We have concluded that Robert Ezra Cate arrived in Virginia in 1689 from his home in Colyton, Devon and that he is a son of William Abraham Cate and Margaret Agnes Ingles.But the trial has run cold with William Abraham.
I propose the following:
There is a William Cate born to William and Agnes Cate in Chardstock, Devon in 1639.This would be in the right time frame for our "William Abraham".In records of this time there are very few men named Abraham.But one stands out, Abraham Edwards.Abraham Edwards married Mary Cate and lived in Chardstock, working a tenement of land from the Bishop of Salisbury.Along with him working lands of the Bishop were Edward Cate, William Cate and Christopher Cate.
Who was the William Cate who married Agnes Dummett.I have two candidates:One William Cate was born to Edmond and Elizabeth Cate in 1610.Another was born to Christopher and Margery Cate in 1613.While both are possible I have a little difficulty believing a 19 year old getting married and starting a family.(Shakespeare did it around this time period, but folks in Colyton tended to be a little older than average when starting a family).If a son of Edmond then he was 23 years old when he had William Abraham.
I have no documentation on this, other than the lists of births, marriages and deaths in the radius around Colyton where William Abraham was when Robert Ezra was born in 1667.
Any supplemental information on these family members is appreciated.