February 9, 2013. From Carolyn Beasley Meiggs daughter of Mattie
Part of Mom's family spelled their last name Cayton (Uncle Charlie
for one) or Caton (Mom did). My Grandmother is on the pictures
that say Mattie (Mama) Cayton. Her name was Martha Jane Morrisette
Cayton - nicknamed Mattie. They named Mom Mattie after her
nickname. Photo's from Mattie Beasley album.
Trip to Mackey Island. Jim Vandergrift, Leon
Doxey, Mr. Simmons, Phillip May, Charles Cayton, Mattie (Mama)
Cayton, Dora Fisk
Mackey Island. Phillip, Mattie (Mama) Cayton,
Louise Doxey, Cousin Hattie Bamford.
Brother "Charlie" Caton
Mattie Caton, Cousin Phillip May (Same House)
Mattie Beasley - When we first moved to Mackey's Island all our
furniture was piled in the yard. Mr Knapp came by and asked,
"Where is all the furniture going to be put? The house was so
small. The ben grass was higher than our knees. It had not been
cut all summer. Mama loved her flowers so she began to cut the
grass with her scissors. It took her all winter to get it cut, but
when spring came she began to put out flowers. That summer she had
a yard full of all kinds blooming. Mrs. Knapp saw what she had
done and made a talk at the PTA meeting about how Mama's efforts
had paid off.
Mackey Island. Ralph Beasley
Jane Brumley - Mamie would have been Mamie Waterman. Her husband was
Arthur Waterman. They were long time caretakers for the Knapps &
great friends of my parents. They played cards every week &
visited back & forth frequently. That is how I got to spend so
much time as a youngster over at Mackays. Later, after leaving
Mackays, they lived in their house which, while remodeled, is house
adjacent on the north side of the cemetery. Owned now by the
Meltons. They had one son Arthur Burnley Waterman who is deceased.
He had a daughter but I lost trace of her many years ago. I think
she moved out of the area.
Ralph Beasley 1927
Mamie & Arthur also had, I believe, a house assigned to them
over at Mackays. However, I never remember them staying in it. They
always stayed in the "big house" but did not have their personal
furniture there. Just their clothes, books etc... There was a large
wing for "servants" & that is where they had their stuff.
Actually, they had the run of the house when the Knapps were not
there. And there were sleeping quarters in the boat house too. I
knew where the liquor was stored too. It was behind the paneling
& there was a certain place to push & out came the bar. I
learned how to do that. Mamie & Arthur let me play opening it. I
was a very spoiled little girl.
Mattie and Ralph lived in the house assigned to Mamie and Arthur.
Ralph worked for Knapp and met Mattie there.
Mattie Caton (Cayton) Beasley Photo Album.
1949 William Wesley Beasley, Lulie Virginia
Waterman Beasley. "Papa Billy", "Mama Lulie".
1949 Ralph Beasley, Ruth Litchfield, Lulie
& Billy Beasley, Martha Carolyn Beasley
1949 Lulie & Mattie
1949 Mattie, Anne Howard, ?innie Moss
1949 Mary Ann Moss, Carolyn, Marion Moss
Mattie, Ralph with Ruth & Jim Miller.
Skyline Drive Fall 52. Also Jane Miller & Carolyn Beasley
Joyce Litchfield, Carolyn Beasley, Ruth
Litchfield, Lulie Beasley, Ralph & Mattie Beasley.