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John Cator senior, was born in 1703 at Ross on Wye in Herefordshire where he owned lands and tenements. These are described in the private Act taken out by the family in 1825 as three small cottages in the town of Ross, a small barn and three inclosures of meadow land.
John married Mary Brough on 11th February 1728, a marriage recorded both at Ross, Herefordshire and at the Meeting House Society of Friends, Savoy, London. The Quaker marriages have him as son of Jonah and Sarah Cator, late of Ross, Hereford, now London. There are also three sons of John and Mary Cator all named Josiah and all buried at Long Lane, Southwark The first died of a fever in 1736 aged 11 months, the second died in 1737 aged 10 months and the third died in 1740 aged 17 months. It is not surprising that John wanted to get away from the diseases of London.