OUT THE CATORS IN
BLADENSBURG MD TO WASH., DC CATORS
with Thomas G. Cater (Cator) and Caroline R. Locker Cator
WILLIAM A. & MARY F. SHECKOLLS CATOR
and ALBERT R. AND ELIZA LAVINIA ("V") WALSON CATOR
Thomas G. Cater/or m. Caroline R. Locker
Son Wm. A. Cator m. Mary Sheckolls
R. Cator m. Eliza Lavina Walson
Updated Feb 2016
This line is very likely attached to "Our Cators"
line as Albert Cator lived in the same area of Washington in the 1900s as did William and
Charles in "Our Cators". They are also buried in the same
section as part of "Our Cators", Belle and William Cator, are at
Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Possible earlier generation is Thomas Cater and Sarah
This generation is George Thomas Cater and wife Caroline
Baker Locker Cater/Cator
When George "Thomas" Cator (also found as George Thomas Cator) was born in
1801 in MD, his father, Thomas
Cator/Cater, was 26 and his mother, Sarah
Baden, was 22.
When he was about 24, he married Caroline Baker Locker on January 3, 1825
and they had six children together. Caroline was the daughter of David Locker and Sara Page Locker. Caroline
was born on Aug. 28, 1805 in St. Johns Parish in PGC, MD. She died after
the 1880 census in Marlboro, MD.
Her Christening record is:
George Thomas Cator died on August 1, 1854, in District of Columbia, at the
age of 62. By living past the 1880 census, Caroline outlived George Thomas by 26
or more years and did not remarry.
During the June 28, 1850 Census, Thomas and Caroline were living in Prince George's County
in the Bladensburg District. He was 49 and worked as a
manager. His wife Caroline Cator was 45 and they had 5
children in their home. Eldest daughter Sarah Elizabeth born in 1827 was no
longer living with her parents. Sarah Elizabeth married James L. Brashears two
years before this census.
In the 1880 Census, Caroline is a
widow and living with her daughter Sarah Elizabeth Cator Brashears and Sarah's
husband James Lafayette Brashears (55 and 52 years of age respectively). James
is a farmer. Caroline is now listed as 85 years old. To be 85, Caroline
would have been born in 1795!!! It is most likely that this a recorded
error and she was born in 1805. Also in the home is Emma E. age 18, William B.
age 20 and Adolphus age 15. They are in Marlboro, PGC, MD.
Daughter, SARAH ELIZABETH CATOR:
Sarah ElizabethCater/Cator was born in PGC Maryland in 1827. Sarah
married James Lafayette Brashears (1825-1898) on January 4, 1848 in the same
county. They have five children in 16 years: Frances Edmonia born
November 1848; James Thaddeus October 1853; Emma E. May 1862; William
Bradley Dec. 1963; Seth Adolphus 1864. Sarah died September 24, 1903 in
Maryland, at the age of 76.
Daughter, Nancy L. "Anne" CATOR:
Nancy or Anne L. Cater/Cator was born in Maryland in 1832. No other
information known about her.
Daughter, MARY Emily CATOR:
Mary Emily Cater/Cator was born in PGC Maryland in January 1837. She died
after the 1910 Census in PGC.
When Richard S. "Rich" Cater/Cator was born in September 1849 in Prince
George's County, Maryland, his father, George, was 57 and his mother, Caroline,
was 44. He had two brothers and four sisters. He died in 1910 in Prince George's
County, Maryland, at the age of 61.
RICHARD S. CATOR remained single throughout his life and had no known children.
As you can see from the following 40 years of census span, Richard S. Cator
worked for the Ritchie Family for many decades. Richard S. Cator is listed in the following Censuses:
JUNE 27, 1870 CENSUS IN
GEORGE'S COUNTY, Bladensburg,
FORESTVILLE POST OFFICE, MD: In 1870 Richard was 23 and working as a farm laborer with the John Ritchie
June 18 1900 Census PGC, MD. Richard is a "Servant/Farm Laborer" with the John Ritchie family.
This census informs us that he was born in "Sept 1849" and is age 50/Single.
May 6, 1910 CENSUS IN
GEORGE'S COUNTY, 13th District. Richard, now 63, boards with and works as a farm laborer for the William
Son, WILLIAM A. CATOR:
WILLIAM ALFRED CATOR was born in
1836 Maryland, and died before the 1880
census as his wife is listed as widowed. Right after Christmas 1858
(December 28th), William married MARY F. SHECKOLLS in Prince
Mary was born in Maryland in July 1837.
She died Nov. 27 in 1923 in DC.
She was 86. In the 1850 Census for Anne Arundel MD Mary is listed as
10 years of age and is the daughter of Richard and Susan Sheckolls. She
has a brother
Thomas A, sister AnnR, and brother Edwin.
died Nov. 27 in 1923 in DC.Mary
is buried at Congressional Cemetery in DC.
only child was son Albert Richard Cator, born on July 29, 1859 in Prince
George's County, MD. He died in 1928.
from above that in the 1850 Census William A. Cater is 14 and living in
Bladensburg, PGC, MD with his parents, Thomas G. Cater and Caroline R. Cater (49
and 45 respectively). Also living in the household are William's siblings,
Ann L. (18), Mary E. (12), Thomas P (7) and Richard S. (4).
By 1863, per the Civil War Draft Registration
Records, William A. Cator is m a teacher. He and his wife lived in the 3rd
District of Prince George's County, MD. As of July 1863, he was 28 years old,
married and born in MD.
We learn from the
1880 Census that Mary is a widow. William has died sometime prior to 1880.
Mary is living with her son Albert Richard Cator on Washington Street in Union
Town, DC. Albert is 20 and Mary is 40. Albert is a painter; Mary
cares for the home.
Mary F. Cator is listed
in the DC 1891 Directory as a widow of William A. Cator of Anacostia,
the 1900 Census, Mary F. Cator had only one child, who was living, making
Albert R. Cator an only child. In the 1910 census, Mary F. is 72 years of age and living with
her son and working as a dressmaker at home. In the 1920
census Mary F. is listed as being "80."
Albert Richard Cator was born on July
29, 1859, in Prince George's County, Maryland, the child of William Alfred and
Mary Frances. He married Eliza "Lavinia" Walson on November 23, 1880, in DC.
They had seven children in 20 years. He died on April 25, 1928 in DC at the age
of 68, and is buried in Suitland, MD. Lavinia was born January 1862 and
died May 1938. She is the daughter of Eliza P. and Charles F. Walson.
Lavinia was called Ma Beanie and Ma Vinny (do you know where Ma Beanie came from?)
Albert R. Cator is listed in the
Census as being "head of household" who is living with his mother 40
year old widowed mother Mary F Cator. Albert was a 20 year old
"painter" at that point in time. He was still listed as a
"painter", at 90 Nichols
Street, in the 1892 Washington DC City
Directory. Eliza is listed as
Eliza V. Cator on the 1900 Census. Eliza's father was born in NY; her
mother in DC. By
1900 they are living at 139 Jackson Street in DC, per
that year's census. In the 1910 Census
Albert is a
painter at the government hospital (St. Elizabeth's?) living on Nichols
Avenue. By 1920 he is listed as a general painter. In 1920 Lavinia
is listed as working for the government as a clerk.
Albert was buried April 25, 1928 in Cedar Hill Cemetery
3092, Sec 7, Lot 531, Site 4)
Lavinia was buried next to her
husband Albert on May 11, 1938.
Post, May 11, 1938:
10110, Sec 7, Lot 531, Site 3)
Misc. News Articles on this family:
from the Washington Post February 7th, 1890
from the Washington Post September 25th, 1903
from the Wash. Post 1911-06-05
The Washington Post
Aug 6, 1889; p. 6
The Washington Post
July 16, 1889; p. 6
Children of ALBERT
Tragically Albert and Lavina lost their first two children
LAURA MABEL CATOR (DIED
YOUNG) was born
in August 1881 at Anacostia DC. She died of
Diphtheria at her home on Washington Street in Anacostia when
she was only 4 1/2 years old (January 6, 1886).
Laura Mabel was buried the next day at a private funeral in
Congressional Cemetery (Site R94/205). Her gravestone reads:
"Only daughter of Albert R. and E. Lavinia Cator. Our angel
has gone before us and beckons us on.".
RYLAND CATOR (DIED YOUNG) was born in December 1885 at the home in
Anacostia DC. When only 6 months and 15 days old Charles died
from Cerebral Meningitis with convulsions over a period of five
weeks. The date of his death was May 25th, 1886 and he died at
home on Washington Street in Anacostia DC. He was also buried
the day after his death at Congressional Cemetery, next to his sister
Laura Mabel Cator. His site is R94/206.
ELIZABETH "LIZZIE" CATOR:
When Iola Elizabeth "Lizzie" Cator was born on March 26,
1888, in DC, her father, Albert, was 28 and her mother,
Eliza, was 26. On the 1920 Census she is listed as "Lora?"
E. Cator, age 22, and works as a clerk for the Southern
Railroad. She married Milton Aubrey Harris on
November 19, 1913, in DC. They had two children during their
marriage. She died on December 29, 1965, in Jacksonville,
FL, at the age of 77, and is buried there.
WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE ON 11/7/1909 :
Party. The home of Miss
CATOR, in Anacostia, was the scene of a merry-making on
Monday night when the members of the G. K. W. Club and others celebrated
Halloween with a masquerade party. The parlors were decorated with
autumn leaves, black cats, pumpkin faces, and other features suggestive of
the day. Refreshments
were served in the lantern-lighted dining room, after which ____ were resumed
until the witching hour of 12. The members of the
club and its visitors present were Misses Janie Torney, IOLA
Burns, Edith Mahoney, FANNIE
CATOR; Nellie Lessner of Baltimore, Florence
Gillott, May Molineu, Gertrude Tolson, Rosie Simpson, Margaret Torney, VESTA
CATOR, Pearl Murphy; Messrs. Elijah Kinseila, Harold Molineu, Ralph
Williamson, William Davis, Woodell Frasier, Frank Tew, James Simpson, Robert
Mahoney, Christ ____dorf, George Torney, and George Fer_____.
When Frances "Fannie" Alberta
born on March 20, 1891, in DC, her father, Albert, was 31
and her mother, Eliza, was 29. She married Joseph James
Moniz/Monez in 1920. They had one child during their
marriage. She died
on February 7, 1979, at the age of 87 in Broward County, FL.
Per the 1910 Census she worked as a stenographer at a school
when she was 19.
Florida Death Index:
WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE ON 12/06/1909 NEW
VESTA LORENA CATOR:
When Vesta Lorena Cator was
born on May 21, 1894,
in DC, her father, Albert, was 34 and her mother, Eliza, was
32. She married John
James Rodruck on July 9, 1919, in DC. She died on January 1,
1975, in Hollywood, Florida, at the age of 80, and was
buried there. Marriage
She is buried at
Hunter's Hollywood Memorial Gardens East Hollywood Broward
County Florida, USA Plot: Section 9, Lot Circle 2
was born in Nov
1897* in Washington DC. The
1920 Census lists her as married to a Claude M. SIMS,
but living in her father's household (Albert R Cator's). No
husband is apparent from the census as living in this household.
Lucille does not have an occupation listed on this census. Two
grandchildren listed as living with her
in Albert's household as
"Sims" grandchildren: Claude
M. Cator, born 1914 in Virginia (age 6 in 1920); and
Lorraine Cator who is listed as age 5.
Dec 27 1913, when she was 16.
source told me that a CLAUDE
CATOR was born in Virginia to Albert and
Lavinia Cator and that Claude
married three times and had children from each of these marriages. One
time was likely in New England. It is reported by another
researcher that he has some relatives somewhere in Hollywood
Florida. Claude survived an electrical accident. He was
evidently a bit rowdy as somewhat separated from his family due to
excessive drinking and smoking habits. Note: I am
wondering if this man is really CLAUDE SIMS. If it is a son,
Claude Cator, then the "grandchildren" Claude and Helen on
the 1920 census are most likely his (Cators) and not
MARY LAURA CATOR
was 8 on 1920 Census (born in
1901/2)* in DC, a student.
The 1920 Census lists her
as age 19, single, and not involved in an occupation. When
grown, June 9, 1923, she married
Census lists Mary Laura as a stenographer for an unnamed factory. Marriage License Application
Article from 17 Jun 1923 Society Section, Washington Post
Mary Laura and Lawrence Alexander Lipscomb has one known
daughter, Jean Patricia Lipscomb who was born July 15, 1925 in VA.
Jean Patricia married Mario Joseph Russo. She died
July 10, 1994 in Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania.
Baby Jean Patricia Lipscomb http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/333864/person/6838550785
US Census: District of Columbia, Washington, ED231, T624 Roll 149 Page
Albert R. Cator, born MD, Age 50, Nichols Avenue. Taken
on April 16-18, 1910.
The following from the Washington Post lists the SIX high school graduates
of 2/4/1913 (mid year grads) Vesta L. (Lorena) Cator, Meta
Rosa Jaeger, Margaret Laufer, Allie Mackley Payne, Marvil Groves Armstrong, and
William Alburtis Brockwell.
1918 Washington D.C. Boyd's
Directory:Family History Center Microfilm
Per this source, Fannie, Mary Laura, and Vesta Lorena Cator all live next
door to their father's home. They live at 1930 Nichols; he lives at
1940 Nichols: Frances
A "Fannie" Cator, resided at 1930 Nichols Avenue, SE Mary
Laura Cator, stenographer at Genl Baking Co, resided at 1930 Nichols
Ave SE Vesta
Lorena Cator, teacher at Cranch School, resided at 1930 Nichols
Avenue, SE ALBERT R. CATOR,
painter, home: 1940 Nichols Avenue, SE
US Census: District of Columbia, Washington, ED354, T625 Roll 211 Page
Albert R. Cator, born MD, Age 60, 1050 (?) Nichols Avenue. Taken
on Jan. 13, 1920. *New
3/21/04: Albert R.
Cator, head, 60 years, Married, born MD to MD parents, Occ:
general painter Lavinia L. Cator, Wife, 56 years, born DC to
PA father and "US" mother.Govt Clerk Lucille V. Sims, dau, 22 years, Married, b,
DC; No occupation. Claude M. Sims, grandson (son of Lucille),
age 6, born DC to a VA father & DC Mother. Helen L. (or T) Sims, granddaughter (dau of
Lucille), age 5, (ditto).
Mary F. Cator, Mother (of Albert R. Cator),
80 yrs, Widow, b. MD to MD Parents.
TIMELINE (Not Updated 2016)
Thomas G. Cator born
Caroline Locker born
Thomas and Caroline marry
Daughter Ann L. Cator born to Thomas and Caroline
Son William A. Cator born to Thomas and Caroline
Daughter Mary E. Cator born to Thomas and Caroline
Future daughter-in-law Mary F. Sheckolls born.
Maryland (Anne Arundel?)
Son Thomas P. Cator born to Thomas and Caroline
Son Richard S. Cator born to Thomas and Caroline
1850 June 28
Thomas and Caroline living in Bladensburg with 5 children; he is a
1858 Dec 28
Son, William A. Cator weds Mary F. Sheckolls.
Son, Albert R. Cator born to William A. and Mary F. Sheckolls Cator
Albert's further wife, Eliza "Lavinia" Walson, born
Census: Son Richard S. Cator working as farm laborer
Bladensburg, PGCForestville Post Ofc
Son,William A. Cator dies.
June 2nd: Widow Mary F. Sheckolls Cator is living her her son
Albert R. Cator
Washington St. in Union Town, DC
Albert R. Cator married Eliza Lavinia Walson.
Widow Mary F. Sheckolls Cator listed in city directory as keeping house.
Albert R. Cator is painter per DC Directory
90 Nichols St., DC
Albert and his family living in DC
139 Jackson St, DC
Per Fannie Cator's ad for work, they ae living in DC
42 Nichols Ave., DC
Richard S. Cator a farm laborer for Ritchie Family.
Widow Mary Sheckolls Cator lives w/son Albert Cator.
Albert R. Cator painter at St. Elizabeth
Albert and his family live on Nichols Avenue, DC
Mary, Vesta Cator live at 1930 Nichols Avenue, SE
Albert R. Cator,
painter, home: 1940 Nichols Avenue, SE
Nichols Avenue, SE
Widow Mary Sheckolls Cator is 80 per Census
Grandson, Albert R. Cator, 68, dies.
Albert buried 4/25/1928 Cedar Hill Cemetery
3092, Sec 7, Lot 531, Site 4)
Eliza Lavinia Walson Cator, 76, spouse of Albert R. Cator dies.
On 5/11/1938 she is buried next to husband Albert.
10110, Sec 7, Lot 531, Site 3)