Person:William Casey (29)

Col. William Casey
m. 1749
  1. James Casey1752 - 1794
  2. Col. William Casey1754 - 1816
  3. Agnes Casey1767 -
m. 1779
Facts and Events
Name Col. William Casey
Gender Male
Birth? 1754 Frederick County, Virginia
Marriage 1779 Poss. Page County, Virginiato Jane Montgomery
Death? 1816 Adair County, Kentucky

Information on Col. William Casey

From "The Kentucky Encyclopedia" By John E. Kleber, pg. 168:

Casey, William
William Casey, pioneer, a native of Frederick County, Virginia, was born in 1754 to John and Margaret (Blackburn) Casey. He came to Kentucky in the winter of 1779-1780 and camped in Dick's (now Dix) River. In 1782 he married Jane Montgomery, daughter of William Montgomery; they lived near Logan's Station until 1791. That year Casey, with a company of soldier settlers, followed Green River, crossed it south of what was later called Casey's Creek, and erected a blockhouse and fort fifty miles from the nearest white settlement. The station was named for Casey. He was commissioned December 18, 1792, as a Lieutenant Colonel of the 16th Regiment of the Green County Militia. Sincere, honest and civic-minded, he employed a traveling tutor for the early settlements and assisted in the establishment of academies in Green and Adair Counties. In 1795, he was a member of the State House of Representatives; in 1799 a member of Kentucky's second Constitutional Convention; in 1800 a member of the State Senate. Colonel Casey died in 1816 on his Russell Creek property in Adair County. He was buried in Johnston Cemetery under this inscription: "William Casey 1754-1816, Ensign Clark's Ill. Regiment, Revolutionary War." His will recorded in Adair County, lists his heirs as his wife, Jane; son, Green Casey; and daughters Peggy Lampton (the grandmother of Samuel Clemens); Jenny Paxton, Mollie Creel and Ann Montgmoery. When Casey County was organized in 1806, it was named in his honor. (Contributed by Gladys Cotham Thomas)