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            One of the prominent old settlers of Sonora, Tuolumne County, California, who enjoys the esteem and respect of the community, is John Sherman Cady, the subject of this sketch.  He was born in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, February 19, 1826, of old English ancestry who settled in New England, at Wethersfield, Connecticut, in 1832.  Eleazar Cady, the grandfather of our subject, was an officer in the Revolutionary War, in one of the battles being the general in command.  He died in Hinsdale, at the age of eighty-four years, having been a devoted member of the Baptist denomination.  His son, Daniel Cady, was the father of our subject and was born in Dalton, Massachusetts, October 10, 1796.  He married Miss Elizabeth Raymond, also a native of the Bay state, and a daughter of Daniel Raymond, a Revolutionary soldier who fought in the battle of Bunker Hill.

            In 1860 Daniel Cady removed with his family to Wisconsin, where he became a well known and respected citizen, living an industrious life and dying at the age of eighty, having long been a member of the Baptist Church.  He had been a soldier in the war of 1812-15.  Mrs. Cady lived until she was seventy-six years old.  They had six children, only two of whom survive, Mr. Cady’s oldest brother being a resident of Wisconsin, where he is now living (1900), at the advanced age of seventy-nine years.

            Our subject was educated in his native town, where he received a good common school education.  When prepared to make a visit to California he chose the Nicaragua route, and was in the wreck of the steamer North America, which went on the coast of Mexico in the night of February 12, 1852, with eleven hundred souls on board.  All of these were landed safely and taken to Acapulco, thence to San Francisco by a clipper ship, arriving in that city May 15, 1852.  Mr. Cady proceeded to Sonora, which he reached May 20, 1852, immediately engaging in mining.  This business he followed for two years and with much success.  One of his claims was in the city of Sonora, and he took from a street one piece of gold, weighing ten ounces, and at another time one weighing nineteen ounces.

            In 1855 Mr. Cady made a trip to the east and was married September 5, that year, to Miss Mary M. Curtis, a lady whom he had known from childhood.  She was born October 5, 1831, and was a daughter of Epaphras and Orpha Curtis, a most lovely character whose death on November 23, 1897, Mr. Cady deeply mourns.  After his marriage Mr. Cady returned alone to his western enterprises, but in the spring of 1858 he went east again and brought Mrs. Cady to the west.  In 1860 he engaged in mining at Table Mountain, realizing five dollars a day, and soon after opened a store at Sonora, dealing in paints, oils, glass, paper and upholstery goods, and this business he conducted for a period of thirty-nine years.  Since that time Mr. Cady has lived retired from business.  He was successful in his enterprises and possesses more than a competency.

            Our subject has taken a prominent part in political life, has been a Republican ever since the organization of the party and was the efficient postmaster of Sonora during the administration of President Harrison.  Fraternally he is a member of the Chosen Friends, from which organization he will soon be entitled to three thousand dollars, according to the rules of the order.

            Mr. Cady mourns the death of his wife most sincerely, as their life had been most congenial.  He is the only one left of his friends who belonged to the old pioneers of Sonora, and enjoys the esteem and regard of all who have so long known his probity of character and his interest in the prosperity of his section.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: “A Volume of Memoirs and Genealogy of Representative Citizens of Northern California”, Pages 536-537. Chicago Standard Genealogical  Publishing Co. 1901.

© 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.




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