Catherine HART was the daughter of Felix and Bridget CARRIGAN HART. Catherine was born in Ireland on 13 April 1822. She maried David CRAVEN in Matamoros, Mexico on 17 April 1837.
Catherine's father, Felix, who was born in Ireland (date unknown) settled in South Texas on a Mexican land grant, becoming a Mexican citizen. He was murdered in 1837 in San Patricio County of what is now the state of Texas.
After the fall of the Alamo, Mexican General Santa Ana ravaged South Texas. Catherine's widowed mother, Bridget, (born in Ireland in 1800) packed up her children (Catherine who had been born in Ireland, Timothy who had been born while Felix and Bridget were living in New York (1829) and Ann who had been born in Texas (1835) in an oxcart and made the journey south to Matamoros. Since Bridget was a Mexican Citizen by virtue of Felix' citizenship and since the family were Roman Catholic. Mexico seemed to be a safe haven for Bridget and her three kids.
Little is know of the family's stay in Mexico except that Catherine married David Craven there (we have no idea why David was in Matamoros) and Bridget married a man name SMITH. We have no record of what his first name was or what happened to SMITH but, Bridget and he had one son: Thomas who was born in Mexico (1839). Thomas died about 1859 in a gun fight. Bridget kept her widowed name of SMITH for the rest of her life.
Bridget died 12 September 1879 in Beeville, Texas and Catherine died 03 April 1882, also in Beeville.
I don't know anything about David Craven's early life except that he was born 08 January 1806 in New York, New Jersey or Pennsylvania (Various U.S. Census Reports list all three as his birthplace). However all Census reports agree on 1806 as his birth date.
The CROW Family Bible (which I suspect was annotated by Catherine's daughter Ann) has David's place of birth as London, England.
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