My Contribution: I lived a full life with a major impact on my church and community through leadership, activism, and faith. Born in Highspire, Pennsylvania to German parents, I was one of the founders of Wesley Union A.M.E. Zion Church and assisted numerous men and women pass through the Underground Railroad. I helped to raise funds for a monument to USCT members.

My Legacy: I worked within Wesley Union A.M.E. Zion to make the church a thriving hub. The monument to USCT members who fought valiantly in the Civil War stands today in Lincoln Cemetery as does a state historical marker noting my influence. When I died at age ninety, I left behind 100 relatives who grew into the storied Marshall and Layton families of Harrisburg.

In My Words: “Harrisburg lost one of its oldest citizens this morning…Mrs. McClintock has lived in this city over 80 years and was conversant with local history. She has for over 70 years been a consistent Christian, and was one of the founders of the South Street A.M.E. Zion Church…She peacefully fell asleep in Jesus, whom she long had served. Mrs. McClintock was of an unusually cheerful disposition and her acquaintances in this city are most numerous. By her death the community loses one who in early life did much for this city’s development.” Harrisburg Telegraph, April 18, 1893.


Full Name: Catherine Yellotz Williams; Catherine McClintock. Alternate first name: Catharine.

Birth Date: December 13, 1802/1803

Death Date: 1893

Place of Birth: Highspire, Pennsylvania.

Sex: Female

Race: “Mulatto” (1850 and 1880 Federal Censuses); White German (family history)

Places of Residence: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: South Ward (1850-1863), 175 Paxton Street (1863-1888), 708 East Street (1889-1892).

Connection to the Old Eighth Ward: Resident during her later years; active member of Wesley Union A.M.E. Zion Church.

Family Members: Husband:M1: James Williams. Husband:M2: Henry McClintock. Daughters: Mariah Williams Powell, Elizabeth Williams Kelly, Harriet McClintock Marshall, and Catherine “Kate” McClintock White.

Education: Unknown.

Occupations: Unknown.

Church Membership: German Lutheran Church at 3rd and Chestnut Streets, Wesley Union A.M.E. Zion Church.

Activism: Underground Railroad, Benevolent Society.

Connections: Harriet McClintock Marshall (daughter), William H. Marshall, William E. Marshall, Morris H. Layton, Jane Chester, Elisha Marshall, Benjamin Foote, and James Stocks.