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James CATE

Male Abt 1634 - 1677  (~ 43 years)

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  • Name James CATE 
    Born Abt 1634 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 May 1677  Portsmouth, Rockingham County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) Cates, E. E., and Sanborn, M. Ray, The Cate-Cates Family of New England, Frederick, MD: Marken & Bielfeld, 1904, pp. 3-4:

      James Cate, a carpenter at Portsmouth, N. H., (earliest record 1657.)

      m. Alice _____, d. May 15, 1677.

      There is a tradition that three brothers, William, John, and Joseph, came to America with James and settled in or near Portsmouth, but no record of them has been found. They were never land holders in Portsmouth.


      [i] Edward, m. Elizabeth, daughter of Philip Tucker.

      [ii] John, m. Judith _____, d. Jan. 4, 1748.

      [iii] Sarah, m. Peter Babb.

      [iv] Rebecca, m. Nov. 12, 1686, John Vrin.

      [v] Mary, m. Samuel Whidden.

      [vi] Elizabeth.

      [vii] William.

      ["William Cate, Jr., age 16, killed (by the Indians,) and three children of William Cate wounded, at Portsmouth Plains, N. H.,) June 26, 1696." Nothing further is known of this family.]

      [viii] Isabel, m. 1681, Joseph Jewell.

      [ix] Joseph.

      (The last three ([vii], [viii] and [ix]) probably died before 1702.)

      (2) Maine & New Hampshire Settlers, 1600s-1900s [database online],, 2003:

      CATE . . .

      2 JAMES, b. ab. 1634, carpenter, Portsm., where first ment. in 1657. Lists 330ab, 326c, 327ad, 356l (Portsm.), 52. He d. 15 May 1677. Adm. gr. to wid. Alice, who m. 2d before 1679 John Westbrook, and thereaft. evid. used name Westbrook or Cate acc. to which family she was dealing with. Ch. named in settlem. in 1702, on her petn., after s. Edward had kept her out near 24 yrs.: Edward. John. Rebecca, m. John Urin. Sarah, m. Peter Babb (1). Mary, m. Samuel Whidden. Elizabeth. Also William, last ment. in 1690, d.s.p. Lists 329, 57. N. H. Hist. Soc. viii. 65. We must disregard Doctor Brewster's imag. list of Ind. victims, Rambles i. 73. Also presum. Isabel, m. Joseph Jewell 1681; in 1682 gave P. A. to Saml. Reed of Mendon to sell Portsm. land.

      (3) Maine & New Hampshire Settlers, 1600s-1900s [database online],, 2003:


      James, Portsmouth, carpenter, had a bill against the town 4 Feb. 1660-1. He died May 15, 1677; admin. granted to his widow Alice. Mary Partridge, ae. 59 or thereabouts, deposed 8 June, 1702, that she knew that Edward Cate was born about 47 years ago, first child of James and Alice Cate. Other children shown in Probate papers: John Cate; Rebecca, wife of John Urin, Sarah, wife of Peter Babb; Mary, wife of Samuel Whidden, and Elizabeth Cate.

      (4) New Hampshire Probate Records, 1635-1753 [database online], Provo, UT: Operations Inc, 2003, pp. 201-203:


      [Inventory of the estate of James Cate, who died May 15, 1677; amount, £62.15.0; signed by Richard Cummings and George _____; attested by Alice Cate Oct. 31, 1677.]

      [Citation, May 28, 1702, to Alice Cate, widow and administratrix of James Cate of Portsmouth, carpenter, to appear and give an account of the estate, which amounts to $62.15.0; signed by William Partridge.]

      Portsmo may: 30th: 1702

      The deposion of mary Partridge aged fifty nine yers or there abouts Testifieth that Edward Catt Comonly so Called was borne about forty seven years agoe and brott up and sockled by his mother wife to James Catt decesed and the sd Edward was the first Child that she Ever had as I Ever hered of and was born in wedlock: and farther saith not

      by me Mary Partridge

      Capt et Jurat 8o June 1702:

      Coram me
      Wm Partridge Lt Govror

      Mary Walker about Seaventy two years, deposeth to the full contents of the above Deposicon to her best Remembrance.

      Mary X Walker [her mark]

      Capt et Jurat Octavio die Junii 1702

      Coram me
      Wm Partridge Lt Govror

      [Court records: - Alice Cate, widow, appeared June 1, 1702, and asked for more time, which was granted.

      June 8, 1702, Alice Cate and Edward Cate, her son, appeared and asked that the estate be settled according to law. Samuel Penhallow and Dr. Thomas Packer, both of Portsmouth, were appointed commissioners to receive claims.

      Alice and Edward Cate asked for time to perfect an agreement for the settlement of the estate, which was granted.

      The agreement follows in full.]

      Alice Cate appears and Releases all her Right and title of Dowry unto the Estate of her formr husband James Cate decd unto her said sonn Edward Cate; aforesaid. In Considerac'on of which the Said Edward Cate doth Obleidge & promise for himselfe his heires Execrs and Admrs to pay or Cause to be paid to his Said Mother Alice Cate Seaventeen shill and Six pence in Mony: and Seaventeen shillings and Six Pence in Provisions or what else either Goods or Mony, as she shall have occasion for: to Said value dureing her Naturall Life yearely and every yeare; to Commence and begirm from ye day: the Provisions or Goods to be paid the Eight day of Novbr in every yeare and the Mony to be paid the Eight day of June every yeare: for performance of which Said Edwd Cate bindes himselfe to his Said Mother Alice Cate his heires Execrs & Admrs in the Sume or penaltye of one hundred pounds, Currt mony of New England.

      Acknowledged the Said 8th day of June 1702

      Wm Partridge Lt Govor

      Cha: Story Secretary

      John Cate Sonn of Said Alice Cate; John Urin husband to Rebecca Cate daughter alsoe of Said Alice Cate; Peter Babb husband to Sarah Cate Sister to Said Rebecca; appears and Releases all yr Right and Title to any part or portion of Said Estate of James Cates decd unto Edward Cate sonn of the said James Cate decd aforesaid And Alice Cate and the said John Cate John Urin and peter Babb doth obleidge themselves in the Sum'e of one hundred pounds Joyntly and Severally their heires Execrs and Admrs unto the Said Edwd Cate his Execrs Admrs or Assignes neither they or any of them or Samll Whidden or Mary his wife; or Elizabeth Cate (which Said Mary and Elizabeth are alsoe daughters to Said James Cate decd) or the heires Execrs Admrs or Assignes of the said Samll Whidden and Mary his wife, or the Said Eliza Cate shall or will for the future ever Claime or bring any Acc'on Suite in Law or Equitye agt the Said Edwd Cate his heires Execrs or Admrs for any part or portion of Said James Cate decd yr fathers Estate as aforesaid.

      Acknowledged the Said 8th day of June

      Wm Partridge Lt Govror

      [Court Records, June 1, 1702.]
    Person ID I3559  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 

    Family Alice (CATE) 
     1. Edward CATE, Sr.,   b. Abt 1647,   d. Abt 1732, Portsmouth, Rockingham County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years)  [natural]
     2. John CATE,   d. 4 Jan 1748  [natural]
     3. Sarah CATE,   b. Portsmouth, Rockingham County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1714, Greenland, Rockingham County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     4. Rebecca CATE  [natural]
     5. Mary CATE  [natural]
     6. Elizabeth CATE  [natural]
     7. William CATE,   d. Bef 1702  [natural]
     8. Isabel CATE,   d. Bef 1702  [natural]
     9. Joseph CATE,   d. Bef 1702  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 19:11:43 
    Family ID F2200  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart