Catherine McIlvoy was born 201 years ago – August 15, 1811 – in Caldrain, Antrim County, Ireland. Catherine was the daughter of Alexander McIlvoy and Mary Magdalene McConley. Catherine moved to Washington County, Kentucky, with her brother Daniel. There she married Stith Thompson in 1835. They had 8 children: Alexander, William Robert, John M., Sarah Jane, Magdalene Alice, Rosaline and Daniel McIlvoy Thompson, plus one daughter who died at birth.