John, what great info. you have on the Halbert family. Thank you for taking the time to post it here. My gg-grandmother is Lamira went by Myra Cather. You have her named as Lavina daughter of Mary Halbert Cather. I have her father's name listed as Sims Cather. It would make sense though that his real name was Simeon or Samuel as others from rootsweb have it.
I have letters from 1970 from another Halbert researcher, Walter Halbert (a descendant of Elihu) of Glendale CA, who wrote to my family. In them he said that Sims Cather and Mary Halbert Cather left Indiana about 1856 and sailed around the horn to CA, with their daughters Susan and Myra and newphew William Hillary Houghton Halbert and settled in Sacramento. It also says that William eventually moved to Hoquiam Washington where he took a claim on the Hoquiam river. He has many descendants there to this day.
Your notes state that Sims Cather died before 1850. He actually died on Feb. 8, 1887, aged 73. He is buried in Lot 703, in the city Cemetery in Sacramento. In the same letters as mentioned above - it mentions that Sims is not listed in the 1850 census but he goes on to say that:
Sims Cather was gone on a long trip when the census record was taken. In a letter written by Susan Halbert in 1850 she writes "Mary thinks that Sims will be home by November." She gives us no statement about where Sims was but we think that he may have been on a trip to CA. Susan Halbert was Mary (Halbert) Cather's sister who later married Thomas Carlton in Indiana. -
I don't know how he got the info. on the Susan Halbert letter but that would be fun to have a copy of it!
Sims is listed in an 1860 census, Sacramento Co. Georgiana Township
Sims Cather age 43 farmer born Ky
Mary Cather age 46 born S.C.
L. Cather (Lamira aka Myra) age 11 born Ind.
Susan Cather age 6 born Ind.
H. (Hillary) Halbert age 21 born Ind.
Wm. Chittom age 20 day laborer born Ind. (I don't know who Wm. Chittom is. Maybe just a boarder who worked for them or a relative that accompanied them to CA as well???)
This Walter was writing to my family because he was looking for info. on when & where Mary Halbert Cather died. I have no evidence that he ever found out. However, a couple of years ago I found a post on rootsweb by another Halbert cousin that said Mary Halbert Cather died in Courtland CA and is buried in an old indian cemetery. (Courtland is on the Sacramento Delta) She went on to say that this info. was from a Halbert family Bible from Indiana. I never found out how she got that info. but would like to know if anyone has this Bible. I would like to get copies of the family pages inside.
Lamira "Myra" Cather married Thomas Ball in Sacramento in 1864. Myra's sister Susan Cather never married but lived with her sister for the rest of her life. Thomas, Myra and Susan eventually moved to Hoquiam WA where they lived out the rest of their lives.
I have Myra according to a 1900 census as being born in Oct. of 1842
Thanks again for all of your hard work and great post.
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