SORTING OUT THE CATORS
IN MARYLAND/VIRGINIA/DC:
 
TWO CHARLES COUNTY MD CATOR LINES
Maps at bottom of page   

William & Charlotte Cator Sophia, Mary, Elizabeth, Benjamin Cator
to: Thomas E. Cator & Margaret Louise Henderson Cator  
to: Esther Gladys Cator & Homer Orebaugh  

NOTE:  FOR MORE ON JAMES MILTON CATOR LINE CLICK ON http://catorfamily.com/genealogy/wilmercator.html


 

 


Your  help in sorting through the many miscellaneous Cators and Our Cators  is always greatly appreciated.  Please email us (Donna and Patrick Cator) at catorfamily@gmail.com

Note:  In 1820 the Queen Anne district covered all of the east central part of Prince George's County, including the then active port town of Queen Anne, and the present town of Bowie. I have heard through a friend that there were two men named Benjamin Cator residing the in Queen Anne's District of Prince George's County at the time of the 1820 census (northern portion of the county near the border with Anne Arundel),  however there are no church, probate, newspaper abstracts, or cemetery transcriptions for either of these men. There is a record of a marriage license that was issued to a Benjamin Cator and a Mary Clubb in Prince George's County on 16 February 1801. Both of these surnames were  historically Charles County colonial names who migrated into Prince George's County.  Interesting...any ideas????

FIRST FAMILY:  
Descendants of WILLIAM and CHARLOTTE CATOR

  Generation No. 1

WILLIAM CATOR (or William DeCator), born about 1802 in Charles County, MD. (Possibly son of Joseph and Jane Cator, born in Dorchester County, MD).  He married CHARLOTTE ______ before 1839 in Charles County, MD. Charlotte was considerably younger than William, as she was born about 1820 in the same county.

William is listed in the 1850 Census as being 48 years of age and living in the Hill Top District of Charles County.

Children of WILLIAM and CHARLOTTE CATOR are:

ALBERT CATOR b. abt 1836
LUCRECIA or Lucretia CATOR
, b. Abt. 1839.
WILLIAM CATOR
, b. Abt. 1843.
THOMAS E. CATOR (or Thomas DeCator), b. October 1847, Charles County, d. December 19, 1912, Dumfries, Prince William Co,Virginia .  Married Margaret Louise Henderson. (See next generation).
FRANCES CATOR, b. Abt. 1848.

Generation No. 2

THOMAS E.  CATOR / DeCator /Decater was born October 1846 (1848?) in Charles County, MD and died December 19, 1912 in Dumfries, Prince William Co, VA. 

(1) At age 25 he married  his first wife, 23 year old MARGARET LOUISE HENDERSON, September 27, 1873 in Prince William, Stafford County, VA; daughter of JOHN LEWIS HENDERSON & ELIZABETH MILSTEAD.   They are believed to be of Scottish descent.  Margaret was born in 1850 in Prince William County, VA, and died in Dumfries, same county, May 6, 1888, just 46 days after their daughter Esther Gladys Henderson was born.  The children were then raised, at least Essie was, by Thomas and Jennie Smith of Manassas, VA.

(2) On December 22, 1897, approximately 16 years after the death of his first wife,  Thomas E. Cator married JOSEPHINE CORNWELL, born Jan. 1857 in VA.   Josephine was a widow and was the daughter of Hedgeman and Amanda Carney.  When she married Thomas, she was 41 and he was 57.    (Per Prince William County VA Marriage Records).  They had no children together.

More About JOSEPHINE CORNWELL:   Per Joyce Belluomini, Josephine was previously married to Lucian C. Cornwell per 1880 census for Coles, Prince William County VA, in which 3 of her 5 children are listed:  Ida Cornwell, born 1875, Jennie Cornwell, born 1877, and Annie May Cornwell, b. 1879.   Per Joyce Belluomini, Josephine and Thomas Cator did not have any children together.   Josephine Cornwell Cator died on Nov 27, 1928.  This obituary appeared the following day in the Washington Post:

Some children of THOMAS E. CATOR and MARGARET HENDERSON CATOR are:

WILLIAM CATOR, b. 1875, Prince William County, VA.

James MILTON CATOR, b. 12/15/1878, Quantico, Prince William County, VA married Linnie Jones (1888-1925) and had children:

Charles Edward Cator (1906-1928; age 22)

James H. Cator (1908-1910; age 2)

William Franklin Cator (1910-1938; age 28)

Myrtle Virginia Cator ( 1912-1983; age 71)

Wilmer Broaddus Moore "Tut" Cator b. June 29, 1915- in VA, d. Nov. 13, 1993 in Hague, VA at age 78.  He was an Alexandria policeman who married Elsie L. Hewitt and had daughters Judith Arleen "Judie" Cator (1940-2010) and Janice Cator.

Viola Rae Cator b. 5/31/1917 in VA and d. 21 April 1999 in Monroe, NC.
 

Note:  In the 1930 Census, James Milton Cator was lodging witth the Coffey family along with his children, Myrtle (Ms. Smith), Wilmer, and Viola.  James worked construction.

NOTE:  FOR MORE ON JAMES MILTON and LINNIE JONES CATOR LINE CLICK ON http://catorfamily.com/genealogy/wilmercator.html

ANN D. CATOR, b. 1879, Prince William County, VA.

FRANK CATOR, b. May 21, 1881, Prince William County, VA.

JOHN ERNEST  CATOR, b. August 10, 1885, Prince William County, VA. Died 1959. He married Katherine McGaha.   FOR MORE ON THIS LINE, SEE: http://catorfamily.com/genealogy/catormcgaha.html

HESTER CATOR, b. March 25, 1886, Prince William County, VA.

ESTHER GLADYS "Essie" CATOR, b.  21 Mar 1888 in Manassas, Prince William, VA; died 5 Mar 1932 in Washington DC; Buried:  7 Apr 1932 Cedar Hill Cemetery, Washington D C.   She has been referred to as Essie Decator also.  (SEE NEXT GENERATION)

 

  Generation No. 3

ESTHER "Essie" GLADYS CATOR "DeCator" b.  21 Mar 1888 in Manassas, Prince William, VA.  When her mom died, Essie, just an infant, was just 46 days old. Esther not in 1900 Census with her family; unknown who raised her.

Essie married twice:

(1) Married: Homer Sheridan OREBAUGH on 22 Mar 1908 in Prince William County (Per Washington Post, he did not support his wife or children). 

Homer was born on the 18th of October 1886 in Timberville, Rockingham Co., VA.  Also noted in a family tree on Ancestry:  In the Washington Post article, Homer was indicted for non support or "failure to provide for the maintenance of one's legal dependents (wife or kids)." Per a Mary, "Esther was sure mad at him from some letters my cousin showed me at one time and wouldn't allow his letters to come to his children. Homer pled guilty and received probation in lieu of a 1 year sentence at Occuquan. United States vs. Homer S. Orebaugh; non support; plea guilty, sentenced to Occoquan for 1 year; placed on probation. 

<-- Homer and his "second" family.  Homer and Essie divorced, obviously, and in 1957 he married Opal "Bernice" Fisher of Maquoketa, Iowa.  She was the first generation of her family born in America.  Her parents were Prussian. Bernice died in 1957 in Petersburg, VA.

Homer Sheridan's Death Certificate:  Coronary Issues.  He was a salesman for the Harlow-Hardy Furniture Co in Timberville, VA. His wife is listed as Bernice Fischer Orebaugh of 611 Wesley St., Petersburg, VA.  He and wife, Opal Bernice, are both buried at Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg.

  WWII Registration card:        

WWI Reg. Card:

(2)  2nd Marriage: Harry Jameson GRAHM, a salesman who disappeared while on a business trip. 

At the time of the WWI Registration, he was a salesman for Singer Sewing Machine Co:

Esther "Gladys" and Harry lived, in 1920,  here in DC together with her children: 645 Newton Pl, NW, DC (Photo from Google Maps)


WWI Reg. Card for Harry Graham
 

Esther had two bad marriages; a sad marital life. She died single on 5 Mar 1932 in Washington DC. She is buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suitland, MD, just over the line from DC. 
  

Her apartment at 1814 Ontario Place NW in DC was built in 1916.  Today it is a condo building.


Generation No. 4


Children of Esther and Homer Orebaugh, the first marriage: 

Joseph William Orebaugh b: 27 Dec 1908 Timberville, Rockingham, VA.  Married: Martha Ferree Reed.  Joseph died 30 Dec 1975 in Whittier CA.
 

Wilma Genevieve Orebaugh  b. 22 Sep 1910 in Manassas, Prince William, VA.

(1)  Genevieve married Arthur Wendell Hoppins born to parents Nelson and Annetta Hazard Hoppins on 23 June 1906 in Kent, ON.  He died Dec. 14, 1977 in Joliet, IL.  She and Arthur had two sons, Raymond Nelson Hoppins born 13 January 1943 in Toronto, ON, and the other son is unknown to me.  They had two daughters Margaret and Mary Hoppins.

(2)  Genevieve married Robert Frederick Bories, Sr.

Genevieve died on February 19, 1982 in Tremonton, Box Elder, Utah.

  • NOTE:  THE HOPPINS FAMILY HAS REUNIONS ABOUT EVERY 5 YEARS.  CONTACT Maria Johnson, FOR MORE INFORMATION IF THIS IS YOUR LINEAGE.

Margaret Louise Orebaugh b: 14 May 1913 in Memphis, TN.  Margaret Louise Orebaugh was named after her grandmother, Margaret Louise Henderson Cator.   For more on this line, Joyce Belluomini is a good contact. Margaret Orebaugh died on 18 Dec 1993 in Sacramento, CA.

1)  She married Joseph William Yanick born Feb 21, 1911 in DC.  He died in Silver Spring MD on Feb 25, 1983.  When they were married in 1932 and in 1933 he was listed in the city directory as a clerk for American Stores.  They divorced in Volusia FL in 1954. 

2)  She married Frank Cotta in 1956, having been born in 1925. Somewhere along the line they must have divorced as Frank was married to an Inez when he died in 1991 in California. Margaret died two years after Frank.

 

 

 

 

 


1910:
United States Federal Census Prince William, Dumfries, VA  District 95. 
By 1910 Josephine Cator is living with her son, John Cornwell, and daughter, Nettie Cornwell.  Josephine is now Head of Household.  At this time Josephine is in her 50s and Nettie is about 27 and John about is in his 20s also.  My previous information indicated that Josephine's husband,
THOMAS E.  CATOR died December 19, 1912 in Dumfries, Prince William Co, Virginia.  Not known why Thomas is not listed with her in this 1910 Census. 

1920:
United States Federal Census Prince William, Dumfries, VA  District 101. 
By 1920 Josephine Cator is living with her son-in-law and daughter, Fred and Nettie Madson.  Josephine is now 65.  Also living with the Madsen is Josephine's daughter Estelle, who at 24 remains unmarried.

 

SECOND CHARLES COUNTY FAMILY:  
SOPHIA CATOR

Another Cator Family listed in the 1860 Census for Charles County, Hill Top 
(M653-R473 Pg 707) 9/26/1860, Doncaster Post Office is:


SOPHIA CATOR
, Age 50 (born about 1810 in Maryland), a Spinner, cannot read or write.
MARY CATOR, Age 35 (born about 1825), no occupation, cannot read or write.
ELIZABETH CATOR, Age 18, (born about 1842).
BENJAMIN CATOR, Age 22 (born about 1838), Mariner     

Per Bob Malay, the 1840 census lists three Cator families in this area:

William Cator: himself, a wife and a child under 5
Catherine Cator: herself, one male and one female both 5-10
Arthur D. Cator: himself, his wife, 2 males under 5, 2 females under 5, one female 5-10

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John Ernest Cator lived in this home in 1920 is 3316 Prospect St NW in DC and also 1930 as did the McGaha's.  

 

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