James Cudd of the Isle of Man was the son of W. H. Cudd who was a First Lieutenant at the Battle of St Vincent. He was wounded in the knee and was pensioned off from the Royal Navy for life. He moved, apparently with other members of his family, to New Zealand in about 1854 travelling aboard the Creswell immigrant ship. He became involved in whatever work was available, principally bush felling and farm work. Eventually he moved to New Plymouth and worked in a store in Devon-street that was known as Mr Sharland's Store. His wife, who was the sister of the Hon. T. Kelly and J. Kelly, died. Eventually Cudd married the widow of Josias Hoskin. He took over the Sharland store. On 20 September 1886 he was judged bankrupt, assets estimated at £950 and liabilities at £1,260. His personal estate was valued at just £5. When he would die, aged 83, on 18 December 1906, the Taranaki Herald of 20 December 1906 (P.3). would note that he was 'one of the early pioneers and had to take his share of the hardships of those stirring times.' The paper described him as 'quiet and unassuming' that he had made no enemies and claimed a large circle of friends. 'In business,' it noted, 'he was one of those whose word was his bond.' He was a member of the Wesleyan Church and a trustee of Liardet-street Church.
I understand that Cudd had a brother who was a printer in the Isle of Man and published two satirical magazines, The Manx Cat and The Manx Clown. He achieved some notoriety because of this. If anyone knows anything about what happened to him, I would be pleased to know.