Helen Catt

Femaleabout 1823–December 1876

Brief Life History of Helen

When Helen Catt was born about 1823, in Ore, Sussex, England, United Kingdom, her father, Jesse Catt, was 39 and her mother, Mary Furner, was 32. She married Aaron Foord in June 1846, in Hastings, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She died in December 1876, in Hastings, Sussex, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 54.

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Family Time Line

Aaron Foord
Helen Catt
Marriage: June 1846
Ellen Jane Foord
Mary Ann Foord
William Spencer Foord
Jesse Foord
Aaron Foord
Sarah Elizabeth Foord
Francis David Foord

Sources (5)

  • Ellen Catt in household of Mary Catt, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • Aaron Foord in the England
  • Ellen Foord, "England and Wales Census, 1871"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    June 1846Hastings, Sussex, England, United Kingdom
  • Children (7)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (9)

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    World Events (4)


    Age 0

    Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.

    1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

    Age 10

    The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.


    Age 20

    Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.

    Name Meaning

    English (Sussex and Kent): nickname from Middle English c(h)at ‘cat’ (Old English catt, Norman and Picard Old French cat, Parisian Old French chat). The word is found in similar forms in most European languages from very early times (e.g. Gaelic cath, Old Slavic kotъ). Domestic cats were unknown in Europe in classical times, when weasels fulfilled many of their functions, for example in hunting rodents. They seem to have come from Egypt, where they were regarded as sacred animals.

    English: occasionally, perhaps from an unrecorded Middle English female personal name Cat, a pet form of Catelin ‘Catherine’. See Catlin . Alternatively, perhaps from an unrecorded Middle English personal name Cat(te) or Chat(te), a survival of Old C(e)atta, which is well attested in placenames.

    Americanized form of North German Katt .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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