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Capt. James Cathey (abt. 1685-1757)

This month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of James Cathey, born abt. 1685 in Northern Ireland, his parents have not been proven. James Cathey and his family appeared in Orange County, Virginia Court on 28 February 1739 to claim "headrights", which was land given to settlers willing to cross the Atlantic Ocean and help populate and settle the colonies. James Cathey had land surveyed in Orange County, Virginia on 10 May 1738 and also received a patent for 1,350 acres "on Middle River, Shanando River (Shenandoah) land beginning... John Givens line" on 13 August 1743, in what was then Augusta County, Virginia, which was formed in 1738 from Orange County. He was listed as a Captain in the Augusta County Militia in 1742, and would along with his wife Ann, raise seven children that would inter-marry with several other prominent Augusta County, Virginia families. Prior to 1756, James Cathey would migrate to Rowan County, North Carolina, where his will was dated on 5 December 1756 and proven in January 1757. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)

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Crowdsourcing Challenge

150 years ago this month, Alvin Fellows of the State of Connecticut patented the design of a spring measuring tape with the United States Patent Office. His patent was actually an improvement to an earlier tape measure design originally patented in England by a man named James Chesterman in 1829. These inventions are the basis for the locking steel tape measures, like the one pictured above, used today.

You can read more about this month's WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge and help in bringing details of the lives of these two little known inventors and their families to WeRelate pages. Have fun.