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Edmund Catt

Male 1801 - 1835  (34 years)



  • Name Edmund Catt  [1
    Birth 1801  Little Horsted Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2
    • 'of Horsted' in marriage reg
    • brother of James Catt (1802-1892)
    • son of William Catt and Elizabeth Johnson [2]
    Baptism 06 Aug 1801  Buxted Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    • alternative date 05 Jan 1801
    Marriage 24 Sep 1824  Isfield Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Emily Botting,   b. abt 1800, West Grinstead Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt Feb 1895, Burton-on-Trent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1829 - 1835  Clay Hill House, Ringmer Find all individuals with events at this location ; Yeoman farmer  [3
    Death 04 Oct 1835  Ringmer Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Probate 24 Nov 1835    [3
    • The Jan 1835 will of Edmund Catt of Clayhill in Ringmer, yeoman, is ESRO/SM/D12-427, and was proved 24 Nov 1835. He appointed as trustees William Stanford of West Grinstead, yeoman and William Botting of Withdean, yeoman, who were to sell his real estate (a wood in Westmeston) and take charge of his farming stock and personal estate, which they were to use to carry on farming to support his wife Emily and maintain their children. Once the youngest child was 21 his estate was to be divided between them, reserving 50 p.a. for Emily. His widow was to continue to receive this allowance even if she remarried, a rather unusual provision at that date. In fact Emily Catt continued farming at Clayhill, with the aid of a bailiff, until her second marriage 18 years later. [3]
    Burial   St Michael & All Angels, Little Horsted Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Notes 
    • Edmund Catt was headborough of Wellingham 1830-1834 and overseer of the poor in 1832. He held these posts at a critical time in Ringmer's history, arriving in Ringmer at a time of great rural hardship that led to the Captain Swing riot on Ringmer Green in November 1830. He was probably one of the group of vestrymen gathered in the workhouse who agreed to give the 150 or so rioters on the Green a substantial increase in their wages. However, I believe he was the hard man of the Ringmer vestry. Shortly after his appointment the parish announced that wages were to be reduced back to pre-Swing levels.
      Six protesters were arrested, taken before the magistrates and jailed, which successfully intimidated the others, an action commended by a visiting Assistant Poor Law Commissioner who reported it as due to "an overseer of some spirit".
      His efforts were not appreciated by all his fellow parishioners. At the 1832 Midsummer Sessions John Ranger of Ringmer, labourer, was accused of assault on Edmund Catt of Ringmer, overseer, that he "did beat bruise and wound him so that his life was greatly despaired of". Ranger pleaded not guilty, but was convicted and jailed for 6 months.
      On Boxing Day 1832 Mary McKinley, a troublesome poor parishioner, turned up at Clayhill at 10 p.m. demanding assistance. She created such a commotion that Edmund had her locked up for the night and taken before the bench the next day, and when she returned to repeat her demands a week later he got her jailed for a week as a vagabond.
      It isn't clear whether the strains of this year did permanent damage to Edmund, but he died young: one of two prominent Catt family table-tombs in Little Horsted churchyard is to Edmund Catt junior, who died 4 Oct 1835 aged 34.
      [John Kay, Ringmer History Study Group; reproduced by permission, with thanks]
    Person ID I0616  Tatham | Morris branch | Parent of spouse
    Last Modified 17 May 2012 

    Father William Catt,   b. 15 Oct 1757, Owlesbury, Little Horsted Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1832, Owlesbury, Little Horsted Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Johnson,   b. 05 May 1762, Waldron Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1849  (Age 87 years) 
    Marriage 23 Nov 1796  Waldron Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Notes 
    • Other children:
      - Mary, b Little Horsted 19 Feb 1798, d Uckfield 19 Mar 1883;
      - Henry, b Little Horsted 1799, d. Jan 1892;
      - Anne, b Owlesbury 1804, d 26 Jan 1882;
      - Elizabeth, b Owlesbury 1805 d 17 Nov 1874. [2]
    Family ID F1724  Family Group Sheet

    Family Emily Botting,   b. abt 1800, West Grinstead Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt Feb 1895, Burton-on-Trent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 95 years) 
    Marriage 24 Sep 1824  Isfield Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    • married 28 Dec 1824 per Jane Catt tree
    Notes 
    • children:
      resid Jun 1841: Ellen, 12; Eliza, 11: Ann, 9.
      resid Mar 1851: Eliza, 20; Anne, 19; Edmund, 18.
    • Edmund & Emily Catt arrived in Ringmer at Michaelmas 1829. They had children baptised there in 1830 (May), 1831, 1833 & 1835. [3]
    Children 
    +1. Edmund Catt,   b. 05 Mar 1833, Ringmer Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt Nov 1910, Cuckfield Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Photos
    Clay Hill House, Ringmer
    Clay Hill House, Ringmer
    home of Catt family from 1830
    Last Modified 17 May 2012 
    Family ID F1720  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1801 - Little Horsted Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 06 Aug 1801 - Buxted Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 24 Sep 1824 - Isfield Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 24 Sep 1824 - Isfield Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Yeoman farmer - 1829 - 1835 - Clay Hill House, Ringmer Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 04 Oct 1835 - Ringmer Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - St Michael & All Angels, Little Horsted Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S23] Monumental Inscription, St Michael & All Angels, Little Horsted, 04 Oct 1835.
      Edmund Catt junior age 34

    2. [S08] Family Trees & Websites, Jane Catt.
      FTM online tree accessed 17 May 2012

    3. [S07] Other Sources, John Kay.
      Ringmer History Study Group