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Catherine May (Bateson) Hite

Kate and Eli Hite
Catherine May "Kate" (Bateson) Hite
was born on March 8, 1862, during the Civil War, near Millersport, Walnut Township, Fairfield County, OH, the daughter of Samuel and Emeline (Keller) Bateson

Prior to marriage, in July 1883, Kate is said to have borne a son, whom she named James Bateson. 

Kate later married Eli Hite (1861-1933), the son of Abraham H. and Anna (Hempy) Hite, whose family had migrated to Fairfield County from Virginia in about 1805 or 1806. 

Eli had been married previously and brought five children into the union with Catherine. They included Albert Hite, Henry Hite, Fred Hite, Jonah Hite and Stella Ellinger.

Kate and Eli were farmers and resided near Thurston, Fairfield County, OH, but had no children of their own. 

They enjoyed visiting and hosting visits with family. In mid-March 1936, the Lancaster (OH) Eagle Gazette reported in its Thurston section that "Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bateson and son, Frederick, of Shell Beach, spent Sunday with Mrs. Kate Hite." One September day, Kate and Eli and her son James attended a "Bateson and Hupp Reunion" at the home of her brother Fred Bateson.  The reunion was covered by a local newspaper, and the torn and yellowed clipping reads:

On Sunday, September 6 ... the Bateson and Hupp families gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bateson at Buckeye Lake.... After the dinner hour a boat was chartered and all enjoyed a boat ride to Buckeye Lake Park. At a late hour all departed to their homes saying they had enjoyed the day.

The railroad depot in Thurston, Ohio, circa 1910

Kate Hite
Eli suffered for many years from hardening of the arteries and chronic myocarditis. At age 71, on March 15, 1933, he died of their affects. He was laid to rest at a cemetery in Thurston.

Shortly after Eli's death, Kate moved to the state capitol city of Columbus, Franklin County, OH. She may have resided with or near her son James, also known to have resided in Columbus.

Later in the year of Eli's death, Kate traveled to Arcola, Illinois in July 1933 to attend the funeral of her great-aunt, 95-year-old Nancy Jane (Bateson) Warner. Kate's name was mentioned in an Arcola Record-Herald article about the funeral, which said at the time that she lived in Columbus. 

Kate  outlived her husband by eight years. 

She passed away of a stroke on Nov. 20, 1941, at the age of 79, just a few weeks before the United States was plunged into World War II with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. An obituary in the Lancaster Eagle said that death followed "a several weeks' illness." Funeral services were held  in the Thurston Primitive Baptist Church, by the hand of elders Levi Hite and Daley Hite. Burial was in the cemetery adjoining the church. Kate's sister, Rebecca Hupp, signed her official Ohio death certificate. She was survived by 24 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. 

~ Son James A. Bateson ~

Son James A. Bateson (1883- ? ) was born on July 17, 1883 in Fairfield County, OH.

In young manhood he moved into Columbus, Franklin County, OH and resided at 574 Oak Street. His occupation in his mid-20s was as a contract painter. 

When he was 25 years of age, on Oct. 14, 1908, he wed 20-year-old Ida "Edith" Quicke (1889- ? ), daughter of Frank Quicke. Rev. C.R. Rhode, of the Holy Cross Church, officiated.

In the 1920s, 1930s and early 1940s the Batesons lived at Columbus, OH.  

Their six offspring were Dorothy Bateson, Anna Catherine "Kay" Young, Rose Mary Bateson, June Rita Smith, James F. Bateson and Frederick P. Bateson. 

The family address in 1930 and 1940 was on Elizabeth Avenue in Columbus. James earned a living in 1930 as a  house decorator and in 1940 as a painter for a state office building. 

Daughter Dorothy Bateson ( ? - ? ) 

Daughter Anna Catherine "Kay" Bateson (1918- ? ) was born in about 1918. She married Frederick Hosfelt Young. 

Daughter Rose Mary Bateson (1921- ? ) was born in about 1921 in Ohio.

Daughter June Rita Bateson (1924- ? ) was born on Jan. 19, 1924 in Columbus. At the age of 18, she was employed as a clerk. On June 3, 1942, she was joined in wedlock with soldier Frank L. Smith ( ? - ? ), son of Rondo and Evelyn (Mertz) Smith of Columbus. Rev. John J. Murphy officiated. Frank's address at the time was 1954 Minnesota Avenue in Columbus.

Son James F. Bateson (1927- ? ) was born on Feb. 20, 1927 in Columbus. His address as a young man was at 797 Elizabeth Avenue, and he earned a living as a dipper. On July 30, 1949, at age 22, he entered into marriage with 18-year-old bookkeeper Betty J. Hill (1931- ? ), daughter of Vernon R. and Frieda M. (Shyley) Hill and a native of Chillicothe, OH. The ceremony was held in Columbus, by the hand of Rev. John C. Stanton.

Son Frederick P. Bateson (1931- ? ) was born in about 1931 in Ohio. 

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