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Timothy McCarthy

  • Birth 24 Apr 1841 Greater London, England
  • Death 27 Oct 1900 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Plot Section 104; Lot 101; West half of cemetery.
  • Memorial ID 40892591

Excerpt from "A McCarthy Family" by Donald Heys Rogers.

"Timothy McCarthy was born in London, England, in 1841, after his parents left Ireland. He came to America with them in 1848 at the age of seven. He was educated in the Philadelphia public schools, and at the age of 16 he was "bound out", or apprenticed, to a local printer to learn the trade. The indenture is so unusual and interesting that we reproduce it here It includes the provision that he may attend school to further his education."

"THIS INDENTURE Witnesseth That Timothy McCarthy aged 16 years on April 21, 1857 by and with the consent of his father, John McCarthy, hath put himself, and by these presents, doth voluntarily and of his own free will and accord, put himself apprentice to Robert P. King, of the City of Philadelphia to learn the art, trade and mystery of a Compositor in a Printing Office and, after the manner of an apprentice, to serve.. 4 years, 9 months and 18 days (until April 21, 1862). During all which time the said Apprentice doth covenant and Promise; That he will serve his master faithfully, keep his secrets and obey his lawful commands; That he will do no damage himself, nor see it done by others, without giving him notice thereof; That he will not waste his goods, not lend them unlawfully; That he will not contract matrimony within the said term; That he will not play at cards, dice or any other unlawful game, whereby his master may be injured; That he will neither buy nor sell, with his own goods, nor the goods of others, without license from his master; That he will not absent himself day or night from his master's service, without his leave; Nor haunt ale-houses, taverns, or play-houses, but in all things behave himself as a faithful Apprentice ought to do, during the said term. And the said master, on his part, doth covenant and promise that he will use the utmost of his endeavors to teach, or cause to be taught or instructed, the said Apprentice in the art, trade or mystery of a Compositor in a Printing Office and will give him $2.00 per week until April 21, 1860 and &2.50 per week during the remainder of the said term, said payments to be made weekly and in lieu of meat, drink, lodging and washing, and the further Sum of $30.00 a year during the said term payable quarterly in lieu of clothing and other necessaries, with the privilege of attending night school". Signed by Timothy McCarthy, John McCarthy and R.P. King, witnessed by Charles D. Freemam, Alderman, Attorney at Law, #6 Library St, above 4th, Philadelphia, PA.

"The glowing recommendation at his discharge prophesies his actual career as a journeyman printer, then a master printer and partner in the firm of McCarthy and Sterrett (with James J. Sterrett), and finally as foreman of the composing room of the Philadelphia Public Ledger from 1890 to 1900."
"In 1863 he married Sallie Wodd Cattell, a Philadelphia girl of Gloucester County, NJ, Quaker ancestry. Her forebears will be found in "The Cattell Family In America by Donald Heys Rogers. Timothy had been raised a Roman Catholic, and through some compromise not fully understood, they raised their children Presbyterian. They had three children at long intervals. The first was William, who became a printer, at one time in the firm of McCarthy and Sterrett, and later in the printing shops of the Pittsburgh Life Insurace Company in Pittsburgh. William married Deborah Clement of Gloucester County, a first cousin through the Shusters; they had no children. The second child was Fred, who became and electrician, but died unmarried at the age of twenty. The third child was Sallie, or Sarah as she preferred to be called, the mother of the present author (Donald Rogers). She graduated from Philadelphia Girls High School in the last three-year class, and went into business. Moving to New York with her employers, the publishing house of John D, Morris and Co., where she was assistant cashier, she there met and married Job R. Rogers, a young civil engineer."
"Timothy's wife Sallie died in a miscarriage in 1883. In 1893, probably after his father died, he married a second time, to one Annie Jones, a woman of Welsh origins. The marriage was not successful and resulted in divorce in 1897, without issue, He and Sallie, their son Fred and Sallie's parents are buried in MT Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA."


His occupation was a Printer and Compositor.

1880 Philadelphia, PA
Timothy Mc Carthy Self 39 England
Sallie Mc Carthy Wife 37 NJ
William Mc Carthy Son 15 PA
Frederick Mc Carthy Son 8 PA
Hannah Cattell Other 53 NJ Widow
Frederick Mc Carthy Brother 29 PA

1900 Philadelphia, PA
Timothy McCarthy Head Apr.1841 England
Sarah C McCarthy Daughter Aug.1881 PA
Louis C McCarthy Brother Apr.1881 PA
*Timothy was married 37 years

Children of Timothy McCarthy and Sallie Wood Cattell are;

William Graham McCarthy; born 22.Feb.1864, Philadelphia and died 13.Jan.1935, Pittsburgh, PA.

Frederick C McCarthy; born 21.Mar.1872, Philadelphia and died 01.Aug.1892, Philadelphia.

Sallie Sarah Cattell McCarthy; born 17.Aug.1881, Philadelphia and died 22.Aug.1961, Little Genesee, NY. She married Job Robert Rogers 17.Aug.1908, Philadelphia. Job was born 22.Nov.1878, Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario Canada and died 03.Nov.1952, Little Genesee. He was the son of William Hays Rogers and Susan Wollard.

David McCarthy; born 11.May.1866 Philadelphia and died 11.May.1866, Philadelphia.

Family Members

Gravesite Details Burial 30 Oct 1900, originally at the 6th St & Union Vault; posssibly a temporary holding vault at the Methodist Church located there before interment in Mount Moriah. Source - Find A Grave contributor Robert Hobdell.





  • Created by: Louise Homan Keiser
  • Added: 20 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40892591
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Timothy McCarthy (24 Apr 1841–27 Oct 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40892591, citing Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Louise Homan Keiser (contributor 47168457) .