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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

Baseball is considered the national sport in the United States. This Major League Baseball logo was created in 1968 to celebrate that patriotic reputation. That same year, 50 years ago, two of its legendary pitching stars were Don Drysdale with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dave McNally with the Baltimore Orioles, and they showcased their enormous talent, highlighted the sport's national appeal, and separately both made lasting impacts on contract negotiations for all baseball players.

You can read more about this month's WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge and help in bringing the WeRelate pages on these two remarkable baseball players and their families to life. Have fun.