Catherine (Yates) Murray

Catherine Elizabeth (Yates) Murray (1848 - 1909)

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Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Murray formerly Yates
Born in London, England, United Kingdommap
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Wife of — married 20 Nov 1886 in Lockport, Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisianamap
Died in Lake Charles, Calcasieu, Louisiana, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 25 Apr 2020 | Created 6 Jul 2012 | Last significant change: 25 Apr 2020
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Catherine Yates was born in at 9 Cadogan Street in 1848 in London. [1] Cadogan Street is in Chelsea, but presumably the family later moved, as per the 1851 England Census, that year, the entire family was living at their tailor shop in 66 Jermyn Street. [2] Her parents died in 1857. In 1861 all of the children were living in Burton on Trent, in Horninglow Street, with her aunt, Catherine Mousely, and a cousin, Ellen Anne Mousely. [3] Presumably they returned to live with family after their parents died. Cousin Ellen Anne was about the same age as the cousins and presumably they grew close, as we have letters from her family even as late as 1907, many decades after the Yates children emigrated.

The boys went first: William Henry in about 1866, John Mousely in about 1867. The girls stayed in England for awhile longer. After cousin Ellen Anne married Charles Whitehurst, Catherine went to work in their print and stationary shop at 143 High Street. [4].
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Catherine (Yates) Murray migrated from England to Louisiana.
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Catherine (and presumably Sarah too) emigrated to the United States in 1875, when she was 25. It mentions this in the records of the US 1900 census.[5] However, her brother Will and his wife Mary Elizabeth came over on the Cordova, arriving New Orleans on 27 Sep 1873, and on the line before them, there are three "spinsters," Miss C. Mausley age 55, Miss S. Mausley age 32, and Miss C.E. Mousley, age 25. [6] Since we know that "Aunt Catherine" came over with the two girls, and all of these ages fit, it does make sense that Sarah and Catherine Elizabeth came over with Will and Mary Elizabeth on the Cordova, and that the ship's record keeper simply put all three of the ladies down as "Mausley."

In 1880 she was living in Covington, still as a Yates, with her occupation listed on the census as "Hotel Keeper." [7].

At some point prior to 1886 she and her sister Sarah both moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana. Catherine got married there in 1886, and according to family records, Sarah was working as a governess there, in the family of Capt. George Lock. Did Catherine meet her future husband during his travels as a timber magnate, when he stayed at her boarding house in Covington? Or did Sarah accept the job with Capt. Lock's family first, and then they both moved to Lake Charles? We are not sure.

In 1884 there is a short item in the Lake Charles Echo which could be Catherine. This might fit in with Juanita's family history which mentions that she may have taught school at one point.

Vernon Condenser: Miss Katie Yates, of Lake Charles, commenced teaching school in Leesville a few days ago. She will have very good attendance in a week or two. We hope that she will be pleased with our town. [8]

Per the Lake Charles Echo, Catherine married Charles Douglas Murray, Nov. 20, 1886.

This time the bells chime out at Lockport, where last Wednesday evening Mr. Charles D. Murray led to hymen’s altar the blushing bride, Miss Kate Yates. Quite a number of friends were present to witness the happy union. The bride’s cake was beautifully trimmed, being surmounted by an inverted horse shoe inclosing a wedding bell bearing the motto — “Hope Forever.” The many handsome and valuable bridal presents presented to the happy bride bears ample testimony to her popularity. The bride and groom are natives of London, England, but are pretty well Americanized, and will locate at Lockport. We wish the happy pair a continuance of these joys through life. [9]

(Note that Lockport was the name of a small mill town near Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish, founded by Captain George Lock, and is not the same as the town in LaFourche Parish.)

Her husband Charles Douglas died in 1896.

She was a founding member of the Church of Good Shepherd, signing the Articles of Incorporation in 1896. [10] (Note: These Articles were found in the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Library, in the Maude Reid Scrapbook, which is an extensive compilation of the early history of Lake Charles by early resident Maude Reid. It is likely that Maude Reid and Catherine Murray knew each other as Maude Reid was also a member of that same church.)

The 1900 Census has Catherine Murray, listed as "widowed," with a profession of "Landlady," on Division Street in Lake Charles. Apparently she did not own the house, but rather rented it. She had five boarders: Otto Winderholer, a jeweler from Switzerland, Ed Brooks Jr. a preacher from England, Susan Reynolds from Texas, and Lily Gollisfare, from Louisiana, both "typewriters." (Wow, that was an occupation!). The fifth boarder was presumably John Spring Yates, her nephew, although there is a bit of confusion there (see his page for my notes).[5]

Sympathy Letter

We have a copy of a letter to Kate dated May 30, 1907, from a relative in Burton-on-Trent. It is from Ethel Whitehurst and begins, "I thought I would write and let you know that our dear Mother passed away on May 22nd after a very long illness." (See uploads). Ethel Clare Whitehurst was the daughter of Ellen Anne Mousley Whitehurst Presumably the cousins maintained their correspondence throughout the years.


Mrs. Catherine Murray, who has been a resident of Lake Charles for the past quarter of a century, died at her home in Ryan street to-night after a long illness, aged about sixty years. Mrs. Murray was a native of England, but came to this country in early youth. She was the widow of Charles D. Murray, who was one of the pioneer mill men in this district, and who died about fifteen years ago. She has been ill for many months, and for the past few days her friends have realized that death was not far away. Times-Democrat 24 Jan 1909[11]

After her death, Catherine's friend Katherine Flanders shipped her possessions back to her brother John Mousley (Jack). Among those possessions are two porcelain figurines, which are still in the family today.


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  • England, Select Births and Christenings.[1]
  • 1851 England Census[2]
  • 1861 England and Wales Census[3]
  • 1871 England and Wales Census - Charles Whitehurst (28), Ellen A. (30), Henry G (4), Frederick A (1) and Catherine Yates. [4]
  • US 1880 Census.[7]
  • Teaching School in Leesville, 1884[8]
  • Marriage, Nov. 20, 1886. [9]
  • Church of the Good Shepherd Articles of Incorporation [10]
  • US 1900 Census.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1851 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1851. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1851.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "England and Wales Census, 1861," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 6 April 2016), Sarah Yates in household of Catherine Mousley, Burton On Trent, Staffordshire, England; from "1861 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO RG 9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Source Citation Class: RG10; Piece: 2903; Folio: 112; Page: 27; GSU roll: 836400 Description Enumeration District : 4 Source Information 1871 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1871. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1871.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Year: 1900; Census Place: Lake Charles, Calcasieu, Louisiana; Roll: 560; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0016; FHL microfilm: 1240560. Description: Lake Charles Town (pt) Ward 3, Ward 4, All of corporation south of line along Division St East to Kirkman St, from Kirkman St along North Division St to east Corporation line 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.
  6. 6.0 6.1 The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1820-1902; NAI Number: 2824927; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; Record Group Number: 85
  7. 7.0 7.1 Year: 1880; Census Place: Covington, St Tammany, Louisiana; Roll: 471; Family History Film: 1254471; Page: 372A; Enumeration District: 175; Image: 0527 Description and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. Original data: Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Lake Charles Echo, 29 Nov. 1884. From Library of Congress:
  9. 9.0 9.1 Lake Charles Echo, Nov, From Library of Congress:
  10. 10.0 10.1 In the Maude Reid Scrapbook, Southwest Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Library, Reel 1.5, Book 1 Page 42. (see scan)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Times-Democrat, Jan. 24, 1909.

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posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett

Catherine is 19 degrees from Donald Howard, 20 degrees from Julia Howe and 18 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.