|Birth: ||Mar. 23, 1790|
|Death: ||Dec. 4, 1828|
The following is from
Grime, J.H., History of Middle Tennessee Baptists (Nashville, TN: Baptist & Reflector, 1902)
ELDER HIRAM CASEY
The subject of this sketch was born in the State of Georgia, March 23, 1790. His father emigrated to Tennessee, settling in Smith County, when Hiram was still a youth. Being reared in a frontier community, he grew up with little education. At the age of seventeen, he married to Miss Catherine Depriest by whom he became the father of twelve children.
He professed faith in Christ and was baptized into the fellowship of a church in Hickman County, Tennessee, by Elder Caruthers, when he was 22 years of age. Whether he had, for the time being, settled in that section or was on a visit there, we are not informed. He spent the first twelve years of his ministry ( from 1812 to 1824 ) in Smith and surrounding counties in Middle Tennessee. Part, if not all, of this time his home was on Goose Creek, near Meadorville. His membership was probably with the church then known as East Fork Goose Creek, now known as Hillsdale Baptist church. While he did some pastorial work and helped to constitute some churches, yet the greater part of his ministry was performed as an evangelist. He traveled and preached a great deal with Elder John Wiseman. His qualifications were suited to evangelistic work. He was large and portly, with a strong, clear, yet melodious voice, combining an eloquence and pathos that were captivating. He was know as the singing preacher, and his power in song would often move large audiences to tears.
He was one of the ministers who assisted in the constitution of Salem Association in 1822, at old Cedar Creek Church. He was loved wherever he was known. He possessed a good degree of natural wit, and was lively and cheerful in the social circle, which made him a favorite even among the young people.
In the latter part of the year 1824, he left the scenes of his early ministry in Middle Tennessee, and settled in Hardeman County, West Tennessee. There he continued to preach with the same zeal which had characterized him in Smith and adjoining counties. But he soon finished his work and went to his reward Dec. 4, 1828, while he was yet only 38 years of age. This is another of the strange providences of God, that we shall never understand till we go hence. It is found on the fly leaf of his old Bible that he preached 1,125 sermons from A. D. 1817, to A. D. 1822, a period of five years, making an average of 225 in each year. This will give the reader some idea of the amount of labor he performed. As to the number he baptized, etc., we are not informed. Eternity alone can reveal the good done by this man of God; or the number who shall rise up in that day to call him blessed. His dust sleeps in the old Mt. Pleasant Cemetery where he was pastor when the Master said, "It is enough," some ten miles southeast of Bolivar, Tenn.
Catherine DePriest Casey (1787 - 1863)
Randolph DePriest Casey (1810 - 1896)*
Sarah Ray Casey Webster Wheeler (1815 - 1875)*
Zadock W Casey (1820 - 1854)*
Hiram D Casey (1825 - 1856)*
Tandy Young Casey (1826 - 1916)*
Note: As of March 2012, two different researchers had searched this cemetery and failed to find any Casey gravestones, though one reported the presence of many unmarked graves.
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
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