In the article posted earlier, “Anna Maria Smith”, I suggested that the Elizabeth Smith who married John McCatty, was not the daughter of James Smith. With more facts now known, and a more reasoned look at them, I believe that Karen Palandri is right, and that she was the sister of Anna Maria Smith. The facts as I known them are as follows:
- There is no birth record of an Elizabeth as the daughter of James and Mary Smith. All of James and Mary’s children who we have records for are born in Hanover.
- There is a marriage record (1793) of an Elizabeth Smith, of St Elizabeth, to John McCatty.
- Anna Maria Smith is from the parish of St Elizabeth when she married Alexander Heron.
- Ana Maria names her second daughter (b 1801) Elizabeth McCatty Heron.
-The 1804 Gazetters map of Jamaica, with property owners, shows “McCattys” located in St Elizabeth.
-In 1809, John McCatty leases land from Colin Ingram (LOS 590 folio 241). Note: that Liber can not be found at the IRO, but we can assume it was located in St Elizabeth.
-In 1810 Elizabeth McCatty, widow, buys land (22 acres) in St Elizabeth, from James Smith, also of St Elizabeth. (LOS 593 folio 161). Of interest is that the conveyance is witnessed by Rob Heron, (Alexander Heron’s brother’s name was Robert Heron. He died after March 1810) and is dated Jan 9 1810.
Without an actual birth record, we can only use the preponderance of the evidence to make a connection. I believe that given the facts that James Smith is in St Elizabeth in 1809, Elizabeth McCatty was from St Elizabeth in 1793 when she was married, Anna Maria Smith was from St Elizabeth in 1798, when she was married, that Anna Maria named her second daughter Elizabeth McCatty Heron, and that the Rob Heron who witnessed the transaction in 1810 MAY have been the brother-in-law of Anna Maria Smith, seems to leave no doubt that Elizabeth Smith McCatty was the sister of Anna Maria Smith.
Also from the facts above, the John McCatty who died in 1801, must have been a son, as John McCatty, husband of Elizabeth was alive in 1809. The property referred to as “McCattys” in the 1804 map also must have been “Bruntte” where the young John McCatty died.