John W. Cath

John W. Cath

Male 1779 - 1839  (60 years)

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  • Name John W. Cath 
    Born 14 Dec 1779  Betts Street, St George in the East, London [LMA - X097/277] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Dec 1839  St Mary at Hill, London (GRO ref: II 145 (or 2/9) & SOG MXR 291) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I70  CATH UK
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2016 

    Father JOHN Cath,   b. Abt 1749, Germany - see notes Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1797, Upper East Smithfield, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Hannah Judd,   b. 1753, Whitechapel, LON Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1789, King St, St George in the East, Stepney Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 25 Oct 1778  St Mary Whitechaple Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Marriage Licence

      Vicar General's Office
      21st October 1778
      Which Day appeared personally John Cath and made oath that he is of the Parish of St George in the County of Middlesex aged upwards of thirty years and a Batchelor and that he intends to marry with Hannah Judd of the Parish of St Mary Whitechaple in the same County aged upwards of twenty one years and a Spinster, and further made oath that she hath had her usual place of abode in the aforesaid Parish of St Mary Whitechaple for the space of four weeks last past and that he not knowing any Impediment by reason of any Precontract Consanguinity Affinity or any other cause whatsoever to hinder the said intended Marriage and he prayed a Licence for them to be Married in the Parish of St mary Whitechaple
      [Signed] John Cath
      Sworn before me [signed] And: Colter Ducarel, Surrogate

      From Marriage Register of St Saviour, London, page 565

      No: 1414 John Cath of the Parish of St George in the County of Middlesex, Batchelor, and Hannah Judd of this parish, Spinster, were married in this Church by Licence this twenty fifth day of October 1778 by me J Till, curate
      This marriage was solemnised between (John Cath
      (the mark of + Hannah Judd
      in the presence of John Coates, Nich's Meyer, Susanna Poulter
    Family ID F46  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Noble,   b. Abt 1775,   d. 1823, St Mary at Hill, London (SOG MXR 291) age 48 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years) 
    Married 1815  St George the Martyr [Pellot's] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F54  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    John Cath [1779-1839]
    John Cath [1779-1839]

  • Notes 
    • Cath, John (Male) Title(s): Esq. Date: 1795 Subscribed to A Digest of Foreign Exchanges, 1795, BOND, Thomas. Dublin Subject: commerce [From 25.10.01]

      Cath, J. & Kain, Merchants Agents, 35 St Mary at Hill [1819 PO Dir.]; do [Pigot's London Dir 1822-23]; Cath, J. & Kain, under Agents, General & Commercial, 1 Bury St. St Mary Axe [Pigot's London Dir 1825-26]
      Dissolution of Partnership, Nov 1818 - Arney,G. Cath, J. and Kain, H. Bury St, St Mary Axe, warehouse-keepers

      Name: (unrecorded) Cath & Kaine
      Event type: Biography
      Start date: 26 Jul
      Start year: 1816
      Biographical notes:
      Messrs. Cath & Kaine, Bond, Indemnity for lost warrant, Amount of security: £228, Sureties: John Cath, Harp Lane. George Arney, Bury Street, St. Mary Axe., Authority of Court: 24 Jul 1816
      Transcribed by: FIBIS
      India Office Records Reference: Z/O/1/8 No. 830

      Residence: from Guildhall Library Poor Rate books for St Mary at Hill parish :

      1825 Rental £42 John Cath £ 6/6/0 paid
      1827 do
      1828 do
      1830 Rental £42 John Cath (dwelling house) £7/17/6 paid
      1833/34/35 now in name of Henry Hillman
      1838 Occupier - Stephen Crouch, dwelling house & shop, rateable value £16, paid £1-4-0


      I, John Cath of 35 St Mary at Hill in the City of London, Merchants Agent, do hereby will and bequest at my decease the following to wit I bequeath unto my niece/by marriage Ann Gould of 45 Earnest Street near Regents Park the sum of fifty pounds to be paid free and clear of any expense or deduction whatsoever within three months after my decease. I bequeath unto Mary Hillman, my housekeeper at 35 St Mary at Hill twentyfive pounds to be paid to her on the same terms and time as above. I bequeath unto Ellen Cath, the only daughter of my late brother Thomas Cath, the sum of fifty pounds to be paid to her on the same terms and time as above. I bequeath to my friend John Poole Esq. of the Lawn South Lambeth my diamond ring and gold hinged fire stone snuff box and unto Mrs Bird of the same place ten pounds for the purchase of any ornament she may think proper for my remembrance and further unto Mr George Gold of Mile End ten pounds for the same purpose. And I further and lastly will and bequeath that after the payment in full of every just debt my remaining property of whatsoever nature or description be immediately reassized and the net proceeds paid over to my only brother William Cath late of London but now of Liverpool. and to carry all this into effect I hereby institute and appoint my friends Mr John Poole of the Lawn South Lambeth and George Gold of Mile End aforesaid my Joint Executors with full powers to act. Witness my hand and seal this sixteenth day of February 1835.

      John Cath (seal) signed and sealed in the presence of James Love George Soward G. Swanwick Clerks to John Cath

      Extracted by Farrer & French, Proctors Doctors' Commons

      (Administration granted to George Gold of 20 Rowlands's Row, Stepney Green, on 26 12 1839 by Archbishop of Canterbury's Perogative Court (PC4 826))
      (Unable to find any trace of Ann Gould, and probably Ellen Cath had died on 9 Sept 1839 at Dover)
      (Swannick and Soward continued the business at 35 St Mary at Hill until 1841 or later)

      John's last letter to William in Liverpool:

      London 28/31 August 1839

      Dear William,

      Your letter of the 18th July I now answer out of the usual course of things and merely to let you know how I get on in business and in health, as I am sure you must be anxious to learn something of one then off by the "British Queen" to New York on Sunday next. Since you wrote Mary Jane Turner and her brother William have been in town. I have dined with them several times and did not forget to thank both of them for the magnificent parcel you describe as received from them and they promised not to forget you in that line. They are now returned to Blackburn and I am pledged to go and see them next year if health and business permit, by the by and of business (I mean my business) you say truly in will never return to what it was, but still I hope it will continue and I will try hard to do that at least, as well as any thing else that lays in the compass of my power, of this rest assured and regarding my health the fact is I am dropsical and at my age this is a serious thing. The Doctors have told me so candidly, and more, that it will probably never be eradicated out of the system, but that the science of medicine being no ........ so much better understood than formerly it is .... kept at "bay" (that is their expression) for many years by the use of medicine to keep the bowels and stomach in order and to force evacuation of water by the usual channel and in large quantities taking care not to weaken the stomach at any time and living generally very moderate - thus it is I am situated with regard to health and I trust to that kind Providence who has protected me so many years, to uphold me still many years and to prosper me so that I may live to see my only relatives on earth made happy in the trifle I may leave them at my death and die in Peace and Charity with all mankind in good old age.
      "Then let me live, thus let me die
      Steal from the world and not a stone tell where I lye" - Pope
      Business is bad indeed, no one is doing any thing this year, neither Cox Huish & Co nor F. Huth & Co or any of my clients. Of all the years I ever saw this is the worst, as my income will show at the end thereof. I only live in the hope that the next will be better, - but why should it? What is to make it better? We have no longer the trade of the world, it is leaving us daily, while our difficulties (politically) increase in proportion, and if I can but live on my income it is as much as I can expect, but laying by anything over and above that is out of the question. I merely write these few lines to let you know how 'tis with me which you can reply to at your leisure and by the by the cheap postage will facilitate the communication between us. Remember me to all and believe me ever, dear William
      affectionately yours (Signed) J. W. Cath
      P.S. I shall have a H-ll of a Doctors bill this year - more that for 10 years previous put together

      From 1841 P O Street Directory

      35 St Mary at Hill - Swanwick & Soward, cus. ho. &c agts
      do. Charleton & Watson, coal factors, etc
      Cox, Heisch & Co, merchants, 16 America Square, Minories
      Huth, Frederick & Co, merchants, 10 Moorgate Street, Bank

      The Times, 12,811 3c-d 15 November 1825


      BOW-STREET. - Yesterday John Kempshall, the driver of one of Howes’s Paddington coaches, appeared upon a summons to answer the complaint of John Cath, Esq., a merchant in the city, for driving furiously, so as to endanger his life, and the lives of others of His Majesty’s subjects.
      Mr. Cath stated, that on Sunday the 6th of November, he was an outside passenger by the defendant’s coach from the city. He had not been long upon the coach, before the defendant commenced a race with another coach, and the horses of each were kept in a continual gallop, the defendant being sometimes before and at other times behind his opponent. When they arrived at the Angel the defendant stopped for a considerable time, and the complainant and other passengers remonstrated upon the delay, on which the defendant said he would soon overtake the other coach, when once he started. When he did start, he whipped his horses into a full gallop, and continued in that pace down the steep hill by the Penitentiary at Pentonville, in spite of the sharp remonstrances of all the passengers, who felt themselves in danger, and saw also that the lives of foot passengers were put in considerable hazard. The defendant, regardless of the entreaties of the passengers, that he would stop and let them get down, continued at the same furious pace until he came to Battle-bridge turnpike gate, when, having no proper command of the horses, the splinter bar came in contact with one of the posts of the gate, and the concussion was so great as to throw the complainant from the roof of the coach to the ground. He fell between the wheels, and if the coach had not been completely locked against the post, so that the horses could not move on, his destruction had been inevitable. He was then near his home, and did not again mount the coach. He was bruised by the fall, but not severely.
      Another gentleman, who was a passenger, corroborated Mr. Cath’s statement, and added, that after they passed Battle-bridge the defendant resumed his galloping pace, and had not gone far before he run against a gig, and nearly upset it. The language of the defendant, when the passengers remonstrated with him, was (to use the witness’s own words) “horribly disgusting.”
      The defendant’s solicitor made two objections to the information; but they were over-ruled.
      The defendant, in answer to the charge, said he had two “very spirity hosses,” and they would “go” in spite of his teeth.
      Sir R. BIRNIE commented in strong terms upon the defendant’s conduct, and fined him in the penalty of 5l. and full costs.