by Harry F. Green
Jonas Cattell, Fox Hunter Extraordinary
Southern New Jersey had a famous hunter, popularly forgotten who may claim a place in the select select company of America's pioneer woodsmen. And, indeed, Jonas Cattell was in some respects the most individual of them all. Certainly he succeeded in some adaptations to his surroundings beyond even a Boone or a Natty Bumpoo, with whom he was largely contemporary.
Born in 1758 on a farm a couple miles east of Woodbury in Gloucester County (just across the river from Philadelphia), he was by nature a hunter and woodsman, in a land full of wild game. He did not move on westward with the receding frontier, but developed his own frontier - of that world of the wild creatures, often all about us, yet to most quite unknown. But long before he was grown the puzzling land and water intricacies of the whole neighborhood, and the intimate ways of its wild inhabitants, were an open book to Jonas Cattell. The tradition is that he had a strain of indian blood. Certainly he possessed an Indian hunter's complete understanding of the nature folk, and his tireless ability to cover incredible stretches of difficult county. Early he became famous as a distance runner.
(The sections I have omitted seem to have been written based on 'Old Eagle Eye' Never Gave Up In Foxhunts Of Colonial Days' )