Robert Ezra Cate

Male 1667 - Bef 1728  (< 60 years)

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  • Name Robert Ezra Cate 
    Born 21 Aug 1667  Colyton,Devonshire,England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened St. Andrew's Church, Colyton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Shoemaker  [1
    Religion Quaker  [1
    Died Bef 1728  Surry County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I26977  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2013 

    Father William Abraham Cate,   b. 0___ 1639, (Colyton,Devonshire)England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Margaret Agnes Ingles,   b. (CIRCA 1635), (Colyton,Devon)England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married (Colyton,Devonshire)England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F9671  Group Sheet

    Family Anne A. 
    Married Abt 1693  Henrico County,Virginia Colony Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
     1. Robert (Ezra) Cate, Jr.,   b. 0___ 1700, Henrico, Virginia Colony, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0Feb 1767, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)
    Last Modified 30 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F9670  Group Sheet

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  • Notes 
    • Re: Parents of Robert "The Shoemaker" CATE

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      Re: Parents of Robert"The Shoemaker"CATE
      Posted by: Marilyn Cates Radelat Date: April 30, 2001 at 17:20:30
      In Reply to: Re: Parents of Robert"The Shoemaker"CATE by Tracy Stancil of

      The logical thinking was---- where in England was Tanning of Hydes done during that period. I have relatives living in different area there. I ask them to research different facts for me. Colyton England was the answer.

      Richard Nehimiah Cates [Editor's Note: Robert's twin.] was indentured to Benjamin Harrison Jr. near Henrco Co. on the James River. There are no records for him after he arrived . Presumed that he died or ran away before serving his term of indenture. Benjamin Harrison Jr. was in the habit of "borrowing" names of imported individuals for the purpose of obtaining tracts of land under the head rights law. This was not an unusal scheme during that time.

      Our Cates were not finished with Benjamin Harrison Jr. LATER some of the sons of Robert Cate Sr ( shoemaker) had the task appointed to them when Benjamin Harrison Jr. died to take inventory of his assets.

      I am confident that this research from England is correct.

      William Abraham and Margaret Agnes Cates had Twin Sons: born 21 August 1667, Robert Ezra Cates and Richard Nehimiah Cates .These sons were christened at Saint Andrew Church in Colyton, Devon, England . Religion was Calvinism (which soon evolved to Presbyterian )

      This was researched for me in England .

      This next text about Robert ( indentured servant ) is from a Book written by: Philip Alexander Bruce -1895

      Robert Cate b.1667 Colyton, Devon, England "The Shoemaker" Our Ancestor There are different dates found in this book as well as others that my cousin searched, for the exact date on the contract of Robert CATE'S Indentured service to Peter Wyke . There could be a mis-print. Robert would have been only 12 according to the 1679 date in this one. Looking at the 1689 date and recording of OCT 1689 found by Banks Cates Jr. also on Ken Cates' site seems more reasonable. You can decide. .

      Book Published 1895 Title : Economic History of Virginia - written by Philip Alexander Bruce The Mac Millian Company --Volume 2 pages 478-479

      "The leading planters were in the habit of importing shoemakers from England for the same reasons that moved them to bring representatives of other trades. Fitzhugh writing to John Cooper, one of his London correspondants,in 1662, requests him to send over to Virginia several shoemakers, with lasts,awls,and knives, together with half a hundred shoemaker threads, some twenty ot thirty gallons of train oil and proper colorings for leather. He had set up a tan-house and wished to convert the product into shoes on his own plantation.( 1) The need of importing shoemakers was probably greater in the Northern Neck, in which part of the Colony Fitzhugh resided, than in the older communities, where the representatives of trade was more numerous and more skillful.
      The county records of that period contained many indentures between planters and shoemakers. Of these, a fair example was the contract of Robert CATE and Peter Wyke of Henrico in 1679. CATEentered into bonds to serve Wyke for a term of four years.He was to be exempted from task of planting and tending tobacco, but he was required to perform all other agricultural work; he was to receive by way of remunerations, food, drink, apparel, washing,and lodging, and when his agreement expired , a good suit and three barrels of Indian corn were to given him. It will be observed that while CATE was engaged principally for his knowledge of the shoemaker's trade, he was also expected to make himself useful in other branches of industry.(2)
      This was probably the case with all classes of machanics who earned a livelihood in employment of landowners in the seventeenth century."

      1- Reference -Letters of William Fitzhugh, July 1692 ( this was after the date 1679 mentioned in the book)
      2- Reference-Records of Henrico County, bol.1688-1697, page 85, Va. State Library

      Ship manifest-Bengal-Merchant of Bristol- 1689 reference - Henrico County Court Records -books by William W.Hening - Va. State Library

      Appended 13 November 2004:

      Re: Cate of Orange/Chatham NC

      Posted by: Roger Edgar,

      Date: May 18, 1998 at 20:05:30

      In Reply to: Re: Cate of Orange/Chatham NC by DARRAL LAWSON
      of 1048

      I have your Thomas Cate b. abt 1730 died abt. 1797 married Elizabeth Fussell abt 1757 as the second child of Robert Cate, Jr. b. abt. 1700 in Virginia and died November 5, 1765 in Orange County, NC. His wife's name was Elizabeth.

      Children were:

      Robert Cate, Jr. was the son of ... you guessed it
      Robet Cate, Sr. b. abt 1670 location ?
      His wife's name was Ann A.
      Other children include

      I can go through my notes and attempt to figure out where I got this information if it is useful for you.

      * Re: Cate of Orange/Chatham NC David Washburn 6/16/98 (0)
    • Notes for Robert Cate:

      Robert Cate,b 1670, in England, d 18 Feb 1728/29, was a Quaker and shoemaker. He was indentured in Sept 1689 to Peter Wyke for 4 years in Henrico Co, VA.

      Robert and Ann had 5 boys.

      More About Robert Cate:
      Record Change: December 26, 2000

      More About Robert Cate and Ann:
      Marriage: Abt. 1693, Henrico, Virginia.

      Click here to view St. Andrew's Church where Robert was christened...,_Devon [1]

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