The History of Merrimack and Belknap
Counties, New Hampshire Edited by D.
Hamilton Hurd and Published in 1885.
The Cate family in Loudon descended from Stephen Cate, who came
from Deerfield, New Hampshire, in 1784. He had seven children, named Shadrach,
born Aug. 10, 1779; Charles, born Jan. 2, 1781; John, born March 29, 1783;
Stephen and Jonathan (twins), born March 3, 1785; Sally born April 1,
1787; Meshach, born July 6, 1789.
Stephen Cate settled upon the farm now owned by way of W. Cate, where
he built a log house for himself and family of two children, the eldest
being two and 1/2 years and the youngest but 18 months old. He rode from
Deerfield, New Hampshire, on horseback with his wife, each carrying one
of the children in their arms as they rode upon the same horse. The following
year Mrs. Cate, whose name was Anna, gave birth to the twins, Stephen
and Jonathan, whose weight at birth was 22 pounds, who lived and grew
to large and strong men, looking so nearly alike as hardly to be distinguished
from each other. Three of these boys settled in Loudon, Shadrach, John
Shadrach Cate had a family of 11 children, of whom eight lived, named
Hiram and Hannah (twins), Rebecca, Eliza, Sally, Judith, Shadrach and
Moses. He married Rebecca Chamberlain, an intelligent and estimable woman.
Of his family, Shadrach studied medicine and is a skillful practitioner
as well as a gentleman of influence and culture, in the city of Washington,
John Cate settled upon the home farm; married and had a family of four
children; the eldest died at birth. The others were named Nancy, Miles
and Benjamin. At the birth of Nancy Cate, John, her father, planted an
elm tree, which has been growing 76 years and measures 17 feet in circumference
at the base.
Benjamin Cate was born March 23, 1814, and married Eliza A. Wells, daughter
of Stephen Wells, of Loudon and has two sons, named William W. and Carter
He was a man of large ability and when a young man was often given places
of trust. His public life and influence were extensive, and he became
one of the leading men of the town in which he resided. He was chosen
to various town offices and represented the same in the Legislature. He
was a man of genial turn and manner to everyone, and his assistants and
counsel were sought and obtained by his neighbors and friends in time
of need. He was every man's friend. His life was noted for the integrity
and uprightness of character which he ever maintained. His religious principles
were firm and deeply fixed, from which there spread an influence that
shaped and guided the thoughts and acts of those with whom he associated.
William W. Cate lives upon the homestead of his father, and he is the
fourth generation of the Cate family. His early life was largely devoted
to the cause of education, and he engaged in school teaching to quite
an extent, his efforts being attended with good success. After the death
of his father he engaged in agriculture, and sustained a high and influential
position as such among the citizens of his native town. He has been elected
to, and discharged the duties of, several offices in town with care and
fidelity. His advice and assistance are largely sought in matters of probate,
and he is a man of strong influence in private and public business. His
religious principles are strong and fixed, and his life thus far well
marked by exemplary conduct and sincerity of purpose.
Carter E. Cate was born Aug. 26, 1852. He fitted for college at Tilton,
New Hampshire, and entered the Wesleyan University, at Middletown, Connecticut,
in 1872. After two years he went to Dartmouth College, New Hampshire,
where he graduated in 1876. He afterwards attended the Boston University,
and in June, 1878, was ordained as a minister of the gospel by the Free
Will Baptist denomination, at Loudon, New Hampshire, where he engaged
as pastor and remained one year. During his stay with this, his own Church
and native town, an unusual and deep felt interest was manifest throughout
the whole town in attending divine worship upon the Sabbath, such as had
not been experienced for a generation. His preaching was marked with great
simplicity and sincerity, which held the mind and attention of his audience
from the beginning to the end of his discourse. He engaged at Lake Village,
New Hampshire, afterwards, and remained three years; then went Lowell,
Massachusetts, and remained one year; then married Electa Dunavan, and
moved to Lewiston, Maine. Mr. Cate inherits the Cate family characteristics
which are so noticeable in the biography of the family. He is pleasant
and affable in appearance, firm in his principles, deeply imbued with
respect for Christianity and all its ennobling and elevating principles.
His success in life has been most excellent, and a brilliant future seems
to await him in the choice of the great calling that he has engaged in
as a life work.
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