Biography of Samuel Cathcart
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

SAMUEL CATHCART, of Mahoning township, is one of the old and well known citizens of northern Armstrong county. He is a son of Robert and Jane (Thom) Cathcart, and was born in Mahoning township, Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, September 10, 1805. His father Robert Cathcart, was born in Westmoreland county, about 1774, but in early life removed to Sugar Creek township, this county, and prior to 1805 caine to Mahoning township, where he was engaged in farming until his death, in 1848, at seventy four years of age. He was one of the first, if not the first, white settler in the township. He was an old line whig, a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and married Jane Thom, a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Craig). Thom. To Mr. and Mrs. Cathcart were born fourteen children. Mrs. Cathcart's father, Joseph Thom (maternal grandfather), was a native of county Down, Ireland, from whence he came to Pennsylvania and settled on Jacob's creek, Westmoreland county. In 1820 he went to the State of Indiana, where he afterwards died. He was a farmer by occupation, and a member of the Presbyterian church.

Samuel Cathcart was reared on his father's farm, received a good business education, and has been engaged in agricultural pursuits in Mahoniug township ever since leaving school. He owns one hundred acres of good farming and grazing land, upon which he resides.

In February, 1832, he married Annie Reed. To Mr. and Mrs. Cathcart were born seven children: Robert, Jane, James, Joseph, Matilda, Catherine and Margaret. After the death of Mrs. Cathcart, in 1848, Mr. Cathcart united in marriage, December 7, 1848, with Mrs. Margaret J. Brown, a daughter of Moses McClain. To this second union have been born five children, of whom three are living: Sarah, Isabelle and Samuel B. One of Mr. Catbcart's sons by his first marriage, Robert Catbcart, enlisted in 1861 in Co. D, 103d regimeut, Pa. Vols., and served until April 19, 1864, when he was taken prisoner and sent to Andersonville, where he died on August 29, 1864, and his grave there bears the number 7176. His step brother, William Scott Brown, enlisted in 1861 in Co. D, 103d regiment, Pa. Vols., served eight months, and died of measles at Yorktown. James I, Brown, who enlisted July, 4, 1861, in Co. D, 62d regiment, Ps. Vols., was wounded on the 13th of December, of the same year, at Fredericksburg and came home, but as soon as he recovered froni his wound he served a short time in the Home guards, after which he enlisted, in January, 1864, in the 3d Pa. Heavy Artillery, and served until his death, January 27, 1865.

In politics Samuel Cathcart is a stanch republican, and has filled the office of constable of Mahoning township for six years, and filled other offices of profit and trust. Mr. Cathcart distinctly recollects seeing Indians near his father's farm when there where but three white families in Mahoning township - the Cathearts, Blakeleys and Parkers.

Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891

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