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SORTING OUT THE CATORS IN MARYLAND/VIRGINIA/DC:
 
DORCHESTER COUNTY AND 
BALTIMORE MARYLAND CATORS

Generation Section 5


 

Updated 2016

 

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

Children, Grandchildren of 
CAPT. WILLIAM WHITFIELD CATOR &
MARY ANN AUGUSTA TRAVERS CATOR 4
Great Grandchildren of  EDWARD & MARY LeCOMPTE CATOR 

 

 

 

Eldest child of Capt Wm. W. Cator and Mary Ann Augusta Travers Cator  
SHERIFF THOMAS BEAUREGARD CATOR + 2 marriages

THOMAS BEAUREGARD CATOR born in August 1857 at the family home at Taylors Island, MD

MOSELINA "Lena" LeCOMPTE KEENE, daughter of  MOSES L. and SOPHIA KEENE was born June 6 in 1855 at  Taylors Island at the family home.   Moselina would only live to be 33 years old.  Thomas would then marry his second wife, Mahala "Halie" P. Harris (186-1924). 

Thomas and Lena married on January 14, 1880.  They had two children:  Rita/Reita LeCompte Cator (Mrs. Spedden) born 1881 and died 1936 and Nadine Cator (Mrs. Lloyd) born July 8, 1885 and died  Jan. 4, 1966.  All are buried at Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery in Cambridge MD (Plot L100 Cator)

In 1880 Thomas and Lena are living in Parsons Creek, Dorchester County, MD.  He was in the  mercantile business. Their two daughters were born and then in 1888 Lena passed away.  She did not get to see her husband become the Sheriff of Dorchester County as the election was held in 1891.  Once he became Sheriff he moved to Cambridge, MD.

Eight years later, on April 6, 1898, Thomas married his second (and last) wife, Mahala Parvin "Halie" Harris.  On April 15 1903, Halie and Thomas had a daughter, Emily Cator, half-sister to Rita and Nadine.

NADINE:  Per the 1910 census for Dorchester, daughter Nadine is working as a teacher at the public school and boarding with the Layton family. Nadine has completed two years of college (per the 1940 Census).   Five years later Nadine marries Henry Lloyd, Jr. on January 12, 1915.  She is his second wife.  Per the 1930 census he is an attorney. (More below)

RITA:  In 1910, daughter Rita is living with the Seward family and also is a teacher.   She will marry T. Edgar Spedden and they will have one child, Thomas Cator Spedden. (More below)

In 1920 Census, Thomas and Halie are living at their home at 122 Muse and Gay Street, Cambridge, MD. Also living at this home with them is Emily who is 16 (More below).  Thomas is the proprietor of this boarding house, hotel, and personal residence.

Note:  The Cator House was originally the home of Moses LeCompte, built in 1710, it is said, and long known as The Old LeCompte House, in the neighborhood of Church Creek.   In 1781, Moses LeCompte IV, invited the newly organized Methodist Congregation to hold meetings at his home, pending the erection of a chapel. The CATOR family acquired the property in 1801, and it became known as the Cator House until 1940 when it was not habitable. Remodeled now as the current "Cator House" Restaurant. 

The Cator House in Cambridge is believed to be haunted by the spirit of Emily Cator per the employees of this restaurant who claim to have heard and felt her presence.  Emily built the inn originally for travelers.

In 1922 he became a member of the Cambridge City Council.

Four years later on May 20, 1924 Halie died at age 57 and is buried in the Christ Church Cemetery.  The cause of her death is: " Stroke of Apoplexy suffered morning of death"; she died that night at 11:55 pm.  She had had two previous strokes within several months of her death, from which she had recovered.  She died at the Muse street home.

Thomas, now a widower for the second time.

On June 2, 1927, his daughter Nadine marries Henry Lloyd, Jr., an engineer.  Nadine and Henry have a daughter, Thomas' first grandchild, Anne Bayly Lloyd on _________

In the 1930 census, Thomas is Head of Household with his daughter Emily, both living in a $12,500 home for which he is Proprietor for the "hotel".  He was not a veteran.  In 1930 he was 72; Emily was 26.

At some point he was also in the boat business.

On April 2 of that same year 1930, Thomas was in the Cambridge Hospital where, after a prolonged 5 1/2 weeks stay and an 8 week illness, he died at 72 years 2 months old.  Thomas was buried on April 3, 1930 in the Christ Church Cemetery.   Note:  Sheriff Thomas Cator was an Honorary Member of the Rescue Fire Company, Cambridge MD.

Obit:

 

MORE ON SHERIFF CATOR'S CHILDREN

RITA CATOR (MRS. SPEDDEN):  Rita was born 1881 and died 1936 at the age of 55.    On January 12, 1915 she married T. Edgar Spedden, a farmer, at Cambridge.  She was 31 years old.  Edgar was younger at 27, a tall man with a medium build and gray eyes and brown hair.  He was from Hills Point, MD.  Interestingly, his family was the same family as Rita's stepmom Halie. 

Rita and Edgar had one son Cator Thomas Spedden. 

The following is a news article item in 1930, the same year her dad died.  Two years later, her husband Edgar died.  She would only live 4 more years. 

Rita and Edgar are buried at Green Lawn Cemetery in the Spedden family plot. The cemetery is located in Cambridge MD.

Rita's Son, Cator Thomas Spedden

Cator was born around 1916.  I only have the following piece of information on him to date:

In 1940 Cator Thomas was an auto mechanic in the US Army stationed in DC.

 

NADINE CATOR (MRS. LLOYD):  Nadine was born on July 8, 1885 and died on January 4, 1966.

In 1901 she attended St. Maryís Female Seminary-Junior College

 She married attorney Henry Lloyd, Jr. on June 2, 1927 which was 12 years after Rita was married.  She was his second wife, his first wife being Nancy Campbell Bayly. They shared one child, Ann Bayly Lloyd.  Nadine did not have any children herself, but hopefully enjoyed being Ann's step-mom.

Henry lived from his birth on October 22, 1888 in Cambridge to his death on  July 8, 1951.  In the WWI draft Henry claimed a heart issue.  He was of medium build, had bluish gray eyes and brown hair.  

Henry served as a delegate to the Maryland convention to ratify the 21st amendment in 1933 which repealed the 18th amendment prohibiting alcohol!

Henry and Nadine share a tombstone at the Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery in Cambridge in the B43 Lloyd plot area.

When Sheriff Cator died, Nadine was also living in the Cambridge area. 

 

EMILY CATOR:  Emily was the daughter of Sheriff Thomas and Halie.  Emily never married.  Emily and her widowed father lived together when she was 26.

EMILY CATOR became the owner of the Cator House in Cambridge, a boarding house that is now a restaurant by the same name, The Cator House She was a notary public in Dorchester County several times.   See the Cator House information above.

On July 20, 1991, Emily died at the age of 88!  Her last residence is Church Creek in Dorchester MD.

On several occasions when we visited the Delmarva region to see family, we planned to see The Cator House but never got too.  Oh, well.

 

Child of Capt Wm. W. Cator and Mary Ann Augusta Travers Cator  
SAMUEL B. CATOR
      (No marriage)     

SAMUEL B. CATOR, born May 13, 1860, on Taylors Island; died August 18, 1922 in Dorchester County, MD at the age of 62.  Samuel is buried at Grace P.E. Church Graveyard on Taylors Island.   

In 1870 Census, Samuel lived with his mom who was 30 and farmed on property worth $8000.  His brothers Thomas and William and sister Ella were in the household.

  • By 1900 he and his brother William were boarders in Baltimore.  No other info listed on the census.

  • By 1910 Samuel and William are still lodgers but we now know that they have the following occupations:  Samuel works in a bookstore.
     William is .  I can't read the company.

  • By 1920, William is not working and Samuel is a book agent at a bookstore.  Both are in their 60s and single, and still lodging in a boarding home.  Samuel will be deceased in two more years.  His burial will be at Grace Cemetery in Taylor's Island.
  • See more on William Whitfield Cator below.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Child of Capt Wm. W. Cator and Mary Ann Augusta Travers Cator  
    ELLA B. WATERS CATOR
    m. Henry Pattison Spilman (No children)       

    ELLA CATOR, was born May 11, 1861 on Taylors Island, MD

    Ella married HENRY "Harry" PATTISON SPILLMAN on December 11, 1906, at "The Pines" Taylor's Island.  He was 46 years old.  No known children.  In the 1920 census, Harry was a farmer.

    From at least 1940 census, Ella and "Vee" (Elmira Valorie Mace Cator/Mrs. Charles Bragg Cator) lived together in their later years on Taylors Island. They both died in the early 1950s.  Ella died on August 28, 1952.  They, too, are buried at Grace Cemetery.

                             SALISBURY TIMES (MD) Sept 2, 1952

     

    Child of Capt Wm. W. Cator and Mary Ann Augusta Travers Cator
    CHARLES BRAGG
    CATOR m. Elmira Valeria VEE Mace          

    CHARLES BRAGG CATOR was born January 15, 1863 on Taylors Island, MD.  His future wife, "Vee" Mace was born on Sept. 26, in 1872.

    At age 17, Charles was working on a farm (family farm?) in Dorchester County.

    At the age of 28, Charles married ELMIRA VALERIA "VEE" MACE, on December 2, 1891 in Woolford MD.  1900 finds them living in Parson's Creek in Dorchester County, where he is still farming.  In the 1910 census they are on Taylor's Island again where he farms.  Before marrying Charles, Vee was a teacher also!

    Per the 1910 census living with them are their son, Ben, who is 7; Catherine, who is 2; their newborn infant; Charles' sister Ella (39) and Rita Cator who is 19.  They have now been married 18 years. 

    Charles was a prominent Democrat and served as supervisor of elections.

    On October 23, 1922, Charles Bragg Cator dies of Bright's disease. 

     

     

     

     

    Burial at Grace Cemetery also.

     

     

     

    Now the 50 year old widow Vee lives on and in the 1930 census she has moved to Southhampton Road in Philadelphia PA where she rents a boarding house and takes in boarders. 

    23 years later, Vee dies on July 29th 1953.  She is 80.  Her death occurs at Cambridge Hospital.  She too is buried at Grace P.E. Church Cemetery on Taylors Island.  At the time of her death, all three of her children were living in Pennsylvania.

    Obituary of Valerie Mace Cator, Salisbury Times, MD, July 31, 1953:

      

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    CHILDREN OF CHARLES AND VEE CATOR: 

    1)  BENJAMIN FRANKLIN CATOR:  Ben was born January 27, 1893.  He died in 1955 on December 6th in Philadelphia.

    Benjamin married Tacy Lott in 1920.  Tacy was born in PA.  They had one son, Ward F.Cator who was born 8/28/1921 in Somerset, PA.  Ward served in WWII4

    WWI Army Card for Ben Cator:

    WWII Registration Card for Benjamin Franklin Cator:

    Benjamin Franklin Cator was living at Byberry Road, Somerton Philadelphia, . Pennsylvania at the time of the registration, April 27, 1942.  He was listed as 49 years old, born on 1/27/1893 on Taylors Island in Maryland.  Mrs. Tacy Lott Cator, his wife, is listed as emergency contact. He does not list any employment.  He is 5'65 and 178 lbs with brown hair and eyes and a light complexion.
     

    910 Feb. 23rd:  CHARLES B. CATOR, JR. born. He married a  "MARGARET" and they had a daughter NANCY CATOR.  Charles died Oct 25 or 26 in 1971.

     

    2)  KATHERINE (Catherine) MACE CATOR:  Katherine was born in April 1898 in Maryland.  She married Floyd Donald Sutherland and they had two children:  Janice Mace and Kathleen Sutherland.  In 1920 Katherine worked as a clerk for the War Risk Insurance Co.  She boarder as fellow lodgers in a home in DC with Nadine Cator.  Katherine died when she was 55 in 1953.  She is buried at Jefferson Memorial Park in Pittsburgh, PA.  She may have actually passed away in Richmond VA. 

    Daughter Janice Mace Sutherland was born on April 11, in 1929 in McKeesport, PA.  Janice died on November 25, 2000 in Pittsburgh. 

    Daughter Kathleen Sutherland ... no other information known.

    3) CHARLES BROOME OR CHARLES BRAGG (Jr.) CATOR:  Charles was born in 1910 and died in 1971.  He married Margaret L. LNU who was born in 1916 and died in 1996.    They are buried at William Penn Cem. in Philadelphia PA.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Child of Capt Wm. W. Cator and Mary Ann Augusta Travers Cator 
    WILLIAM WHITFIELD CATOR (A BACHELOR)
        

    CORRECTION!!  Thank you Carolyn Gutermuth!
    1864  November 24th:  William Whitfield Cator (Sr.) born at Taylor's Island, MD; d. November 10, 1946; buried Grace Protestant Episcopal Church Graveyard, on Taylors Island.   He was a member of the office staff of Senator Radcliffe.  He was a member of the University Club and he lived at the Abbey Hotel at the corner of St. Paul and Madison Streets. William Whitfield (Bachelor) Cator, while driving to Cambridge from his home in Baltimore on Sunday, November 3, 1946, lost control of his vehicle and overturned the car a few miles North of Easton.  He was brought to Cambridge MD Hospital where  he died one week later on November 10th, 1946. 

    Sketch from photo of the Abbey Hotel which is now the Rodeway Inn Mid Town Suites at 723 St. Paul St., MD 

     

    NOTE -- OTHER POSSIBLE CHILDREN OF WILLIAM AND MARY TRAVERS CATOR ARE AN INFANT, IDA MAY CATOR, WHO WAS BORN 1859 AND DIED WITHIN A YEAR.  AND, HARRY LEE CATOR BORN BORN 1862 AND DIED 1890.  HE MARRIED FLORENCE MARSHALL.  HIS OBIT SAYS HE WAS THE SON OF WILLIAM AND NEPHEW OF ROBINSON CATOR. 

     

     

    TO GENERATION 1 Moses Cator; Edward and Mary LeCompte Cator; Levin and Aney Cator

    TO GENERATION SECTION 2  Family of Levin Cator (son of Edward and Mary LeCompte Cator) including Joseph and Hannah Brohawn Cator, son/daughter-in-law of Levin Cator.

    GENERATION SECTION 3  Not an active page - combined info with other Generations 2 and/or 4

    TO GENERATION SECTION 4  Families of Joseph E, Capt Wm., &  Robinson W. Cator

    TO GENERATION SECTION 5   Family of Capt. Wm. Whitefield Cator and Mary Ann Augusta Travers Cator. 

    TO THOMAS BROOME TRAVERS +dau. Mary and spouse WILLIAM CATOR

    TO BENJAMIN FRANKLIN CATOR ARTICLE FROM BOOK

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    Note:  Valeria's brothers:  Bassett S. Mace, who was born in Cambridge, married Mary Agnes Doyle Mace; he died at age 67.  His funeral was held at home in Mt. Washington and burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.  

     

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