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Re: William Cathcart of England - Pioneer at Lingan, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Posted by: Vincent MacNeil (ID *****2761) Date: July 15, 2004 at 07:21:38
In Reply to: Re: William Cathcart of England - Pioneer at Lingan, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia by Simon Keep of 859

Hello Simon,
I just saw this message today. It would seem you found wife number 1. Great work! Did they have any children?
I tried to respond to the last message that you posted but the system wouldn't let me. The RNIR is the Regiment he belonged to. It was stationed here in Sydney. I will get the actual name of it today. I did know that at one point.
The Cathcarts have other ties to England through Bridget Lee who married William Cathcart. Here is what I have on the family of Bridget Lee. Her grandfather Alexander Lee's will was recently located and this gave us a list of his children. We have found a matching family in England with the same children and we thimk this is our Alexander. We are not sure if Alexander belongs to this first family in generation 1 but it is possible.

First Generation
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1. Thomas Lee.

Thomas married Margaret.

They had the following children:
              i.       Margaret. Born abt 23 Jan 1695 in Monkleigh, Devon, England.

              ii.       Stephen. Born abt 29 Apr 1697 in Monkleigh, Devon, England.

              iii.       James. Born abt 5 Jul 1699 in Monkleigh, Devon, England.

              iv.       Grace. Born abt 3 Oct 1700 in Monkleigh, Devon, England.

              v.       Mary. Born abt 16 Oct 1701 in Monkleigh, Devon, England.

              vi.       Elizabeth. Born abt 27 Oct 1703 in Monkleigh, Devon, England. Elizabeth died on 5 Jan 1703 in Monkleigh, Devon, England.

              vii.       John. Born abt 18 Feb 1704 in Monkleigh, Devon, England.

       2       viii.       Alexander (~1708-~1777)
              ix.       Hugh. Born abt 13 Jul 1709 in Monkleigh, Devon, England.

              x.       Dorothy. Born abt 15 Feb 1710 in Monkleigh, Devon, England.

              xi.       William. Born abt 29 Oct 1713 in Monkleigh, Devon, England.

              xii.       Jeremiah. Born abt 29 Oct 1714 in Monkleigh, Devon, England.


This family matches well to be that of our Alexander who settled at Main-a-Dieu, Cape Breton.
Second Generation
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2. Alexander Lee. Born abt 8 Apr 1708 in Monkleigh, Devon, England. Alexander died in Main-a-dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia abt 22 Jul 1777, he was 69.

Notes for Alexander Ley:

Alexander Ley and Patience Whitfield married 17 March 1734 Monkleigh Devon (this is on the northern coast of Devon) Children baptized at Northam (northern coast of Devon)

Patience Ley 13 October 1737
John Ley 20 September 1739
Thomas Ley 3 December 1741
Margaret Ley 1 October 1746
Mary Ley 23 May 1751

The will of Alexander Ley dated July 22, 1777.

The will is located on an LDS film # 546017. It is titled "1750-1841 Original Estate Papers L51-L131, M1- M20, Halifax, Nova Scotia." The will itself is # L-56. It states:

Know all Men by these presents that I, Alexander Ley of my own perfect mind memory and free will and accords do make this my last Will and Testament at the departure of my life- I bequeath my Soul to my most and Gracious Almighty good God, my corpse to be buried in the Burying Ground as near as convenient to my wife, by my Executor in Mannadue. I give and bequest to William Phipps Ten Pounds, To his wife Patience, Ten Pounds. To their daughter Elizabeth Five pounds and to each of their children else Six dollars, To William, Solomon, Samuel, Catherine, Margarette and Patience. I also give to Thomas Crow Ten Pounds, to his wife, Margarette Ten pounds. To her son John Five pounds. I also give to John Bourk Ten pounds; To his wife Mary, Ten pounds and what say about Thomas Ley, I am at a loss as he is missing; my son John Ley I make my Sole Executor, and if please God that Thomas Ley returns safe, that I give and bequeath to him all the Estate at Lingan, with all the House Goods and Chattels of thereon, moveable and immoveable whatsoever. But if he should not return in safety, his widow, Ann to the care and direction of my Executor John Ley and should not John Ley ever return, then and in that case I make all Executors and Executrix alike to say William Phipps, Thomas Crow, John Bourk, John Ley's Child, John and Thomas Ley's Widow Ann, and in case that Thomas Ley should return and not his brother John, in that case he is my Executor. Manadue July 22, 1777 Signed and sealed by Alexander Ley In the presence of Signed Patience Phipps, Jos. Ross(Spelling?), Jos. Allen Halifax July 28, 1779 The within Will proved in Common form of Law upon the oath of Patience Phipps, one of the subscribing witnesses appeared before me. Signed Wm. Morris Registrar

On 17 Mar 1734 when Alexander was 25, he married Patience Whitfield, daughter of John Whitfield & Patience Varnem, in Monkleigh, Devon, England. Born on 3 Jan 1706 in Bideford, Devon, England. Patience died bef 22 Jul 1777, she was 71.

Notes for Patience Whitfield:
A resident of the Parish of Northam at the time of her marriage.

They had the following children:
       3       i.       Patience (~1737-)
       4       ii.       John (~1739-<1800)
       5       iii.       Thomas (~1741-)
              iv.       Alexander. Born abt 13 Sep 1744 in Monkleigh, Devon, England.

       6       v.       Margaret (~1746-)
              vi.       Peter. Born abt 12 Jan 1749. Peter died on February 13, 1749/1750.

              vii.       Mary. Born abt 23 May 1751 in Northam, Devon, England.

Mary married John Bourk.



Third Generation
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3. Patience Lee. Born abt 13 Oct 1737 in Northam, Devon, England.

Patience married William Phipps.

They had the following children:
              i.       William.

              ii.       Solomon.

              iii.       Samuel.

              iv.       Catherine.

              v.       Margarette.

              vi.       Patience.


4. John Lee. Born abt 20 Sep 1739 in Northam, Devon, England. John died bef 27 Mar 1800, he was 60.

Children:
       7       i.       John Jr. (~1770-<1800)
              ii.       Charles.


5. Thomas Lee. Born abt 3 Dec 1741 in Northam, Devon, England.

Notes for Thomas Lee:
Registry of Deeds, Sydney, Nova Scotia:

Note 1800 Lee Thom fm Peter McNab B 334 Lingan Halifax May 16th 1798
Twenty days after (signing can't make this out?) I promise to pay to Ths. Lee the sum of twenty pounds Halifax currency with lawful (can't make this word out?) for the (same?) As witness my hand the day and date above written. Entered 14th May, 1800 signed Peter McNab Jno (Homes?) Regr
The earliest Lee I can find any record of is Thomas Lee in 1798. Thomas was mentioned in Alexander Lee's will, "and if please God that Thomas Ley returns safe, that I give and bequeath to him all the Estate at Lingan, with all the House Goods and Chattels of thereon, moveable and immoveable whatsoever. But if he should not return in safety, his widow, Ann to the care and direction of my Executor John Ley". Bridget and her sister Anna were residents of Lingan when they married so they were likely the daughters of Thomas and Ann Lee. The other early Lees at Lingan include Mary and Alexander. All of the Lees of Lingan descend from Alexander Lee. Mary and Alexander were also likely the children of Thomas.

Children:
       8       i.       Bridget (~1776-)
       9       ii.       Anna (~1779-)
       10       iii.       Mary (~1776-1869)
       11       iv.       Alexander (~1791-)

6. Margaret Lee. Born abt 1 Oct 1746 in Northam, Devon, England.

Margaret married Thomas Crow.

They had one child:
              i.       John.



Fourth Generation
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7. John Jr. Lee. Born abt 1770. John Jr. died bef 27 Mar 1800, he was 30.

John Jr. married Jane Martel. Born on 1 Jan 1770.

They had the following children:
              i.       Mary (~1793-)
              ii.       James (~1795->1842)
              iii.       John (~1797-)
              iv.       Agnes
              v.       Thomas (~1786-1868)
              vi.       Charles

8. Bridget Lee. Born abt 1776 in Nova Scotia.

Gattgut or Gattong, William m. Ley or Lee, Bridget 29/10/1801 of R. N. I. Reg't

On 29 Oct 1801 when Bridget was 25, she married William Cathcart "Catgut", in Saint George's Anglican Church, Sydney. Born abt 1775 in England. William died in Lingan, Nova Scotia aft 1838, he was 63.

Census of 1838 Name - Catgut William Occupation - Farmer No. of males children under 6 yrs of age - 0 No. of females children under 6 yrs of age - 4 No. of males children under 14 yrs of age - 0 No. of females children under 14 yrs of age - 0 No. of males above 14 yrs of age, not the heads of families - 2 No. of females over 14 yrs of age - 4 Total number in family - 11 No. of male heads of family Location - 6 (North Side of Lingan, 20 Dec, 1838) When WIlliam Catgut married Bridget Lee on Oct.29,1801, it didn't give any initals after his name. However at the baptism of the daughter Nancy Apr.7,1802, it states Nancy, daughter of William Catgut of the RNIR and his wife Bridget; sponsors were: Mrs. Atkinson and Mrs. Margaret Nearing. Nancy Gattgut 7/4/1802 Wm Gatgut & Bridget Ley , he served in R. N. I. Reg't.
All of the Cathcarts of Cape Breton descend from Mattew and Michael, sons of William.

They had the following children:
              i.       Nancy (~1802-)
              ii.       Matthew (~1804->1881)
              iii.       Daughter
              iv.       Daughter
              v.       Michael (~1813-1887)
              vi.       Ann (~1814-1863)
              vii.       Margaret (~1815-)
              viii.       Elizabeth (~1818-)
              ix.       Mary (1820-)

9. Anna Lee. Born abt 1779 in (from Lingan, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia).


On 20 Apr 1802 when Anna was 23, she married Thomas Roach, in St George's Anglican Church, Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Born abt 1769 in Tiperary, Ireland.

Item no.: 52 Mfm no.: 15788 Grantee: Roach, Thomas Year: 1802 Petition to Despard: Petitioner is a private in the Nova Scotia Regt. In the event of the reduction of his regiment he wishes to settle at Lingan, of which place his wife is a resident. In case of an escheat he asks a lot formerly occupied by James Lindsay and a small lot adjoining. Plan. Item no.: 164 Mfm no.: 15789 Grantee: Roach, William Year: 1804 Report of Crawley to Plant: 3 lots at Lingan: lot 5, 168 acres; lot 6, 130 acres; formerly granted to James Lindsay but since escheated; and a fishing lot at Lingan Bay. Note: Campbell authorizes a crown lease for lot 5 and the fishing lot, and letters patent for lot 6. Plan. Item no.: 358 Mfm no.: 15789 Grantee: Connors, Mary Year: 1808 Petition to Nepean: Petitioner is a widow left destitute with five small children. She has supported them by her work as a servant. She is now becoming aged and hopes for a permanent home. Her brother, Thomas Roach, late of the government schooner, is settled on a farm at Lingan. Petitioner asks land near him, a 300 acre lot on the south side of Lingan near Hemley's Brook. Note: complied with for 200 acres. Item no.: 637 Mfm no.: 15790 Grantee: Roach, Thomas Year: 1810 Petition to Nepean: Petitioner, age 41, is a native of Tiperary, Ireland, and has resided at Le Indian Bay the past eight years, where he purchased the land on which he lives with his wife and five children. He served in the army almost nine years, and has received no land. He asks a lot on the opposite side of the Bay from his present holding, a location known as Birchy Point. Note: could not be complied with, having lands passed previously. Item no.: 3001 Mfm no.: 15799 Grantee: Roach, Matthew and Michael. Year: 1824 Petition to Wallace: Petitioners, age 21 and 19, are single men, natives of Cape Breton. Matthew asks lot 2 down stream from the Salmon Hole at the head of Lingan Harbour, formerly occupied by Lawrence Morrisie. Michael asks a lot at Black Brook on the south side of Lingan. Note: warrant issued.

They had the following children:
              i.       Mathew (~1793-)
              ii.       Michael (~1798-)
              iii.       John "tentative" (~1806-)
              iv.       James "tentative" (~1808-)
              v.       Edward (~1810-)
              vi.       Ann "tentative" (~1810-)
              vii.       Catherine (~1814-)
              viii.       Bridget (~1816-1891)
              ix.       Ellen "tentative" (~1817-)
              x.       Julia (~1825-)
              xi.       Thomas "tentative"
              xii.       Mary

10. Mary Lee. Born abt 1776. Mary died in Feb 1869, she was 93.

Death record says in the presence of Lawrence Laffin and Thomas Lee.

On 16 Jun 1796 when Mary was 20, she first married John Hanrahan "Handerkin" "Henderson", in St. George's Anglican Church, Sydney, Nova Scotia. John died ? 19 May 1800.

John Heffernon 19/5/1800 Lt. Infantry Capt. Allen's Comp R.N.I.R.

They had the following children:
              i.       Walter (~1796-)
              ii.       Bridget

On 18 Sep 1804 when Mary was 28, she second married Lawrence Laffin, in St. George's Anglican Church, Sydney, Nova Scotia. Lawrence died in Aug 1856 in Sacred Heart Church, Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

7 7 Laffin Richard M May NS Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 7 7 Laffin Laurence M 36 NS M Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 7 7 Laffin Ellen F 35 NS M Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 7 7 Laffin Bridget F 14 NS Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 7 7 Laffin Mary F 12 NS Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 7 7 Laffin Kate F 10 NS Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 7 7 Laffin John M 9 NS Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 7 7 Laffin Teresa F 7 NS Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 7 7 Laffin Ambrose M 3 NS Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 37 38 Laffin Mary F 50 NS W Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 37 38 Laffin Pat M 31 NS W Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 37 38 Laffin John M 25 NS Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 37 38 Laffin Bridget F 22 NS Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 37 38 Laffin Michael M 18 NS Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 37 38 Laffin Kate F 17 NS Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 113 116 Laffin Harriet F 55 Ireland M Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 113 116 Laffin Thomas M 50 NS M Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 113 116 Laffin Laurence M 23 NS Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 113 116 Laffin Bridget F 21 NS Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 113 116 Laffin Margaret F 17 NS Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 113 116 Quinn John M 17 NS Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 113 116 Laffin John M 14 NS Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 114 117 Laffin Richard M 58 NS Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1 114 117 Cathcart Eliza F 50 NS Catholic H1 Lingan Mines 1

They had the following children:
              i.       Richard (~1813-)
              ii.       John (-<1871)
              iii.       Thomas (~1821-)

11. Alexander Lee. Born abt 1791.

Item no.: 1660 Mfm no.: 15794 Grantee: Lee, Alexander Year: 1817 Petition to Ainslie: Petitioner, age 26, a native of Cape Breton, asks a lot on Martel's Street, Main a Dieu. Note: granted. Item no.: 1948 Mfm no.: 15795 Grantee: Lee, Alexander Year: 1818 Petition to Ainslie: Petitioner, age 28, a native of Cape Breton, asks a lot on the south-west shore of Main-a-Dieu. Note: warrant issued.

abt 1824 when Alexander was 33, he married Mary Casey, daughter of Richard Casey. Mary died on 9 Feb 1866.

Witnesses at the time of her death were Michael Lee and James Hall.

They had the following children:
              i.       Thomas (~1824-)
              ii.       Anna (-1866)
              iii.       Caroline (~1824-)
              iv.       Margaret (~1831-)
              v.       Ann (~1831-)
              vi.       Michael (~1837-)
              vii.       James (~1837-)

I hope you can follow this??
Vince MacNeil


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