William Cato

#207, b. 1764, d. 7 December 1845

Individual's Timeline

Birth1764William Cato
Marriage18 November 1790William Cato1
Marriage of Son3 May 1818Joseph Cato2
Marriage of Son26 September 1822William Cato3
Marriage of Son5 November 1822John Cato
Marriage of Daughter1 July 1824Sarah Cato
Death30 November 1839Hannah Cato
Death7 December 1845William Cato4

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: William was a journeyman sadler.
  • Anecdote: In marriage register Dumpletine is crossed out and a note made in the margin 'Crossed out as signs Dumpleton:.

Census details

Some aspects of William Cato's life. William, the father of the 3 CATO immigrants to Tasmania, outlived all but one of his children. Elizabeth died in 1837 and William in 1843, both in Tasmania. John and Sarah (Mrs William HAWTHORN) died in England in 1842.
His life was recorded thus ~~..William CATO married Hannah DUMPLETON on 18 November 1790 at Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, England.
The parents of neither William nor Hannah have been able to be confirmed, There is a baptism on 22 September 1754 at Saint Leonards, Shoreditch, London, but this is too early. Hannah could be the daughter of John and Elizabeth DUMPLETON (DUMPLEDINE) who was baptised on 14 January 1758 at Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. The info for Hannah will need to be checked.

The Dumpleton family was a long-established family at Leighton Buzzard.

William and Hannah CATO had four sons and two daughters: The children were all baptised in the rubble-walled Church of All Saints, which towered over the market of Leighton Buzzard and confronted the red-tiled roof and the iron-studded door of the residence of the town's leading gentleman, across a narrow lane. Leighton Buzzard was a market town, close to the border of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire over the River Ouzel. It stood at the centre of lush pasturelands, which grew wheat, barley and peas, and traded in the products of the new and growing lace and paper industries. It was also the centre of an area distinctive in religion, with a long non-conformist tradition, Bedfordshire being Bunyan country and a county frequently visited by John and Charles Wesley. Wesleyanism thrived there early and powerfully, although no Wesleyan chapel was available to the Catos.

Elizabeth CATO in the early 1820's left England and sailed to Tasmania, although no shipping details have been located. She married Daniel Filby DENNY on the 9th March 1824 at St David's , Hobart, Tasmania.

William CATO married Elizabeth BURGESS on 3 May 1818 at Clapham, Surrey, England and with his wife and family sailed on the merchant ship 'ROCKINGHAM' departing London on 19 January 1830, with 182 passengers for the Swan River settlement in Western Australia.

Joseph CATO married Frances COX on 3 May 1818 at the Church of St Olav's, Jewry, London and shortly after their youngest son was christened on 27 June 1837, set out for Tasmania on the 'JOHN CRAIG', arriving on 29 November 1832.

John CATO married Elizabeth PHILLIPS on 5 November 1822 at Woburn, Bedfordshire and they lived at Woburn until moving to Maulden, Bedfordshire in 1826. The family were found in the 1841 census

Sarah CATO married William HAWTHORN on 1 July 1824 at Woburn, Bedfordshire and they continued to live there until at least 1832. Nothing is known of this family after 1832.

The Memorial Inscription on the Tombstone at St David's Cemetery in Hobart, for Elizabeth who died on 5 July 1837, includes 'nee Elizabeth CATO - Parents W & H CATO of Woodbourn, Bedfordshire'. It could be assumed that this refers to Woburn and that William and Hannah had moved from Leighton Buzzard to Woburn where both John and Sarah were married.

Post Script (1999) William was a Journeyman/Saddler and he died at Ampthill 7th December 1845 (81yrs) and Hannah died at Ampthill 30th November 1839 (77yrs).Both died of natural decay.(ref . death certificates).

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: Birth not yet found. Some researchers have John CATO and Mary COCK as his parents. There is a christening in Whitechapel, son of Joseph and Sarah CATO 25th Feb 1770. These 2 names are used for William's children. This same couple had a daughter Jane christened 21st January 1770 as well. They lived in Catherine Wheel Alley.
    * There are 3 burials with MI in All Saints Leighton Buzzard for DUMPLETON. Mary b1789 d 1858, Elizabeth b1789 d 1836 and Ann b1768 d 1851. At least 2 of these ladies should show up in the first 2 census. Note that birth dates are worked back from age at death
    * Results of checking the census are:
    1. Ann was the wife of William. She was born in Sheep Lane and he in Houghton Regis.
    2. Mary was also the wife of a William who was a tailor. They were both born in Aylesbury.

Children of William Cato and Hannah Dumpleton


  1. Robin Dumpleton.
  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. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "Original Doc accessed."
  4. Robin Dumpleton, Robin Dumpleton sent details of the death certificates.
  5. Burials in Britain, DB - National Burial Index (Britain), First name(s):      William
    Last name:      CATO      
    Date of burial:      10 Dec 1845
    Age at death:      81
    Calculated year of birth:      1764
    Place of burial:      Ampthill
    Dedication:      St Andrew
    County:      Bedfordshire
    Ampthill St Andrew:
    Denomination:      Anglican
    Coverage:      1602 - 1852
    Number of entries:      5,051.