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=Cathell Family in West Virginia=

Cathell family
-James Mitchell Cathell



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James Mithell Cathell, son of Platt and Sarah Cathell

The first child of Platt and Sarah Williams Cathell was James Mitchell Cathell, born June 17, 1860 either in Baltimore or nearby Woodberry (Baltimore County), Maryland. James died on February 7, 1941 in Rowlesburg West Virginia, at the home of his younger brother Will.

James could have been so named because it was a common and biblical given name, however James was also the name of his great grandfather, the somewhat enigmatic James Porter Cathell. James' middle name, Mitchell, however was certainly from a tradition in his father Platt's line. Platt's father was named Mitchell and Platt's middle name was Mitchell. Many males in the West Virginia Cathell family, to this day, have Mitchell as a part of his name including this author's father and brother. Even though Mitchell is a common last name on the Delmarva Penisula, researchers believe this tradition in the Cathell line came from a close family aquaintance, Mitchell Kershaw.

Whether James Mitchell Cathell was the type to appreciate his time in history is not known, however he certainly saw a remarkable span of America unfold. Being born in 1860 in the heart of Civil War territory, James probably had some recollections of those events as he was 5 years old when the South surrendered and Lincoln was assassinated. James would have been witness to stories coming back about the settlement of the West and its Indian Wars. His younger brother was a soldier in the Spanish American War and various nephews served in the First World War. James lived to see the world in the throes of depression and the unfolding of yet another, and worse, World War. He died months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. As the oldest child and in the beginning of his teen years, he probably bore many family responsibilities when Platt uprooted the family from city life to settle in the mountains of West Virginia in 1872. Indeed some evidence exists that James served as a father figure to his younger siblings, including Will with whom he seemed to have an especially close relationship. He was residing close to the family farm in Green Valley when enumerated in the 1920 census, he was 60 years old and probably retired from farming, his occupation is listed as a tobacconist in a Rowlesburg store. It is reported that his brother Will Cathell had bought a building in Rowlesburg for James to pursue this occupation. In the 1930 U.S. Census he was the single occupant of a household in Buckhorn Township, Baxter County Arkansas. His son, Claude, born on April 8, 1908, was a 22 year man living nearby in Gassville Arkansas. James' death certificate states he was a resident of Belington, Barbour County in 1941, one can speculate that he was living out his later years at his brother Jonathan's farm. It is believed however that he had lived with Will in Rowlesburg for some time before his death at age 81. The somewhat sterile public records reveal a man who seemed to have some tragic circumstances but was a person of great compassion.



This photo is a enlarged portion of the Cathell Family photo that appears in Harley Cathell's Eastern Shore Roots and on the main page of the Cathell Family in West Virginia page . The Cathells from the left are Sarah and Platt (his father and mother) and James and his first wife Carrie. The photo of James therefore would be before his mother Sarah died in 1908 and might have been in 1905-- as Elsie Miller Cathell (wife of William Cathell) is holding a newborn baby in the center of the complete photo. Their daughter, Merle Cathell (later Wiles), was born in 1905. If 1905 is correct, James Mitchell Cathell would have been 45 years old in the photo. His first wife, Carrie Cobun Cathell, died in 1909. Harley Cathell states that they were raising baby Claude Cathell as their son at the time of her death. They also were raising nephew Virgil, born in May 1900. One wonders if Virgil was the young child riding the horse in the photo, although Harley identifies the child as Fred Cathell, son of Rutherford and Grace Cathell. My father, an knowledgeable family historian, cannot identify the location of this photo, your help is requested.

Marriage License From WV Culture and History website




James Mitchell Cathell married Anna Turney on October 26, 1910, perhaps to assist with raising the children. James was 49 and Annie was 30. John Myers is also listed in the U.S. Census household as a ward. Annie Cathell died around 1918 . In the meantime, Virgil had been killed in a railroad accident as recounted below.

Death Registry listing of Virgle Cathell From WV Culture and History website




This listing in the 1916 death register for Preston County lists the death of Virgle (Virgil) Cathell as a student killed in a railroad accident in Hardman, West Virginia. Hardman is a B&O Railroad location west of Newburg with a helper and maintenance station but no houses. The circumstances of this accident are unknown to this author.

At some point Claude Cathell left the household and moved to Arkansas. He married Beulah V Webb. Claude died in April 3, 1982 after raising a family of four children and working as a railroad engineer on the Missouri Pacific Railroad around Little Rock. He is buried with Beulah in Edgewood Memorial Park, North Little Rock, Arkansas. A commentator listed him as "a good Christian man who loved his trains".

Death Certificate From WV Culture and History website






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Name: Cathell, James Mitchell Year of Birth 1860 Year of Death: 1941 Birth Place: Baltimore MD
Spouse:1) Carrie Coburn 2)Annie Turner Spouse Birth/Death:__________ Burial:Etam Cemetery Child:Virgil Cathell
Child: Claude Cathell Child: Child: Child:
Residence: Preston Co & Belington WV County: Preston &Barbour Occupation: Notes:Died in Rowlesburg with Will Cathell providing information although address is listed as Belington. (4). See photo above.




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Green Valley, West Virginia
August 4, 2007


Green Valley, near Etam West Virginia. Platt Mitchell Cathell homestead. Currently owned and occupied by Gerald "Pete" Cathell, grandson of Platt M. Cathell


1907 Map of Etam West Virginia. The Cathell homestead is just off of this map to the southwest.

Platt and Sarah, as well as many of their offspring are buried in the Etam Methodist Church cemetary.

Children of Platt and Sarah Cathell-use "back" to return to this page from links
Name: Cathell, George E. Year of Birth 1865 Year of Death: 1932 Birth Place: Baltimore MD
Spouse: Sarah E. Robinson Spouse Birth/Death:1867-1954 Burial:Etam Cemetary Child: Roy Cathell 1900-1901
Child: Clarence M. Cathell 1890-1983 Child: Bertha I. Cathell Britton1891-1973 Child: James A. Cathell 1895-1964 Child: Nora A. Cathell 1893-1983
Residence: Green Valley WV County: Preston Occupation: Farmer Notes:



Name: Cathell, Joseph Huvington Year of Birth 1868 Year of Death: 1964 Birth Place: Baltimore MD
Spouse: Callie V. Adams Spouse Birth/Death:1884-1960 Burial:Etam Cemetary Child: Perl A. Cathell
Child: Edith J. Cathell Child: Dora M Cathell Child:Earl C. Cathell Child: William E. Cathell
Child: Elsie E. Cathell Child: Dorothy C. Cathell Child:T.Gordon Cathell Child: W. Donald Cathell
Residence: Etam WV County: Preston Occupation: Farmer Notes: 95 years old at death



Name: Cathell, James Mitchell Year of Birth 1860 Year of Death: 1941 Birth Place: Baltimore MD
Spouse:1) Carrie Coburn 2) Annie Turner Spouse Birth/Death:__________ Burial:Etam Cemetary Child:Virgil Cathell
Child: Claude Cathell Child: Child: Child:
Residence: Belington WV County: Barbour Occupation: Notes:Died in Rowlesburg at Will's



Name: Cathell, Steward H. Year of Birth 1870 Year of Death: 1953 Birth Place: Baltimore
Spouse: Cyrena May Lipscomb Spouse Birth/Death:1871-1952 Burial:Etam Cemetary Child: Thomas Oscar Cathell
Child: Anna L. Cathell Child: Harry Ervin Cathell Child: Lula Mabel Cathell Child: Elmer Neal Cathell
Child: Orville Ross Cathell Child: Theodore Platt Cathell Child: Boyd Williard Cathell Child: Stewart Lee Cathell (loved cake)
Child: Goldie Grace Cathell Child: Everett McKinley Cathell Child: Mary Katherine Cathell Child: Kenneth Hall Cathell
Child: Arthur U. Cathell Child: Avril Cathell Child: Robert W. Cathell Child:Ruth M. Cathell
Residence: Hepzibah Community County: Taylor Occupation:Farmer Notes:



Name: Cathell, William Luther Year of Birth 1878 Year of Death: 1956 Birth Place: Green Valley -Etam, WV
Spouse: Elsie M. Spouse Birth/Death:1883-1959 Burial:Etam Cemetary Child: Merrill (Myrl)Cathell
Child: Charles (Charley) Cathell Child: Child: Child:
Residence: Rowlesburg WV County: Preston Occupation: Engineer, B&O Notes: Pension card in Rowlesburg book



Name: Cathell, Charles (Charley) Year of Birth 1880 Year of Death: 1952 Birth Place: Green Valley -Etam, WV
Spouse: Mable (Mae)Gaines Spouse Birth/Death:1887-196_ Burial:Etam Cemetary Child:Betty (Cathell) Sohn
Child: Dolly M (Cathell) Bolyard Dutton 1914-2002 Child: Gerald (Pete) Cathell, Green Valley, WV Child: Richard (Rich) Cathell, Chesapeake, VA Child: Violet (Cathell) Carver
Child: Augusta Cathell Child: Mildred M. Cathell Child: C. Harold Cathell Child:
Residence: Green Valley, WV County: Preston Occupation:Farmer Notes: bought homeplace from siblings



Name: Cathell, Jane Year of Birth 18__ Year of Death: 19__ Birth Place: Baltimore MD
Spouse: Thomas Springs Spouse Birth/Death:_______ Burial:_______ Child:
Child: Child: Child: Child:
Residence: County: Taylor Occupation: Notes:


Name: Cathell, John Wesley Year of Birth June 22, 1872 Year of Death: August 25, 1951 Birth Place: Baltimore, MD
Spouse: Jane Haymon or Layman Spouse Birth/Death:_______ Burial:Concord Church Child: Callie Cathell Corley
Child: Johnnie Cathell Child: Ralph William Cathell Child: Daisy Cathell Child:Howard Cathell
Child: Mitchell Cathell (of John, not of Clarence) Child: Carrie V. Cathell Child: Inez D. Cathell Child:Myrtle E. Cathell
Child: Bretsel L. Cathell Child: Child: Clifford B. Cathell Child:Blanch Cathell
Child: Dolly P.Cathell Child: Bud Cathell Child: Sarah E.Cathell Child: Nellie R. Cathell
Residence: rural Belington WV County:Barbour Occupation: Farmer Notes:



Name: Cathell, Jonathan Year of Birth abt 1873 Year of Death: ? Birth Place: Baltimore MD
Spouse: _____ Spouse Birth/Death:_______ Burial:? Child:
Child: Child: Child: Child:
Residence: County: Occupation: Notes: Jonathan might be John Wesley-above?





Name: Cathell, Martha W Year of Birth abt 1876 Year of Death: ? Birth Place: ___________
Spouse: _____ Spouse Birth/Death:_______ Burial:? Child:
Child: Child: Child: Child:
Residence: County: Occupation: Notes:


Name: Cathell, Rutherford B. Year of Birth abt 1876 Year of Death: ? Birth Place: West Virginia
Spouse: Grace E. Francis Cathell Spouse Birth/Death:12/25/1879/? Burial:? Child:
Child: Child: Child: Child:
Residence: Harrison Co. WV County: Occupation: Notes: Married Grace 1899




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