Thomas Washington Catlett1,2,3

ID# 2199, (1799 - 1880)

Key Events:

Birth: 27 Sep 1799, Frederick Co., Virginia4,5,6
Marriage: Isabella Field Helm7,8,9
Marriage: Maria Louisa Clark, 1 Mar 1859, Union Co., Kentucky10,11
Death: 28 Apr 188012,8
Burial: Riverview Cemetery, Eddyville, Lyon Co., Kentucky12

Spouse: Isabella Field Helm ( - before 1840)
     Children:

With the number of unidentified children in the 1830 and 1840 it would appear that there were other children as well.
  • Helen M. Catlett30 (Jun 1822 - abt 1902)
  • James H. Catlett31 (Jul 1823 - )
  • John N. Catlett32 (abt 1825 - )
  • Marion Catlett33,34 (Dec 1828 - 9 Apr 1912)
  • Malcom G. Catlett32 (abt 1831 - )
  • Letitia Catlett32,35 (14 Jun 1834 - 22 Dec 1915)

Spouse: Maria Louisa Clark (23 Feb 1827 - 18 Aug 1898)
     Children:

  • George Catlett8,36 (9 Dec 1859 - 16 Oct 1905)
  • Oliver C. Catlett8,37,38 (abt 1862 - )

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Thomas Washington Catlett was born on 27 Sep 1799 in Frederick Co., Virginia.4,5,6
     Thomas married first Isabella Field Helm.7,8,9
     Thomas appeared on the 1830 Federal Census of Christian Co., Kentucky, with a household consisting of two males under age 5 (son John), one 5 to 10 (James), one age 10 to 15 (unknown), one age 20 to 30 (unknown), one age 30 to 40 (himself), one female under age 5 (daughter Marion), one age 5 to 10 (Helen), and one age 30 to 40 (wife Isabella Field Helm). There were also 11 slaves listed, including two males and one female under age 10.13
"Rose Hill," built by Robert L. Cobb about 1832
now the Lyon Co. Historical Society

     Thomas bought lot no. 7 in Eddyville, with a house known as "Rose Hill," from Robert Livingston Cobb on 26 Jan 1844 for $3,500. It remained in his family until it was acquired by the State of Kentucky in 1952 and was used as housing for the employees of the adjacent Kentucky State Penitentiary. After being declared surplus by the state, it was given to the Lyon County Historical Society, which now uses it to house a museum.14,15
     His wife died before 1840.16,17,18
     Thomas appeared on the 1840 Federal Census of Caldwell Co., Kentucky, with a household consisting of one male age 5 to 10 (son Malcom), one age 10 to 15 (John), one age 15 to 20 (James), one age 40 to 50 (himself), one female under age 5 (unknown), one age 5 to 10 (daughter Letitia), one age 10 to 15 (Marion), and one age 15 to 20 (Helen). There were also 16 slaves listed, including six males and four females under age 10.19
     Thomas appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Caldwell Co., Kentucky, enumerated 18 Sep 1850, reporting real estate valued at $2,000. His children John, Malcom and Letitia were listed as living with him. Also listed are 10 slaves, ranging in age from 3 to 45 years.20,21
     Thomas married second Maria Louisa Clark on 1 Mar 1859 in Union Co., Kentucky.10,11
     Thomas and Maria Louisa Clark appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Eddyville, Lyon Co., Kentucky, enumerated 25 Jun 1860, reporting real estate valued at $8,000 and personal estate of $24,435. Their son George was listed as living with them. Also listed were 20 slaves, housed in four slave houses.22,23
     On 20 Jan 1844 Thomas sold 72 acres on Livingston Creek, in Crittenden Co., to Robert Livingston Cobb, for $5.24
     Thomas appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Eddyville, Lyon Co., Kentucky, enumerated 30 Jul 1870, reporting real estate valued at $5,341 and personal estate of $2,450. Their children George and Oliver were listed as living with them, as were Daniel Stevens, age 26, and a Black family, Oliver and Sela Dalham and their six children, presumably servants.25
     He was a miller and a farmer, operating a large plantation. He operated a very successful mercantile business in Eddyville for some 20 years.8,26,27,28,29
     Thomas died on 28 Apr 1880 at age 80.12,8 He was buried in Riverview Cemetery, Eddyville, Lyon Co., Kentucky.12

Citations

  1. [S3069] Railey, History of Woodford County, pg 313, shows name as Thomas Washington Catlett.
  2. [S4543] Battle, Perrin and Kniffin, Kentucky - A History of the State, pg 851, shows name as Thomas W. Catlett.
  3. [S1063] Marion C. Cobb, Certificate of Death, shows father as T. W. Catlett.
  4. [S2309] Lyon County Historical Society, Cemeteries of Lyon County, pg 277, shows date, with year as 1799.
  5. [S3070] Thomas W. Catlett household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows age 50 and state.
  6. [S3069] Railey, History of Woodford County, pg 313, shows year, as 1796, and his grandparents "of" Frederick Co., Virginia, his parents having moved to Kentucky as "early arrivals."
  7. [S3069] Railey, History of Woodford County, pg 313, shows married.
  8. [S4543] Battle, Perrin and Kniffin, Kentucky - A History of the State, pg 851.
  9. [S1063] Marion C. Cobb, Certificate of Death, shows them as Marion's parents.
  10. [S3068] Thomas W. Catlett and Maria L. Clark, marriage register, shows date, him as a widower and her as single.
  11. [S3073] Thomas W. Catlet household, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows them apparently living as husband and wife.
  12. [S2309] Lyon County Historical Society, Cemeteries of Lyon County, pg 277.
  13. [S3072] Thomas W. Catlett household, 1830 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  14. [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, G:160, Noel Watkins & wife Sarah M. to Robert L. Cobb dated 16 Oct 1832, $70 for lot #7 in Eddyville; G:284-5, Berry Hodge of Union Co. to Robert L. Cobb dated 17 Dec 1833, $1 for lot #7 in Eddyville, clearing title of lot Cobb bought from Watkins because no conveyance from Hodge to Watkins was recorded; and M:47, Robert L. Cobb & wife Cornelia B. to Thomas W. Catlett dated 26 Jan 1844, $3500 for lot #7 in Eddyville.
  15. [S2001] Walker, "Rose Hill -- The Cobb House," pp 38-9, shows that Cobb built the house about 1832, sold it to Catlett in 1844, who owned it until 1897, when it became the property of his granddaughter Belle Minner Hussey, bought by the state in 1952 and used for housing until given to the Historical Society.
  16. [S3071] Thos W. Catlett household, 1840 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows no female near her age.
  17. [S3070] Thomas W. Catlett household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, does not show her in the household.
  18. [S3068] Thomas W. Catlett and Maria L. Clark, marriage register, shows her husband as a widower.
  19. [S3071] Thos W. Catlett household, 1840 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.
  20. [S3070] Thomas W. Catlett household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.
  21. [S3076] Thomas W. Catlett, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  22. [S3073] Thomas W. Catlet household, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky.
  23. [S3077] Thomas W. Catlet, owner, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  24. [S2793] Crittenden Co. Deeds, A:320-1, Thomas W. Catlett to Robert L. Cobb, 22 Jan 1845; A:245-6, Robert L. Cobb to Robert Smith, 2 Oct 1844.
  25. [S3075] Thomas Catlett household, 1870 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky.
  26. [S3071] Thos W. Catlett household, 1840 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows four members of the household engaged in agriculture.
  27. [S3070] Thomas W. Catlett household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows occupation as farmer.
  28. [S3073] Thomas W. Catlet household, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows occupation as farmer.
  29. [S3075] Thomas Catlett household, 1870 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows occupation as farmer.
  30. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998, and quotes Battle, Perrin & Kniffin, Kentucky: A History of the State, 3rd ed. (Lyon Co., 1886) showing same.
  31. [S3080] John H. Haissey household, 1900 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows Hervey as his uncle while showing Marion as his aunt (his wife's in both cases actually) and Latitia as his mother-in-law.
  32. [S3070] Thomas W. Catlett household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  33. [S1063] Marion C. Cobb, Certificate of Death.
  34. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998.
  35. [S3078] Lettie Catlett Pinner, Certificate of Death.
  36. [S3073] Thomas W. Catlet household, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  37. [S3075] Thomas Catlett household, 1870 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  38. [S3074] M. Louisa Catlett household, 1880 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows the boy as son of his widow, with surname Catlett.