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The Cade Family, Rickmansworth, England

Updated September 5, 2000

Neil Alexander Cade

Neil and Hilary Cade currently live in Rickmansworth, Engalnd after emmigrating from New Zealand and Ireland, respectively. Their interest in Genealogy was stimulated by the publication of the 150 year anniversary of Neil Cade's ancestors who emmigrated from Scotland to New Zealand in 1840. This family history, 'A McKenzie History 1840-1990', by Nancy Minton, plots the unfolding story of the descendents of Hugh McKenzie, who left the rigors of a Scotish farming life to better his fortunes in a new land

Hugh, his wife Catharine, their five daughters and one son left Greenoch on the Clyde in Scotland, in the ship BLENHEIM, on 25th August 1840 to arrive in New Zealand on Christmas day 1840. Although there had been some earlier settlers, 1840 marked the beginning of the organised settlement of New Zealand. Hugh and his family were therefore some of the first settlers in the 'new land'. One of Hugh's daughters married ploughman Angus McMaster, an immigrant on the same ship and became the first 'white' woman to settle in the Wairarapa valley.

Neil Cade's ancester, Hugh's only son John, followed to the same valley some years later and the Wairarapa valley is still home to Hugh's many descendents.

The Cade line began in 1877 with the marriage of John's eldest daughter to Robert Barney Cade who emmigrated from Lincolnshire in England in around 1870.

The Family history by Nancy Minton plots a complete outline history of the family over the 1840-1990 period and sketches the previous ancestry in Scotland, back at far as Culloden in 1746. A 'many greats' uncle was killed near Inverness by Cumberland's men in that year. This Scotish history is a bit more sketchy and less reliable.

We are currently trying to corroborate some of this early history. In addition we are trying to trace the origins of the Cades in Lincolnshire, and Neil's mother's family who also emigrated from Scotland (this time much later, in around 1910). Great Gandfather Sandy Buttar and his wife Jessie (nee, Robertson) emmigrated from near Cupar Angus in Scotland. As itinerant farm laborours, they were also trying to better them selves in a new land.

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