THE CONSTITUTION
L. W. ALBRIGHT, Editor
Woodbury, Wednesday, Dec 14, 1904
Bell Phone 15x.
Eastern Phone 20.
 
 
 
 
 

Nathan Cattell, brother of Jonas, also son of the same Indian Squaw, never became as noted as Jonas because he did not move along the same class of men.

While Jonas lived in the older parts of the county and became the ideal hunter and guide of the wealthier and more educated citizens in their gunning parties "up in the woods," Nathan lived where Jonas only occasionally came to hunt.

Hospitality Mill, Loggerhead Branch, Brooklyn and Blue Anchor, all in Squankum vicinity, were his dwelling places as remembered by older inhabitants.

In personal build he was taller and stouter than Jonas, and in habits about the same, excepting that of disipation, for while Nathan was a drinking man no such charge is now brought against Jonas.

Nathan was an invertrate hunter, spending most of his time in that way, frequently accompanied by his wife, Abigail.

A bear was lingering about the swamps near Squankum one summer and Nathan sought long to get a shot. At last, after nearly three months watching and waiting, he and Abbie confronted bruin very suddenly.

"A-a-a-b-bie run!" shouted Nathan, which she did speedily.
She said: "When I'd run nearly a mile I looked back, and there came Nathan not far behind." The unexpected meeting with the beast had so disconcerted her husband that he forgot to shoot.

Another time he and Christopher Sickler, son of settler John Sickler, set a bear trap on the eastern side of Egg Harbor river in the neighborhood of Blue Anchor.

Chrisopher then lived in a cabin near by, having married Elizabeth Albertson, daughter of Josiah Albertson, who took charge of the historic Blue Anchor Hotel in 1812.

They agreed to tend the trap in six weeks turns, Nathans coming first.
When Nathans six weeks were up he notified Christopher that evening suggesting that Sickler go around in the morning.

Before daylight Christopher , approaching the trap, heard the chain rattling and the bear growling. Waiting until light he found the beast fast, having gone the length of the chain to hide its head in a laurel bush. He notified the neighbors and the news spreading, a general holiday was taken to slay the and divide the bear, during which "Uncle Cliffy" received many congratulations on his luck.

However, Nathan was known to work at wood craft and , also, in Squire John Marshall's time, about 1840, he sheared in the New Brooklyn glass works at Old Seven Causeways.

Here he whipped the "Bully of Fishtown," one Williamson, who came with other glass blowers from Dr. Dyotts factories to blow in Brooklyn after Dyott's failure.

Williams had imposed upon a tending boy who had refused to carry rum for the bully, from Blue Anchor Hotel. Cattell got into the racket, and leaving the fire with another shearer, had a frigtful fistic battle with Williamson along the mill pond, coming off the conquerer.

John R. Downer
Communicated


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