Early Bronaugh Residents

Caton Family

William S. Caton was a son of Vernon County pioneer Noah Caton. William S. Caton's first wife was: Jane H. "Nancy" Skaggs Caton who is buried in Deepwood Cemetery, dates September 15, 1820 - February 11, 1847. Also buried there is Frances M. Caton (1844 - 1846), daughter of William S. and Nancy Skaggs Caton. If anyone can explain if or how Jane Skaggs might be related to the other Skaggs in Vernon County, please let us know.

William re-married, not too long after Nancy's death. He married Malissa Blevans.

1850 Bates County, MO (Vernon was not founded yet)

William Caton


Malissa Caton


William Caton


Thomas Caton


As this census record shows, the Catons were living in the area before Vernon County was even founded.

1860 Drywood Township, Vernon County, MO.

William Caton


Molassa Caton


William Caton


Thomas Caton


Noah Caton


Louisa Caton


Stephen Caton


Sarah Caton


Jonathan Caton


1870 Bacon Township, Vernon County, MO

W S Caton


Malissa Caton


Tho Caton


Wm Caton


Noah L Caton


Stephen J Caton


Sarah S Caton


Johnathan Caton


Mark Caton


Malissa Caton


1880 Blue Mound Township, Vernon County, MO

W. S. Caton


M. J. Caton


Noah Caton


Sarah Caton


John Caton


Malissa Caton


William S. Caton died in July 1882 and was buried in Deepwood Cemetery, Nevada, MO. His wife Malissa died the next month. There are many other Caton burials in Deepwood.


In 1880, Mark Caton was living with his cousin, William Caton, in Benton Township, Holt County, MO.

Mark L. Caton married Lilla Overstreet on March 11, 1885. R. H. G. Keeran presided. Lilla was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William S. Overstreet. The Overstreets had lived in Vernon County since 1872.

Mr. Holmes of Zulu reported the birth of a son on December 15, 1885 to John and Lillie Belle Overstreet Katin (probably Caton). The mother was age 22 and the father, age 27. The baby was named William S. Caton and was obviously named after both grandfathers - William S. Caton and William S. Overstreet.

Mark Caton of Moundville was in Nevada in mid-March, 1896 telling about a problem that hog producers were having in his area. Mark told that he had started with 43 head of hogs and had already lost ten. He said, "They just quit eating, draw up, stagger about awhile, and then keel over and die." He said that his neighbors, Buford Crigler and Wesley Lowe had the same problem in their hogs. They did not know the cause but were certain that it was not cholera.

Ida B. Caton, daughter of Mark and Lila Caton of Moundville died December 3, 1896. Her birth date was December 10, 1887. She was buried at Worsley Cemetery at Bronaugh. The cause of death was listed as tonsillitis

Mark Caton and family announced in early 1898 that they were were moving to Colorado. They planned to leave for the San Louis Valley in April.

The 1900 census for Rio Grande County, Colorado listed the Catons:

Mark Caton


Lillie O Caton


William Caton


In early February 1907, Mark Caton moved to a farm east of Bronaugh that was known as the Uncle Peter Shanholtzer place. Caton planned to build a new home there soon.

The Methodist Ladies met in their regular meeting on July 2, 1908, at the home of Mrs. Leath. A committee was appointed to draft resolutions on the death of their president's husband, Mr. Mark Caton who had died on June 29, 1908, and had been buried at Worsley Cemetery. He was 46 years old at the time of his death.

By 1910, Lilla Overstreet Caton was living in Morrisville, Polk County, MO where she kept boarders.

In 1920, Lilla was living in Los Angeles, California caring for her 87 year old father, William Overstreet.

By 1930, Lilla was back in Vernon County, living in Nevada.

The image to the right is one that I found in an antique show. It is not identified, but I have seen at least one photo of Mark Caton and this image resembles him. I'm not claiming that this is Mark Caton but it does look like him. In the other image that I've seen he does not have a beard. Any opinions?




Above: Worsley Cemetery marker for Lilla Overstreet Caton and M. L. (Mark) Caton.

Lilla died October 26, 1939. You will also find the Caton's mentioned on the Overstreet page.

Left: This photo is Jesse Ogden on the left and William S. Caton on the right. Taken about 1903-1905 as William seems to be about 18-20 and he was born in 1885.

You will also find Jesse and William when they were students at Cooper College.

The photo to the right is of William S Caton and was lifted from the Logging Photo.

Nancy Caton says that the photo of the Revival at the Bronaugh Christian Church, with all the folks sitting and standing in front of a church probably has William S. Caton, lounging on the ground, with a hat on. Its hard to be able to verify that without seeing his hair.


Two years after his father died, the 1910 census finds William S. Caton, age 24, living in a boarding house in Nevada where he worked as a bookkeeper at a bank.

By 1918, William had left Vernon County. He filed his WWI Draft Registration from his home in Pocatella, Idaho. He listed his birth date as December 16, 1885. He stated that he had a bottling business and was self employed. He was described as tall, slender, brown eyes and dark hair. He listed his wife Mary Judith Caton.

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