CADLE, John Henry
(Abt 1795-1823)


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HORNBLOW, Sarah Emily

CADLE, John Henry 1

  • Born: Abt 1795 1
  • Marriage: HORNBLOW, Sarah Emily on Jan 29, 1816 in St.Pauls, Deptford, Kent, England 1
  • Died: Oct 11, 1823, Near Salem Cape South Africa aged about 28 1

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1. Historical. 1 John Henry Cadle came to South Africa as a member of Howard's Party - No 21 on the Colonial Department list, led by William Howard of Blucher Street, Chesham, Buckinghamshire.
It was intended that a joint stock party of fifteen men and their families from Buckinghamshire form Howard's party, but by the time they left some of the original party had fallen away and been supplemented by four members of a London party whose application had been turned down.
The party embarked at Deptford in the "Ocean" regular transport, sailing from Portsmouth on New Year's Day 1820, and arriving in Table Bay on 29 March and Algoa Bay on 15 April. The party left London in extremely bad weather, delayed by the river Thames having been frozen over for some weeks. In Portsmouth harbour the "Ocean" broke from her moorings and collided with the "Northampton," but fortunately no damage was caused. In the tropics the ships were often becalmed for days. The "Ocean" called at Porto Prayo, one of the Cape Verde Islands, and anchored in the bay. During the night she was fired on by the batteries on the shore, causing great consternation.
The first nine pound cannon ball tore through the rigging, the second scored a hit on the store room only three feet below the cabin floor of Mr Howard and the third fell short of the ship. It was later explained that a hostile ship had entered the
Port a few weeks previously and fired on the shore. The shots had been meant for that boat.
The "Ocean" was among the ships which called at Cape Town for re-victualling then at Simonstown and arrived at Algoa Bay in April 1820.
Howard's Party was located on the Blaauwkrantz River at what was named Salem Hills, near to Grahamstown, and it was here that John Henry CADLE finally settled. With him came his wife Sarah, children Elizabeth, William and John Henry, a daughter of Sarah's first marriage - Mary Catherine MOORE and Martha HILL, a servant. Three more children were born to them - Henry William Carpenter, Harriette Catherine and George Ellis. The last baby was born after the death of his father, John Henry being the only casualty of the "Floods" of 1823. He had contracted to build the road between Grahamstown and the present Port Alfred. After months of severe drought the rains suddenly came in torrential downpours and storms lasting over a week, with the rivers
becoming rushing torrents. He endeavoured to cross a swollen stream near Salem and was drowned on the 11th October 1823.


John married Sarah Emily HORNBLOW, daughter of John HORNBLOW and Elizabeth YOUNG, on Jan 29, 1816 in St.Pauls, Deptford, Kent, England.1 (Sarah Emily HORNBLOW was born about 1789 in Essex England 1 and died on Nov 3, 1843 in Port Elizabeth Eastern Cape South Africa 1.)



1 F.M.Williams, The Family Tree of John Henry Cadle-1820 Settler (Extracts Thereof supplied by Conrad Mercer).

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