wife, Elizabeth. Youngest sons, James Cathey and Richard Cathey, to have homeplace at death or remarriage of their mother. Son James to have negro wench Sal after mother’s death or remarriage. Son Richard to have negro boy Tom after mother’s death or remarriage. Sons William and John. Daughter Margaret Cathey to have note on Richard Lyon at cross creek. Once beloved daughter Alei Robinson, wife of Benjamin Robinson. Grandson, Alexander Lock. Grist mill, tract adjoining John Brandon, tract at Fair Forest, entry & survey of land on the Cataba River near Quaker Meadows -- all to be sold. Exrs: son John and Francis Lock. Wit: John Frohock, Jno Brandon, Fergus Graham.



Children of UNKNOWN CATHEY are: i. JAMES2 CATHEY, b. Abt. 1685, Ulster, Northern Ireland; d. Bef. Jan 1757, Rowan County, North Carolina; m. ANN ???, WFT Est. 1703-1710, probably in Ulster, Northern Ireland.

Notes for JAMES CATHEY: From the Web Page of Marty Grant (http://www.martygrant.com/gen/cathey/cathey-james-rowan.htm)

James Cathey (c1685) of Ulster, Ireland, Cecil Co, MD, Chester Co, PA, Augusta Co, VA and Rowan Co, NC


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I (Marty Grant) am a 8th Great Grandson of James Cathey and Ann (---).

For a thorough account of James and his family, I refer you to Boyt Cathey’s excellent book "The Cathey Family History and Genealogy, Volume I (1700-1900)", 1993.

James Cathey was probably born in Ulster, Ireland (Northern Ireland) sometime in the late 1600's. The first public record known for him is dated 1724 when he sells some land, so he had to be at least 21 then, so born before ca 1703. However, he is the proven father of several children who were born in the 1700-1720 general time-frame. This means that James was likely born in the 1680's or before. In the Cathey Book he is listed as born ca 1685 which works for me.

I don't know who James Cathey's parents were, but he had several likely siblings: John Cathey (d 1743), Sarah Cathey Givens (wife of Samuel Givens), and probably others.

James married Ann — before ca 1710, probably in Ulster. I have seen no record, nor even a hint of what Ann’s maiden name might have been.

James and Ann Cathey left Ulster for America, probably ca 1720 or thereabouts. They settled first in Cecil County, Maryland, and later moved to Chester County, Pennsylvania (by 1724).

The first record I have for James is a Cecil County, Maryland deed dated 5 Dec 1724 where James Cathey of Chester Co, PA sold 75 acres to John Hogshead of Cecil Co, MD. I don’t know when exactly James acquired this land, but the deed history included in the deed started in 1719, so he must have acquired it between 1719 and 1724. ("The Cathey Family History and Genealogy, Volume I (1700-1900)", 1993 page 296).

By 1739, James and his family had moved to Augusta County, Virginia. They lived in the area just west of present day Staunton. At that time Augusta County was still unorganized, so public business was handled by neighboring Orange County, Virginia.

An "importation" record dated 28 Feb 1739 shows that James Cathey, Ann, his wife and William, Elizabeth, Andrew, George, Margaret and Ann Cathey were imported into Virginia (this is like a passport or something). (Orange County, Virginia Record Book II page 109).

James Cathey was named as an adjoining land owner in a Patent dated 24 Mar 1740/1741 in Orange County, Virginia. The patent was to Francis Kirkley for 400 acres in Orange County "called Augusta", on branch of North River, Shannondo (Shenandoah) called the Long Glade, adjoining James Anderson and James Cathey. (Virginia Land Patents Book 18 page 932).

James was mentioned again in another land patent dated 30 Jul 1742. This was a Patent to John Carr for 400 acres in Orange County, Virginia "to be called Augusta, on both sides of Cathey’s River adjoining Beverly Mannor adjoining James Cathey and James Carr. (Virginia Land Patents Book 20 page 354).

On 30 Aug 1743, James Cathie received a Land Patent of 1,350 acres in Orange County, on west side of Blue Ridge on "Shanandore" River, adjoining John Givings, John Ker and said Cathie. (Virginia Land Patents Book 21 page 451).

James Cathey was mentioned as a neighboring land owner in a Patent dated 12 Jan 1746/1747 in Augusta County, Virginia. The Patent was to Robert Davis for 300 acres on West Side of Blue Ridge with line of Beverly Mannor adjoining James Cathey. (Virginia Land Patents Book 25 page 279).

Sometime before 1752 the Catheys moved to Rowan County, North Carolina. Depending on when they arrived, it was still part of another county. The area was Bladen County until 1750 when Anson County was formed. Rowan County was created in 1753.

James Cathey made his Will in Rowan County on 5 Dec 1756. Here is a transcription I made from a photocopy of the original. I’ve retained original spelling. I have bolded names to make them stand out for quick reference.

In the name of God amen the 6th Day of December 1756 I James Cathey of the County of Rowan farmer being aged sick and weak in Body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God therefor Calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to dye Do make and ordain this my Last Will and testament that is to lay princbaly and first of all I give and Recommend my Soul unto the hands of God that give it and my Body I Recommend to the Earth to be Buried in Decant Christian Burial at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but att the general Reserction I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devize and dispose of the saim in the following manner and form.

Impremis I give and bequeth to Ann Cathey my Dearly Beloved Wife the half of the plantation that I now live on with half of the Mill during hir natural life and att her deceas I order it to John Brandon my nephew to him and his hars for ever and further more I give unto my Wife three cows and three calves, plow, Whiteface and Lonely with one grayhound? and all the household etc of to hir and hir heirs for ever. Item. I give and Bequeth unto my well beloved nephew John Brandon an one gray mear now living att (illeg) to him and his heirs. Item I give to Margat Cathey daughter to my son George one three year old hefer to hir and hir heirs forever. Item I give to Ann Cathey daughter to my son Andrew one three year old hefer to hir and her heirs forever. Item I give to John Kilpaterck one matar? And one axe to him and his heirs for ever. Item I give to my well beloved son John Cathey and George Cathey and Andrew Cathey and Margat Coburn and Ann Bashford all reast of my moveble estate to be equally divided among them to them and their ears for ever and I likewise constitute (illeg) and ordain my son John Cathey and my son George Cathey my solde Executors of this my Last Will and testament and I do hereby utterly disavow revoke and illeg all and every other named Willis and Bequethed redefining and confirming this one no other to be my Last Will and testament. In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the and eyar above written. Signed sealed and published promissed and declared by the said James Cathey to be his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers James Cathey

Thomas Basford James* Gillespie (or *Tomas Gillespie) Daniel McPeters The Will was proven in January 1757, so James Cathey had died by then. (Rowan Co, NC Will Book A page 50).

I don’t know when Ann Cathey died, but someone years ago gave me "1761" as her death date, but I don’t know what the source for that is.



Children James and Ann had seven children, proven by several records, including James’ Will of 1756. The 1739 importation record names six of the children: William Cathey, Elizabeth Cathey, Andrew Cathey, George Cathey, Margaret Cathey and Ann Cathey (in that order), suggesting that all of them were single at that time, and still living with their parents. Son John was not named then, for her was probably already married then. The 1756 Will names five children: John Cathey, George Cathey, Andrew Cathey, Margaret Cathey Coburn, and Ann Bashford. William was not named for he died in 1746. Daughter Elizabeth was not named, so perhaps she was dead also.

John Cathey (c1709)

William Cathey (c1711)

Elizabeth Cathey (c1713)

Andrew Cathey (c1715)

George Cathey (c1717)

Margaret Cathey (c1719)

Ann Cathey (c1721)



John Cathey was born ca 1709 (guess) in Ulster, Ireland. He is a proven child of James as named in James’ 1756 Will.

John Cathey married Jean — before 1740 in Augusta Co, VA.

See their own page for additional information.



William Cathey was born ca 1711 (guess) in Ulster, Ireland. He is a proven child of James as named in James’ 1739 importation record. When he died his land holdings were divided up among his siblings.

He never married, and he died in 1746 in Augusta Co, VA.



Elizabeth Cathey was born ca 1713 (guess) in Ulster, Ireland. She was named in the 1739 importation record as coming into Augusta Co, VA with James and Ann Cathey. She was not named in James’ 1756 Will, so she may have died before then.



Andrew Cathey was born ca 1715 (guess) in Ulster, Ireland. He is a proven child of James as named in James’ 1756 Will.

Andrew Cathey married someone before ca 1740 in Augusta Co, VA.

See their own page for additional information.



George Cathey was born ca 1717 (guess) in Ulster, Ireland. He is a proven child of James as named in James’ 1756 Will.

George Cathey married Margaret — before ca 1743 in Augusta Co, VA.

See their own page for additional information.



Margaret Cathey was born ca 1719 (guess) in Ulster, Ireland. She is a proven child of James as named in James’ 1756 Will. She was also named in the 1739 importation record.

Margaret Cathey married a Mr. Coburn sometime before 1756. Other researchers give his name as Samuel Coburn. I have not attempted to prove this.



Ann Cathey was born ca 1721 (guess) in Ulster, Ireland. She is a proven child of James as named in James’ 1756 Will and in the 1739 Importation record.

Ann married a Mr. Bashford before 1756 in Rowan Co, NC. There was a Thomas Bashford who witnessed her father’s Will. Perhaps he was her husband.

Other researchers show that Ann married William Brandon first, then Thomas Bashford, then later a Mr. Troy. I have not attempted to confirm any of this yet.



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1. James1 Cathey , born 1680/89 in Ulster, Ireland; died Jan 1757 in Rowan Co, NC, son of (---) Cathey . He married abt 1708 in Ulster, Ireland Ann (---) , born in Ulster, Ireland; died 1761 in Rowan Co, NC.


     Children of James Cathey and Ann (---) were as follows:

+ 2 i John2 Cathey , born abt 1709 in Ulster, Ireland; died abt Feb 1764 in Rowan Co, NC. He married Jean (---) .

     3          ii      William2 Cathey , born abt 1711 in Ulster, Ireland; died 1746 in Augusta Co, VA. 
     4          iii      Elizabeth2 Cathey , born abt 1713 in Ulster, Ireland; died bef 1756. 

+ 5 iv Andrew2 Cathey , born abt 1715 in Ulster, Ireland; died 1756/68 in Berkeley Co, SC. He married (---) ? .

+ 6 v George2 Cathey Esquire , born abt 1717 in Ulster, Ireland; died bef 1790 in Burke Co, NC. He married Margaret (---) .

     7          vi      Margaret2 Cathey , born abt 1719 in Ulster, Ireland; died in Mercer Co, KY.  She married bef 1756 in Rowan Co, NC Samuel Coburn , died in Mercer Co, KY. 

+ 8 vii Ann2 Cathey , born abt 1721 in Ulster, Ireland. She married (1) William Brandon ; (2) Thomas Bashford ; (3) (---) Troy .


Generation 2


2. John2 Cathey (James1), born abt 1709 in Ulster, Ireland; died abt Feb 1764 in Rowan Co, NC. He married bef 1740 in PA Jean (---) , died aft 1764 in Rowan Co, NC.


     Children of John Cathey and Jean (---) were as follows:

+ 9 i James3 Cathey , born 1 Aug 1740 in Ulster, Ireland; died 1801 in Iredell Co, NC. He married Isabell Sloan .

     10         ii      Jean3 Cathey , born 1744 in Augusta Co, VA.  She married James Bailey . 

+ 11 iii Hugh3 Cathey , born in Rowan Co, NC; died aft 1817 in Bedford Co, TN. He married Jane Bailey .

     12         iv      John3 Cathey , born 1750/64 in Rowan Co, NC. 
     13         v      William3 Cathey , born 1750/64 in Rowan Co, NC. 

+ 14 vi Agness3 Cathey . She married William Penick .

+ 15 vii Ann3 Cathey . She married Joshua Penix .



5. Andrew2 Cathey (James1), born abt 1715 in Ulster, Ireland; died 1756/68 in Berkeley Co, SC. He married abt 1740 in Augusta Co, VA (---) ? , born abt 1720; died bef 1768.


     Children of Andrew Cathey and (---) ? were as follows:

+ 16 i William3 Cathey Major , born Apr 1741 in Augusta Co, VA; died 23 Dec 1812 in Haywood Co, NC. He married Rebecca Holeman .

     17         ii      Mary3 Cathey , born Jul 1742 in Augusta Co, VA. 
     18         iii      James3 Cathey , born Apr 1744 in Augusta Co, VA; died aft 1768. 
     19         iv      Margaret3 Cathey , born Nov 1745 in Augusta Co, VA. 
     20         v      Ann3 Cathey , born abt 1747 in Bladen Co, NC (now Rowan Co, NC); died aft 1768. 



6. George2 Cathey Esquire (James1), born abt 1717 in Ulster, Ireland; died bef 1790 in Burke Co, NC. He married bef 1743 in Augusta Co, VA Margaret (---) , born abt 1715; died 1790/1800 in Burke Co, NC.


     Children of George Cathey Esquire and Margaret (---) were as follows:

+ 21 i Ann3 Cathey , born 1743 in Augusta Co, VA; died bef 1774 in Rowan Co, NC. She married Captain William H Moore .

+ 22 ii Margaret3 Cathey , born 1744 in Augusta Co, VA; died in Iredell Co, NC. She married John Moffitt .

     23         iii      James3 Cathey , born 1746 in Augusta Co, VA. 
     24         iv      George3 Cathey , born 1747 in Augusta Co, VA; died bef 1755. 

+ 25 v George3 Cathey Captain , born Jan 1755 in Mecklenburg Co, NC; died 14 Dec 1840 in Pettis Co, MO. He married Margaret Chambers .



8. Ann2 Cathey (James1), born abt 1721 in Ulster, Ireland. She married (1) William Brandon , born 1726 in England; died Dec 1755 in Rowan Co, NC, son of John Brandon and Elizabeth Cathey ; (2) bef 1756 in Rowan Co, NC Thomas Bashford , died aft 1756 in Rowan Co, NC; (3) aft 1756 in Rowan Co, NC (---) Troy .


     Children of Ann Cathey and William Brandon were as follows:
     26         i      James3 Brandon Colonel , born 1752 in Rowan Co, NC; died 1813 in Rowan Co, NC.  He married Esther Horah , born 17 Dec 1755; died 22 Jan 1822 in Rowan Co, NC. 
     27         ii      John3 Brandon , born 1754 in Rowan Co, NC.  He married Mary Dunn , daughter of John Dunn Major . 


Generation 3


9. James3 Cathey (John2, James1), born 1 Aug 1740 in Ulster, Ireland; died 1801 in Iredell Co, NC. He married on 14 Feb 1770 in Rowan Co, NC Isabell Sloan , born 10 Jul 1742; died 19 Sep 1837 in Iredell Co, NC, daughter of Archibald Sloan .


     Children of James Cathey and Isabell Sloan were as follows:
     28         i      Mary4 Cathey , born 1774/84 in Rowan Co, NC.  She married in Iredell Co, NC George Gordon . 
     29         ii      Margaret4 Cathey , born 1774/84 in Rowan Co, NC. 
     30         iii      Isabella4 Cathey , born 1785 in Rowan Co, NC; died 10 Dec 1858.  She married in Iredell Co, NC Azel Sharpe . 
     31         iv      James4 Cathey Jr , born 1784/90 in Rowan Co, NC. 



11. Hugh3 Cathey (John2, James1), born in Rowan Co, NC; died aft 1817 in Bedford Co, TN. He married on 4 Aug 1774 in Rowan Co, NC Jane Bailey , daughter of Charles Bailey .


     Children of Hugh Cathey and Jane Bailey were as follows:
     32         i      John4 Cathey , died aft 1823 in Maury Co, TN.  He married on 19 Jan 1807 in Logan Co, KY Nancy Bailey . 



14. Agness3 Cathey (John2, James1). She married in Rowan Co, NC William Penick .


     Children of Agness Cathey and William Penick were as follows:
     33         i      John4 Penick , born 1783 in Rowan Co, NC; died 1873. 
     34         ii      Jane4 Penick , born 1785 in Rowan Co, NC. 
     35         iii      Sarah4 Penick , born 1787 in Rowan Co, NC. 
     36         iv      Elizabeth4 Penick , born 1788 in Rowan Co, NC. 
     37         v      Rachel4 Penick , born 1790 in Rowan Co, NC. 
     38         vi      Ann4 Penick , born 1790 in Rowan Co, NC. 



15. Ann3 Cathey (John2, James1). She married on 15 Jul 1784 in Rowan Co, NC Joshua Penix .


     Children of Ann Cathey and Joshua Penix were as follows:
     39         i      John4 Penix , born 1785/86 in Rowan Co, NC. 
     40         ii      Nancy4 Penix , born 22 May 1786 in Rowan Co, NC. 
     41         iii      Isaac4 Penix , born 1787 in Rowan Co, NC; died 1864. 
     42         iv      Catherine4 Penix , born 1788 in Rowan Co, NC; died 1806. 
     43         v      Margaret4 Penix , born 1795 in Rowan Co, NC. 
     44         vi      Jane4 Penix , born 1798 in Rowan Co, NC. 
     45         vii      Sarah4 Penix , born 1800 in Rowan Co, NC. 
     46         viii      Anna4 Penix , born in Rowan Co, NC. 



16. William3 Cathey Major (Andrew2, James1), born Apr 1741 in Augusta Co, VA; died 23 Dec 1812 in Haywood Co, NC. He married bef 1774 in Rowan Co, NC Rebecca Holeman , born 1750/55; died 1830/40 in Macon Co, NC.


     Children of William Cathey Major and Rebecca Holeman were as follows:
     47         i      Ann4 Cathey , born bef 1790 in Burke Co, NC (now McDowell Co, NC); died aft 1826 in AL.  She married in 1790/1800 in Buncombe Co, NC (---) Allen . 

+ 48 ii George Barius4 Cathey , born 14 Mar 1774 in Burke Co, NC (now McDowell Co, NC); died 17 Jul 1828 in Haywood Co, NC. He married Sarah Rice .

+ 49 iii Elizabeth4 Cathey , born 1774/75 in Burke Co, NC (now McDowell Co, NC); died 1860/70 in Haywood Co, NC. She married William Mahaffey .

+ 50 iv Daniel H4 Cathey , born 1774/84 in Burke Co, NC (now McDowell Co, NC); died 30 Oct 1810 in Haywood Co, NC. He married Jemima Oliver .

+ 51 v William4 Cathey , born 15 Apr 1782 in VA; died 1850/60 in Towns Co, GA. He married Elizabeth Bryson .

+ 52 vi James4 Cathey , born 17 Oct 1784 in Burke Co, NC (now McDowell Co, NC); died 27 May 1856 in Towns Co, GA. He married Sarah Bryson .

     53         vii      Andrew D4 Cathey , born 1784/90 in Burke Co, NC (now McDowell Co, NC); died 1 Dec 1808 in Haywood Co, NC. 

+ 54 viii Margaret4 Cathey , born 1789/90 in Burke Co, NC (now McDowell Co, NC); died aft 1860 in Haywood Co, NC. She married Allen Campbell .

+ 55 ix Sarah4 Cathey , born 1790/94 in Burke Co, NC (now McDowell Co, NC); died 23 May 1827 in Haywood Co, NC. She married Samuel Roberson .

+ 56 x Jacob4 Cathey , born 1790/94 in Burke Co, NC (now McDowell Co, NC); died 28 May 1836 in Macon Co, NC. He married Rebecca (---) .

     57         xi      John4 Cathey , born 1794/1800 in Buncombe Co, NC (now Haywood Co, NC); died 7 Apr 1815 in Haywood Co, NC. 

+ 58 xii Thomas4 Cathey , born 28 Nov 1797 in Buncombe Co, NC (now Haywood Co, NC); died 29 Apr 1869 in Haywood Co, NC. He married Mary Ann Ingram .



21. Ann3 Cathey (George2, James1), born 1743 in Augusta Co, VA; died bef 1774 in Rowan Co, NC. She married bef 1765 in Rowan Co, NC Captain William H Moore , born 1726 in Ulster, Ireland; died 6 Nov 1812 in Buncombe Co, NC, son of (---) Moore .


     Children of Ann Cathey and Captain William H Moore were as follows:
     59         i      Nancy4 Moore , born 1755/65 in Mecklenburg Co, NC; died 1810/15 in Buncombe Co, NC.  She married bef 1784 in Burke Co, NC Jonathan McPeters , born 14 Jan 1756 in Mecklenburg Co, NC; died aft 1830 in Buncombe Co, NC, son of Charles McPeters  and Mary McDowell . 
     60         ii      Margaret "Peggy"4 Moore , born 1755/65 in Mecklenburg Co, NC; died aft 1820 in Buncombe Co, NC.  She married bef 1784 in Burke Co, NC James Rutherford , born 1755/65; died 1810/20 in Buncombe Co, NC. 
     61         iii      Sarah4 Moore , born 1765/74 in Mecklenburg Co, NC; died aft 1810 in Buncombe Co, NC.  She married bef 1790 in Burke Co, NC John Montgomery , born 1765/74; died aft 1810 in Buncombe Co, NC. 
     62         iv      Thomas4 Moore , born 1765/74 in Mecklenburg Co, NC; died aft 1820 in GA. 



22. Margaret3 Cathey (George2, James1), born 1744 in Augusta Co, VA; died in Iredell Co, NC. She married bef 1768 in SC John Moffitt , born abt 1745; died in Mecklenburg Co, NC.


     Children of Margaret Cathey and John Moffitt were as follows:
     63         i      William4 Moffitt , born abt 1765. 

+ 64 ii John4 Moffitt , born abt 1768; died in McDowell Co, NC. He married Sarah Whitaker .

     65         iii      Jane4 Moffitt . 
     66         iv      Rachel4 Moffitt . 
     67         v      Robert4 Moffitt , born 1774. 



25. George3 Cathey Captain (George2, James1), born Jan 1755 in Mecklenburg Co, NC; died 14 Dec 1840 in Pettis Co, MO. He married abt 1775 in Rockingham Co, VA Margaret Chambers , born bef 1755 in Rowan Co, NC; died in Pettis Co, MO.


     Children of George Cathey Captain and Margaret Chambers were as follows:

+ 68 i William4 Cathey , born 5 Mar 1777 in Burke Co, NC; died 14 Aug 1864 in Haywood Co, NC. He married Catherine Turner .

+ 69 ii Nancy4 Cathey , born 18 Jan 1780 in Burke Co, NC; died 24 Aug 1870 in Pettis Co, MO. She married Jacob McFarland .

+ 70 iii Ann4 Cathey , born 18 Oct 1783 in Burke Co, NC; died 28 Apr 1867 in Cooper Co, MO. She married William Hamilton Moore Major .

+ 71 iv Sarah4 Cathey , born 26 Dec 1784 in Burke Co, NC; died 21 Apr 1863 in Towns Co, GA. She married John McClure .

+ 72 v George4 Cathey , born 17 Jan 1787 in Burke Co, NC; died aft 1850 in Bates Co, MO. He married Anna McFarland .

+ 73 vi James4 Cathey , born 16 Mar 1790 in Burke Co, NC; died 1845 in Pettis Co, MO. He married Nancy McLannahan .

     74         vii      John4 Cathey , born 4 Jan 1792 in Buncombe Co, NC. 
     75         viii      Joseph4 Cathey , born 18 Apr 1795 in Buncombe Co, NC.  He married on 7 Apr 1815 in Haywood Co, NC Hannah Posey , daughter of Humphrey Posey . 
     76         ix      Rebecca4 Cathey , born 9 May 1798 in Buncombe Co, NC; died 24 Jul 1860 in Pettis Co, MO.  She married (1) in Buncombe Co, NC Eli Newman Henry ; (2) on 9 Jan 1825 in Cooper Co, MO James McCormick . 
     77         x      Abigail4 Cathey , born 22 Jul 1800 in Buncombe Co, NC; died in Pettis Co, MO.  She married on 19 Dec 1815 in Pettis Co, MO George McFarland , died in Pettis Co, MO. 



ii. JOHN CATHEY, b. 1685, Clones, Monaghan, Ireland; d. 1742, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Notes for JOHN CATHEY: http://www.papapress.bonusweb.net/wvinsonli/pafg44.htm#1329

John CATHEY [Parents] was born in Ulster, , , Ireland. He died in 1743 in , Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He married UNK about 1700.


Other marriages:

Living


UNK. married John CATHEY about 1700.

They had the following children:

  M i Alexander CATHEY 
  F ii Eleanor CATHEY 
  F iii Hannah Agnes CATHY 
  F iv CATHEY 



From Rootsweb.com post:

From: KAREN THOMAS <karen95035@sbcglobal.net> Subject: Cowan, Graham, Skiles, Dobbins, Cathey Family history Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 19:15:23 -0800 (PST) In-Reply-To: <a9.6cf70a71.2f3e592c@aol.com>


I was going to send this in reply to another researcher, then decided to share with all researchers of these lines:

I found copies of various pages out of "The Carolina Cradle" and page 25 talks about the first settlers to Rowan County to lands by the Yadkin and Catawba (rivers? I think). I'll just type the part I think you may be interested in here: I plan on trying to get a copy of the whole book if I can. Does anyone know where I can buy a copy of the book: "The Carolina Cradle"?

I quote from Page 25, The First Settlements, 1747-1751--from The Carolina Cradle:

"In the spring and fall of 1751, the Governor's Council considered other petitions for land warrants, at least twelve of them from persons then living on Lord Granville's lands between the Yadkin and Catawba (from NCCR, IV, 1238-55). The court records of Anson and Rowan counties, the colonial land grant records of North Carolina, and the court records of Augusta County, Virginia, provide evidence sufficient to identify forty additional persons living on the north western frontier prior to 1752. Thus, before the end of 1751, the total number of identifiable inhabitants (most of the heads of families) of Granville's domain between the Yadkin and Catawba rivers may be conservatively placed at eighty-two.

It is impossible to determine which among these settlers were the initial arrivals. However, there is reason to believe that James Carter, Morgan Bryman, Edward Hughes, Samuel Davis, Robert Gamble, John Dunn, George Forbusyh, William Linville, Thomas Gillespie, John Holms, Thomas Bell, James Cathey, George Cathey, John Cathey, James Graham, Richard Graham, John Graham, Felix Kennedy, John Withrow, John Brandon, John Brandon Jr., Richard Brandon, William Brandon, John Lock, Matthew Lock, John Davidson, George Davidson, George Davidson Jr., David Templeton, James Templeton, John Still......" (I'm missing page 26), but I'll bet you that Henry Schiles and John Cowan are in this list.

And then again in the Carolina Cradle on page 37 and 38 states:

"In addition to the Bryan settlement, two other centers of population developed before 1752 on the northwestern Carolina frontier. The first of these was the so-called "Irish settlement," (in the notes, Also known as the "Cathey settlement.") located in the headwaters of Second Creek thirty miles southwest of the shallow ford. The second evolved in the vicinity of Davidson's Creek with its center near the Catawba River approximately twelve miles southwest of the Irish settlement.

By the spring of 1749, the Irish settlement consisted of at least fourteen families, including those of James Cathey, George Cathey, George Cathey Jr., Richard Graham (Sr), John Brandon, Thomas Gillespie, John Sill, James Marlin, John Holmes, Thomas Bell, Felix Kennedy, Alexander Dobbin and John Withrow. In addition (because of the close family relationships involved), it seems highly probable that the settlement included Alexander Cathey, Andrew Cathey, James Graham, James Graham Jr., and John Graham, bringing the total number of families to twenty.

With respect to the settlement process, few names carry greater significance than that of James Cathey. He and his son George were the leaders in the organization of what was probably the first English-speaking settlement to be established in North Carolina (or, indeed, in the entire South, exclusive of Virginia) so far from a navigable river. Moreover, it was on George Cathey's land that the settlers constructed the earliest known religious edifice west of the Yadkin--Thyatira Presbyterian Church (Anson Deeds, Book 1, page 272; Rowan Court Minutes, I, 2.)

James Cathey's first place of residence seems to have been Cecil County, where he purchased a tract of land from one James Scott some time between 1719 and 1724. (Cecil County Deed Books, Office of the Registrar of Deeds, Cecil County Courthouse, Elkton, MD., IV, 128--hereafter cited as Cecil Deeds) In the latter year he was referred to as James Cathey "of Chester County, Pennsylvania," (Cecil Deeds) but his son George was living in Cecil County as late as 1734 (Surveying report, "Part of Rumsey's Ramble to John McFarland," 1734 in Papers of the Rumsey Family of Bohemia Manor, Cecil County, Maryland 1662-1870 (approximately 1, 250 items in seven boxes, Library of Congress). By 1736, James and George were in Lancaster County, the home of John Cathey (John Cathey, brother of James and father of Alexander Cathey, was a resident of Paxtang (Paxton) township, Lancaster Common Pleas, Vol II (1731-32); Lancaster County Will Books, Clerks Office, Lancaster County Courthouse, Lanca! ster, PA., A-1, 77 (hereafter cited as Lancaster Wills). Accompanied by his sons George, William, and Andrew, James Cathey removed to the Shenandoah Valley in 1738, where the family settled on a tract of land adjoining the northern boundary of the Beverly Patent. (Orange County Deed Books, Office of Registrar of Deeds, Orange County Courthouse, Orange, VA, III, 7 (hereafter cited as Orange County Deeds) Records of Augusta County, III, 302.) John Cathey died in Lancaster County in 1743, whereupon his son Alexander joined the other Cathey's in Virginia. (Lancaster Wills, A-1, 77; Howard M. Wilson, The Tinkling Spring, Headwater of Freedom: A Study of the Church and Her People (Richmond, VA; Garrett and Massie, Inc, 1954), p. 472)

Some time prior to 1751, William Cathey died, leaving his land in the Shenandoah Valley to an older brother (John) still living in Ireland. The latter came to America to claim the land, but moved to North Carolina upon discovering that the rest of the family had done so. (Records of Augusta County, III, 302. John Cathey made his home on the east bank of the Catawba (in present-day Mecklenburg County) near the mouth of Davidson's Creek.)

Richard Graham married Hanna Cathey in 1736 (Records of Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church, Willmington, Delaware, from 1697 to 1773" translated from the original Swedish by Horace Burr, with an abstract of the English records from 1773 to 1810, in Papers of the Historical Society of Delaware, 67 volumes (Wilmington Del: Delaware Printing Company, 1890), IX, 365 (hereafter cited as "Records of Old Swedes Church"). Hanna died subsequently, for Graham refers to his wife Agnes in his will) and was a resident of Cecil County, Maryland, seven years later. (Cecil County Judgments, S.K. No. 3 (1723-30) and S.K. No. 4 (1730-32, 1736-41, 1741-43, 1746-47), Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD, S.K. No. 4 (1741-43), p. 204 (hereafter cited as Cecil Judgments). He was closely related to the numerous Grahams in the northern part of the adjoining Delaware County of New Castle (New Castle Assessment Lists (Brandywine Hundred, 1739), Hall of Records, Dover, Del, unpaginated folder (hereafter ci! ted as New Castle Assessments, unpaginated). New Castle County Court of Common Pleas, 1703-17, 1727-40 (the original lists are in folders undesignated save by a penciled number on the outside cover). Hall of Records, Dover, Del, Folder XIV (1727-30), 7, 9, XXVIII (1733), 34, 46; XXI (1731-36), 5: XXV (1732-40), 2, 48, 50; XXVI (1738-41), 11 (hereafter cited as New Castle Common Pleas, Rowan Wills, B, 27, 89; G, 66, 67, 86, 87) and at least three of them accompanied him to North Carolina. On April 11, 1749, Richard Graham petitioned for at tract of land in Anson County and nine years later received a 567-acre tract "on each side of Second Creek, commonly called "Withrow's Creek."" (NCCR, IV, 949-50; Rowan Deeds, II, 253). James and John Graham, brothers or cousins of Richard, probably took up residence in the "Irish settlement" at the same time as he, though proof of their presence in 1749 is lacking. John Graham resided on a branch of the South Yadkin eleven miles north of G! eorge Cathey (Rowan Deeds, XXIII, 645) . James Graham's grant, dated 24 June 1751, was described as being "on the headwaters of cold water joining a branch of cane Creek about two miles from his own house southeast between him and the trading path (N.C. Land Grants, XI, 10). Graham thus lived six miles southeast of George Cathey and (as the above description indicates) might well have been there in the spring of 1749 (a tombstone in Thyatira Cemetery bears the inscription "James Graham died Jan 1, 1758, age 88". This aged patriarch, who was born before any of the other settlers considered in this study (as far as the author has been able to determine), was evidently the father or uncle of these early Grahams of North Carolina.") "

End of quotations.



Okay, here is how all these pioneers tie into my family history: (I wish I had a complete copy of this book--I only have a few pages that were copied for me by I can't remember who). I have no idea who wrote the book or published it....if I did, I would love to order a WHOLE book. Needless to say, I couldn't very well contact them to ask for permission to "copy" this much of the information out of their book. It is pure and unadulterated plagiarism...I'm guilty! Anyway, these rest below is in my own words:

I received much of the Dobbins/Skiles research from another researcher but was able to verify some of the information. I do not intend to tell anyone that these names, dates are absolutely accurate, however, I trust the researcher who shared the information with me:

Henry Skiles was born 1699, died 1750 in Pennsylvania. His Son, was Henry Skiles, b. 1723, died 1779 in Rowan County, North Carolina. This Henry Skiles (b. 1723) was brother of Anna Elizabeth Skiles, d. 1789 Rowan County, NC.

Anna Elizabeth Skiles married James Dobbins in January 1748. He as born in Armagh County, Ireland, and died 8 Feb 1788 in Rowan County, N. C. Their sons were Alexander, Henry, John and Hugh. One of their daughters, Rosanna Dobbins, b. 1760 in Rowan County, N.C., married 20 Oct 1779 to Richard Graham Jr. Rosanna Dobbins died 17 May 1843 in Williamson, Tennessee.

Rosanna Dobbins and Richard Graham Jr. (b 17 May 1753 in Scotland, died 10 Sep, 1822, Williamson County, Tennessee), and it would have been Richard Graham Senior who had the property referenced in The Carolina Cradle. Richard Graham Senior was born 1716, Ivernary, Scotland or Northern Ireland, died 13 Feb. 1779, in Rowan County, North Carolina. He married 13 Dec 1736 to Hanna Agnes Cathey, b. 1717, Ireland, died 1792, Rowan County, North Carolina.

Hannah Agnes Cathey (and there has been a lot of argument as to whether the "Agnes" in the will is her, that a lot of Cathey researchers say that Hannah was also one in the same as Agnes and according to her will, it appears her children were one and the same that Hannah Agnes Cathey and Richard Graham Senior had together and so for practical purposes, I will still call her Hannah Agnes Cathey), her father was John Cathey (b. 1685, Clones, Monaghan, Ireland (Ulster, Ireland), and died 1742, Lancaster PA. Hannah's brothers were: James Cathey, Alexander Cathey, b. 1707 died 7 Apr 1766 in Rowan County, NC., and John Cathey, b. 1709, died 1764.

I just wanted to let you know that all of these people are related to the Cowan's in Rowan County, North Carolina, whether they be great, great great whatever grand uncles or cousins or grandparents. Hannah Agnes Cathey and Richard Graham Sr. are definitely related to our Cowan line as is Rosanna Dobbins and Richard Graham Jr. and were married into the family. I saw somewhere in the few pages that I do have of the Carolina Cradle, there was a mention of a Henry Schiles (Skiles) also in Rowan County, NC....and he was very possibly Anna Elizabeth Skiles father. I have Henry Skiles showing in my family history, but I know it was spelled many ways. They were GERMAN.

I've got more on Thyatira Church (I do have the cemetery records that I got off line. I want to contact Thyatira Church and see if they have photos or records of the ancestors listed below. I have identified the ancestors below from the list on the internet:

Alexander Cathey, d. 4/7/1766, 59y (This is Hannah Agnes Cathey's brother)--the death date is the same as I have in my records for him)

James Graham, d. 2/1/1758 (Father of Richard Graham Senior)

Eleanor Graham, d. 6/14/1782, 37 y. Richard Graham Sr. and Hannah Agnes Cathey's daughter

Richard Graham Sr. d. 2/13/1770 (Married Hannah Agnes Cathey)

James Graham, died 2/1/1758, age 88--The older graves have been marked with numbered white stakes, beginning with the oldest known graves--of which James Graham, died 2/1/1758, age 88, is #4. Grave marker #8 is that of Captain Thomas Cowan, who was in the Battle of King's Mountain, Cowpens and Ramseur's Mill, was an elder of the church, died Dec 4, 1817. I am not sure how this Thomas Cowan is related--probably a far removed cousin.

There were other Cowan's involved in the growth and formation of Thyatira Presbyterian Church. I saw somewhere just yesterday, but for the life of me, I can't find it, that John Cowan was responsible for keeping/and giving out the "tokens" for the Tithe bag (for Thyatira Church!)....a very responsible position. Also, I saw somewhere some time ago that the Cowan's were very active in the formation of the Thyatira Presbyterian Church in Rowan County--possibly in Fleming's book. I found the information on the grave sites for Thyatira Presbyterian Church at:

www.USGenWeb.com -- go into the site and click on the state of North Carolina, then click on the red "search" button after you type in Richard Graham. Then scroll down till you see the Thyatira Church records.

I also found a Will of Agnes Graham, Rowan County, Will probated in 1792 -- wife of Richard Graham Cowan. This document was submitted to the USGenWeb Project by Nina Mack at HISTMOM@aol.com (on what date I do not know). I would assume there MUST be a copy of this will on file in Rowan County, NC County office. I know this is the mother of Richard Graham's children, as she has them all listed in her will (at least the ones I know of in my PAF files). You can find this document so you can print it out for yourself at the USGenweb search engine above.

Samuel Andrew, David and William Cowan were for a time in Castle Woods (with Daniel Boone who was only in Castle Woods for about 9 months according to the book) which was a community close to where Rowan County was. Castlewoods was mostly Methodist. The Presbyterian church didn't do well there. The Cowan's and Boone's, and others, went to Kentucky for a while. I don't think these were my Cowans--possibly cousins or great great grand uncles or something, but not my direct line. My Cowans that were in Rowan County were William Cowen and John Cowen and I think they were either brothers, or cousins....I think, best as I can tell. I strongly feel this John Cowen is the father of Joseph Skiles Cowan and that John Cowen's father was David Cowan, married to Mary Fleming.

In the Census reports and Tax Lists, the Grahams, Cowa/en's, Skiles and Dobbins were all in Rowan County. Our John Cowan (father of Joseph Skiles Cowan) died in Rowan County, North Carolina in 1788. But no mention was made anywhere of his existence in Rowan County in this other book. However, it did say that many other familes were in Rowan County at the time. I'll just bet that a few Cowa/en's came along with the Grahams, Skiles, Dobbins and Cathey's to Rowan County about the same time. Cowan may have come a little later.....but, they were already in Castle Woods and Kentucky at or before the time "Irish Colony" was established in Rowan County. When you're talking 20 to 40 families settling, what are the odds they would be our Cowan cousins or uncles or grandfather.....especially when our ancestors are all placed in Rowan County, North Carolina WITH DOCUMENTATION at the same time.

In the USGenWeb archives for North Carolina, - Military - Pension Roll, 1835 (also on line USGenWeb.com) There is a James Dobbins listed for South Carolina as a revolutionary war soldier applying for a pension. I don't know if it is related or not.

And in the 1790 Rowan County, North Carolina Federal Census, there are Cathey's, Cowen's, Dobbins and Grahams that are probably my ancestors. I also found that at the site for USGenWeb archives for North Carolina.

Okay, I'm done for the day. Lots and lots of information that I finally had time to sit down and actually READ the books I'd gotten. I'm going to go over "The Cowan's from County Down" with a fine toothed comb! It is amazing how much I had missed my first time through "Castle Woods" and "The Carolina Cradle".

It has taken me all day to put this together...and you can just bet I'll be printing it out and including it in my family history backup information as well as saving it to my Microsoft Works files. I think I'm back at my BRICK WALL now....but I was able to fill in a lot of the blanks and find out where I can look for hard copies of documents...and add to my STACK of paper.

Talk to you later, Karen (Cowan) Thomas


iii. MARY CATHEY, b. WFT Est. 1686-1703. iv. ELIZABETH CATHEY, b. Abt. 1691; d. 10 Aug 1760, Rowan County, North Carolina; m. JOHN BRANDON; b. Abt. 1689; d. 15 May 1756, Rowan County, North Carolina.

Notes for ELIZABETH CATHEY: http://www.papapress.bonusweb.net/wvinsonli/pafg45.htm#1356

John BRANDON was born about 1689. He died on 15 May 1756. He was buried in Thyatira Cem, Rowan, North Carolina. He married Elizabeth CATHEY.

Elizabeth CATHEY [Parents] was born about 1691 in Ulster, , , Ireland. She died on 10 Aug 1760. She was buried in Thyatira Cem, Rowan, North Carolina. She married John BRANDON.


v. SARAH CATHEY1, b. 1697, Antrim, County Ulster, Ireland; d. Bet. 1765 - 1769, Frederick County, Virginia2; m. (1) SAMUEL GIVENS3, 1718, Ireland4; b. 1693, Antrim, County Ulster, Ireland4; d. 22 Oct 1740, Orange County, Virginia4; m. (2) ROBERT ALLEN, Aft. 1740; b. WFT Est. 1695-1713, Of Frederick County, Virginia.

Notes for SAMUEL GIVENS: Family Group Record FamilySearch® Ancestral File™ v4.19


Husband's Name

Samuel GIVENS (AFN:26ZH-32)    

Born:  1693  Place:  , Antrim, Ulster, Ireland 
Christened:  1693  Place:   
Died:  22 Oct 1740  Place:  , Orange, Virginia 
Buried:  Wp 28 1741 May  Place:  , Augusta Co, Va, Old Stone Church 
Married:  1718  Place:  , , Ireland 

Father:  Samuel GIVENS (AFN:NZ26-4D)    
Mother:  Mrs- GIVENS (AFN:NZ26-5K)   

Wife's Name

Sarah CATHEY (AFN:26ZH-47)    

Born:  1697  Place:  , Antrim, Ulster, Ireland 
Christened:    Place:  , , VA. 
Died:  1765/1769  Place:  , Frederick, VA 
Buried:    Place:  , Frederick, VA 
Married:  1718  Place:  , , Ireland 

Children


1. Sex Name

M  William GIVENS (AFN:10JM-QB5)    

Born:  Abt 1720   Place:  Ireland  

2. Sex Name

F  Margret GIVENS (AFN:10JM-QCC)    

Born:  Abt 1720   Place:  Ireland  

3. Sex Name

F  Sarah GIVENS (AFN:10JM-QDK)    

Born:  Abt 1720   Place:  Ireland  

4. Sex Name

M  James GIVENS (AFN:L737-P0)    

Born:  1723   Place:  Of, Antrim, Ireland  
Died:  19 Nov 1790   Place:  , Lincoln, Kentucky  
Buried:  Bef 20 1790 Apr   Place:  Stone Church, Augusta, Virginia  

5. Sex Name

F  Sarah GIVENS (AFN:26ZJ-82)    

Born:  1733   Place:  , Augusta, Virginia  
Died:  Deceased   Place:  , , Bath, Virginia  

6. Sex Name

M  Samuel GIVENS (AFN:26ZJ-21)    

Born:  1721   Place:  , Augusta, VA  
Died:  1795   Place:  , Mercer Co, KY  

7. Sex Name

F  Martha GIVENS (AFN:26ZJ-4C)    

Born:  1725   Place:  , Augusta, VA  
Died:  Deceased   Place:   

8. Sex Name

F  Elizabeth GIVENS (AFN:26ZJ-5J)    

Born:  1728   Place:  , Augusta, VA  
Died:  26 Sep 1781   Place:  Salem, Roanoke, Virginia  

9. Sex Name

M  William GIVENS (AFN:26ZJ-6P)    

Born:  18 May 1729   Place:  , Augusta, Virginia  
Died:  26 Mar 1798   Place:  , Mecklenburg, North Carolina  

10. Sex Name

F  Margaret GIVENS (AFN:26ZJ-7V)    

Born:  1731   Place:  , Augusta, Virginia  
Died:  Deceased   Place:  , Mecklenburg, North Carolina  

11. Sex Name

F  Jane GIVENS (AFN:26ZJ-97)    

Born:  1735   Place:  , Augusta, Virginia  
Died:  Deceased   Place:  , , Augusta, Virginia  

12. Sex Name

M  George GIVENS (AFN:26ZJ-BD)    

Born:  1740   Place:  , Augusta, Virginia  
Christened:  11 Mar 1741   Place:  , Augusta Co, Va, Rev. John Craig  
Died:  17 Jan 1825   Place:  , Lincoln, KY.  
Buried:    Place:  , Augusta, Virginia  


http://lib-operations.sonoma.edu/fin/aaa-0227.html p. 440: Vestry Book

(147) 1955 - Samuel Givens processioned as follows, viz: For Patt. Crawford, present; for Jno. Givens; for Samuel Givens; for Wm. Givens; for Jas. Givens; for Thos. Turk; for Jas. Turk; for Wm Hinds, present David Moneely; for Samuel Hinds; for Christian Clemons, present Geo. Trout, Christian Clemons, Jr.; for George Trout; for Jno. Hinds; for Thos. Story; for Geo. Patterson; for James Carr; for Edward Rutledge; for John Carr; for Andrew Carr. John Finley and Alex. Crawford processioned as follows, viz: For James Sayers, for Alex. Gibson, for Andrew Foster, for Wm. Bell, for Thos. Armstrong, for Mathew Edmison, for Rob. Gilkison, for Thos. Gardner; James Bell's widow cannot show her lines; for John Trimble, for John Finley, for David Trimble, for Daniel McAnare, for Thos. Beard, for Alex. Crawford, for Jno. Allit, for James McAnare, for Thos. Beard, for Alex. Crawford, for Jno. Allit, for James Kirk, for Robert Armstrong, for Robert McCitrick.



Endnotes

1. Brøderbund Software, Inc., World Family Tree Vol. 1, Ed. 1, (Release date: November 29, 1995), "CD-ROM," Tree #2015, Date of Import: Jul 5, 1998. 2. IGI Record. 3. Brøderbund Software, Inc., World Family Tree Vol. 1, Ed. 1, (Release date: November 29, 1995), "CD-ROM," Tree #2015, Date of Import: Jul 5, 1998. 4. IGI Record.