On This Day: Birth of Robert Beattie Cathcart

Robert Beattie Cathcart was born on October 2, 1820, in Rocky Creek, South Carolina. He was my great great grandfather. Robert Beattie Cathcart was one of nine children born to John Cathcart (1789-1864) and Mary Harper (1789-1873), who were each born and raised in County Antrim, Ireland. The couple and their two small children immigrated… Continue reading On This Day: Birth of Robert Beattie Cathcart

On This Day: Birth of Matilda Small Russell

Matilda Small Russell was born September 13, 1846, in Bloomington, Indiana. She was my great great grandmother. Matilda Russell, like many members of the maternal line of my family, was a descendant of Scottish Covenanters. For several centuries, this sect of Scottish Presbyterians fought for the right to uphold their own church government and practices… Continue reading On This Day: Birth of Matilda Small Russell