John Henry Cato of Emporia, Virginia, was a descendant of John and Lucy Webb through daughter Temperance. John Henry Cato was born in 1852 and died in 1920 at Emporia. He was educated at Randolph-Mason College, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity, the Masonic Lodge, and the M.E. Church. He served as treasurer for Greensville County, Virginia.
Information on the Cato Family gleaned from Southside Virginia Families By John B Boddie
George Catour (Cato) made his will in Isle of Wight in 1731. It was probated in Brunswick County in 1734. It mentions wife Mary and children, but not their names.
A John Cato appears in the Brunswick records in 1731 and may be the son of George. John Cato married Jane Cooke, daughter of Henry Cooke, who died in Brunswick in 1774 at the age of 84.
In January of 1746, John and Daniel Cato patented land in Brunswick County.
In 1755, John Cato deeded a son in law, Peter Lee, a negro girl. Daniel Cato was a witness.
In 1757, Robert Ruffin deeded 200 acres to John Cato on the south side of Fountain Creek.
In 1769, son Henry Cato was given land on Fountain Creek.
On August 31, 1784, John and Jane Cato were in the Camden District of South Carolina, where he patented 500 acres. They were still residing there in 1790. No will has been found.
Son Henry Cato and wife Tabitha also moved to Lancaster County, South Carolina, after spending some time in North Carolina. Henry served in the American Revolution.
Peter Lee and Mary Cato moved to Duplin, N.C.
Sterling Cato, Burwell Cato, and Daniel Cato were sons of John and Jane Cato. The will of Burwell Cato was probated in Brunswick in 1769. Children named were Daniel, Lewis, Rebecca, and Mary.
Daniel Cato, son of John, married Patience Harris. She was a sister to Francis Harris, who mentioned her in his will probated in Brunswick in 1744.
Daniel Cato's will was probated in Greensville County, Va., in 1797. Mentioned are son Rowland, daughter Lucy, who was married to Edward Freeman, daughter Jane, who was the second wife of William Walker, and Daniel Cato, Jr., who was married to Temperance, the daughter of John and Lucy Webb of Greensville County.
In 1782, Daniel Cato, Jr., was a second lieutenant in the County Militia. Daniel Cato, Jr., had died by 1797, leaving widow Temperance and several children. An inventory of her estate was made in 1815.
The children of Daniel Cato, Jr., and Temperance were Sterling, Nancy, John, Harris, Warren, Patsy, and Jenny.
Sterling Cato married Elizabeth Harris.
Jenny Cato married John Walker.
Harris Cato married Nancy Howard.
John Cato married Sarah Edwards Walker in 1804. She was the daughter of Ann Harrison and Lt. William Walker. She was born in 1780 and died in 1826. John Cato died about 1821. He was a planter and was a trustee of Round Hill M.E. in Greensville County.
John Cato's son, William Walker Cato, was born in 1805 and died in Greensville in 1873. In 1832 he married Martha Ann Wyche, the daughter of Capt. Henry Wyche and Nancy Cook. William W. Cato, like his father, was a planter and was one of the first trustees of the M.E. Church at Emporia. A daughter born in 1841 was named Lucy Temperance.
William W. Cato's youngest son, John Henry Cato, was born in 1852 and died in 1920 at Emporia. He was educated at Randolph-Mason College, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity, the Masonic Lodge, and the M.E. Church. He served as treasurer for Greensville County, Virginia.
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