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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Catharine Ann Bartow, A Daughter of Robert Bartow of Pelham

Catharine Ann Bartow was a daughter of Robert Bartow and Maria R. Lorillard who built the mansion known today as the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in about 1842.  Catharine was born April 16, 1830 and married Rev. Henry Erskine Duncan, D.D. on Thursday, September 7, 1848 at St. Paul's Church in Eastchester.  At the time, Catharine's father, Robert Bartow, was a Warden of St. Paul's Church.

Henry Erskine Duncan was a son of Ralph E.E.P. Duncan and Jane Bartow.  Jane Bartow was a daughter of Augustus Bartow and Clarina Bartow.  (Clarina was a second cousin of her husband, Augustus Bartow.)  Catharine Ann Bartow's father, Robert Bartow, was a son of Augustus Bartow and Clarina Bartow, making Henry Erskine Duncan and Catharine Ann Bartow first cousins.  

Henry Erskine Duncan was born in New York City on April 7, 1824.  He attended St. Paul's College in College Point, Long Island from 1840 to 1843.  He attended the General Theological Seminary in New York from 1844 to 1847.  He received his A.B. in 1844 from the University of the City of New York.  He received his D.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and was ordained as a Minister in the Episcopal Church in 1847.  He and Catharine had four children:  Anna, Jeanie, Henry Erskine, Effie and Edith.  According to one source, Henry Erskine Duncan became an "Invalid" in 1881.

Catharine Ann Bartow Duncan died in her home at 50 East 58th Street in New York City on Thursday, December 12, 1907.  Funeral services for her were held two days later at St. Luke's Church in Mattaeawan, New York.  

Announcement of Wedding of Catharine Ann Bartow and
Henry Erskine Duncan.  Source:   MARRIEDMorning Courier
and New-York Enquirer [NY, NY], Sep. 9, 1848, Vol. XXXVIII,
No. 6623, p. 3, col. 9.  NOTE:  Click on Image to Enlarge.

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum on Sep. 29, 2007.
Source:  "Bartow-Pell Mansion" in Wikipedia - The
Free Encyclopedia (visited Jul. 16, 2016).  NOTE:
Click on Image to Enlarge.

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Below is the transcribed text of a number of resources that shed light on the lives of Catharine Ann Bartow and her husband Henry Erskine Duncan.  Each is followed by a citation and link to its source.

"MARRIED . . . 

At St. Paul's Church, East Chester, N. Y., on Thursday, 7th inst., by the Rev. Dr. Cott, Rev. HENRY E. DUNCAN to CATHARINE A. daughter of Robert Bartow, Esq., of Pelham."

Source:  MARRIED, Morning Courier and New-York Enquirer [NY, NY], Sep. 9, 1848, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 6623, p. 3, col. 9.  

"Died. . . . DUNCAN. -- On Thursday, Dec. 12, 1907, at 50 East 58th St., New York City, Catharine Bartow, wife of the late Rev. Henry E. Duncan, D.D., and daughter of the late Robert and Maria Lorillard Bartow.  Funeral services at St. Luke's Church, Mattaeawan, N.Y., on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 11:45 o'clock.  Carriages will meet train at Fishkill-on-the-Hudson leaving New York at 9:40 A.M."

Source:  Died . . . DUNCAN, N.Y. Times, Dec. 14, 1907, p. 9, col. 6 (NOTE:  Paid subscription required to access via this link).  

"DIED. . . . DUNCAN. -- Entered into life eternal.  On Thursday, Dec. 12, 1907, in New York City.  Catharine Bartow, wife of the late Rev. Henry E. Duncan, D. D., and daughter of the late Robert and Maria Lorillard Bartow, in the 78th year of her age.

'I will give you rest.'

'And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since and lost awhile.'"

Source:  "DIED. . . . DUNCAN," in The Churchman, Dec. 28, 1907, p. 1016, col. 3.  

Catharine Bartow was listed in the 1908 New York Social Register (released in November, 1907, shortly before her death) with a telephone number and address as follows:

"Duncan Mrs. Henry E. (Catharine Bartow). . . . . . Phone No. 4424jPlaza  50 E 58"

Source:  "Duncan Mrs. Henry E." in Social Register, New York, 1908, Vol. XXII, No. 1, p. 165 (Nov. 1907).  

"Died -- DUNCAN -- Jeanie, on August 13, 1942, daughter of the late Dr. Henry E. and Catharine Bartow Duncan.  Funeral service at St. Thomas Church, 5th ave. and 53d st., on Friday, at 10:30 A.M.  Interment St. Lukes Church Yard, Beacon, N.Y."

Source:  Died -- DUNCAN -- Jeanie, N.Y. Sun, Aug. 19, 1942, Real Estate Section, p. 35, col. 1.  

"ROBERT BARTOW, eldest son of Augustus and Clarina Bartow,, was born at Westchester, Jan. 12, 1792, went to New York, m., March 20, 1827, Maria R., daughter of Blase Lorillard, by who he had five sons and four daughters.  In 18[36], he purchased the country-seat of his late grandfather, at Pelham, where he resided till his death, June 24, 1868, near 3 P.M.  Buried Friday, June 26, in S. Peter's churchyard, Westchester.  He was Warden of S. Paul's Church, Eastchester, and of Trinity, New Rochelle, and a Delegate to the Convention.

Children of Robert Bartow and Maria R. his wife:

1.  George Lorillard Bartow, b. March 5, 1828, d. unm. at S. Augustine, Florida, March 23, 1875; buried at Westchester, March 31, 1875.
2.  Catharine Ann Bartow, b. Apr. 16, 1830, m. Rev. Henry Erskine Duncan, D. D.
3.  Clarina Maria Bartow, b. 1832, d. Dec. 18, 1835, buried in S. Peter's churchyard, Westchester.
4.  Robert Erskine Bartow, b. Dec. 22, 1834, d. Dec. 21, 1835, buried in S. Peter's Churchyard, Westchester.
5.  Clarina Bartow, b. Jan. 31, 1838, m. Sept. 18, 1861, in Christ Church, Pelham, to Rev. James Hervey Morgan.
6.  Robert Erskine Bartow, A.B., b. May 22, 1840, grad. at Columbia College, 1862, and received the degree of A.M. in 1865.  In 1864, he was elected one of the Vestry of Christ Church, Pelham, d. unm. June 24, 1867, at Pelham, and buried June 26, in S. Peter's churchyard, Westchester.
7.  Reginald Heber Bartow, b. Feb. 16, 1842, grad. at Columbia College, 1864.  He is the eldest male heir to the name.
8.  Henrietta Amelia Bartow, b. Aug. 26, 1843, m. William Jackson, son of Rev. Chas. D. Jackson, D.D., Rector of S. Peter's Church, Westchester.
9.  Theodoret Bartow, b. Apr. 16, 1846, unm., resides at Pelham."

Source:  "ROBERT BARTOW" in Bartow, Evelyn P., Bartow Genealogy:  Containing Everon One of the Name of Bartow Descended From Doctor Thomas Bartow Who Was Living at Crediton, in England, A.D., 1672 with References to the Books Where any of the Name Is Mentioned, pp. 91-92 (Baltimore, MD:  Innes & Co., 1875).

"DUNCAN, HENRY ERSKINE.  507 N. Broad St., Elizabeth, N.J.
Son of Ralph E.E.P. Duncan and Jane (Bartow) Duncan; b. N.Y. City, Apr. 7, 1824.
St. Paul's Coll., College Point, L.I., 1840-43; Gen. Theol. Sem., N.Y., 1844-47.
Ordained Minister, Episc. Church, 1847.  Invalid since 1881.
A.B., 1844, from Univ., City of N.Y.  D.D., Univ. of Penn.
Married, Sept. 7, 1848, Catharine A., da. of Robert Bartow.  Children:  Anna, Jeanie, Henry Erskine, Effie and Edith."

Source:  "DUNCAN, HENRY ERSKINE" in Biographical Catalogue of the Chancellors, Professors and Graduates of the Department of Arts and Science of the University of the City of New York, p. 37 (NY, NY:  Alumni Association, 1894).  

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