|Birth: ||Dec. 8, 1759|
|Death: ||Dec. 12, 1835|
"Thomas Cason, the father of the family that settled in Boone County at an early date, was born in Virginia on December 8, 1759, and from there emigrated to South Carolina. Having been afflicted with the 'white swelling' in one of his limbs in early life, be became a school teacher, following it most of his life.
He married Miss Margaret Neill December 30, 1794. Miss Neill was born March 24, 1762. She was a woman of excellent mental ability and great force of character. Her experience during the Revolutionary War, if written, would read like a tale of romance. She was an ardent Whig, while a majority of her neighbors were Tories. She had two brothers, only one old enough to enlist in the war. Several times her house was robbed and everything destroyed except one bed on which an invalid mother lay. One of these times her brother had come home from the army on Sunday morning and was relating the news to the family and some young ladies who had come in to see him, when they were surprised by the click of gun locks from a squad of Hessians at the door of the house. The girls ran in the face of the Hessians and the brother out at the other side of the house. One of the Hessians, seeing her brother would escape, ran through the house and, meeting him, she struck up his gun just as he fired, undoubtedly by this act, saving he life of her brother. On returning to the house, her young brother becamed alarmed and ran out and, climbing a fence, was soon out of sight. The Hessians did not seem disposed to shoot, but followed after him, going to the bars instead of the fence, laying down the middle one. But when one of them would attempt to go through, the girls would jerk him back. One of the Hessians became so exasperated at Miss Neill that he struck her across the head with his gun, severly wounding her, the scar of which she carried to her grave. The Hessians then went to the house and destroyed everything of value, not leaving Miss Neill a change of clothing. The house had been robbed in the same manner before. At another time her young btother and herself had 'mowed' their wheat, and the night after a company of the enemy's dragoons came and fed every sheaf to their horses. Her older brother was, before the war ended, murdered. His company was surrounded in an old house by a very much larger force of Tories. The captain of Tories offered if they would throw their guns out of the house to protect them as prisoners of war. The Captain of the Whigs accepted these terms and ordered his men to throw their guns out the window. The men, at first, refused to obey, but as the house had been set on fire, they yielded. The first thing the Tory captain did was to order the Whig captain and his lieutenants to be hung to a 'fodder pole.' This breaking, he ordered them shot, after which the privates were all shot. Miss Neill, hearing of the surrender, started immediately for the place, but arrived too late to save her brother. All had been shot and the captain was walking among the dead and hacking with his sword every muscle that moved.
Thomas Cason, owing to his crippled condition, was never molested by the Tories, although his brothers were in the service of the colonies. After his marriage, he settled on a farm, but owing to having a large amount of security debts to pay, he had to sell the farm (a valuable one), negroes, and all other property, except a small amount of household goods, and then go to Ohio and teach school so as to secure money to move his family to that state.
Their children, four boys and one girl, were all born in South Carolina, the daughter dying before they left that state. William, the oldest, was born September 19, 1797; John, May 30, 1799; James, February 13, 1802; and Samuel, March 5, 1804. Thomas arrived in Ohio April 5, 1804 and the family moved in August and September following. From there they came to Indiana Territory in 1814 or 1815, settling in Union County on a farm and remaining there until October 1831, when John, James and Samuel emigrated to this county, all settling in the woods and opening up farms near Thorntown. William, who never married, remained with the old folks, staying on the farm until his death, May 16, 1850, aged 52 years, 7 months and 27 days.
His father died October 12, 1835, and his mother, July 25, 1846. William, a man of excellent character and habits, and exerted an influence for good over the people of this county equal if not greater than anyone who ever lived in it. He was probate judge over 20 years, and was regarded as one of the best probate lawyers in eastern Indiana." - History of Boone County, Indiana
Margaret Neill Cason (1762 - 1846)
William Cason (1797 - 1850)*
Silver Creek Cemetery
Created by: Mickey Rogers
Record added: Dec 03, 2013
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