Family:John Cathey and Ann Unknown (1)

Facts and Events
Marriage? Bef 1707 Ireland

Genealogy Report for John Cathey:

Descendants of John Cathey

Generation No. 1

1. JOHN2 CATHEY (UNKNOWN1) was born 1685 in Clones, Monaghan, Ireland, and died 1742 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Notes for JOHN CATHEY:

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

Other marriages:


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 post:

From: KAREN THOMAS <> Subject: Cowan, Graham, Skiles, Dobbins, Cathey Family history Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 19:15:23 -0800 (PST) In-Reply-To: <>

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: -- 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 (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 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

Children of JOHN CATHEY are:

  • i. ALEXANDER3 CATHEY, b. 1707, Ulster, Ireland; d. 07 Apr 1766, Rowan County, North Carolina; m. ELIZABETH PINKNEY, Bef. 1740, Delaware; d. Aft. 1768, Rowan County, North Carolina.


Alexander CATHEY [Parents] was born in 1707 in Ulster, , , Ireland. He died on 7 Apr 1766 in , Rowan, North Carolina. He was buried in Thyatira Cem, Rowan, North Carolina. He married Elizabeth PINKNEY before 1740 in , , Delaware.

Elizabeth PINKNEY died after 1768 in , Rowan, North Carolina. She married Alexander CATHEY before 1740 in , , Delaware.

They had the following children:

  F i Alice CATHEY 
  M ii John CATHEY 
  M iii Richard Alexander CATHEY 
  M iv William CATHEY Major 
  M v James CATHEY 
  F vi Margaret CATHEY was born before 6 Apr 1766 in , Rowan, North Carolina.  

  • ii. JOHN CATHEY, b. 1709, prob. Ireland; d. 1764.
  • iii. ELEANOR CATHEY, b. Bef. 1711, prob. Ireland; m. WILLIAM MOORHEAD, Abt. 1729, Ulster, Ireland; b. Bef. 1710.


Eleanor CATHEY [Parents] was born in Ulster, , , Ireland. She died in Ulster, , , Ireland. She married William MOORHEAD about 1729 in Ulster, , Ireland.

Other marriages:

MAY, John

They had the following children:

  M i John MOORHEAD 

  • iv. MARY CATHEY, b. 1716, London, England; m. JOHN BRANDON, Abt. 1735; b. 1713, England.


John Brandon1 (M) (1713-), #9613 Pop-up Pedigree

    John was born at England in 1713.1 He was the son of John Brandon and Elizabeth Cathey. He married Mary Cathey circa 1735. 

Last Edited=June 10, 2006

Child of John Brandon and Mary Cathey William Armstrong Brandon+ Citations

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  • v. HANNAH AGNES CATHEY, b. Bef. 1718, Rowan County, North Carolina; d. 1792, Rowan County, North Carolina; m. RICHARD GRAHAM, 1736, Wilmington, Delaware; b. 1716, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; d. 13 Feb 1770, Rowan County, North Carolina.

Notes for HANNAH AGNES CATHEY: From post:

Re: Hannah Agnes Cathey, b early 1700's Posted by: Pat Mondy Date: March 16, 2000 at 19:01:10 In Reply to: Hannah Agnes Cathey, b early 1700's by Catherine Koon of 1174

Hannah was the daughter of John Cathey born in Ireland. I am a descendant of their son Richard Graham, Jr. There is some speculation that Hannah died and Richard married someone else named Agnes as this is the name she uses in her will. However, since Agnes was sometimes used as a nickname for Hannah, many researchers believe she was only Hannah Agnes Cathey. You probably already know the Grahams were in early Maryland but by 1749 had been a part of a new settlement in what then was western North Carolina near Salisbury. I would love to have more information on the Cathey and Graham families. One source is Carolina Cradle by Ramsey. Pat

Richard Graham1 (M) (1716-February 13, 1779), #9601 Pop-up Pedigree

    Richard was born at Rowan Co., North Carolina, USA, in 1716.1 He was the son of James Graham and Mary Millar. He married Hanah Agnes Cathey at Wilmington, New Castle Co., Delaware, USA, on December 13, 1736.1 Richard died on February 13, 1779 at Rowan Co., North Carolina, USA.1 

Last Edited=June 10, 2006

Child of Richard Graham and Hanah Agnes Cathey Mary Graham+ b. May 31, 1751 Citations

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Hanah Agnes Cathey1 (F) (1716-1792), #9602 Pop-up Pedigree

    Hanah was born in 1716. She was the daughter of John James Cathey. She married Richard Graham at Wilmington, New Castle Co., Delaware, USA, on December 13, 1736.1 Hanah died in 1792 at Rowan Co., North Carolina, USA.1 

Last Edited=June 10, 2006

Child of Hanah Agnes Cathey and Richard Graham Mary Graham+ b. May 31, 1751 Citations

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Richard GRAHAM [Parents] was born in 1716 in , Lancaster, Pennsyvania. He died on 13 Feb 1779 in , Rowan, North Carolina. He was buried in Thyratira Cem, Rowan, North Carolina. He married Hannah Agnes CATHY in 1736 in Wilmington, , Delaware.

[Notes] Hannah Agnes CATHY [Parents] was born in , Rowan, North Carolina. She died in 1792 in , Rowan, North Carolina. She married Richard GRAHAM in 1736 in Wilmington, , Delaware.

[Notes] They had the following children:

  F i Jane Jeane GRAHAM 
  F ii Eleanor GRAHAM 
  M iii James GRAHAM 
  M iv William GRAHAM 
  F v Cals Else GRAHAM was born about 1750 in , , North Carolina. She died after 1794.  
  F vi Agnes GRAHAM 
  F vii Mary GRAHAM 
  M viii Richard GRAHAM Jr 
  M ix Joseph GRAHAM