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 Catherine Douglas <I>Hale</I> Bewley

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Catherine Douglas Hale Bewley

  • Birth 28 Apr 1827 Greene County, Tennessee, USA
  • Death 3 Jun 1895 Anderson County, South Carolina, USA
  • Burial Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 6021800

Catherine Douglas ("Kate") Hale was married to William Carter Bewley on 09 Jul 1851 in Greene County, Tennessee. She was born 30 Apr 1827 in Greene County, Tennessee. She died 03 Jun 1895 in Anderson, South Carolina. Her parents were Cpt. Joseph Hale and Phoebe Hatcher Smith, both of whom were from well-known and highly regarded families in eastern Tennessee.

Cpt. Hale's mother was Catherine "Kitty" Douglas who was born 03 Jun 1762 in Loudoun County, Virginia. Her father was Cpt. William Douglas who was born in Ayrshire, Scotland (about 40 miles southwest of Glasgow) ca. 1725. He had immigrated to America about c1750. He became a prosperous landholder, Justice, Sheriff and supporter of the American Revolution. He owned the estates Garrallan and Montessori in Loudoun county. His Scottish ancestry has been traced to the early 17th century [source: Col. John Wise of England and Virginia (1617-1695), by C. Jennings Wise].

Cpt. Hale's father was Philip Smith Heale (1753-1819) who had relocated from VA to Green County, TN. Cpt. Hale's 2nd great grandfather was Nicholas Haile (1628-1670) who immigrated to America from Hailes Abbey, about 20 miles northeast of Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England. Nicholas Haile settled in Lancaster County, Virginia and became a prosperous planter there.

The respect with which the Hale family viewed their Douglas ancestry was reflected by Kate's having two near relatives (an aunt and a first cousin) with the exact same name as hers (Catherine Douglas Hale) as well as numerous other extended family members with the middle, given name of Douglas.

The respect with which the Bewley family viewed their Hale ancestry was reflected in the facts that William Carter Bewley and his wife, Catherine Douglas Hale named their firstborn child James Hale Bewley. And, his (JHB's) two firstborn children each named a child in recognition of their Hale ancestry. Kate Bewley and her husband, Will Webb, named one of their children Julian Hale Webb. And, Seppie Bewley and her husband, John Steenhuis, named one of their children Pauline Hale Steenhuis.

The Bewley and Hale families were very prominent and highly regarded in eastern Tennessee in the early 19th century, and records of both families in Greene and surrounding counties in Tennessee are numerous.

William Carter Bewley and Catharine Douglas Hale are believed to have had nine children, two of whom apparently died as infants: Joseph Anthony Bewley (apparently named for William Carter Bewley's father, Anthony Bewley) and Phoebe Emma Bewley (apparently named for Catherine Douglas Hale's mother, Phoebe Hatcher Smith). Another child, John Charles Bewley, died from Typhoid fever at approximately age 13).

The names and approximate birth years of their nine children are as follows.

1852 Joseph Anthony BEWLEY (died young)
1853 James Hale BEWLEY
1856 Sarah Anna BEWLEY
1858 Ida Elizabeth BEWLEY
1861 John Charles BEWLEY (died young)
1862 William Douglas BEWLEY
1866 Catherine Luta BEWLEY
1868 Nellie Carter BEWLEY
1869 Phoebe Emma BEWLEY (died young)

The names of the children who died young were included in a listing provided in Nov 1987 by Luta KEITH, then 96 years old and daughter of Nellie Carter BEWLEY. The listing identified her mother's siblings. In that listing, Sarah Anna BEWLEY was not included, most likely due to an oversight. That listing, along with notes from a telephone conversation with Luta KEITH, was published in the Dec 1987 edition of the Bewley Roots Newsletter.

William's and Kate's first child who grew to adulthood was named James Hale Bewley. He was born Abt. 1853 in Anderson, South Carolina. He married Nancy Jane ("Jennie") McCord. She was born Abt. 1853 in Abbeville, South Carolina.

William's and Kate's second child who grew to adulthood was named S. Anna Bewley. She was born 14 Mar 1856 in Anderson, South Carolina. She died 03 Jul 1881 in Anderson at the age of only 25 and less than two years after her marriage. Since her father's mother's name was Sarah, and her father's next youngest sibling's name was Sara, it is likely that the S. stood for Sarah or Sara. She married James Milling Cathcart on 01 Oct 1879 in her mother's home in Anderson. He was born 21 Jun 1855 in Anderson, South Carolina. He died 12 Apr 1907 in Anderson, South Carolina.

William's and Kate's third child who grew to adulthood was named Ida Elizabeth Bewley. She was born 16 Mar 1858 in Anderson. Ida was recorded as a daughter in the 1860, 1870, and 1880 census listings, and she was still living at home with her mother in 1880 when she was 22 years old.

On Tue., 16 Feb 1892, she married a Dr. Samuel L. B. "Burt" Mitchell, a promising young physician in the Westminster, SC. He was an 1878 graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Baltimore, Baltimore. Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell had only one child, a daughter named Annie Altahlee Mitchell. She was born 31 Jul 1897 and died 30 Aug 1897, not quite a month old, from cholera.

From a 15 Aug 1972 letter written by Dr. Robert W. Webb, one of James Hale Bewley's grandsons: "I never saw or met Aunt Ida, but I heard a lot about her from my mother. Apparently, she was a very talented woman in art, making many beautiful paintings of flower arrangements and exquisite, delicate wax-flower creations displayed under artistic glass coverings, which she gave various relatives, some of which I remember in our old home. I think she was a high-strung individual, as she possessed some odd qualifications. I remember my mother saying that she (Aunt Ida) could read a newspaper or book as easily up-side-downwards as right-side upwards; also that she could never wear a silk dress or carry a silk parasol, since she was so heavily charged (static electricity) those fabrics split to pieces! I have never heard of such before nor have I ever heard of such then! Aunt Ida was married to a Dr. Mitchell (MD) and they lived in a small mountain town 75 NW of Anderson, S.C. called Westminster. So far as I know, Aunt Ida never visited her brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces, at Anderson, nor do I know any who visited her."

William's and Kate's fourth child who grew to adulthood was named William Douglas Bewley. He was born 02 May 1860 in Anderson, South Carolina. He died 18 Apr 1944 in Lexington, Virginia. He married Mary Emma Whiteside Abt, 1882 in Union County, South Carolina. She was born 09 Jun 1860 in Union County, South Carolina. She died 30 Mar 1940 in Anderson, South Carolina.

William's and Kate's fifth child who grew past his early youth was named John Charles ("Charley") Bewley. He was born about 1862. He died of typhoid fever when he was about 13 years old. From the Thursday, 04 Nov 1875 issue of The Anderson Intelligencer: "Charley Bewley, youngest son of Mrs. C. D. Bewley, of our Town, died of typhoid fever on last Friday morning at six o'clock after an illness of seven weeks. Charlie was an interesting and bright boy whose death leaves a void in the affections of his family. His remains were borne to their resting place in the Baptist Church yard by six young boys and followed by the Baptist Sabbath School of which he was a member. The funeral services were solemn and impressive."

William's and Kate's sixth child who grew to adulthood was named Catherine Luta ("Luta") Bewley. She was born 05 Sep 1866 in Anderson, South Carolina. She died 30 Sep 1944 in Anderson. She married Charles Starke Sullivan. He was born 26 May 1866 in Anderson, South Carolina. He died 12 Oct 1915 in Columbia, South Carolina. He was from a long line of prominent, well-known, and highly-respected members of the Sullivan family, pioneer settlers of the Anderson County area. They were some of the most successful merchants in early Anderson, and Charles Starke Sullivan ran a very successful business (Sullivan's Hardware) in downtown Anderson prior to his untimely death when he was only 49 years old. He was one of the founders and major benefactors of Anderson College (now Anderson University). Luta was very musical; she wrote the words and music to the Alma Mater for Anderson College. She was also widely recognized as an expert cook, and she won a first prize at the county fair when she was 12 years old for cooking the best meal which was fried chicken, rice and milk gravy, a vegetable, and biscuits from scratch. She attended Salem College. From her obituary which appeared in a Sep 1944 edition of The Anderson Independent: "Mrs. Sullivan was a lifelong resident of Anderson, and was known and loved by countless friends and relatives throughout this and other sections who deeply deplore her sudden and unexpected passing. A woman of sweet Christian character and high ideals, she had been actively identified with religious and civic affairs of the community for many years. Since early in life, Mrs. Sullivan had been affiliated with the First Baptist Church of Anderson, and was one of this institution's most loyal, active and devoted members. In addition to various phases of church and Sunday school activities, she was also active for many years in civic affairs, and had been deeply interested in the work and progress of Anderson College since the founding of that institution."

William's and Kate's seventh child who grew to adulthood was named Nellie Carter Bewley. She was born 12 Sep 1868 in Anderson, South Carolina. She died 24 Nov 1925 in Anderson. She was recorded in the 1870 census as a one-year-old "E. R. Bewley." She married William Henry Frierson about 1889. He was born Oct 1855 in South Carolina. He was a lawyer and, at one time, a judge.

From that same 15 Aug 1972 letter written by her grandnephew, Dr. Robert William Webb: I knew well Aunt Nellie, Mr. Frierson, and all their children. The last one, David, earned a Ph.D. in history, economics, and political science and had a successful career in Foreign Service work and as a University Dean & Professor at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN. Aunt Nellie suffered 2 long periods of illness at Aunt Luta's home in Anderson that never could be explained, both similar in nature, and making her lie in a coma for 1-2 years as if dead. She was fed intravenously, and then low and behold, she suddenly waked up as if coming out of a nap, couldn't believe what had happened, and said she had suffered NO pain throughout the long and unusual ordeal.

Several copies of an old photograph of a house exist from Bewley family records. And, one of James Hale Bewley's daughters, Seppie Anna Bewley, told her family members when she was alive that the house was called "Bewleyanna," and that she was one of the babies being held in the photograph. It is therefore speculated that the house may have been William Carter Bewley's home prior to his death, and the photograph may have been taken about 1880.

William Carter Bewley's and Catherine Douglas Hale's graves are side by side in Old Silver Brook cemetery. The graves of most of their children, their spouses, and some of their descendants are in that same cemetery.

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  • Maintained by: Bob Webb
  • Originally Created by: Anonymous
  • Added: 10 Dec 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6021800
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Catherine Douglas Hale Bewley (28 Apr 1827–3 Jun 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6021800, citing Silver Brook Cemetery, Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Bob Webb (contributor 47235753) .