|Meric E. Cady
From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 283-284, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Meric E. Cady resides at Camden, and is numbered among the
respected pioneers of Schuyler county. He was born in Tolland county,
Connecticut, January 22, 1828, being a son of Isaac F. and Sarah
(Chapman) Cady, natives of Connecticut. Isaac F. Cady in early life
learned the trade of a carpenter, and, being a natural mechanic, also
worked at the blacksmith trade. He could make anything in iron or other
work in his line.
He first married Clarissa Hunt, who died, leaving seven
children, five girls and two boys. He then married Sarah Chapman, and
after two children had been born, he with his family came to Illinois,
in 1835, via canal, Lake Erie and canal, to the Ohio river, where he
purchased a boat, and came to Quincy, Illinois, and in the fall of 1835
he settled in Camden township, where he entered several hundred acres
of land, and resided there till his death, which occurred in 1847, aged
seventy-two years, six months and two days.
By his first marriage there were seven children, namely: Isaac
G., H. H. Franklin, Angeline, Caroline, Emaline, Adaline and Mary Ann.
By his second marriage, he had Francis E. and Meric E. The mother of
our subject, by former marriage to I. A. Jones, had five children:
Austin, Alonzo, Revilo, Charles W., and one died young. All the
children were born in Connecticut, and the parents and fifteen children
came to Illinois. The mother of our subject died aged eighty-one years.
Meric E. Cady was reared on the farm, and being a natural
mechanic he worked somewhat in that line, In 1850, he crossed the
plains to California, where he worked in the mines for one year, and
then went on a ranch. In 1853, he came home via the Isthmus and New
Orleans, and took 124 head of cattle and thirteen head of horses across
the plains to California, and remained there till 1855, when he
returned home via New York.
He was successful while in California, and on his return home he
resumed farming, till 1882, becoming the owner of 268 acres, on which
he made many improvements. When he removed to Camden village, he built
a store, and with his son engaged in general mercantile business, and
so continued ten years; since then he has lived a retired life. He sold
his farm in 1891, and purchased another of 130 acres, in Camden
In March, 1856, he married Eliza A. Melvin. She was born in
Maine, in the town of Reidfield, 1835, daughter of John and Eunice
Melvin, who settled in Schuyler county, in 1851. Our subject continued
farming till 1882.
Mr. and Mrs. Cady have three children living, and one dead.
Everett F. is a farmer in Camden township; Charles W. died at the age
of nineteen years; Eugenia and Addie. In politics, Mr. Cady is a
Democrat, and has held local offices.
Mr. and Mrs. Cady are members of the Christian Church. Mr. Cady
is a Royal Arch Mason, being the Master of the Camden Lodge, No. 648,
A.F.&A.M., a position he has held for several terms.
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