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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????
Descendants of WILLIAM and CHARLOTTE CATOR
Generation No. 1
(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.
of WILLIAM and CHARLOTTE CATOR are:
b. abt 1836
b. Abt. 1839.
WILLIAM CATOR, b. Abt. 1843.
(or Thomas DeCator), b.
October 1847, Charles County, d. December 19, 1912, Dumfries, Prince William
Co,Virginia . Married Margaret
Louise Henderson. (See next generation).
b. Abt. 1848.
Generation No. 2
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
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.
About JOSEPHINE CORNWELL:
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.
Belluomini, Josephine and Thomas Cator did not have any children
Cator died on Nov 27, 1928. This obituary appeared the
following day in the Washington Post:
of THOMAS E. CATOR and MARGARET HENDERSON CATOR are:
b. 1875, Prince William County,
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
James H. Cator (1908-1910; age 2)
William Franklin Cator (1910-1938; age 28)
Myrtle Virginia Cator ( 1912-1983;
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.
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
FOR MORE ON JAMES MILTON and LINNIE JONES CATOR LINE CLICK ON
ANN D. CATOR,
b. 1879, Prince William County,
b. May 21, 1881, Prince William
JOHN ERNEST CATOR,
b. August 10, 1885, Prince William County, VA. Died 1959. He married Katherine
McGaha. FOR MORE ON THIS
b. March 25, 1886, Prince William County, VA.
"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
"Essie" GLADYS CATOR
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
<-- 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:
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
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.
Orebaugh b. 22 Sep 1910 in
Manassas, Prince William, VA.
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
(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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION IF THIS IS YOUR LINEAGE.
Margaret Louise Orebaugh b: 14 May 1913 in Memphis, TN.
Orebaugh was named after her grandmother, Margaret Louise Henderson
Cator. For more on this line,
Joyce Belluomini is a good contact.
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
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.
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:
Cator Family listed in the 1860 Census for Charles County, Hill Top
(M653-R473 Pg 707) 9/26/1860, Doncaster Post Office is:
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
BENJAMIN CATOR, Age 22 (born about
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
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