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Descendants of William Caton


18. JESSE5 CATON (BURRELL SOLOMON4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1)25,26,27 was born Abt. 1774 in Beaufort Co, North Carolina, and died Bef. 07 Feb 1843 in White Co, Tennessee. He married CHARITY PURSER28,29,30 Abt. 1797 in Beaufort Co, North Carolina, daughter of ROBERT PURSER and ELIZABETH TINDEL. She was born Abt. 1778 in Beaufort Co, North Carolina, and died Aft. 1850 in White Co, Tennessee.

Notes for J
ESSE CATON:
Email from Suzy Dixon Bennett dated 7/5/02

In reviewing information on the Caton family, I came across a letter from a lady from Springfield, MO. Her name is Maxine Wheeler. She has shared some information that may shed some light on and also possibly muddy the water on Caton genealogy.

She sent to me a copy of the Last Will and Testament of Jessie Caten.

It reads as follows:

In the name of God, Amen. Twenty second day of March, One thousand eight hundred and forty one. I, Jesse Caton of Warren County a State of Tennessee being in health of body and of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament, at the same time utterly revoking all former will made by me declaring this to be my last will and testament. At my decrease my Executors to sell enough of my perishable to pay my just debts.

First, I give to CHARITY ANN, one cow.

Secondly, I give my wife CHARITY my house and kitchen furniture and the rest of my perishable property with the plantation where I now dwell during her life or widowhood at either of the above stated periods at my wifes decease I give to my son JOHN one hundred acres of land including the plantation where I now dwell. (640 ) acres. , on the South side of it one hundred acres I give to my son MOSES, on the East side of both I give eighty-five acres to my son Soloman, one hundred acres called the pond tract tp be divided between Moses and John. Also, I, give to my children that is with me at this time a bed and furniture. A piece to Charity Ann, I give one bed and furniture. Also each of my children that has or may purchase any furniture to have it for their own use. Also the property above given to my wife CHARITY at her decease if any left I want it sold and equally divided between each of the girls. Also, I leave my sons Solomon, Moses, and John Caten, my Executors.

Jesse Caten

Attest: James Mulligan
Arsey Womack

State of Tennessee, Warren County, In the County of Warren.

I, Brown Seals, County Court Clerk for the county aforesaid, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a full, true, correct and complete copy of the Last Will & Testament of Jessie Caten, as fully as the same appears of record and on file in my office, in wills, inventories, sales bills, Administrator and Executor. Settlements, Book# 1, Page # 525. Witness my hand as clerk and official seal, this 1st day of May 1844.

Notes from Gean Caton Nelson:

"First Monday in Feb. 1843"
In the 1790 Craven County, NC Census, in the household of Solomon Caten are listed two males 16 years old and older, one male less than sixteen years old. The two males sixteen years and up would be Solomon Caten, father of Jesse, and Jesse Caten. The male under sixteen would be Moses Caten. The mother of Jesse Caten, Rhoda (unknown) apparently has died by this census..

The Craven County, NC Census for 1800 does not show a household for Solomon Caten, the father of Jesse and Moses Caten. Indications are that they have relocated to Beaufort County, NC. There is also the possibility that the Boundry lines were redrawn and this put them in Beaufort County, NC. However this researcher found no Caten/Caton/Ceaton/Cayton/Keaton/Catton/Keatton/Katton listed for Beaufort County Census for the year 1800.

The Caten/Caton Clan start showing up in the Census records of Beaufort County in 1810. There is Jesse and then there is another Solomon. This Solomon was the son of William Caton No. 3. The census records follow at the end of these notes.

By the 22nd day of November, 1797, Jesse Caten was old enough to be selling 100 acres of land to James Dixon, Junior. This is recorded in Deed Book 3, page 59, in Beaufort County, Washington, North Carolina. It was witnessed by his father, Soloman Caten:

"Know all men by these presents that I Jesse Caten of the State of North Carolina and County of Beaufort for the sum of Fifty pounds currency of the State to me in hand paid by JAMES DIXON of the county & state aforesaid have bargained & sold unto the said James Dixon, Jun. a certain tract or parcel of land situated in Beaufort County and on the East side of Durham's Creek containing one hundred acres. Beginning at the lower side of the Spring Branch joining the plantation running up said Branch a strait line to the back line of the patent thence with the back line of said Patent so far as shall give the hundred acres with running a paralel line to the Creek Swamp then down the Swamp to the beginning. To have and to hold to him the said James Dixon, Junr., his heirs, Executors, administrators, the said Land & plantation I do warrant & devise(?) the same from me and my heirs forever & no further to him his heirs Exots Admods or aforesigns. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & fixed my seal this 22nd day of November 1797. Seal & Signed & Delivered in the presence of SOLOMON CATEN. (He signs with his mark as does BATSON WHITEHURST. [Batson Whitehurst was the brother of Henry Whitehurst. Henry Whitehurst was the father of Dicie Ann Whitehurst, who married Jesse Raboson Caton. Jesse Raboson Caton was the son of Solomon Caten who married Mary Crawford] Jesse Caten set his seal. December Term 1798

Certified that this deed was proved in Court by the oath of BATSON WHITEHURST as evidence thereto let it be registered. Henry Ellison, Clerk of Courty"

It is noted that Jesse Caten was married sometime in 1797. It may have been the reason that he was selling this parcel of land. The reason was to raise the money to start off his married life. Also noted is that Jesse names his first born son, Solomon Caten, after his father, following the English tradition of naming the first born male after the paternal grandfather. As the first born female was named Sarah, there is a clue that Charity Purser Caten's mother had the name Sarah Elizabeth Tindeal. The English tradition was to name the first born son after the paternal grandfather and the first born female after the maternal grandmother.

By the time the Beaufort County, NC., Census for 1810 was taken, Jesse was married and living in Beaufort County, N.C. He would have been about 35 years old at the time.

Jesse Caten is a witness to the will of his brother-in-law, Robert Purser, Jr., of Beaufort County, NC.:

"Page: 229 (519). Original. Date: 5 Feby 1820. Probate: May Term 1821, oath Benj. Braddy. Wife: Linnah Purser. Executor: Wife Linnah Purser. Signed. Witnesses: Benjm. Brady, JESSE CATEN. Remarks: also recorded Orphan Book A, p. 310.

In the 1810 Beaufort County, NC., Census, page 119, Jesse Caten's household is listed thus:

1 Male 26 through 44 years old = Jesse Caten born Abt. 1774 Cr. Co., NC

2 Males under the age of ten years = Solomon Caten born 1806 Beauf. Co. NC
= John Caten born 1807 Beauf. Co. NC

1 Male 45 yrs. and over = Soloman Caten, Jesse's father. This would be the Soloman of the 1790 Craven County, N. C., Census known as Bur Solomon.

Two Females under the ages of 10 years = unknown born abt. 1800 Beauf.Co. NC.
= Mary born 1808 Beaufort Co., NC

One Female age 10 through 15 years = Sarah Caten, born abt. 1798 and would have been about 12 years old at this time.

One Female age 16 through 25 years = Charity Purser Caten, Jesse's wife. born in 1778. She is reported to be 72 years old in the Warren County, Tennessee, U. S. Federal Census for 1850, and 82 years old in the Lawrence Co., AR. Federal Census of 1860.

Bur Soloman, father of Jesse Caten must have died between 1810 and 1820.

Jesse Caten is in Beaufort County, North Carolina, in February, 1820, when he witnessed a will for his brother-in-law, Robert Purser, Jr., on that date. Between February 5th, 1820, and the time that the 1820 Beaufort County, N.C., Census was taken in July, Jesse had moved his family to Warren County, Tennessee. His plantation lay in both White and Warren Counties, Tennessee.

He is picked up in the 1820 Census of Warren County, Tennessee. He was about 45 when he moved his family to Warren County, Tennessee. This move may have been prompted by the chronic illness of Jesse and Charity's son, John T. Caten. The illness may have been Tuberculosis, seizures, or any number of chronic illnesses.

From the White County, Tennessee, court records of 21 October, 1822, we learn that Jesse Caten is put to work to maintain a road:

"Ordered by Court that the District in which the following hands reside be assigned to work on the road from Rock Island to John Knowles, senr., of which Isaiah Hutson is overseer, towit: Matthias Hutson, John Mason, Calab Mason, Senr., Calab Mason, Jur., Robert Mason, George C. Swindle, Alexander Moore, Joel D. Charles, JESSE CATON, William Fisher, Greenville Templeton, John Chissom, Joseph Clarke, Theodorick Mannon, John McDaniel, Cason Swindle, Solomon Charles, James Edmons, Phillip Hopkins, Christoper Wootson, Alexander Delton, Theophelus Evens, William Wood, Rolen Mash, & Thoams Nash. - Issd."

The 1820 Census, White Co., Tennessee:

1 Male under 10 years of age = Moses Caton, born 1812

2 Males 10 years but under 16 yrs. = Solomon Caten, born in Beaufort Co., NC
= John Caten, born in Beaufort Co., NC

Male Over 45 years = Jesse Caten, born in Craven Co., NC.

3 Females under the age of 10 years = Nancy, born 1815 in North Carolina
= Olive, born 1818 in North Carolina
= Unknown Female born in 1820

1 Female 10 years but under 16 yrs. = Mary born 1808 in North Carolina

2 Females 16 years but under 26 yrs.= Sarah Caten, born in Beaufort Co., NC. in 1798
= Unknown female born abt. 1800

1 Female over 45 years and over = Charity Purser Caten. She would have been 42 years old at the time this census was take.


Jesse's daughter, Charity Ann Caten was born in 1825 after the family moved to Warren County, Tennessee.

The 1830 Warren County Federal Census for Tennessee shows the following for the household of Jesse Caten:

One male 10 & under 15 years old = Unknown male - as John Caten is of the age of 24 and Moses age 18 at the time this census was taken, this unknown male could have been a visiting relative, perhaps a nephew of Jesse's from Beaufort County, N. C., an orphan child placed by the courts for the purpose of apprenticeship, or simply a neighborhood child over for a visit. Even though the census was to count only the members living in the household, mistakes were made and this researcher has been exposed to several errors of this nature.

One male 20 & under 30 years old = John Caten [age 23 yrs.] or Solomon (age 24 yrs)

One male 50 & under 60 years old = Jesse Caten was about 56 yrs. old.

One female 10 years & under 15 = Unknown female born about 1820.

Charity Ann Caten would have been 5 yrs. old and for some reason was not listed in this census.

Two females 15 years & under 20 = Nancy Caten would have been 15 yrs. old.
= Olive would have been only 12 yrs. old.

One Female 20 years & under 30 = Mary would be 22 yrs. old.

Three Females 30 years & under 40 = Sarah was 32 years old.
= Unknown female born abt 1800 in Beaufort Co., N.C. She would be about 30 years old.
= Unknown female - the second daughter who's name is unknown.

One Female 60 years & under 70 = Charity Purser Caten, wife, would have been only 52 years old at this time.

The 1840 Warren County, Tenn. Census shows the following for the Jesse Caton household.( (Notice that the spelling of the Caten has changed to Caton):

Three males 20 years but not 30 = It is very tempting to say that these three males were the three sons of Jesse's brother, Moses who married Charity Blan(d) of Beaufort Co., N. C..

A family recorded history of the Moses and Charity Blan(d) Caton family reports that their three oldest sons, Solomon, born February 3, 1804; Thomas, born April 4th, 1806; and M. Cradwick, born July 27th, 1808. moved to Warren County, Tennessee, in the mid 1830s and never returned. They were to "meet up" with a William Caton at Caton's Chapel in Tennessee, and go from there to Warren County, Tennessee. The problem is that these three nephews would have ranged in age from 32 to 36 years of age. A more reasonable explanation is that Moses and Charity Blan(d) Caton had, in addition to the three sons already named, four other sons.

The names and birth dates of these sons were: James, born March 30th, 1811; John, born June 10th, 1814, Jesse, born April 9th, 1817 but died before August of 1821 as a second son was named Jesse; Jesse B. Caton, born August 29th, 1821. The age range of these three sons would "fit" the age category of 20 years but not yet 30 years. I believe that these three younger sons of Moses and Charity Blan(d) Caton are the three males that were in the Jesse Caten household in the 1830 census. These three younger males returned to Beaufort County, N. C., and have descendants located there to this very day.

What happened to the three older sons will have to remain a mystery for a while longer. This researcher has been trying to locate them for two years. Leads are not showing that these three brothers settled in Warren County, Tennessee

One male30 years but not yet 40 = John (remember he has a chronic illness and has not married. In addition, as you will see in Jesse's Will more information concerning John that indicates that he remained at the home of Jesse and Charity Caten.

One male 60 yrs. not yet 70 yrs. = Jesse Caten. Jesse dies before the next census is taken. He dies about 1843.

One Female 15 yrs. but not yet 20 = Charity Ann Caten

Two Females 20 yrs. but not yet 30 = Nancy and Olive Caten

Two Females 30 yrs. but not yet 40 = Mary and the unnamed female born in 1820 in Beaufort County, N. C.

The following is the Will of Jessie Caten: LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JESSIE CATEN In the name of God, Amen Twenty second day of March one thousand Eight Hundred and forty one

I, Jessie Caton of Warren County and state of Tennessee being in health of body and of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament, at the same time utterly Revoking all former wills made by me declaring this to be my last will and testament.

At my decease my executors to sell enough of my perrishables to pay my just debts:

First: I give to Charity Ann one cow.

Secondly: I give my wife, Charity (Purser) my house hold and kitchin furniture and the rest of my perrishable property with the plantation on where I now dwell during life or widowhood at either of the above stated periods at my wifes (wife's) decease:

I give to my son, John, one hundred acres of land including the plantation where I now dwell (640 acres),

On the south of it one hundred Acres I give to my son Moses

on the East of both I give eight(y) five acres to my son Solomon,

One hundred acres called The Pond tract to be divided between my Moses and John.

Also I give to my children that is with me at this time a bed and furniture a piece. [This would have been daughters Mary Caten, Olive Caten, the two daughters that no names have been learned, and Charity Ann Caten]

To Charity Ann I give one bed and furniture.

Also each of my children that has or may purchase any furniture to have it for their own.

Also the property above given to my wife, Charity, at her (wife's) discease.

If any left, I want it sold and equally divided between each of the girls. (There were a total of six daughters)

Also I leave my sons Solomon, Moses, and John my Executors.

Signed: Jessie Caten (Seal)

Attest: James Mullican Arsey Womack

I, Brown Seals, County Court Clerk for the County aforesaid, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a full, true, correct and complete copy of the Last Will and Testament of Jessie Caten, as fully as the same appears of record and on file in my office, in Wills, Inventories, Sales Bills, Admr. & Extr. Settlements, Book No. 1, page 525."... Will Book 1-3 Warren Co., Tn.

From the Ozark Genealogical Society: page 551 - 553, No Date Sale Bill of property of Jessee Caton by Solomon Catten Executor. Purchases made by John Catten, Solomon Catten, Moses Catten and others. Page 528-529 First Monday in Feb. 1843, It appears to the court that Jessee Caten [Catten] is dead leaving a will in which he appointed Solomon, Moses and John his executers. They are confirmed. April 30, 1846. Settlement with Moses, Solomon and John Caten, executers of Jessee Caten, dec'd.

In the Warren County, Tennessee, Federal Census for 1850 the following information is given:

Solomon Caten, 44 years old, a farmer, value $300, born in N.C. and a Martha Caten, age 34 years, are living in household # 818. We could assume that this Martha Caten is the wife of Solomon.

In the next household, No. 819, is Charity Caten, age 72 yrs, Female, Farmer, Value $300, born in North Carolina. Living in the household with her are daughters Mary Caten, age 42, female, born in North Carolina, Olive Caten, age 35, female, born in North Carolina, and Charity Ann Caten, age 25 yrs., female, born in Tennessee.

By the time that the 1860 census was taken, only Moses and his family are listed as living in Warren County, Tennessee. He is reported to have "bought out" John's inheritance. It is possible that Moses bought out his brother's, Solomon's share also as Solomon and Martha M. Caton are found listed in the Lawrence County, AR., census in 1860.

The post office is listed as McMinnville, July 26, 1860.


More About J
ESSE CATON:
Education: Signed with his "mark"
Occupation: Planter

Notes for C
HARITY PURSER:
Notes from Gean Caton Nelson:

Charity Purser Caten was 72 yrs. old during 1850 Warren Co., Tenn. Federal Census.

The Will of Charity Purser Caten's father reads: (Beaufort County, North Carolina, Old Will Book, pages 446-447.)

"In the Name of God This my last Will and Testament Being weak in boday (body) but sond (sound) in memory I col (call) to mind that all men must Die. I give my goods an (and) property which god hath land (give) in maner (manner) and form folling (following):

I land (give) to my daughter Sarah fifty acres of land where She formly lived for lifetime no-d (upon her death) than (then) to Caleb, hur (her) Son to be his property.

I land to my daughter Charity Caten fifty acres of land agineing (lying next to) Sarah Masons on the upper side for lifetime and then to Sarah Caten, her daughter.

I give to my daughter Ann one stear (steer) and one bed which she has all rady (already) had.

I give to my Son Zedechiah, the long ridg(e) plantation with one hundred and fifty acres joining it.

I give to my Son Robert the plantation whereon I now live with all the land the Ded (deed) holds.

I give to Mary Mason my daughter and Elezebath my Daughter one hundred acres of land lying on Brunfields Swamp agining Caten's land.

I give to daughters Ann and Susanner the land I tuck up with Abraham Pritchett beginning at a water oak on James Purser's Corner in branch just belough (below) old feld (field) Knoe (?) by James Purser's old feld running each 110 poles then So. 75 poles, then West 10 poles then So. 80 West 144 poles then So. 15 West 80 poles then West 112 pole then No. 113 pole So. 65 east 125 poles then No. 12 then East 129 poles. This land to be divided between Ann and Suseanna above mensond.

I give to my daughter Magret all the land I own on Grat Bay above lintens dich on the West Side of the dich (ditch).

I Give my daughter Luice all the land I own on the Sade Bay below the Sade dich liing on the East Side of the dich I give Luice my fether Bed and furniture, Cattle, hoggs and house for her with the Tues (tools) of all porrs (?) Carpentors and farmers to be sold and to pay of (off) my just Debts and the rast (rest) be devided between Zedechiah my son Robert, my Son, Elezebath, Magrate, Susanna, Luice, my Daughters, Rose and her Child to be Sold and Devided amongst all my Children afourmentioned.

I leave Zedechiah and Robert, my Sons, to be my Exetors to manege my afares as they think best. I Give to my Son Robert Purser fifty acres of land lying on the South Side of the Long Ridge land beginning on South East corner and running as far on the North line as will mark the fifty acres.

Signed, Sealed in Presence of us this Twenty Seventh Day of April 1807. Robert Purser (Seal)
Wm. R"
Josiah Bennett
Joseph Campen"

Charity Purser Caten's maternal grandfather, John Tindel, left a Beaufort County, NC. will naming Charity's mother, Elizabeth Tindel Purser. A copy of the following Will can be found in the Beaufort County Clerk of Superior Clerk's Office, Beaufort County Court House, West Second Street, Washington, North Carolina OLD WILL BOOK, page 102:

"This day I being in a poor Steat (state) of health I make this my least (last) Will and Teastament after all my Worleay (worldly) afer (affairs) is Sletd (settled).

I hereby leve (leave) my Wife, Eebeth (Elisbeth) Tindel and my Son John Tindel my houle (whole) Exeasters (Exectors). I give and bequeath unto my Son John Tindel all the lands I have in Contancy for him to For (farm) mak (make) land of it and for my Wife Elisabeth Tindel to have her Sing (single) life or wihoud (widowhood) in that land and that is is Contancey and for my Son John Tindel to Seall (sell) all the Reast (rest) of my lands and to Divid (divide) the money between my Son James Tindeal and all so my Son Samall (Samuel) Tindel and the Negro fellow to go to my Son Samull Tindel after my Wife Decease. I hereby give a feather Bead (bed) to each of my Single Daughters at my Wife laxen cuting (executing) my Daughter Elebeth Pusser and allso (also) my Daughter Lukea Ceat lon (or Run) off with Shillom Starlan and as for my horses and beastell (beasts), I leave for the good of the family.

Signed with his mark John Tindel

Witnesses were: John Clark, Piney (her mark) Tindel, Robert (his mark) Pusser and Elisbeth (her mark) Posser."

Probated: July 28, 1767.

Two of the witnesses, Robert and Elizabeth Tindeal Pusser, were the parents of Charity Pusser who married Jesse Caten, son of Solomon and Rhoda Caten of the Craven County, North Carolina, 1790 Federal Census.

Remarks: Outside of Will: Last Will and Testament of John Tindall, Decd. 1767.

Also recorded Old Wills, p. 102."

By researching the two foregoing wills, one is able to gain the names of several extended family members. Additional proff of Elizabeth Tindel being the wife of Robert Purser is found in the form of a Beaufort County, NC., Deed, Vol. 4. page 23, in which Elizabeth is named as the wife to Robert Purser.

There is a James Purcer mentioned in the Will of Robert Purser, father of Charity Purser Caten. James Purcer may have been the uncle of Charity Purser Caten. A James Purcer, Sen. and James Purcer, Jun. are both present in the 1840 U. S. Federal Census for Warren County, Tennessee. When the two Purcers arrived in Warren County, Tennessee, is not known. This is a clue that Jesse and Charity may have traveled from Beaufort County, N. C. to Warren County, Tennessee, in the company of other family members and citizens of Beaufort County, N. C. The Jesse Caten family and the Purcer families live within fifteen households of each other in Tennessee.

Charity Caton moved from Warren County, Tennessee after the 1860 census was taken. She shows up in the Lawrence County, AR. 1870 Federal Census living in the household of her oldest son, Solomon Caton.

Lawrence County, AR. census 1860, Strawberry town (or township) House #1442, Family #1448.

Solomon Caton 56 Farmer 1,000 N.C.
Martha M. Caton 42 TN.
Charity Caton 82 NC
Mary Caton 52 NC

     
Children of J
ESSE CATON and CHARITY PURSER are:
  i.   SARAH6 CATON30, b. Abt. 1798, Beaufort Co, North Carolina; d. Unknown.
  Notes for SARAH CATON:
Notes from Gean Caton Nelson:

Sarah Caten is mentioned in her maternal grandfather's Will - Robert Purser, Sr., on April 7, 1807, of Beaufort County, N. C. Indication are, using the Warren County, Tennessee, 1820 Census, Sarah Caten accompanied her father and family to Tennessee. She is accounted for in the census records or Tennessee for the years 1820 and 1830. Sarah is not living with her mother when the 1850 Census is taken. It is not know if she married, moved away or if she died. Sarah's full name may have been Sarah Elizabeth Caten, being named after her maternal grandmother.

For information on the Will abstract, look under Charity Purser Caten.


  ii.   FEMALE CATON30, b. Abt. 1800, Beaufort Co, North Carolina; d. Unknown.
  Notes for FEMALE CATON:
Notes from Gean Caton Nelson:

This female keeps showing up in the household of Jesse and Charity Purser Caten from 1810 through 1830 census, but as yet her name eludes us.

  iii.   SOLOMON CATON31,32, b. Abt. 1806, Beaufort Co, North Carolina; d. Unknown, Warren Co, Tennessee; m. MARTHA32, Unknown; b. Unknown, Tennessee; d. Unknown.
  Notes for SOLOMON CATON:
Notes from Gean Caton Nelson:

In the Warren County, Tennessee, Federal Census for 1850, Solomon is living in household No. 818, next door to his mother, Charity Caten, and three of his sisters, Mary, Olive, and Charity Ann Caten. Living in Solomon's household is a female named Martha Caten. She is 34 years old and was born in Tennessee.

Solomon has moved out of Warren County, Tennessee, by 1860 and is living in Lawrence County, AR. It is fairly safe to assume that Solomon, Martha, Charity Ann Caten, Mary Caten, and Charity Ann Caten, the daughter, were residing in Lawrence County, AR. by 1855 as Chairty Ann Caten married Thomas R. Walling in Lawrence County, AR., in that year. The only Caten remaining in Warren County, Tenn. was Moses and his family.

Lawrence County, AR. census 1860, Strawberry town (or township) House #1442, Family #1448.

Solomon Caton 56 Farmer 1,000 N.C.
Martha M. Caton 42 TN.
Charity Caton 82 NC
Mary Caton 52 NC

It appears that Solomon and Martha Caton had no children. If they did, they did not live to adulthood.


  More About SOLOMON CATON:
Occupation: Farmer

  iv.   JOHN P. CATON33,34, b. 1807, North Carolina; d. May 1850, Warren Co, Tennessee.
  Notes for JOHN P. CATON:
Notes from Gean Caton Nelson:

John P. Caten was 33 years old at his death. He suffered from a chronic illness, perhaps T.B. John's poor health may have been the reason for the family's relocation to Warren County, Tennessee. This gives us a difference of 10 years in his date of birth which Maxine Wheeler has furnished to me, and the date that I came up with following the 1810, 1820 and 1830 federal census.

Source 1: An e-mail dated Thursday, October 24, 2002, 8:50 PM, from Maxine Hope Wheeler, 530 South Newlon Avenue, Springfield, Mo. 65806.

"I believe John Caton was born in 1817. I have a copy of the Mortality Schedule for Warren County for 1850. It reads,'1850 Mortality Schedule taken June 20, 1850. Listed is John P. Caton, age 33, chronic, May, 1850, born in NC.'

The 1850 Census was taken on Oct. 20th, 1850, so that would explain his absence on it. He was living in 1846 when Jesses' estate was settled. My uncle had been told by someone that Moses bought John's part of the estate."

Based upon the male members in the household of Jesse and Charity Purser Caten's household during the taking of the 1810 Beaufort County, North Carolina, Federal Census, I believe that John P. Caten was born in 1807. By following the 1810 Beaufort Co., N. C., Census, the 1820, 1830, Warren Co., Tenn. Census, the birth year of 1807 is more reasonable than the 1817 date. I believe that the Mortality Schedule of 1850 is in error when it listed his age as 33.


  v.   MARY CATON34, b. 1808, Beaufort Co, North Carolina; d. Unknown.
  Notes for MARY CATON:
Notes from Gean Caton Nelson:

Mary may have never married as she was 42 years old in 1850 and still living with her 72 year old mother in Warren County, Tennessee. Also living in the household were two of her sisters, Olive and Charity Ann Caten.

By 1860, Mary, her mother, Solomon and his wife, Martha M. Caton, have moved to Lawrence County, AR.

Lawrence County, AR. census 1860, Strawberry town (or township) House #1442, Family #1448.

Solomon Caton 56 Farmer 1,000 N.C.
Martha M. Caton 42 TN.
Charity Caton 82 NC
Mary Caton 52 NC

In 1855, Charity Ann Caton married Thomas R. Walling in Lawrence County, AR. In the 1870 Charity Ann is found living with her family in Sharp County, AR., in the town of Evening Shade, Lebanon Township.

T. R. Walling 50 VA Farmer 1200 500
Ann (Charity) 49 TN (this age does should have been 45 yrs.)
Sampson 16 AR (This probably should have been Solomon)
Nancy 13 AR


  vi.   MOSES CATON35,36, b. 1812, Beaufort Co, North Carolina; d. 05 Dec 1868, Warren Co, Tennessee; m. MAHALA JACO36, Unknown; b. 07 Jun 1817; d. Unknown.
  Notes for MOSES CATON:
Notes from Gean Caton Nelson:

Will Book 1-3 Warren Co. Tn. From the Ozark Genealogical Society: Will Book 7, Page 575: March 7, 1877: Settlement with Mahala Caten, Administratrix of Moses Caten, dec'd. Vouchers for $8.15 each allowed from J. D. Caten, J. P. Caten, W. T. Caten, C. E. Caten, G. P. Caten, W. T. Caten [as trustee for Minnie Little] and administratrix. From this distribution, it appears that the estate of Moses Caten was worth about $66.00. Page 573: Jan. 24, 1887: Inventory of the personal effects of the estate of Moses Caten dec'd that has come to Mahala Caten as administratrix. Received $70.00 from US Gov. in Sept. 1884.

Source 1: E-mail from Maxine Hope Wheeler, 530 South Newlon Avenue, Springfield, Mo., 65806, e-mail address: WheelerBrandi@cs.com, telephone no. 1-417-866-7165.

Source 2: E-mail, Thursday, October 24, 2002, 8:50 PM, from Maxine Wheeler.

"My uncle had been told by someone that Moses bought John's (his brother, John P. Caten) part of his father's (Jesse Caten) estate."


  More About MOSES CATON:
Burial: Jaco Cemetery, Warren Co, Tennessee

  More About MAHALA JACO:
Burial: Jaco Cemetery, Warren Co, Tennessee

  vii.   NANCY CATON36, b. Abt. 1815, Beaufort Co, North Carolina; d. 19 Dec 1903, Warren Co, Tennessee; m. W. D. JACO36, Unknown; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
  Notes for NANCY CATON:
Notes from Gean Caton Nelson:

Will Book 1-3, Warren Co., TN. From the Ozark Genealogical Society: Page 257-260 Report of sale of property of W. D. [Wily] Jaco, Jan. 4, 1887 dec'd, By John W. Jaco, administrator. Purchases made by widow Nancy [Caten Jaco, James Cope, Mrs. Sarah Jaco, Maxey Jaco, James Cope, Andrea Cope, Carroll Jaco, Cornlius Jaco, Elsie Jaco, Jeremiah Jaco, Margaret Jaco and others. It is noted that Nancy Caten Jaco names one of her daughters Sarah A., perhaps after of oldest sister, Sarah Caten. She also names one of her daughters Martha C. Jaco giving us a clue to the name of one of her two sisters that this researcher has not been able to uncover their names.\

  More About NANCY CATON:
Burial: Jaco Cemetery, Warren Co, Tennessee

  viii.   OLIVE CATON36, b. 1818, Beaufort Co, North Carolina; d. Unknown.
  Notes for OLIVE CATON:
Notes from Gean Caton Nelson:

It appears that Olive Caten never married as she was 35 years old and still living in the home of her mother, Charity Purser Caten, along with two of her sisters, Mary and Charity Ann Caten on the 24th day of October, 1850, when the Federal Census for Warren County, Tennessee, was being conducted on the 24th day of October, 1850.

Ollie Caton's mother, brother, Solomon and wife, Martha M. Caten, and sisters, Mary and Charity Ann Caten had moved to Lawrence County, AR. by the time the 1860 Federal Census was taken. Evidence indicates that they were there as early as 1855 as Charity Ann Caton married Thomas R. Walling in Lawrence County, AR. in 1855.

Lawrence County, AR. census 1860, Strawberry town (or township) House #1442, Family #1448.

Solomon Caton 56 Farmer 1,000 N.C. (State born in)
Martha M. Caton 42 TN.
Charity Caton 82 NC
Mary Caton 52 NC

In the 1860 Blount County, Tennessee Federal Census, in household number 602, with a Mary Waters, female, age 70 years, a farmer, as head of household 1200 350 as recorded in the Heritage Quest as given to me by Maxine972@wmconnect.com (Maxine Wheeler)

House #602 Mary Waters, female, age 70, occupation farmer, 1200 350
Benjamine Steele, male, age 37 years, occupation manager of Mary Waters' plantation
Malindy Steele, female, age 35 years
Enoch Steele, male age 3 years
James Steele, male (no age given)
Lilly Tucker, female, age 50 years
OLLY CATON, female, age 45 years
FRANCIS CATON, female, age 25 years

Nothing is known about Francis Caton at this posting (April 5, 2004) by this researcher. She could have been an illigitimate daughter of Ollie Caton or she could have been the daughter of Solomon and Martha M. Caton who did not want to move to Lawrence County, AR. when her family located there in the early 1860s.


  ix.   FEMALE CATON36, b. Abt. 1820, Warren Co, Tennessee; d. Unknown.
  Notes for FEMALE CATON:
Notes from Gean Caton Nelson:

This unnamed female showed up in the Jesse Caten household in both the 1820 and 1830 Warren County, Tennessee, Federal Census. She may have been the Martha Caten living in the Solomon Caten household No. 818 in Warren County, Tennessee, Federal Census for 1850. There is a slight difference in what her age would have been of about 4 years. Another clue is that Nancy Caten Jaco names one of her daughters Martha C. Jaco. She could have been naming her daughter after her sister. Nancy also named a daughter Sarah, after her oldest sister, Sarah Caten.

30. x.   CHARITY ANN CATON, b. Abt. 1825, Tennessee; d. Aft. 1841.


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