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Ann (Cato) Williamson (1829 - 1862)

Ann Williamson formerly Cato
Born in Alabama, United Statesmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 17 May 1850 in Monroe Co. Alabamamap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 33 in Louisiana, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Nov 2009
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Sometime after the close of the Civil War, Samuel Williamson decided to move his family west. When he arrived in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, his wife was very ill. Her condition was so bad that it became impossible to travel any farther. Not knowing anyone in the area, Samuel left Ann in the wagon with the older children while he went back along the trail they had just covered in search of a neighbor to help. When he finally found help, it was too late; Ann's condition had worsened and shortly thereafter she died. Samuel did not have money to buy her a marker for her headstone, so he rolled a large boulder to place at the head of her grave. To this day, that boulder remains, but the rains of time have eroded it until now it is only a small rock. After Ann's death, Samuel did not have the heart to travel further.


Pine Island Cemetery, Simpson, Vernon Parish, Louisiana, USA [1]


  1. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 28 November 2018), memorial page for Ann Cato Williamson (1829–1862), Find A Grave: Memorial #82896466, citing Pine Island Cemetery, Simpson, Vernon Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Duffie and Kathy (contributor 46950425) .
  • "United States Census, 1860," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 03 Oct 2014), Ann Williamson in household of Saml Williamson, , Monroe, Alabama, United States; citing "1860 U.S. Federal Census - Population,"; p. 134, household ID 922, NARA microfilm publication M653; FHL microfilm 803018.

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