Joseph Cato

#210, b. 7 July 1793, d. 4 October 1870

Individual's Timeline

Christening7 July 1793Joseph Cato1
Marriage3 May 1818Joseph Cato2
EmigratAUNovember 1832Joseph Cato3
EmigratAUNovember 1832Joseph Cato4
Death of Mother30 November 1839Hannah Cato
Death of Father7 December 1845William Cato5
Marriage of Son31 March 1846Joseph Cato6,7
Marriage of Daughter28 March 1850Fanny Cato8,9
Marriage of Son3 December 1850William Cato10
Marriage of Son1 March 1853Cornelius Cato11,12
Marriage of Son4 January 1855Samuel Cato9,13
Marriage of Daughter18 May 1864Elizabeth Cato14,15,16
Death4 October 1870Joseph Cato17

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Joseph was in 1821 a grocer in Lambeth London and in 1837 in Hobart a Gardener.
  • EmigratAU: He emigrated to Australia in November 1832 in ship 'John Craig'. Joseph, Mrs, Elizabeth, Josh, Fanny, Care (guess at Cornelius), Samual and William all were unassisted immigrants on the 'John Craig' from London to Hobart Nov 1832. Elizabeth CATO, Jospeh's sister, who married Daniel Filby Denny was already in Hobart.3
  • EmigratAU: He and Frances (Fanny) Cox emigrated to Australia in November 1832 from England. Description: 'John Craig' sailed from London to Hobart.4
  • Residence: In 11 April 1866 Joseph lived in New Town, Tasmania, Australia. Owned house and land in Newtown and was therefore eligable to vote.18

Census details

Some aspects of Joseph Cato's life. The Cato Family - The Mount Stuart members of the Cato family are credited with helping to establish the Tasmanian apple industry.

Joseph Cato, senior, arrived in Hobart Town in 1832 with his wife and family, bringing with him a considerable collection of shrubs and plants. He purchased an acreage in New Town, where he established his plant collection, and where he built a brick house, Kemble, moving in in 1834. In the interim the family had lived in Elizabeth Street, and Joseph had worked as officer in charge of Government stores in the Commissariat Department, a position which he left in 1834 in order to give full attention to his orchard and nursery.

Joseph's eldest son, William, succeeded his father and took over the running of Kemble. His second and third sons, Joseph (junior) and Cornelius, after a visit to the Victorian goldfields, purchased the Paraclete property and began the family association with Mount Stuart. Cornelius died soon after taking over the Paraclete property, but Joseph (junior) continued, giving special attention to the propagation of new varieties of apples. He developed a number of successful varieties, including the Crofton, formerly known as Cato's seedling. The youngest son, Samuel, showed a preference for office work. For many years he was bookkeeper in Andrew Mather's and Co.'s establishment, and later became a clerk with the Tasmanian Steam Navigation Co., and its successor, the Union Steam Ship Co.

Joseph (junior), of Paraclete, had a family of four sons and three daughters. One son, Arthur Hilmer Cato, continued to run the Paraclete property. Another son, Samuel Joseph Cato, lived on an orchard property, Lenaker, on the downhill side of Mount Stuart Road. The third son established a fruit growing property at Woodbridge. The fourth son moved to Launceston.

In 1891 both Samuel Joseph Cato and Arthur Hilmer Cato were elected trustees of the newly created Mount Stuart Town Board. Samuel Joseph Cato became Chairman of the Board, and for a number of years Board meetings were held at his property, Lenaker, where the essential functions of a town council were developed and applied to Mount Stuart under their guidance.

By 1932, the living descendants of Joseph Cato, senior, numbered 13 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren, and 84 great-great-grandchildren!

To complete the Cato story, Joseph Cato (senior) also had an elder brother, William, who had arrived in Western Australia in 1829, but had decided to move to Hobart Town, arriving in 1831. He was appointed deputy-governor of the Cascade Penitentiary, and his wife was matron. Later they lived at Richmond, and eventually moved to Victoria. F. J. Cato, at one time head of the firm Moran and Cato Pty Ltd, was a grandson of William Cato.



Some aspects of Joseph Cato's life. Joseph CATO was baptised on 7 July 1793 at the Church of All Saints, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, England, the second son of William and Hannah CATO.

As the nineteenth-century progressed, and their own area faced increasing unemployment and high food prices, neither Joseph nor William CATO were able to resist the tide of that great urban migration which, at that time, pulled so many country lads towards the vast city of London. From their own tiny town (Leighton Buzzard in 1821 had a population of 2,114), they moved to 'the great wen', and entered domestic service, as did so many hundreds of thousands of their kind.

Joseph CATO married Frances COX on 3rd May 1818, at the Church of St Olav's, Jewry, London and were married by the Rev. R Hamilton. On the same day Joseph's brother William married Elizabeth BURGESS over the river in Surrey.

Frances was born on 31 December 1790 at Stepney, London the daughter of John and Frances (nee MARTIN) COX.

Joseph and Frances (Fanny) CATO had six sons and two daughters: Joseph and Frances lived at Lambeth, Surrey and had William christened at the China Terrace Wesleyan Church, and Thomas, Cornelius, Elizabeth and Samuel christened at the Southville Wesleyan Chapel, Wandsworth Road.

Joseph and Frances, shortly after their youngest son, Samuel, was christened on 27 June 1832 , set out for Tasmania on the 'JOHN CRAIG' arriving on 29th November 1832. Their voyage had taken one hundred and thirty four days, and en route, they had called at Capetown, where Joseph collected a small store of cuttings, seeds and young trees. With these, he was to later to lay the foundation of the fine apple orchards on which the fame of Tasmania as 'The Apple Isle' was to be based. On the journey their son, Thomas, died and was buried on St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. Joseph was first employed as officer in charge of Government Stores, living in Elizabeth Street, Hobart Town. In January 1834, the family moved into a fine brick home, 'Kemble', at New Town, which became the centre of their extensive orchards.

In a letter from Lenah Valley, Hobart dated 18 January 1933, sent to his sister Emma in Wellington, William Coggin CATO stated 'The Joseph Cato referred to, to whom was assigned a convict servant was grandfather Cato. I met a man in Hobart about 60 years ago who told me that he was grandfather's assigned servant when he was in the Commissariat Department'. Also in the letter, referring to a newspaper article on the Centenary of the Cato family in Tasmania, William stated 'The statement by Rattle that grandfather was a 'hardworking pioneer who by hard work etc.' is not correct. The hard work of clearing the land was done by the sons, while grandfather sat in his office with an assigned servant to wait on him.'

Joseph died on 4 October 1870, aged 78 years at Newtown, Hobart, Tasmania. His occupation was recorded as Gardener and died of enlarged prostate and chronic cystitis.

Frances died on 10 April 1873, aged 82 years at Newtown, Hobart, Tasmania. She was recorded as a Gardener's Widow and died of Natural Decay.19

Commemoration

His death was commemorated by an obituary in the Hobart newspapers on 6 October 1870 in The Mercury, Tasmania, Australia, Refer to newspaper article.20,21

Children of Joseph Cato and Frances (Fanny) Cox

Citations

  1. International Genealogical Index (IGI), P003601 1562-1812 0845460 Film 6905873 Film.
  2. International Genealogical Index (IGI), M024051 1754-1875 0380326 Film 6903970 Film
    ST OLAVE JEWRY registers - United to St Margaret Lothbury 1886
    PR's in GL: baptisms 1538/9-1884, marriages 1538/9-1886, banns 1771-1803 & 1824-86, burials 1538-1849
    For later baptisms, marriages and banns see St Margaret Lothbury which have been retained by the incumbent.
    Partial index to baptisms and marriages 1538-1885 on IGI.
  3. Unknown name of person, unknown ship name Index on fiche, film 1, page 314. Detials on Film of the index of unassisted immigration into Tasmania 1803 - 18?
  4. Unknown name of person, unknown ship name Index on fiche, film 1, page 314.
  5. Robin Dumpleton, Robin Dumpleton sent details of the death certificates.
  6. Digger - Tas BMD Digger databases on CD, Surname: CATO
    Given Names: JOSEPH
    Event: Marriage
    Father/Spouse Surname: HICKMAN
    Mother/Spouse Given Names: FRANCES
    Day: 31
    Month: 3
    Year: 1846
    Age: Adult
    Sex: M
    Spouse Age: Adult
    Spouse Sex: F
    Registration Place: HOBART
    Registration Number: 253/1846
    Reference: RGD 37.
  7. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1846/253.
  8. Digger - Tas BMD Digger databases on CD, Surname: CATO
    Given Names: FANNY
    Event: Marriage
    Father/Spouse Surname: MAYBEE
    Mother/Spouse Given Names: THOMAS
    Day: 28
    Month: 3
    Year: 1850
    Age: 26
    Sex: F
    Spouse Age: 32
    Spouse Sex: M
    Registration Place: HOBART
    Registration Number: 556/1850
    Reference: RGD 37.
  9. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905.
  10. Digger - Tas BMD Digger databases on CD, Surname: CATO
    Given Names: WILLIAM
    Event: Marriage
    Father/Spouse Surname: COGGIN
    Mother/Spouse Given Names: ROSETTA
    Day: 03
    Month: 12
    Year: 1850
    Age: 31
    Sex: M
    Spouse Age: 27
    Spouse Sex: F
    Registration Place: HOBART
    Registration Number: 564/1850
    Reference: RGD 37.
  11. Digger - Tas BMD Digger databases on CD, Surname: CATO
    Given Names: CORNELIUS
    Event: Marriage
    Father/Spouse Surname: RUSSELL
    Mother/Spouse Given Names: MARY ANN
    Day: 01
    Month: 3
    Year: 1853
    Age: Adult
    Sex: M
    Spouse Age: Adult
    Spouse Sex: F
    Registration Place: HOBART
    Registration Number: 848/1853
    Reference: RGD 37.
  12. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1853/848.
  13. Digger - Tas BMD Digger databases on CD, Surname: CATO
    Given Names: SAMUEL
    Event: Marriage
    Father/Spouse Surname: HICKMAN
    Mother/Spouse Given Names: HARRIETT
    Day: 04
    Month: 1
    Year: 1855
    Age: 23
    Sex: M
    Spouse Age: 19
    Spouse Sex: F
    Registration Place: HOBART
    Registration Number: 709/1855
    Reference: RGD 37.
  14. Website Tasmania, Australia, Index to Marriage Notices in The Mercury, 1854-1962 (unknown url) "Elizabeth Cato
    Spouse Name:      George Harding
    Marriage Date:      18 May 1864
    Details:      daughter of Joseph
    Other Details:      New Town
    Gender:      Female
    Publication Date:      23 May 1864."
  15. Digger - Tas BMD Digger databases on CD, Surname: CATO
    Given Names: ELIZABETH
    Event: Marriage
    Father/Spouse Surname: HARDING
    Mother/Spouse Given Names: GEORGE
    Day: 18
    Month: 5
    Year: 1864
    Age: 34
    Sex: F
    Spouse Age: 31
    Spouse Sex: M
    Registration Place: HOBART
    Registration Number: 251/1864
    Reference: RGD 37.
  16. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1864/251.
  17. Digger - Tas BMD Digger databases on CD, Surname: CATO
    Given Names: JOSEPH
    Event: Death
    Father/Spouse Surname:
    Mother/Spouse Given Names:
    Day: 04
    Month: 10
    Year: 1870
    Age: 78
    Sex: M
    Spouse Age:
    Spouse Sex:
    Registration Place: HOBART
    Registration Number: 98/1870
    Reference: RGD 35.
  18. Unknown author, Tasmanian Genealogy.
  19. Letter, W S (Stan) CATO to Oscar Herbert Cato GREEN, 15/7/1948.
  20. Trove - Australian Newspapers on line, online http://trove.nla.gov.au
  21. Website Tasmania, Australia, Index to Death Notices in The Mercury, 1854-1930 (unknown url) "Cato
    Death Date:      4 Oct 1870
    Parent/Spouse:      Joseph
    Publication Date:      6 Oct 1870."