SORTING OUT THE CATORS IN MARYLAND/VIRGINIA/DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, BLADENSBURG MD TO WASH., DC CATORS 

Beginning with Thomas C. Cater (Cator) and Caroline R. Locker Cator
WILLIAM A. & MARY F. SHECKOLLS CATOR 
and ALBERT R. AND ELIZA LAVINIA ("V") WALSON CATOR

Cator is an unusual surname...meaning there are limited Cators in any one area.   We are happy to share what we have.  This line is very likely attached to "Our Cators" line as Albert Cator lived in the same area of Washington in the 1900s as did William and Charles in "Our Cators".  They are also  buried in the same section as part of "Our Cators", Belle and William Cator, are...at Cedar Hill Cemetery.   

GENERATION #1

Thomas G. Cater/Cator was born in 1801 in Maryland to parents also born in Maryland.  He would grow up to marry Caroline Locker on January 3, 1825 in Prince George's County, MD

During the June 28, 1850 Census, Thomas and Caroline were living in Prince George's County in the Bladensburg District.  He was 49 (b. 1801 MD) and worked as a manager.  His wife Caroline R. Cator was 45 (born 1805 MD) and they had 5 children.

 

 

Although they were married in 1825, it was about 7 years before they had their first child, a girl, Ann. L. Cator, who was born in 1832 in Maryland.  In 1850, Ann was 18 and single. Their second child was a son, William A. Cator, born in 1836 who would grow up to marry Mary Sheckolls.  Then came another girl, Mary E. Cator, who was born two years later in 1838. Their son, Thomas P. Cator, was born in 1843; and their last child, Richard S. Cator, was born around 1846 in Maryland also.  Richard would never marry.
 

JUNE 28, 1850 CENSUS IN PRINCE GEORGE'S CTY, Bladensburg, MD
Thomas Cater age 49,  Manager (b. 1801 MD)
Caroline R. Cater, age 45 (b. 1805 MD)
Ann L. Cater, age 18 (born 1832 MD)
William A. Cator, age 14 (b. 1836 MD)
Mary E. Cater, age 12 (born 1838 MD)
Thomas P. Cater, age 7  (born 1843 MD)
Richard S. Cater, age 4 (born 1846 MD)
 


GENERATION #2

Son, RICHARD S. CATOR:   RICHARD S. CATOR remained single throughout his life and had no known children.  He is listed in the following Censuses:

JUNE 27, 1870 CENSUS IN  PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Bladensburg, FORESTVILLE POST OFFICE, MD:
In 1870 Richard was 23 and working as a farm laborer with the John Ritchie family.

June 18 1900 Census PGC, MD.
Richard is a "Servant/Farm Laborer" with the John Ritchie family.  This census informs us that he was born in "Sept 1849" and is age 50/Single.

May 6, 1910 CENSUS IN  PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, 13th District. 
Richard, now 63, boards with and works as a farm laborer for the William Ritchie family.

Son, WILLIAM A. CATOR:    

WILLIAM A. and MARY F. SHECKOLLS CATOR:    
WILLIAM A. CATOR was born in 1836 MD; died before 1880.  Right after Christmas 1858 (Dec. 28th) William A. Cator married MARY F. SHECKOLLS in Prince George's County.  Mary was born in Maryland in 1840  (Note:  Per the 1900 Census shown below, she was born in July 1837)*.  In the 1880 Census Mary was listed as 40 years old, living with her son ALBERT R. CATOR, who was head of household.  Mary who was "Keeping House" in 1880 is listed as Mary F. Cator in the District of Columbia 1891 Directory  -- as a widow of William A. Cator of Anacostia, DC.  Mary is believed to have lived until at least 1920.  Per the 1900 Census, Mary F. Cator had only one child, who was living...making Albert R. Cator an only child.  Mary F. is 72 years of age and living with her son in the 1910 Census and working as a dressmaker at home. In the 1920 census Mary F. is listed as being "80."

MARY F. SHECKELLS CATOR

1850 Census: Anne Arundel, MD District 1:

Mary F. Sheckells is listed as age 10 (b 1840):
 

 

 

 

 


December 28, 1858:  William and Mary marry.

Only child of WILLIAM A. CATOR and MARY F.  CATOR is ALBERT R. CATOR, b. 1859, Maryland; d. April 1928

1880 Census: District 7 on Washington Street in Union Town part of Washington DC:
The check mark indicates that son, Albert R. Cator, was sick or disabled on the day of the census taking, June 2, 1880.  Both Albert and his mom listed as born in MD to MD born parents.


GENERATION # Grandson, ALBERT R. CATOR:
 

ALBERT R. AND ELIZA LAVINA WALSON CATOR:    

ALBERT R. CATOR was born July 1859*  in Maryland and died April 1928.

The Washington Post Aug 6, 1889; p. 6

The Washington Post July 16, 1889; p. 6

          
 Albert married ELIZA "LAVINIA" WALSON on Nov. 23 1880Lavinia was born January* 1862 in District of Columbia, and died May 1938. Albert R. Cator is listed in the 1880 Census as being "head of household" who is living with his mother 40 year old widowed mother Mary F Cator.  Albert was a 20 year old "painter" at that point in time.   He was still listed as a "painter", at 90 Nichols Street, in the 1892 Washington DC City Directory.  Eliza is listed as Eliza V. Cator on the 1900 Census.  Eliza's father was born in NY; her mother in DC.*  By 1900 they are living at 139 Jackson Street in DC, per that year's census.*    In the 1910 Census Albert is listed as a painter at the government hospital (St. Elizabeth's?), living on Nichols Avenue.  By 1920 he is listed as a general painter.  In 1920 Lavinia is listed as working for the government as a clerk.

Albert was buried April 25, 1928 in Cedar Hill Cemetery
(I
nterment 3092, Sec 7, Lot 531, Site 4)

  Lavinia was buried next to her husband Albert on May 11, 1938.
 
(Interment 10110, Sec 7, Lot 531, Site 3)

 Article from the Washington Post February 7th, 1890 

 Article from the Washington Post September 25th, 1903 

Article from the Washington Post 1911-06-05 

Washington Post, May 11, 1938: 


 

GENERATION #4     Children of ALBERT CATOR and ELIZA WALSON are:

LAURA MABEL CATOR (DIED YOUNG) was born in August 1881 at Anacostia MD.  She died of Diphtheria at her home on Washington Street in Anacostia  when she was only  4 1/2  years old (January 06, 1886).  Laura Mabel was buried the next day at a private funeral in Congressional Cemetery (Site R94/205).  Her gravestone reads: "Only daughter of Albert R. and E. Lavinia Cator.  Our angel has gone before us and beckons us on.". 

CHARLES RYLAND CATOR (DIED YOUNG) was born in December 1885 at the home in Anacostia MD.  When only 6 months and 15 days old Charles died from Cerebral Meningitis with convulsions over a period of five weeks.  The date of his death was May 25th, 1886 and he died at home on Washington Street in Anacostia DC.  He was also buried the day after his death at Congressional Cemetery, next to his sister Laura Mabel Cator.  His site is R94/206.

LIZZIE CATOR is listed as a daughter on the 1900 US Census (see below), being born in March 1888 (age 12) in the District of Columbia.*   On the 1920 Census she is listed as "Lora?" E. Cator, age 22, and works as a clerk for the Southern Railroad. 

FRANCES "FANNIE" A. CATOR is listed as a daughter on the 1900 US Census (see below), being born in March 1891 (age 9) in the District of Columbia.*  In 1910 Census she is 19 years old, single, living at home with her parents and working as a stenographer at a school.                           

VESTA LORENA CATOR is listed as a daughter on the 1900 US Census (see below), being born in May 1894 (age 6) in the District of Columbia.* In 1910 Census she is 16 years old, single, living at home with her parents and is a student.                

LUCILLE V. CATOR was born in Nov 1897* in Washington DCThe 1920 Census lists her as married to a SIMS, but living in her father's household (Albert R Cator's).  No husband is apparent from the census as living in this household.  Lucille does not have an occupation listed on this census. Two grandchildren listed as living with her in Albert's household as "Sims" grandchildren:  Claude M. Cator, born 1914 in Virginia (age 6 in 1920); and Helen Cator who is listed as age 5.

Another source told me that a CLAUDE CATOR was born in Virginia to Albert and Lavinia Cator and that Claude married three times and had children from each of these marriages. One time was likely in New England.  It is reported by another researcher that he has some relatives somewhere in Hollywood Florida.  Claude survived an electrical accident.  He was evidently a bit rowdy as somewhat separated from his family due to excessive drinking and smoking habits.  Note:  I am wondering if this man is really CLAUDE SIMS. If it is a son, Claude Cator, then the "grandchildren" Claude and Helen on the 1920 census are most likely his (Cators) and not Sims.   

LAURA M. or MARY LAURA CATOR was 8 on 1920 Census (born in 1901/2)* in DC, a student.  The 1920 Census lists her as age 19, single, and not involved in an occupation.  When grown, in 1924-1925, she married LAWRENCE LIPSCOMBThe 1920 Census lists Mary Laura as a stenographer for an unnamed factory.  ** New 3/21/04

DAUGHTER #5 (?)CATOR, name unknown, SUPPOSEDLY born sometime after 1901.

Note:  Per the 1900 Census, Albert and Eliza had only 6 children born to them, 4 of whom were living.  1900 US Census: District of Columbia, Washington, Washington,T623 Roll 158 195:  Albert R. Cator, born MD, Age 41, 139 Jackson Street, Born 1859; married 19 years.  Taken on June 6, 1900.  

1909 WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE ON 11/7/1909                          

Masquerade Party.
The home of Miss
IOLA CATOR, in Anacostia, was the scene of a merry-making on Monday night when the members of the G. K. W. Club and others celebrated Halloween with a masquerade party.  The parlors were decorated with autumn leaves, black cats, pumpkin faces, and other features suggestive of the day.  Refreshments were served in the lantern-lighted dining room, after which ____ were resumed until the witching hour of 12.

The members of the club and its visitors present were Misses Janie Torney, IOLA CATOR, Florence Burns, Edith Mahoney, FANNIE CATOR; Nellie Lessner of Baltimore, Florence Gillott, May Molineu, Gertrude Tolson, Rosie Simpson, Margaret Torney, VESTA CATOR,  Pearl Murphy; Messrs. Elijah Kinseila, Harold Molineu, Ralph Williamson, William Davis, Woodell Frasier, Frank Tew, James Simpson, Robert Mahoney, Christ ____dorf, George Torney, and George Fer_____.

1909 WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE ON 11/14/1909     

1909 WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE ON 12/06/1909

 

1910 US Census: District of Columbia, Washington, ED231, T624 Roll 149 Page 106: 
Albert R. Cator, born MD, Age 50, Nichols Avenue. Taken on April 16-18, 1910.  

1913: The following from the Washington Post lists the SIX high school graduates of 2/4/1913 (mid year grads)Vesta L. (Lorena) Cator, Meta Rosa Jaeger, Margaret Laufer, Allie Mackley Payne, Marvil Groves Armstrong, and William Alburtis Brockwell. 

1918 Washington D.C. Boyd's Directory:  Family History Center Microfilm #1606045)
Per this source, Fannie, Mary Laura, and Vesta Lorena Cator all live next door to their father's home.  They live at 1930 Nichols; he lives at 1940 Nichols: 

     Frances A "Fannie" Cator, resided at 1930 Nichols Avenue, SE
     Mary Laura Cator, stenographer at  Genl Baking Co, resided at 1930 Nichols Ave SE
     Vesta Lorena Cator, teacher at Cranch School, resided at 1930 Nichols Avenue, SE 
   
     ALBERT R. CATOR, painter, home:  1940 Nichols Avenue, SE

1920 US Census: District of Columbia, Washington, ED354, T625 Roll 211 Page 142: 
Albert R. Cator, born MD, Age 60, 1050 (?) Nichols Avenue.
Taken on Jan. 13, 1920.  *New 3/21/04:
Albert R. Cator, head, 60 years, Married, born MD to MD parents, Occ:  general painter
Lavinia L. Cator, Wife, 56 years, born DC to PA father and "US" mother.Govt Clerk
Lucille V. Sims, dau, 22 years, Married, b, DC; No occupation.
Claude M. Sims,  grandson (son of Lucille), age 6, born DC to a VA father & DC Mother.
Helen L. Sims, granddaughter (dau of Lucille), age 5,       (ditto).
Mary F. Cator
, Mother (of Albert R. Cator), 80 yrs, Widow, b. MD to MD Parents.  

TIMELINE

1801 Thomas G. Cator born Maryland
1805 Caroline Locker born Maryland
1825 Jan 3 Thomas and Caroline marry PGC
1832 Daughter Ann L. Cator born to Thomas and Caroline Maryland
1836 Son William A. Cator born to Thomas and Caroline Maryland
1838 Daughter Mary E. Cator born to Thomas and Caroline Maryland
1840 Future daughter-in-law Mary F. Sheckolls born. Maryland (Anne Arundel?)
1843 Son Thomas P. Cator born to Thomas and Caroline Maryland
1846 Son Richard S. Cator born to Thomas and Caroline Maryland
1850 June 28 Thomas and Caroline living in Bladensburg with 5 children; he is a Manager. Bladensburg, PGC
1858 Dec 28 Son, William A. Cator weds Mary F. Sheckolls. PGC
1859 July Son, Albert R. Cator born to William A. and Mary F. Sheckolls Cator Maryland
1862 Jan Albert's further wife, Eliza "Lavinia" Walson, born DC
1870 Census:  Son Richard S. Cator working as farm laborer Bladensburg, PGC Forestville Post Ofc
Bef 1880 Son,William A. Cator dies.  
1880 Census June 2nd:  Widow Mary F. Sheckolls Cator is living her her son Albert R. Cator Washington St. in Union Town, DC
23 Nov 1880 Albert R. Cator married Eliza Lavinia Walson. DC
1891 Widow Mary F. Sheckolls Cator listed in city directory as keeping house.  Anacostia, DC
1892 Albert R. Cator is painter per DC Directory 90 Nichols St., DC
1900 Census Albert and his family living in DC 139 Jackson St, DC
1909 Per Fannie Cator's ad for work, they are living in DC 42 Nichols Ave., DC
1910 Census Richard S. Cator a farm laborer for Ritchie Family.  Widow Mary Sheckolls Cator lives w/son Albert Cator.
Albert R. Cator painter at St. Elizabeth

 

Albert and his family live on Nichols Avenue, DC
1918 Fannie, Mary, Vesta Cator live at 1930 Nichols Avenue, SE
    
Albert R. Cator, painter, home:  1940 Nichols Avenue, SE
 Nichols Avenue, SE
1920 Widow Mary Sheckolls Cator is 80 per Census  
1928 April Grandson, Albert R. Cator, 68, dies. Albert buried 4/25/1928 Cedar Hill Cemetery
(I
nterment 3092, Sec 7, Lot 531, Site 4)
DC
1938 May Eliza Lavinia Walson Cator, 76, spouse of Albert R. Cator dies. On 5/11/1938 she is buried next to husband Albert.   (Interment 10110, Sec 7, Lot 531, Site 3) Died at her home 5533 Hawthorne Place NW,  DC

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