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Drury Cade, I

Birthplace: Virginia
Death: before December 2, 1796
Wilkes County, Georgia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Stephen Cade and Mary Nancy Waddill
Husband of Winefred Cade
Father of James Cade; Lucretia Wooten; Drury "Bud" Cade; Robert Cade and Captain Tom Cade
Brother of William Cade; John Cade and Robert Cade

Occupation: Capt. Revolutionary War
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About Drury Cade, I

A Patriot of the American Revolution for GEORGIA. DAR Ancestor # A018032

  • Some researchers list this Drury Boykin/Bud Cade as being a child of Robert Cade, b. March 28, 1723; and not the son of Stephen Cade, b. October 17, 1715.

Taken from "The Cade Chronicles" by Robert E. Talley;


Drury Boykin (Bud) Cade moved from North Carolina to Wilkes County, Georgia about 1765. He was accompanied by three brothers: William, Robert, and John. At this time, father Stephen and grandfather Robert were still living back in North Carolina. There are many records of him acquiring land in Georgia and returning to North Carolina apparently to help settle the estates of grandfather Robert who died in 1769. In 1768, he applied (in Georgia) for 100 acres and the documentation read that "he had been in the state for three years". After the Revolutionary War, he was recommended for several hundred more acres as bounty land. The area in Georgia where he resided is located in the fork of the Savannah and Broad Rivers, some 40 miles north of Augusta, and was known as "Old Petersburg". The town of Petersburg began to decline around 1810 and was virtually abandoned by 1831.

Drury Cade's service in the Revolutionary Army was documented in "Historical Collections Georgia Chapter, National Society D.A.R., Volume 3, Page 181: "30 April 1785 Certificate of L. Marbury that Captain Drury Cade was a Captain in the Regiment Light Dragoons". He was in the Battle of Kettle Creek eight miles west of the town of Washington, which at the time was in Wilkes County. The account says, " The Tories (Loyalists) were routed." In Knights Georgia Roster of the Revolution, Volume 4, it states: "Certificate of Col. Elijah Clarke, 7 April 1784 that Drury was entitled to 500 acres of bounty land." Other sources mention another 250 acres. He is recorded as having actually received 575 acres.

Another account, from Mormon records, says that Captain Drury Cade served under General Andrew Pickens of South Carolina and Colonels Douley and Clark of Georgia.

From the book: Old Petersburg and the Broad River Valley of Georgia

Page 48 - Another family who helped old Donysis Oliver found Petersburg were the Cades. Unlike so many others, they stayed there to the bitter end. They lived on the last in the deserted village before the waters of the Broad and Savannah Rivers impounded by the Clark Hill Dam mingled their floods 50 feet deep over the site. The Cades, being the lares and penates of departed Petersburg.

Page 73 - Some of the most well-to-do chose the ridge for home sites. It became tradition that one of these ridge lots sold for $15,000. As was customary in those days, those estates were given names by their owners, as "Thornville", the home of John Watkins; "Spring Hill" where John Daniel Watkins lived; "Normandy", the D.B Cade home; "Hebron" where John Williams Welker lived; and "Poplar Grove" where Shaler Hillyer lived.

Page 122 - They were talking about that the principal Petersburgers owned plantations and owned slaves. It states that "Drury B. Cade owned 59 slaves. (This may refer to the second Drury Boykin Cade who was born about 1778).

Page 165 - In 1834 Drury B. Cade bought 2,322 acres extending all the way from the Savannah River across the Broad River into Lincoln County, including nine Petersburg lots, eight slaves, and all ferry privileges from Petersburg to Lisbon and across the Savannah to the site of Vienna. The Cades were gradually buying up the remnants of Petersburg during the next 30 years.

Page 172 - A newspaper correspondent visiting there in 1888 "found it a very difficult matter" to glean authentic information in regards to the early history of the town, for older citizens can only remember the place after it's desertion, and when only a few families inhabited it. What was once a flourishing city of Petersburg is now occupied by Captain Cade as a cotton field and stock farm. (This Captain Cade was probably the Captain D. B. Cade (1837-1905) who has an elaborate grave site marker at nearby Friendship Baptist Church)

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Drury Cade, I's Timeline

October 15, 1743
March 29, 1769
Age 25
Age 31
Wilkes County, Georgia, United States
Age 34
Age 34
Georgia, United States
December 2, 1796
Age 53
Wilkes County, Georgia, United States