A couple of days ago, Suzanne Meyers submitted a comment saying that she
recently found the gravestone of Schuyler Merritt Cady in a cemetery in
Chatham, New Jersey. This provided a death year. That sent me on a
search for more information about Cady and his relatives. Here is some
of what I found.
Schuyler Cady is the son of Capt. John Newton Cady (1840-1918) and
Frances "Fannie" Kelsey (b. 1850); they were married in St. James Church
in Brooklyn, NY on 20 Apr 1876. Frances (sometimes misspelled Francis in
records) is a granddaughter of Eliza Sackett (#1658) and Homer Preston
and a descendant of Simon Sackett the Colonist.
John N. Cady was born 17 Sep 1840 in Massachusetts. Schuyler's Sons of
the American Revolution application indicates that John's parents are
Rev. Jonathan Cady (1802-1886) and Eliza Petty (1804-1882).
Most of what we know of him comes from two news articles that followed
Courier-News (Bridgewater, New Jersey), 16 Sep 1918, page 1
J.N. Cady Buried at Chatham
Funeral of Former County Freeholder Board Director Held Sunday
The funeral of John N. Cady, late director of the Union County Board of
Freeholders was held yesterday afternoon from the Calvary Episcopal
church, Summit. The services were largely attended by Union County
officials and other men prominent in civic affairs. Interment took place
Mr. Cady died following an operation at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Friday,
where he had gone to recuperate from illness. He was 76 years of age.
Mr. Cady represented Summit on the Union County Board of Freeholders
continually since 1898. when Summit was incorporated as a city. For
eight years he served as director of the board. Last November he was
re-elected for a three-year term without opposition. He was a life-long
Mr. Cady was a native of New England, having lived most of his early
life near Boston. He came to Summit about 1880, and engaged in the
building business. He was the local representative of the architectural
firm of Cady & Krug, and had charge of erecting many of the largest
residences at Summit for more than a quarter of a century. In 1895 he
was elected a member of the vestry of Calvary church, and served in that
copacity until 1916. He is survived by his wife and two sons, Rev.
Howard Cady, rector of Grace Episcopal parish, Paris, Tenn., and
Schuyler M. Cady, a lawyer, with offices in Elizabeth.
Courier-News (Bridgewater, New Jersey), 25 Sep 1918, page 1
Freeholders Estate Small
Schuyler M. Cady has applied to the Union County Surrogate Court for
letters of administration on the estate of his father, the late John N.
Cady, of Summit. The application states the total value of the estate is
$250. Another son, the Rev. Howard Cady, resides in Paris, Tenn., and a
widow, Mrs. Francis Cady, also survives. The testator was a member of
the Union County Board of Freeholders at the time of his death September 13.
Of John's wife, we know little. Frances "Fannie" Kelsey was born 2 Feb
1850 in Brooklyn, New York to Charles Kelsey (1822-1866) and Elvira
Preston (1828-1866). Fannie appears in census records until 1920, when
she was a boarder in Summit, New Jersey. However, she also is listed in
several city directories, usually in Summit, until 1932, although a 1924
directory for Summit said that she had moved to South Carolina (where he
son, Howard, was living at the time). I have not found a death record
for her, nor any indication of where she is buried.
John and Frances Cady had two sons, Howard Kelsey and Schuyler Merritt,
both born in Brooklyn, NY. Schuyler became a corporate lawyer in New
Jersey, and Howard became a Episcopalian pastor. During my research I
saw several news articles about Schuyler's court cases and filings in
New Jersey and Howard's preaching and accepting calls and assignments in
Arkansas, Kansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Virginia from 1907 onward.
Howard was born in Brooklyn on 4 Apr 1877. As noted, he was an Episcopal
priest for various parishes from Arkansas through Virginia. Following
his retirement, on 26 August 1935, her married Alice Lee Cooper in
Manhattan, N.Y. Their wedding announcement appeared in the Richmond
Times Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia), 15 Sep 1935, page 20.
Hamilton, Sept. 14--The Rev. Howard Cady, retired Episcopal minister who
was formerly rector of Madison Parish, Loudoun County, and Miss Alice L.
Cooper, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Bartlow Cooper of Loudoun
County, were married August 16 in the Little Church Around the Corner,
New York. Mrs. Cady has for a number of years been a teacher in the
Ashburn High School. The will make their home in Hamilton.
According to Howard's obituary, it appears that he remained a "supply
pastor" (a pastor who would visit and preach at various churches for
special occasions or when a pastor was on vacation) until 1955:
Evening Star (Washington, D.C.), 27 Apr 1960. page 30
Howard Cady, 82, Retired Rector in Hamlton, Va.
Hamilton, Va., April 27 (Special). The Rev. Howard K. Cady, 82, retired
Episcopal rector, died yesterad afternoon at his home near Hamilton from
a heart condition.
Mr. Cady was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the sone of the late John and
Frances Cady. He spent most of his early life at Barnwell, S.C.
He was educated at the Episcopal Theological Seminary in New York City
and was ordained in 1905. After he was ordained he served as a
missionary in the mountains of Tennessee and later served parishes in
Texas and parts of the West.
Mr. Cady came to Loudoun County in 1924 and served as rector of the
three Episcopal churches of Madison parish in Purcellville, Hamilton and
Round Hill. He also served at the Good Shepherd in the Blue Ridge
Mountains and later at Christ Church in Lucketts.
Before retiring in 1955, he was a supply rector for churches in the area.
He leaves his wife, Alice Cooper Cady.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hall Funeral Home in Purcellville.
While I have not completed research yet on Alice Lee Cooper Cady and her
parents, I do know that she is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Hamilton,
Virginia, alongside of her husband. See
Schuyler Merritt Cady seems to be an interesting study. He graduated
from Princeton University in 1902 where he was vice-president of his
class, and then he studied law in New York. As I noted earlier, he
represented several companies in his law practice. I also found mention
of him writing papers or books about the American Revolution and writing
one musical play, which seems not to have been a success.
Tin Pan Alley and the Philippines: American Songs of War and Love,
1898-1946, pages 233-234
ISLE OF PALAWAN. Comp. W. Schuyler M. Cady. m. Chauncey Sanford Hickok
Note: The song is from the obscure. unpublished [?] musica1 comedy, /The
Governor of Palawan./ The forty-one-page play, a work in "3 acts," was
written and copyrighted (see CCE: "Dramatic Compositions: D.37520/July
10, 1914) b) Schuyler M. Cady of Summit New Jersey).
The music for the play was written by Chaurncey S. Hickok 2nd. I have
not had the opportunity to read the play in the LC"s Music Division, but
it would seem that Cady and Hickok drew on George Ade's 1903 musical
farce, /The Sultan of Sulu,/ as a model for their own far less
The LC, as the depository of U.S.-copyrighted material, has perhaps the
only copies of this long-forgotten musical . . .
A newspaper article published a few days after Schuyler's death
indicates that he left an estate of $18,000, a tidy sum in those days
(worth about $251,000 in 2017 dollars). The most comprehensive obituary
comes from Princeton Alumni Weekly, v. XXV, No. 1, page 22
SCHUYLER M. CADY '02
Schuyler M. Cady '02 died at his home in Summit, N.J., after an illness
of only two weeks. He had been a patient at the Overlook Hospital and
was thought to be much improved in health, when the relapse occurred.
His death came suddenly and was a great shock to his family and friends.
Cady had recently been appointed by the Common Council as Judge of the
Summit Police Court, but owing to his illness had not yet be sworn in.
After leaving Princeton, Cady graduated from N.Y. Law School in 1906 and
was admitted to the bar of New Jersey, began his practice in Newark and
later opened offices in Elizabeth and Summit. He was counsel for the
Hill City Building & Loan Assn., and counsel for the Hobart Development
Co. He was an active Republican and served for a number of years as
county committeeman and was also a member of the Board of Assessors for
Summit from 1912 to 1915. He was actively interested in the Boy Scout
movement and served as scoutmaster at the time. He also served on the
Board of Directors of the Y.M.C.A. and was connected with the Royal
Arcanum and Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce. He was an active member of
the Passaic Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and
served that Chapter as historian for a number of years. He was the
author of a number of historical essays and books dealing with New
Jersey's part in the Revolutionary period.
Cady is survived by his mother and a brother to whom the sympathy of the
class is extended.
Thus, it appears that with Howard and Schulyer, the Cady line of this