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Thomas Cate

Male Abt 1702 - Abt 1770  (~ 68 years)


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  • Name Thomas Cate  [1
    Born Abt 1702  Prince George, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Alternate death Abt 1770  Alamance County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Abt 1770  Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I662  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of PNH
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2020 

    Father Robert Cate,   b. Abt 1665, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Feb 1729, Surry, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Mother Ann,   b. Abt 1672, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Feb 1729  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Married Abt 1692  Henrico, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F1050  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rebecca Sykes,   b. Abt 1715, Prince George, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1730  Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    +1. Sylvia Cate,   b. Abt 1758, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1840, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years)
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2015 
    Family ID F253  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • SOURCE: Dr. Banks R. Cates, Charlotte, NC. (d. 2007)

      Thomas was born in Henrico or Prince George Co., Virginia.

      26 Apr 1741 - James, son of Richard Bird and wife Sarah, born 27 Feb 1741, christened 26 Apr 1741; godparents Thomas Cate, Wm. Jones, Eliza Peebles, registered in Albemarle Parish of Surry & Sussex Counties VA. (Albemarle Parish Register of Surry & Sussex Co. VA 1739-1788, pg. 41, by Gertrude Richards, Nat. Soc. of Colonial Dames of America 1958.)

      No other records of Thomas Cate can be found in the scant Prince George Co. VA records that exist. (Dr. Banks Cates)

      1755 - Thomas moved to Cane Creek Orange County North Carolina near Robert Cate Jr.

      Thomas is referred to as Thomas Cate Sr. in order to distinguish him from his nephew, Thomas.

      Mar 1754 Orange Co. Court of Pleas & qtr Sessions - THOMAS CATE was appointed constable in the room of John Williams.

      5 Aug 1754 - Orange Co. Ct. of Pleas & Qtr Sessions: THOMAS CATE, SR. was appointed overseer from the Camp Branch to the Western Path in Robert Cate's Dist. Joseph Cate, Richard Cate, John Hastings & others were named to work on the same road.

      28 Aug 1754 - Warrant to Thomas Cate Jr. for 640 acres on both sides of Cain Creek includes Robert Cate & THOS. CATE SR. improvements about a mile below where the new road crosses Cain creek. entered 23 Jul 1754.

      March 1755 Court- Orange Co. Pleas & Qtr Sessions: Henry Hastings was appointed Constable in the room of THOMAS CATE.

      1755 First Orange Co. Tax List: THOMAS CATE, SENR., 2 white polls, no black polls.

      10 Sep 1755 - Orange Co. Pleas & Qtr Sessions: Richard Knight vs. THOMAS CATE, SR. Debt.

      24 Sep 1755 - THOS. CATE SR & Joseph Cate were sworn chain carriers for the survey for Thomas Cate for 456 acres in Orange Co. in the Parish of St. Matthew on the fork of Cain Creek on the north side of Haw river. surveyed 24 Sep 1755. signed by the grantee Thomas Cate. Wit: by W. Churton, Willm Reed. Granted 7 Mar 1759.

      Dec 1756 Court Orange Co. Pleas & Qtr Sessions: Josiah Hadley appointed overseer from the Court House to Mary Williams' Fording over Haw river. The following Tythables to work on the said road - John Hadley, John Marshall, William Johnson, Charles Johnson, John Johnson,Mathew Woods, Thomas Cate Jr. THOMAS CATE, SR., Robert Cate, Jr. Capt. Robert Cate, Joseph Cate, Robert Wiley, William Roseberry, Edward Davis.

      March 1757 Court Orange Co.: THOMAS CATE was appointed Constable in the rooms of James Dickey.

      12 Oct 1757 - THOS. CATE SENR & Joseph Cate were sworn chain carriers for the survey for John Cate of 478 acres on the north side of Haw river, on both sides of Cane creek, joins Mebane & Lindley.

      13 Mar 1759 - Orange Co. Ct. Of Pleas & Qtr Sessions: Deed from Thomas Cate, Jr. to THOMAS CATE, SR., of 177 acres was proved by Richard Cate.

      May 1762 Orange Co. Ct of Pleas & Qtr Sessions: THOMAS CATE WAS defendant in suit brought by Robert Lytle.

      Feb 1764 Orange Co. Ct. of Pleas & Qtr Sessions: THOMAS CATE was named to a jury to open a road from Isaac Lowe's mill to Alexander Mebane's mill, and from thence to Woody's Ferry on Haw river, along with Robert Cate, Thomas Cate, Jr., and Others.

      Aug 1764 Orange Co. Ct - THOMAS CATE SR., was named defendant in a petition brought by John Dowell.

      Aug 1764 - THOMAS CATE was appointed overseer of the road in room of James Tinning.

      Nov 1764 - THOMAS CATE SR. was named defendant in a petition by by Crocker & Co.

      1765 - Orange co. Ct. Sackfield brewer was appointed overseer of the road in the room of Thomas Cate. James Ball was appointed overseer of the road in the room of THOMAS CATE, SR.

      11 Nov 1767 - Orange Co. Ct.: Deed of THOMAS CATO, sr. to John Cato of 177 acres proved by Richard Cato.

      21 Jan 1769 - Orange Co. Deeds, Pg. 515, AGLL microfilm V156-59,Charles Cate (son of Robert Jr.) to Thomas Cate 138 acres on the southside of Haw river. "Charles Cate has Indefeasible Estate of Inheiritance in and to the said premises." S/Charles Cate. Proved by Bernard Cate 1769 Court. (RBP)

      (Robert Cate, Sr's deed to Charles Cate for this 138 acres was acknowledged by Thomas Cate on 13 May 1766. This was apparently Thomas Cate, the son of Capt. Robert Cate, Senior; and this same Thomas Cate deeded his like 138 acres on the south side of Haw river, on the banks of the river, to Caleb Lindsey on 10 Jan 1769, with the deed stating"Thomas Cate hath Indefeasable Estate of inheiritance to the premises." Elizabeth Cate, wife of said Thomas, signed this deed. Dr. Banks Cates.)

      No will or other record of Thomas has been found. SOURCE: Dr. Banks R. Cates, Charlotte, NC. (d. 2007)

  • Sources 
    1. [S913] Rick Gray, 9 Jun 2011, post to NCORANGE-L.

    2. [S244] Research by Ruth Cates, Dr. Banks Cates, Al Baumbach, Ann Poe and others, by Roberta Pierson.