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=Cathell Family- West Virginia=

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=Levi Cathell=

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The Cathell family in West Virginia was the clan of Platt Mitchell Cathell and Sarah Williams Cathell. Platt's father was Mitchell Kershaw Cathell who researchers find was the son of James Porter Cathell, the second son of Maj. Levi Cathell Sr. ( a Revolutionary War veteran, although the title Maj. came later in life). Maj. Levi Cathell Sr. was the son of David Cathell Sr. who was the son of James Cathell Sr., the first Cathell identified in the Cathell family on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Virginia and Delaware that might have been present since around the mid 1600's

James Porter Cathell was estranged from the Cathell family and does not enter further into historical Eastern Shore records. Family historian Harley Cathell speculates that he might have went to Hancock County Georgia with a Miss Vaughan. (1) James Porter Cathell's son, Mitchell Kershaw Cathell was apparently associated with the Revolutionary War vet Jonathan Cathell, Jr. and perhaps his son Jonathan Cathell (the third Jonathan Cathell) who was his father's second cousin (James Porter Cathell and the third Jonathan Cathell had the same great grandfather, James Cathell Sr.).

Mitchell Kershaw Cathell is listed in the U.S. Census in Broad Creek Hundred and later Dagsboro Delaware area. One can speculate that he was a blacksmith or machinist by trade in Delaware as he moved to Baltimore where he was employed by the B&O Railroad as a boilermaker, a skilled occupation, as a middle-aged man. Other Cathell's were employed as machinists in their own business in Baltimore, so it was apparently a family specialty. Mitchell Kershaw Cathell's sons followed him in the machinist/boilermaker trade including Platt, the progenitor of the West Virginia clan. Platt ended the tradition in his line by locating his family a considerable distance away from his employment and instead raised his sons to become the small farmers of the verdant West Virginia mountains that he adopted.

The mystery of the disenfranchisement of James Porter Cathell from the Levi Cathell family may never be solved, however the record of the rest of the Levi Cathell family is better documented and in brief, follows:

Major Levi Cathell Sr. 1754-1815

Home to The Graham family of Maryland's Eastern Shore and "a handful ghosts from the eighteenth century", Cellar House Plantation is located on the banks of the Pocomoke river of Maryland's lower Eastern Shore, this modest plantation house dates back to the early 1730's. The oil painting is of Levi Cathell, an ancestor of Mrs. Graham.

A brief biography of Levi Cathell

Cathell, Levi (1754-1815). Private, 3rd Maryland Independent Co., Worcester County, Capt. John Watkins' Co., enlisted Feb 13, 1776; muster roll dated Aug 20, 1776, present for duty. Private, Worcester Militia, Wicomico Bn, Capt. Samuel Horsey's Co, Third Class, July 15, 1780.
Levi(n) Cathell was born on Sept 18, 1754, married Rebecca Porter, served as a private during the war, and died on nov 26, 1815
Source: Patriots of Worcester and Somerset Counties Maryland 1775-1783, Henry C. Peden, Jr.

Children of Maj. Levi Cathell and Rebecca Porter Cathell-use "back" to return to this page from links

Name: Cathell, Clement b. 3/10/1781 d.? Spouse: Mitchell, Matilda
Name: Cathell, James Porter b.? d.? Spouse: Vaughan, Mary
Name: Cathell, David b.10/5/1787 d.5/31/1822 Spouse: three wives
Name: Cathell, William b.? d.? Spouse: McDonald Sarah
Name: Cathell, Levi Jr. b.8/16/178- d.2/14/1850 Spouse: Cannon, Priscilla
Name: Cathell, Nancy S. b.? d.? Spouse: Jones, Matthew
Name: Cathell, Haste P. b.? d.? Spouse: Christopher, Jane
Name: Cathell, Daniel b.? d.? Spouse: ..
Name: Cathell, Martha b.? d.? Spouse: Hearns, George
Name: Cathell, Rebecca b.? d.? Spouse: Riggan, Jacob
Name: Cathell, Alexander b.? d.? Spouse: ..

(1)Family historian Marian Cathell believes that Mitchell was also involved with his maternal grandparents. She writes.."I was looking at Broad Creek Hundred before that to see if I could find a reason for Mitchell moving to Baltimore, say the death of Levin Vaughan or what happened to his mother Mary Vaughan Cathell (I'm 90% certain at this point that she was his mother) Also, I was trying to find more about Jane Huffington/Hovington/Havington (editor's note- Jane was Mitchell's wife. Platt Cathell son Joseph's middle name is spelled Huvington on his tombstone, although it could have been a misunderstanding of the spelling of his middle name by the next of kin. Huffington is the spelling most found in Eastern Shore records.). Marion Cathell continues.."I believe she was the second wife of Mitchell (Isaac Sullivan's Memorandum book has a reference for Mitchell getting married in 1819, but no wife's name that I can find.) And I'm wondering if Jane was a Huffington by marriage? since she would have been over 20 years old when she married Mitchell. The only reference I have for a time of her death is that she hadn't touched her bank account for 20 years as of 1900. The more I look the more questions I have."


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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: Bud Cathell Child: Clifford B. Cathell Child:Blanch Cathell
Child: Dolly P.Cathell Child: 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

Notes-Need to classify/verify

1900 Census
Preston County
listed under Stuart (Steward) and May
Arthur U Cathell abt 1899

listed under William L
Charity Cathell abt 1882

listed under Jos. H.
Eunice E Cathelll abt 1872
Perl A. Cathell abt 1890
Edith J. Cathell abt 1892
Dora M Cathell 1894
Earl C. Cathell abt 1897

1910 Census
Preston County
listed under William and Elsie
Merrill Cathell abt 1905
Charley Cathell abt 1908

listed under George E. and Sarah
Florence M. Cathell abt 1890

listed under Charles and Mabel (Charley and May)
Augusta Cathell abt 1907 (Gusty, a visitor to my home in the 1960's ?)

listed under James M.
Virgil Cathell abt 1901

listed under Stewart H. and (Cyrena) May
Arvel Cathell abt 1900 (seen elsewhere spelled Avril ?-if Avril, died Sept 20 1964 Mineral Co WV- retired B&O RR)

listed under John and Jane-Upshur County--assumed to be the same as John Wesley
Daisy Cathell abt 1895
Howard Cathell abt 1904
Mitchell Cathell abt 1904 - spouse was Mary Russie Malcomb-died March 1953

1920 Census
Preston County

listed under John and Jane
Carrie V. Cathell abt 1909
Inez D. Cathell abt 1914
Myrtle E. Cathell abt 1915
Bretsel L. Cathell abt 1916
Bud Cathell abt 1916

(listed in 1930 census--Barbour Co- Under John and Jane)
Blanch Cathell abt 1913
Clifford B. Cathell abt 1918
Dolly P. Cathell abt 1920
Sarah E. Cathell abt 1922
Nellie R. Cathell abt 1922

listed under William L and Elsie
Myrl Cathell (same as Merrill?) abt 1905
Charles Cathell abt 1908

listed under James W. (1861)
Anna Cathell abt 1881 (Annie Turner)
Claude Cathell abt 1909

listed under Stewart and (Cyrena) May
Robert W. Cathell abt 1909
Ruth M. Cathell abt 1918

1930 census

listed under Theodore Platt-Monongalia Co (of Stewart and Cyrena May) Coal miner- died Sept 1936
Hazel M Cathell about 1905-spouse from Maidsville WV
Charlotte C Cathell abt 1925
Harley N Cathell abt 1926
Richard L Cathell abt 1927
Della M Cathell abt 1930

Rita M Cathell abt 1895?

listed under Charles R abt 1908-Preston Co (of _________)
Augusta Cathell abt 1908
Mary L Cathell abt 1926
Jack Cathell abt 1928

listed under Charles (abt 1881) (of Platt and Sarah) and Mabel abt (1888) (May) -Preston Co in addition to above)
Mildred M Cathell abt 1921
C Harold Cathell abt 1924
Gerald L. Cathell (Pete-current owner in 2007 of homeplace) abt 1926
Richard G. Cathell (Rich-resides in Chesapeake VA in 2007) abt 1929

listed under Joseph H. (of Platt and Sarah) and Callie V. ( in addition to above )
William E Cathell-abt 1915
Elsie E. Cathell abt 1916
Dorothy C Cathell abt 1917
Ethel D Cathell abt 1919
T Gordon Cathell abt 1921
W. Donald Cathell about 1924

listed under Thomas O (Oscar)-Preston Co (of Stewart and Cyrena May)
Ora M Cathell (spouse?) abt 1895
Roy E Cathell abt 1915
Thelma E Cathell abt 1917
Mary E Cathell abt 1922

listed under Harry E --Taylor Co (of Stewart and Cyrena May)
Elizabeth Cathell (spouse?) abt 1897
Edwin H Cathell abt 1920
Stewart A Cathell abt 1923
Mary S Cathell abt 1926
Dorsey L Cathell abt 1928

"abt" = about date of birth


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