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My great great grandfather was John Davis Cadden(seaman)dob abt 1840 and place unknown.My Great Grandfather was Francis Davis Cadden (seaman/river foyle pilot/deputy harbour master)dob 8th April,1866 in Belfast.Mate’s Certificate of Competency record in BT122/88. This shows he was born in Belfast in 1866, and that he was certified as a Mate on 20/9/1889 at Belfast. The certificate number is 021603.
At 13 he was an apprentice to Messers W.McCorkell & Co Londonderry,and sailed on the Oweenee and Harvester.In 1905 he passed pilots exam and became a river Foyle Pilot,employed by the Londonderry Port and Harbour Commisioners.He was married to Matilda Jane McGonigle Daughter of James McGonigle dob 1836 Cumber Claudy Ireland a Civil Bill Officer,in St Columbs Cathedral (COI) 14 March 1889.I require information on another Cadden connection starting with James Cadden of Belfast (shoemaker)dob bef 1824 married to Ellen (Daughter of Anthony and Mary Dugan) dob abt 1823/4-in Armagh,d 1866 .James & Ellens son John Cadden (bootmaker)dob 23 Aug 1846 emigrated to Canada birthplace unknown.John married 3 times in St Columbs Cathedral Londonderry parish of Templemore.1/Margaret Jones,a widower (Daughter of Nathaniel Barnes)dob 1833 Preston England d-1886 married 10 Aug 1872.2/ Sarah McCutcheon Daughter of John McCutcheon dob 1840 a Landstewart dob 1862 Castlederg Co Tyrone - d 1887 married 8 March 1887.3/Minnie Emma Cooper(Daughter of Charles Cooper dob 1801 Edenclaw,Fermanagh a Carpenter) dob 1846,Irvinestown,Co Fermanagh d-? married 31 Jan 1888 (Francis Cadden a witness,my great grandfather).John had 3 children a son John dob 04 Mar 1885.Francis dob 16 May 1887 to Sarah McCutcheson who died 9th September 1887 in the house of Mr Balck Fahan and a daughter Mary Ellen dob 2nd December 1888 to Ann Jane Cooper(daughter of Charles Cooper and sister of Anne Jane Cooper of Irvinestown dob 1846-1927.Now a James Cadden (shoemaker)dob abt 1850 d 14 November 1941 of Omagh married in St Stephens Dublin 13 Oct 1874 to Anne Jane Cooper dob abt 5th April 1846 d 4th July 1927(father Charles Cooper (Carpenter) and sister of Minnie Emma Cooper).As you can see John of Belfast and James of Omagh married 2 sisters and at the wedding of John in Londonderry my great Grandfather Francis Davis Cadden was there (1888)John Cadden emigrated to Canada (left Londonderry in 27th March 1891 unboard the Parisian with wife and 3 children.) John and Minnie(Cooper)along with Son John(Jack),Frank and daughters Minnie,Jane Emily(Jennie)dob 1891 and Heddesah Averil Cadden dob 1894 lived in Saltcoats Saskatoon,Canada.Frank D Cadden went to California USA his family is unknown to me.Plz email if you have a connection.
Updated October 19, 2008

John William Cadden
, Northern Ireland United Kingdom

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  • Francis Davis Cadden (River Foyle Pilot) & Family (1683 KB)
    Cadden Family 1910
  • Francis Davis Cadden as a boy abt 1879 (84 KB)
    Francis an apprentice at the age of 13 sailed in ships owned by Messers W.McCorkell & Co Londonderry.These sailing ships carried passengers (emigrants) to the Americas.He sailed on ships such as the,Oweenee and Harvester.He served as an apprentice on the Oweenee 17 Sept 1880 - 7 May 1881 and the Castle Holme 27 Oct 1881 - 31 Mar 1885.He passed his 2nd Mates exam 20 Sept 1889 in Belfast.
  • Francis Davis Cadden (River Foyle Pilot) on right (1497 KB)
    Francis passed his pilots exam in Oct 1905 and served the Londonderry Port &Harbour Commisioners as a river pilot.He was deputy harbour master for 25 years of his 34 years service.
  • Francis Davis Cadden River Foyle Pilot abt 1910 (104 KB)
    The picture was on display in a public house called the Metro in Shipquay Place Londonderry.The owner of the bar gave me permission to remove the picture and have it copied.
  • James Cadden 1891-1972 (15 KB)
    A member of a well-known Londonderry sea faring family,Mr.James Cadden,of 13 Grove Place,has retired after forty-seven years' service in the Merchant Navy. The eldest son of the late Mr.Frank Cadden,of Mountjoy Street,a former Foyle Pilot and Deputy Harbour Master,and who had thirty-nineyears'service with Londonderry Port and Harbour Commisioners,Mr.Cadden commenced his seamanship in 1911 with the old Anchor Line and Allen Line,of Glasgow,and continued until the outbreak of war in 1914.He served with the Royal Naval Reserve,Trawler Section,for almost five years and at the end of the war,he went to sea again in deep sea vessels. War Decorations. During his career he has called at many ports in many parts of the world-Australia,NewZealand,China and Japan-and when war was declared in 1939 he was on a deep -sea tanker off the coast of South America.He still continued on these vessels until 1942,when he came home and joined the Admiralty Naval Service in Lough Foyle. In 1944 he volunteeered for service in Europe and when the war ended he went back to deep-sea vessels until he retired earlier this month Mr Cadden received a total of nine decorations from both World Wars.Speaking of life at sea Mr.Cadden said:" It is a really good life.Conditions are 100 per cent better now than they were when I started. " A man gets a berth to himself,good food and plenty of recreation and that is partly due to the good work of the Naional Union of Seamen."
  • Cadden Family Londonderry Abt 1930 (272 KB)
    From Left Francis Davis(Frank),Annie(Brown),James,Margaret Elizabeth(Isobel),John and Matilda(Tillie).Alexander Place,Londonderry,Northern Ireland.
  • John Cadden Family Canada. (993 KB)
    Family group prior to emigrating to Canada 1891.John(Jack)Cadden son of John and Minnie(Cooper)also 2 daughters Minnie(Rosebud)and Heddesah Averil (Saskatoon Canada)
  • Castle Holme (34 KB)
    The Castle Holme was an iron ship built at Sunderland in September, 1875 by Bartram, Haswell & Co. She was bought by the Holme Line (Hine Brothers, of Maryport) soon after the Myrtle Holme and before they acquired the Aikshaw. The vessel was used in the trade to Tasmania and New Zealand. In about 1880 the Castle Holme was converted to barque rig (as also was the Myrtle Holme and probably others of the fleet, to save on manning costs). Frank Served on this ship 1881-1885 3 Yrs 5 months 4 Days
  • Apprentice on the Oweenee 1880 -1881 (145 KB)
    SHIPLAUNCH AT HARRINGTON.- An iron barque, named the Cumbriana, was launched from the yard of Messrs.R.Williamson and Son, at Harrington, on Monday forenoon. She was christened by Mrs.Williamson. The barque is 230 ft. long, 34 ft. 1 in. in breadth, and 21 ft. deep, and has a gross tonnage of 1,145 tons. She is classed 100 A1 at Lloyds, and is built by the firm for their own use in the colonial trade. Messrs.Williamson's lease of the Harrington yard expires in six months, and the only vessel they have now on the stocks is a small tug-boat for the Maryport Steamship Company. The Cumbriana is the 72nd vessel the firm has built and the 34th made of iron. It seems that the Cumbriana was sold fairly quickly to the Derry-based McCorkell Line (Wm. McCorkell & Co. Ltd. of Londonderry), and that she was renamed after a character in "The Song of Hiawatha", in keeping with that company's practice. She was engaged on the Baltimore grain run.

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