Shelby  County,  Indiana

Wesley  Catt

          WESLEY S. CATT,  a retired farmer of this county now living at Carthage and who is included among the old and honored citizens are now passing the evening of life in comfortable retirement, was born on a farm in the neighboring county of Hancock, a son of  Michael and Matilda (Hatton) Catt,  the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Kentucky.  For the greater part of his life  Michael Catt followed farming in Hancock county, where he was well known and highly esteemed.  Wesley S. Catt received his education in the district schools of that county, after leaving which he worked on the home farm until reaching the age of twenty-one years.  The call for troops for the Union army called him into the service at that time, and for three years he fought with the Ninety-ninth regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, as a private of Company B, establishing an excellent record as a brave and faithful soldier.  Returning from the service with his honorable discharge, he again located on the home farm, where he remained until the death of his father, in the meantime having married.  After the elder man's death, Mr. Catt's brother,  Jacob Catt,  bought the home place, which in turn was purchased by Wesley S. Catt, who continued its successful operation until his retirment, when he located at Carthage.  At this time Mr. Catt's son,  Noble S. Catt,  owns and operates this property, which consists of eighty acres.  During his career as an agriculturist Mr. Catt proved himself a capable and progressive farmer and kept fully abreast of the various advancements made in his calling.  He won the esteem and confidence of his associates, and these qualities he possesses in his full share in the community in which he now makes his home.  On September 1, 1865, Mr. Catt was united in marriage to  Mary L. Clark,  who was born in Hancock county, a daughter of  James and  Mary (West) Clark,  and to this union there were born four children,  Pauline,  wife of  Hiram Weed,  of Elwood, Ind.;  Laura B.,  wife of  Charles Benson  ,a farmer of Ripley township, Rush county;  Noble S.,  who is operating the farm in Hancock county, and  Albert,  deceased, formerly a farmer of Hancock county, who married  Katherine Beaver,  and had three children,  Irine,  Dorothy M.  and  Mary E..  Mr. Catt is a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to the blue lodge at Carthage, and in politics is a Democrat.  He is a Methodist and holds membership in the church of that denomination at Willow Branch, Hancock county.
The Centennial History of Rush County, Indiana,  edited by A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas, Rushville, Ind., Historical Publishing Company, Indianapolis, 1921, volume II, page 255.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming for Jan Hiestand

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