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#1900: Willa Cather to Charles F. Cather, November 3, 1908

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My dear Father1:

Miss Cherry H. Cather4, of Malta5 -- off the Coast of Italy6 -- and her cousin, Edith Cather7, of Vancouver, B.C.8, have been writing to me a good deal as they are trying to complete their family history and they have been able to trace and track all the Cathers in the world that they have ever heard of except me. It seems there are precious few in the world.

Now, can you tell me who your great grandfather9 was? Please write me everything you can about great-grandfather, James Cather10's father, where he came from, and etc. 2And have you the least idea, Father, as to who Grandfather James Cather's grandfather11 and great-grandfather12 were?

All these ladies have written me about the family in Ireland13 and Scotland14 is most interesting, and I should be glad to give herthem any information I can. They have written me a good many interesting things. Among others, that the records show that in Ireland, in the reign of King John15, there was a County of Catherborough.bough. Later, in the time of Charles II.16, 1660, the County of Tyrone17 was granted by the Crown to two brothers, Edmund18 and Bertranm19m Cather, as a reward for their resistance to Cromwell20 and their valuable services on behalf of the Stewarts. A copy of this grant is still preserved in the archives of Dublin Castle. I am glad that these gentlemen 3were Stewart men at least.

Will you, my dear Father, write me what you know about the Cathers, just as soon as possible, as I shall give these two gracious ladies any help I can.

Affectionately, Willa Mr. Charles F. Cather, Red Cloud, Neb.21