Here is what I have written in my extensive data base on the Henton family regarding Catherine:
Harry M. Strickler, in "Old Tenth Legion Tithables," said Michael Warren had been married three times, raised more than a dozen children, and his last wife was a "Miss Henton," notes the late Donnadeane (Depew) Reeme.
"This isn't proof," she wrote in 1985, "but probably tradition from some Warren descendants some 50 years ago. Catherine was on most of Michael's deeds and is buried beside him.
"One of the oldest tombstones yet standing in the New Erection Cemetery, to the west of Harrisonburg, Va., "wrote J. Houston Harrison in "Settlers By the Long Grey Trail," "is in memory of Michael Warren. This recites that M. Warren, Sen., was born in Queens County, Long Island, in the year of our Lord, 1711. ... M. Warren, Sen., died ... 1795, and was buried in Rockingham County, Virginia."
Harrison wrote that the memorial stone lists Catherine's birth date as 1726 and date of death as 1806.
Harrison also quotes a deed preserved in the town vault of Oyster Bay, Long Island, of "John Waring of awatie in the County of Philadelphia But late ... of Oysterbay, yeoman, to Joseph Frost of Oysterbay," November 10, 1732, proved as follows:
"Memorandum that on ye 3d Day of April 1733 Micael Waren one of ye evidences to within Written Deed Came before me, David Jones, one of ye Judges of ye Court of Common Pleas for Queens County, and Declared upon his oath That he was present and Saw ye within named John Waren Execut ye within Written Deed firmly to ye use therein mentioned which Having also Examined I allow to be entered on Record." (signed) D. Jones (Book F, typewritten copy of original, p. 52.)
Harrison makes the assumption that the Warrens, among others from Oyster Bay, went to Pennsylvania about 1730. One of the families with which Warren was associated, Donnadeane (Depew) Reeme noted, was the Matthews family. Michael Warren qualified as executor of the estate of Robert Mathews, weaver, who died testate in Exeter Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, leaving wife Mary (who by 1754 married second a Mr. Cherrington). Solomon Matthews, a wealthy Quaker, was one of Harrisonburg, Virginia's, first businessmen, Harrison reports.
There was a lawsuit, Harrison vs. Warren, filed August 2, 1803, in Rockingham County, sometime after Michael had died, that apparently involved Solomon Mathews' inheritance. Harrison and historian Lyman Chalkley both referred to this suit, extracting Mathews family genealogical data. The suit indicated John Ewin and Nathanial Harrison were executors of Michael Warrne's estate. A receipt dated May 28, 1754, by John Mathews to Michael Warren was quoted, acknowledging John Mathews' share of Robert Mathews' estate.
The Warren family of Oyster Bay, Long Island, was associated there with the Harrison family. There is no evidence to indicate the Harrisons were ever in Berks County, Pennsylvania, but some of the Warrens, including Michael, were. It was in Berks County that Michael Warren's long association with the Henton family began.
We have already seen his name among the Exeter Township taxables in 1741 and as one of two men who took the inventory of George 1:1 Henton's estate in 1747.
Michael "Waren" was one of the signers of a petition in 1741 praying that the "south part of Oley" Township in Berks County should be erected into a separate township, according to Montgomery's "History of Berks County. Other signers were James Boone, Benjamin Boone, John Boone, John Hughes, William Hughes, Francis Yarnall, Peter Yarnall, Peter Huyett, Peter Higo, Ezezial Mathias, Roger Rogers, Joseph Brown, Jacob Vetter, Ellis Hughes and Squire Boone.
The survey presented with the petition covered 13,560 acres and was made by George Boone. The petition was granted and Exeter Township was formed December 7, 1741.
A couple of Philadelphia County deeds in what was to become Berks County, copied by Donnadeane (Depew) Reeme, are of interest.
"This indenture made 12 May 1741 between Michael 'Waren' of the South District of Oley in the County of Philadelphia in the province of Pennsylvania, yeoman, and Barbara, his wife on the one part, and Elis Griffith, yeoman, and Mary Mirick of Amity Township in the county aforesaid.
"Michael 'Waren' and Barbara his wife for 240 pounds paid by said Elis Griffith and Mary Mirick a tract of land (... description ...) lying in Amity beginning at a post being also a corner of Michael 'Waren's' land on a line with William Burd'sland and James Richards' land and Thomas Everet's land, corner of Jacob 'Waren's' land, a spruce tree standing on south side of Monokosey Creek by land of Walter Campbell.
"305 acres of land (part of 690 acres confirmed to said Michael 'Waren' of the 3 and 4 of July, 1733, by and from John 'Waren,' his father, and recorded at Philadelphia in the Book (... blurred copy ...)
"Wit. George Boone
Deed Book B, Page 293, Philadelphia County:
"Indenture made 6 Oct. 1750 between Michael 'Waren," Exeter Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, and Catherine, his wife, of the one part and Jacob Boyer.
"Proprietarys of said province of Pennsylvania by their patnet dated 2 Jan. 1739 on record at Philadelphia in Book A, Vol. 10, Page 10, did grant to Micahel 'Waren' 150 acres in Exeter Township."
This indenture shows thatJacob Boyer paid 335 pounds.
Description -- corner of Joseph Cuthbridge's by the land of Solomon Cole's, line of Peter Hilton's, by land of WIlliam Roberts, by land of William Morgan's.
One hundred fifty pounds money and interest to be paid to John Banfield, dec., his executor, for which the lands present stand mortgaged.
"Catherine (X) Waren
"Sealed and delivered in the presence of John Potts, Esq., one of the justices.
"Wit. John Campbell
"Wit. Samuel Potts
"Wit. John Potts
"Original diligently compared and agree 20 Nov. 1773."
Harrison says the Warrens were Quakers, and indicates Michael settled in the region of the New Erection Chruch, to the west of Harrisonburg. This was originally in Augusta County, and Chalkley finds Michael Warren in the Augusta County records as early as Nov. 26, 1751, when Michael "Waring" and John Gum were appointed appraisors of Cornelius O'Bryan's estate.
On November 27, 1751, Robert Craven, Michael Warren and Alexander Herron were ordered to value John Harrison's improvements on 400 acres on Dry Fork of Smith's Creek. J. Houston Harrison comments on these appointments in "Settlers by the Long Grey Trail":
"These valuations were to establish record that the conditions of the patents to the land had been complied with; no controversy being involved, the relationship of the viewers to the owners was manifetly no bar to appointment. Both Cravens and Herring were brothers-in-law of Harrison, and Warren was his close friend."
Augusta County records recounted by Chalkley show Michael Warren qualifying as captain of foot November 17, 1757, and on March 23, 1759, Michael Warren, Ephraim Love, and Alexander Thompson qualified as captains of the military.
Michael "Waring" was selected for jury duty in Augusta County November 18, 1762.
The Augusta Parish Vestry Book, quoted by Chalkley, indicates John Harrison and Daniel Smith in 1756 processioned from Fairfax's line to the North River, among others, Michael "Wearen." In 1759, Abram Bird and David Robinson were appointed processioners in Capt. Michael Warren's company, and the following year, the processioned, among others, Michael "Weron." The "processioners" were those chosen to list the property owners in their specific areas.
In 1767-68, Robert Cravens and Jeremiah Harrison were processioners and listed, among others, David Ralston, John "Hinton," and Michael "Waren."
Other early Augusta County records involving Michael Warren, identified by J. Houston Harrison, include his qualifications with William Preston August 18, 1761, as an executor of Robert Harrison's will and his filing March 10, 1764, the appraisment of John Harrison, Jr.'s , estate, with co-appraisers Daniel Smith and Michael Shirley.
Michael Warren's land in Rockingham County was apparently at an important crossroad. The Rockingham County Minute Book, 1778-1792, makes frequent mention of roads that lead to and from his property.
On November 24, 1778, Warren, John "Hinton," and Reuben Harrison were ordered to view and make a report on opening a road from Reuben Harrison's to "Hinton's" mill.
Michael "Wearing" served on juries March 23 and August 23, 1779, with William "Hinton" and others.
On the latter date, Warren, Handal Vance, Jno. Cring, and Solo. Mathews were chosen to appraise the estate of Adam Ellwine. The following day, he was on another jury in another case, this time without his brother-in-law.
On November 23, 1779, he and two others were ordered to view and mark the nearest and best ground for a road fromt he mill at the Plains to the courthouse at Thos. Harrison's.
On February 28, 1780, Warren and Mary "Hinton," executors of the estate of William "Hinton," entered their bonds, and witnesses Engle Boyer and George "Hinton" proved the will.
On March 27 of that year, the report on the road from the Plains mill to the courthouse was returned and the court ordered it opened. Five overseers were appointed for the road, including Walter Crwo from Jerema. Reagen's to opposite Michael "Waren's" and Thos. Bryan Jr. from Warren's to opposite the head of the long meadow.
By May 28, 1781, Michael Warren had been sworn in as a member of the grand jury.
On August 27, 1781, the court named four people to view the nearest and best way for a road from Brocks Gap to the courthouse, linking with the courthouse road at Michael Warren's.
On March 25, 1782, another road from Michael Warren's was mentioned, when Jno. Reeves was named to oversee the road from Warren's to Reeves' own house, "in the room of Thos. Bryant Junr."
On May 27, 1782, Michael "Warrin" was again sworn in as a member of the grand jury, this time serving with George Henton.
On November 26, 1782, he and John Henton were on a jury in the case of Haga vs. Cryder or Grider. The attorney for the defendant moved for a new trial, alleging the damages were excessive and contrary to the evidence given.
On the following day, the court ordered the county to pay Michael Warren's November 8, 1781, bill for 300 pounds of wheat at 2 pence per pound.
He was again sworn in on a grand jury April 29, 1783. On May 27, 1783, a deed of bargain and sale from Michael "Waren" and Catherine, his wife, "She being first privately examined," was acknowledged to Jacob Coffman and ordered recorded.
Again on October 28, 1783, Michael "Waren" is on the grand jury, along with David Ralston and John "Waren," among others.
Michael Warren's dealings April 26, 1784, concering William Henton's will have been previously mentioned, along with the June 28, 1784, order opening the road from Mary Henton's to her field beyond the mill.
On July 26, 1784, a road from the county line to Harrisonburg via Carr's Spring and Michael "Warrin's" was ordered opened with Jacob Lincoln named as overseer for the stretch between Carr's Spring and Warren's.
An August 23, 1784, minute book entry listing several court cases says, simply, "Matthews & Co. Vs. John Fields. Michl. 'Waren' spl."
Three of four appointees, Jacob Lincoln, Michael Warren, Solm. Mathews and Jos. Lair, were sworn to make the appraisal of the property of Jno. Bryant under his last will and testament on January 24, 1785.
On May 23, 1785, a deed from Michael Warren and wife to Jos. Crotzer was ordered recorded.
On the following day, summons were issued in the case of Jno. Craven's admrs. vs. Michael Warrin. That case was mentioned again in a list of cases dated August 22, 1785.]
On November 30, 1785, Jos. Lair was appointed to open and keep in good repair a road marked by Jerh. and Richd. Ragan, Thos. Harrison, and John Appler from Michl. Warren's to Jacob Hufts'.
On March 28, 1786, a deposition was ordered to be taken from Warren in the case of Scott vs. McKindley.
On March 29, 1786, Jeremiah Ragan was appointed overseer of a road from Ragan's house to Warren's.
On March 9, 1783,, Michael Warren and Richard Dictum witnessed the marriage of William Lowerey and Sarah Herring, J. Houston Harrison reported in "Settlers by the Long Grey Trail."
The trail of records involving Michael Warren from Queens County, New York, through Berks County, Pennsylvania, to Augusta and Rockingham Counties, Virginia, indicates a man of stature, prominence and respect among his contemporaries.
In the 1980s, Donnadeane (Depew) Reame was disappointed not to be able to find descendants of Michael Warren working actively to trace this family across the pages of history. Fragmentary records from Sullivan County, Tennessee, indicate several of Michael Warren's children ... Michael Warren, Jr., Abijah Warren and Edmund Warren ... probably located there, along with the Millard family and possibly others with Henton connections.
More recently, with the advent of the computer as a genealogical tool and the Internet as a means of access and distribution for large amounts of genealogical information, several references have been made to descendants searching for Warren family ties. And one website,http://members.aol.com/CMElaine/WARRENFamilyHistory.htmlhttp://members.aol.com/CMElaine/WARRENFamilyHistory.html, has extensive detail on some of the descendants (and several generations of ancestors) of Michael Warren.
One of the earliest Henton researchers complicated matters when he made the assumption that Catherine Henton married a Rockingham County Harrison husband (who did have a wife named Catherine) and listed Ruth Henton as the daughter who married Michael Warren. Subsequent research has made it virtually certain that Ruth married Peter Jones, a brother of the Mary Jones, who married my Henton ancestor, William, Ruth's brother.
You're probably aware of the above-mentioned deeds. Reame, who passed away in the mid 1990s, suggested that Michael's children who most likely were from the marriage to Catherine were Edmund, Abijah, John, Timothy, Hannah (who married Carlile Hanes), Persis (who married Joseph Lair), Thomas (who married Elizabeth Harrison), Elizabeth (who married Chrisley Vance), Michael (who married Esther Shanklin) and Eleanor (who married John Kratzer.)
But if Jacob were born in 1755, as some data bases show, he would be a part of Catherine's progeny.
I've not accounted, in what I've added to the Henton data base so far, for the other children tied to Michael, saving those questions for more research, and need to point out that Reame made it clear that her listing of Catherine's children was tentative. My long-range hope (I'm 73; my mother remains alive on her 99th birthday today) is to identify as many descendants of George and Persis Henton has possible. So far, there are more than 11,000 in my data base with information available on an estimated thousand or so more. I've done very little with Catherine's descendants.