Genealogy occupies a unique department in literature, in that it requires unmeasured patience and perseverance and a devoted love for the work on the part of one who assumes the burden, coupled with the fact that very inadequate pecuniary reward will be realized in return for the time expended in producing desired results, so that the task must be considered purely as a work of love. The compiler began his work about twenty years ago by personal search of records in the early homes of the Cadys in Massachusetts and Eastern Connecticut. Since then the work has been continued, as time permitted, by research in many other localities, in private and public records, and by extensive correspondence with members of the family in most of the states of the Union. Hundreds of letters have been sent requesting records, but it is to be regretted that some of them have received no response, thus allowing a partial lack of data which a little attention might have supplied. But the sincere thanks of the compiler are due the majority who have kindly responded.