Cora Lauretta Shively, daughter of Jacob Banta and Anna Mavity Shively, was born 26 February 1843 in Dubois County, Indiana. She married Jacob Giegar Cato on 4 July 1858 (Marriage Book 1 -- page 428) Dubois County, Indiana. He was born 2 March 1838 and live on a farm southeast of Huntingburg and purchased an interest in the farmer's mill, which he owned until his death 4 April 1906. He served 13 years as an assessor of his township and a number of years on the City Council of Huntingburg. Their children: John T., Anna R., Ella, J. Barton, Emma, William Wayne, Benjamin F., and Lulu B. (Information from Descendants of Henry and Mary Banta Shively by Lottie Compton McDowell, 1972, Page 29.)
Additional information was extracted from the newspaper obituary found in The Huntingburg Independent, Huntingburg, Indiana, Saturday January 19, 1918, Page 1, Columns 5-6:
Former Resident Of Huntingburg Dies In Evansville Wednesday Of Cancer
Mrs. Loretta Shively Cato, widow of the late Jacob G. Cato, who until a few years ago was a resident of Huntingburg, died Wednesday, January 16, 1918, in Evansville, Indiana, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ella Wolfe, with whom she had resided since her removal from Huntingburg. The cause of her death was cancer. Her remains were brought to this city yesterday morning and taken to the home of E. W. Blemker, from which place the funeral will take place his morning at 10:00 o'clock, the remains to be taken thence to the Central Christian church, where the pastor, Rev. C. W. Parks, will preach the funeral sermon. The burial will follow at Fairmount cemetery.
Mrs. Cato was the daughter of the late Rev. Jacob Banta and Anna Shively, and was born on what is now known as the Henry Dufendach farm, adjoining the fairgrounds on the east, February 26, 1843. She was the youngest of eleven children born to this venerable couple, whose lives were so intimately connected with the early history of the southern part of Dubois county. Her father and her father-in-law, Rev. Green Cato, were two of the early Christian ministers who came to this county. Mrs. Cato was also the sister of the gallant Captain Lewis Biram Shively, killed at Peach Tree Creek, near Atlanta, on July 22, 1864, and for whom the local Grand Army Post was named. Having been brought up in a christian family, Mrs. Cato early in life united with the church and has lived true to her faith all her life.
July 4, 1858, she was united in marriage to Jacob G. Cato. For a number of years they resided on the place that is still known as the Cato farm, near the place where she was born, and when their family had become grown they removed to Huntingburg. They were the parents of eight children--four sons and four daughters. Two of the children--John T. Cato and Wm. W. Cato--have preceded the mother in death. The father died twelve years ago. The children who survive are: Mrs. Anna Cox, of this city; Mrs. Ella Wolfe, of Evansville; Dr. J. Barton Cato, of Hutsonville, Ill.; Mrs. Emma Drasch, of Pennsylvania; Rev. Ben Cato, of Little Rock, Ark; and Mrs. Lula Bitters. She also leaves 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Mrs. Cato was a true christian woman. She was loved by all who knew her, and she was known by a large circle of friends, all of whom will sincerely regret to learn of her death. She reached the ripe old age of 74 years, 10 months and 20 days, having spent her years in a truly useful and christian-like manner.
The newspaper obituary for her husband was extracted from the New Albany Evening Tribune, New Albany, Indiana, Thursday, April 5, 1906, Page 4, Column 2:
Jacob Cato, of Huntingburg, Ind., father of the Rev. B. F. Cato, pastor of the Central Christian church, died this morning. He was taken ill with la grippe which developed into pneumonia. He was sixty eight years old. Mr. Cato left this morning for Huntingburg and Mrs. Cato will leave tonight.