Joseph Cathey & Cathey Family


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Repository: Western Carolina University Hunter Library Special Collections
Creator: Cathey family
Title: Joseph Cathey and Cathey Family Papers, 1844 - 1876
Language of Material: Material in English
Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Hunter Library Special Collections.
Abstract: Papers of Cathey family, Haywood County, North Carolina from period of 1844-1876. Includes correspondence, legal papers, paper money, newspapers and newspaper clippings.
Extent: 1.1 linear feet


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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

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Copyright Notice

Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question, unless otherwise designated.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Joseph Cathey and Cathey Family Papers, Special Collections, Western Carolina University Hunter Library, Cullowhee, NC, USA.

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Processing Information

Processed by George Frizzell, December, 2002
Encoded by Tim Carstens, February, 2007

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Biographical Note

Colonel Joseph Cathey was born March 12, 1803 and died June 1, 1874. He was the son of William Cathey, one of the earliest settlers in Haywood County, North Carolina. He was a farmer, miller, merchant, and a family physician. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He represented Haywood County, North Carolina in the Constitutional Convention of 1835 and in 1842 he served one term in the North Carolina State Senate.

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Content and Scope

Personal papers (C. 1844 - 1876) of the Cathey family of Haywood County, North Carolina, primarily of Colonel Joseph Cathey, and including personal and/or business correspondence, financial and legal papers, paper monetary notes issued by various state governments, and newspapers (Daily South Carolinian, August 21, 1863; The Spirit of the Age, May 4, 1863) or newspaper clippings.

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Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs.


 Cathey, Joseph, 1803-1874.

Cathey family

Haywood County (N.C.)--History

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Detailed Description of the Materials




Correspondence, 1844-1876
Box MSS 95-5 Folder 1
Scroop Enloe to Joseph Cathey. September 12, 1844
W.H. Moore to "Affectionate Cousins," and addressed to Joseph Cathey, Haywood County, N.C., Forks of Pigeon. Cooper County, Mo.November 24, 1849
Wm. McFarland to "Dear couzin." Jefferson City. February 4, 1851
G. M. Forsyth (?) to J. Cathey, Esp. Augusta, Ga.July 14, 1852.
Tod R. Caldwell to Col. Joseph Cathey, Pigeon River, Haywood County, N.C. Morganton. July 23, 1853.
J. Cathey to Rev. L. F. Siler. Hominy Creek, N.C.Feb. 23, 1861.
J.W. Killian to -- Cathey. Davidson River. January 19, 1863
Emma A. Shoottress (?) to Col. Cathey. Flat Rock. March 30, 1863
James B. Rankin to Col. J. Cathey. Pleasant Gardens. August 11, 1863
Jno. D. ----- to Col. Jas Cathey. Hendersonville. Aug. 19, 1863
Jas. Cathey to Col. Jos. Cathey. Hiwassee, Ga. Nov. 12, 1863
N.G. Phillips to Col. Cathey. Valley Town, N.C. Dec. 24, 1863
[photocopy]: (?) to Col. Cathey. Valley Town, N.C. Dec. 24, 1863.
J.M. Cathey to Col. J.Cathey. Feb. 15, 1864.
G.W. Logan to "Dear Sir". Richmond, Va. May 30, 1864
Wm. L. Love to J. Cathey, Esq., Forks of the Pigeon. Times Office.Oct. 17, 1864.
E.F.G. Murray to Col. J. Cathey, Forks of Pigeon, N.C. Military Prisoner, Johnson's Island, Ohio.Dec. 20, 1864.
[photocopy]: E.F.G. Murray, prisoner of war, Johnson's Island, Ohio, to Col. J. Cathey, Forks of Pigeon, N.C.Dec. 20, 1864
[photocopy]: W.W. Stringfield to Col. Jos Cathey. Bristol, Tenn.February 5, 1866
"Mag." to "My Dear Mother and Sisters". Cedarville, Va. June 19, 1874
Mattie to "Dear Folks at Home". St. Louis, Mo. November 26, 1876
[photocopy]: C.F. Osborn to Col. Cathey. Asheville. April 7, (?)
[photocopy]: E.T.G. Murray, prisoner of war, Johnson' Island, Ohio, to Col. J. Cathey. n.d.
Financial, legal and business papers, 1852-1871
Box MSS 95-5 Folder 2
Statement of account balance from Col. J. Cathey to Williams Price and Block. [1852]
Hyatt Mc. Burney to J. Cathey, Esq. Charleston. February 21, 1852.
Wilmans and Price, Charleston, to Col. J. Cathey, Forks of Pigeon. October 25, 1852. On same sheet with "Bought of Wilmans and Price by Col. J. Cathey." October 23, 1852
R.J. and J.H. Allen to Col. Joseph Cathey. Hendersonville, N.C. Sept. 22, 1853.
Wm. Graves to Col. J. Cathey. Mills River Academy, Henderson Co., N.C. October 26, 1853
Printed notice of the Holston Conference from R.B. Vance, Sec. of Board of Trustees, to "Dear Sir". Addressed to Col. Joseph Cathey. Asheville, Nov. 1, 1853
W. A. Cobb to Col. J. Cathey. Union County, Georgia. February 6, 1854.
Joseph Lanis (?) to Col. Joseph Cathey. County Line, Georgia. July 12, 1854; on same paper as a printed letter from Courtney, Tennent and Co. to Dear Sir. Charleston. June 1, 1854
Co-Partnership Notice between Jennings, Thomlinson and Co., Charleston, S.C., and Condict, Wheeler and Co., New York; addressed to J. Cathey, Forks of Pigeon, Haywood Co., N.C. June 1854.
J.R. Love to Col. Joseph Cathey. August 1, 1854
J.R. Love to the Trustees of Female Academy, Waynesville. "At home." September 16, 1854
Statement of indemnity from J.B. Vance to J. Cathy for $150.00. October [?] 1854; written on back of an envelope
Receipt from Col. Joseph Cathey for $20.66. August 24, 1859
Account, Col. J.T. (?) Cathey to G.D. --ollen. 1862
[photocopy]: Appointment of Joseph Cathey as commissioner. January 21, 1863
Notice signed by Jas. L. Welch, Sheriff. July 4, 1864.
Memoranda of Agreement for purchase and sale of goods between Joseph Cathey and George C. Hanson. Forks of Pigeon. September 26, 1866
Receipt for twenty five dollars. Oct 25, 1866
Agreement between Gev. C. Hansen and J. Cathey. December 10, 1867
Receipt for $750.00 of Col. Jos. Cathey to George C. Hanson. Augusta. January 7, 1868
Statement of Agreement between Geo. C. Hanson and J. Cathey. February 1, 1870
Received from J. Cathey, Forks of Pigeon, North Carolina. Draft for nails, and two accompanying receipts from F.B. Loney and Co. February 25, 1870
Receipt from J. Cathey to David and Stradely, Grocers and Commission Merchants, for $50.00. July 9, 1870
Settlement of account between Joseph Cathey and George Hanson. October 5, 1871
License granted to Joseph Cathey to practice the trade of merchandise in Haywood County, N.C. May 10, 1871
Business card from McKenzie, Cadow and Co., Charleston, S.C. Signed on reverse by [?] Deaver
Business card of McKenzie, Cadow and Co., Charleston, S.C.; signed on reverse by (?) Deaver
Note of survey for N. Blackburn, Wm. Watson, John Queen. October 14, [18-?]
Receipt of payment from Patton M and Co.
Business card of Cortney, Tennent and Co, Charleston, S.C., with Joseph Lanis (?) signature on reverse
R. P--ick Deaver to Col. Joseph Cathey, Forks Pigeon. Sulpher Springs. July 20 (?).
Business card of McKenzie, Cadow and Co., Charleston, S.C., with J.P. Deaver's signature on reverse
Box MSS 95-5 Folder 3
"Book of Field Notes Taken in prorationing Land for Sundry persons in the County of Haywood and State of N. Carolina by me - J. Cathey" [on cover: Accounts kept by E. Dever]
Box MSS 95-5 Folder 4
Daily South Carolinian. Columbia, S.C. August 21, 1863
The Spirit of the Age. Raleigh, N.C. May 4, 1863. Vol. XIV, no. 37
Newspaper clippings
Box MSS 95-5 Folder 5
Partial newspaper clipping: "WNC History Found in Ledger." [envelope which contained it indicated it was written by John Parris, Oct. 13, 1958]
Newspaper clipping (?). Obituary notice of Capt. James M. Cathey. By F.F.F., Waynesville, N.C.. October 4, 1864
Box MSS 95-5 Folder 6
Envelope: addressed to Col. Jos. Cathey, Fork of Pidgeon, N.C. Return address: Wade, Boykin and Co, Baltimore.


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