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Catherine Lightfoot Carrington Thompson
Birth: May 26, 1825
Halifax County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jun. 20, 1893
District Of Columbia, USA

Catherine's life was devoted to serving others. She remained unmarried for many years as she worked with her mother on the family plantation, "Mildendo", which Mrs. Sarah S. Carrington inherited in 1829 upon the death of her husband. By August 1860, on the eve of war, Catherine finally married Judge Lucas P. Thompson. She was 35 and he 62: she was his third wife. She found herself ministering to both her elderly mother, her husband and the motherless children who came to live with her at "Hilltop" in Staunton, VA from where the girls could go to school. War's end brought changes for her with the death of her husband in 1866 and her mother in 1872. As her brother, Dr. W.F. Carrington, struggled with the management of "Mildendo", of which she remained a quarter owner, her nieces and one nephew moved to Texas to start new lives in the late 1860s. Their move would soon involve Catherine, referred to as "Aunt Kate" in family correspondence, in the lives of their budding families. She was called upon to take over the rearing of Allen Carrington's first two children by his first wife in Houston after the death of their mother in 1879, while at the same time she remained heavily involved with the children of her nieces, Mildred & Maria. Once she took over the rearing of Allen's children, the devotion of her life came to focus on her great niece, little Pattie". For nine years that child filled her world with love and laughter until one night on July 2, 1889 both were caught in a violent train wreck at Thaxton, Va in which little Pattie perished. Disconsolate from that experience she nevertheless continued on to join with her brother Charles as they battled in the courts trying to save their family home in Halifax County, VA. Their efforts proved futile. She spent her final years living with and attending to the needs of her handicapped great niece, Mary Hutcheson, in Washington, D.C. After a full life of family service she was admitted to the Garfield Memorial Hospital when she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage which resulted in severe paralysis. She laid there for eight months before she passed on. Her niece, Mrs. Maria Carrington Weems, brought her body to Richmond & laid her to rest on June 21 near her brother, Dr. W.F. Carrington, and beloved 'child' Pattie. She was an 1892 member of the DAR, #508. 
Family links: 
  William Allen Carrington (1796 - 1829)
  Sarah Embra Scott Carrington (1800 - 1872)
  Lucas Powell Thompson (1797 - 1866)
  Charles Scott Carrington (1820 - 1891)*
  William Fontaine Carrington (1822 - 1883)*
  Mildred Lightfoot Carrington Venable (1825 - 1845)*
  Catherine Lightfoot Carrington Thompson (1825 - 1893)
  Paul Sydenham Carrington (1827 - 1896)*
  Willie Ann Carrington (1829 - 1846)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Despite the birth date given on the grave stone, her year of birth was likely 1825-so noted in the Mildendo-Halifax County article & her 1860 marriage certificate states she was 35 in August.-Substantiated in the Halifax Co. VA 6/1880 census.
Hollywood Cemetery
Richmond City
Virginia, USA
Plot: Sec. 15, lot 110
Maintained by: Jim Hutcheson
Originally Created by: SheWalksTheseHills
Record added: Nov 15, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61654469
Catherine Lightfoot <i>Carrington</i> Thompson
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Catherine Lightfoot <i>Carrington</i> Thompson
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Catherine Lightfoot <i>Carrington</i> Thompson
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