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Kathcart, Wanda E.


Biographical information about Wanda E. Kathcart and her family provided by the diary's seller:

"The diary is from 1914 and Wanda is living at 567 E. Main Street, Galesburg, Illinois. Wanda was born in the year 1894 to parents Joseph and Mary Kathcart.

"Joseph and his descendants consistently use the spelling of Kathcart but can also be found as Cathcart, Kathkart or Keathcart. Most of his siblings and their descendants used the Cathcart spelling consistently.

"Joseph was one of six known children of David and Louisa Grimmett Cathcart. He had a twin sister, Martha Hazeltine. His other siblings were Mary Sophia, Sarah J., John H., and James David. Joseph's father died when Joseph was three years old. It is unknown if the family had migrated to Illinois from Tennessee before his father's death or if his mother took her children after the father's death to be near some of her family who had migrated to Illinois. It is known that the family was in Macoupin County, Illinois by November 2, 1859 when his mother married Joseph Lewis Wisdom, a widower with five daughters. This new marriage brought two new brothers, Jacob Lee and Henley Wisdom, though Henley died in infancy. This combined family was handed challenges when Lewis Wisdom abandoned the family and Joseph's mother was left with young children to raise alone. Louisa died on March 10, 1870, when the youngest child, Jacob, was only nine years old.

"Joseph became a minister and years later would officiate at the marriage of his youngest brother, Jacob Wisdom and his bride. Joseph is found as officiating minister in other wedding records.

"Joseph married Margaret Elizabeth Sims on September 11, 1873 in Macoupin County, Illinois. Margaret and Joseph had three known children, Errett Griffin, Ethel Margaret, and Guy. In about 1883-4, Joseph moved his family to New London, Missouri. It was in New London that his wife and young son contracted dysentery. Guy died on August 8, 1884 at age 1 year, 6 months and 2 days. Margaret died on August 23, 1884. Their burial sites have not yet been located.

"Joseph and the two surviving children returned to Illinois and in 1892, Joseph married Mary Hannah Hart, daughter of William and Elizabeth Potter Hart. Joseph and Mary had two daughters, Wanda and Bernice. Their final years were spent in Galesburg, Illinois."

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Wanda E. Kathcart Diary

 Collection — Box: MISC-10, Folder: MSS-0043
Identifier: MSS-0043
Content Description Diary of Wanda E. Kathcart, an approximately 20 year old woman from Galesburg, Illinois from May-December 1914. The following description and partial transcription of diary entries and an enclosed letter were provided by the seller: "Wanda is about 20 years old and a young working girl although I'm not sure just where she is working. One entry she says she's been making 'auto veils.' She seems to be staying at a boarding house because during the fair she has to sleep on the floor...