Martha Lucinda "Lou" Cathey

19 April 1850–21 September 1931 (Age 81)
Sawyer Cemetery, Carson Mill, Swain, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Martha Lucinda "Lou"

When Martha Lucinda "Lou" Cathey was born on 19 April 1850, her father, William Harrison Cathey, was 34 and her mother, Nancy Martha Carter, was 35. She married Nathan Thompson Sawyer in 1867, in North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Nantahala, Swain, North Carolina, United States in 1910 and Charleston Township, Swain, North Carolina, United States in 1930. She died on 21 September 1931, at the age of 81, and was buried in Sawyer Cemetery, Carson Mill, Swain, North Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

Nathan Thompson Sawyer
Martha Lucinda "Lou" Cathey
Marriage: 1867
Amanda Elizabeth Sawyer
Infant Sons Sawyer
Candace S Sawyer
Mary Ruth Sawyer
Thomas Sawyer
Nancy E. Lavina Viney Sawyer
Luellen Elvira Sawyer
William Joel Sawyer

Spouse and Children

North Carolina, United States


+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    Rebecca Caroline Cathey


    Josiah Andrew Cathey


    Lavina Elizabeth Cathey


    Jessee Cathey



+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1853 · First State Fair

Age 3

The first state fair in North Carolina was held in Raleigh and was put on by the North Carolina State Agricultural Society in 1853. The fair has been continuous except for during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and WWII.

Age 11

Civil War History - Some 11,000 Georgians gave their lives in defense of their state a state that suffered immense destruction. But wars end brought about an even more dramatic figure to tell: 460,000 African-Americans were set free from the shackles of slavery to begin new lives as free people.
1872 · The First National Park

Age 22

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.

Name Meaning

Scottish: reduced form of MacCathay, a Galloway surname of unexplained origin, also spelled Cathie.

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

Sources (3)

  • Lon Sawyer in household of Elmore Fox, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Lucinda Cathey in household of Wm H Cathey, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Martha L Cathey in household of William H Cathey, "United States Census, 1870"

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