This work is divided into three phases. The first phase is tracing the Cathcarts from Cathcart, Scotland. We know that the nobility branch went down in to England and from this, another branch was founded in Germany. We know that a branch went to lJorth Ireland. I quote "The Irish and Anglo-Irish Landed Gentry - When Cromwell came to Ireland" by John O’Hear, 1884, Dublin.
The "Forty-nine" Officers. Enrollments of the adjudications--in favor of the (AD) 1649 Officers (formerly denominated "The 49 Lots"). Preserved in the office of the Chief Remembrancer of the Exchequer, Dublin, CATHCART, Capt. Adam; Lt. Alex; Gabriel; Lt. John; and Lt. Wm. (Also listed as Carthcarth, Wm.) These adjudications refer to Arrears of the Commissioned Officers who served Charles II or Charles I in the wars of Ireland before 5th Day of June 1649.
Names of persons in the Grants under the Acts of Settlements and Explanation (1661-16651 Cathcart, Gabriel.
"James Leander Cathcart, American Consul, was a direct descendant from the Barony of Kethcart, County of Renfrew, now the Town of Cathcart, Scotland, although He came to American from Ireland. He was a son of Malcolm Hamilton Cathcart, who married the daughter of Edward Humphreys of Dublin. The founder of this family was Col. Gabriel Cathcart, who had accompanied Rev. Malcolm Hamilton (later Bishop of Coshel) to Ireland in 1641. James Leander Cathcart was brought to America as a child by Capt. John Cathcart. In Oct. 1779, he became a midshipman on the Continental frigate CONFEDERACY. An eventful career during the Revolution and after, led him to many parts of the globe. He was captured by pirates and held in Algiers and sold as a slave, an incident that figured in an serious reprisal by the US at a later date." This is from Chronicles of the Cathcart Family and Name compiled by the Colonial Bureau of Genealogical Research. I have much more on James Leander Cathcart, but I include him here because I think there is a great possibility that our line ties into his and if it does, we can go back to the Barony. Over ten years ago I was given a copy of "True" magazine in which was a story called "The Amazing Mr. Cathcart" about James Leander. I misplaced this and am most anxious to try and find another copy.
I have written the Ulster-Scot Historical Society sending them a fee and giving them information and filling out their registration forms about our direct ancestor Samuel Cathcart of Bushmills, Co. Antrim, No. Ireland, who never came to America. I also listed other Cathcart information from Col. Bur. of Gen. Research and other Cathcart information gleaned from various sources, such as the Landed Gentry when Cromwell came to Ireland, listed above.
I had written John Steele of Glentask, Bushmllls, a cousin of ours. His great-grandfather was the above Samuel, our great-great-grandfather. He sent me Samuel's correct dates. I told him what we were trying to do on this phase and asked his help. William Cathcart of Kershaw, S. C., another cousin of ours, had visited this John Steele at Glentask and it was through him that I first corresponded with John Steele. Since he sent me old, Samuel dates, I haven't heard from him. I had written him again several times,
going into various details, but had received no answer. On a trip back from Anderson, SC, I stopped by to see "Sabie" Cathcart of Winnsboro, William Cathcart's of Kershaw's older brother. William happened to be there and they told me for the first time that John Steele had been killed in an automobile accident and his son, who was driving, had been injured, during Christmas of 1961. As soon as I got back, I wrote immediately to Mrs. Steel and I got this reply from their son James, which I am copying:
I am writing this letter on behalf of my mother and late father. Let first of all apologize for not answering your earlier letters. I have made several attempts to do this and the painful memory of my Father prevented me from completing the task.
I note in your last letter that your daughter, Elizabeth, may be coming to Ireland. If you let us have her photograph as suggested and the date of her arrival, we will be pleased to meet her and give her we can in a strange country.
As you may know, we now have the farm and the old home of the Cathcarts although same is reaching an advanced state of deterioration, but there is a considerable number of old papers in the dwelling, which of course may not be of any assistance, but perhaps if you could let me know your precise requirements, I will analyze these papers for any information which they may yield.
I extend thanks from all at Glentask for your kind words of sympathy and hope to hear from you again in the very near future.
The second phase of the work concerns the original Cathcarts in America. This phase is the one I have been giving most of my attention to. We know that there were Cathcarts in Pre-Revolution days in seven of the original states: Mass., NY, Del., Penna., Va., N.C., and S. C. (Through all of this I want you to pay attention to first names.)