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Rev Hugh Emmett Cassidey
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Birth: 1825
Death: Nov. 23, 1879
Chatham County
Georgia, USA

The Rev. Hugh Emmet CASSIDEY was born about the 1st of February, 1825, to:
Hugh CASSIDEY (who was born 1793 in Ireland and died in Effingham County in March of 1850, leaving a widow) &
a Miss HUDSON (of Screven County, who died about 1829).

In October of 1849 and March of 1850, Hugh Emmet CASSIDEY lost his brother and father, respectively (both buried at Powers Baptist Church, in Effingham County).

In August of 1850, he was a lawyer, living near William COOPER in Effingham County with his widowed step-mother, Eliza L. (born about 1803) and his half-sister, Mary (for whom Eliza L., her mother, was appointed guardian in 1851).
Note: This half-sister, Mary Jane CASSIDEY, "Molly," was born about 1843, and was married to George Washington CREECH in 1866 by that neighbor, the Rev. William H. COOPER. They were the parents of Mamie L. CREECH).

In December of 1850 in Effingham County, he married Sarah Ann Eliza BOURQUIN, the daughter of Robert Hamilton BOURQUIN & Mozelle ELKINS.

In July of 1860, he was a clergyman, living in the 17th District of Liberty County, with his wife, Ann E., and their only child, Mary Moselle, aged 10 months.

In June of 1870, he was a clergyman, living in Guyton in the 12th District of Effingham County, with his wife, E., and their daughter, Mary, who was attending school.

In 1872 and 1875, in state and nationwide directories of practicing lawyers, of the five listed for Effingham County, Rev. CASSIDEY was the only one listed for Gutyon.

Abstract from Laurel Grove Cemetery Keepers Book: Rev. Hugh E. CASSIDY died the 24th of November, 1879, and was buried the following day in Lot 929. He was a native of Georgia, aged 55 years, and was a resident of Drayton & Henry Streets, in Savannah.

By June of 1880, his widow, Eliza, and their unmarried daughter, Mary, lived in the village of Whitesville (Guyton), in the 12th District of Efingham County, near to her remarried brother-in-law, William B. STURTEVANT (1842-1924, also buried in Laurel Grove Cemetery).

From History of the Baptist Denomination in Georgia Volume II Pages 113-114 (1881): Immediately after the war of 1812, Hugh CASSIDEY, a native of Ireland, came to this county from Great Britain. He settled in Savannah, and married a Christian lady of Baptist faith by the name of Hudson, of Screven county. Mr. Cassidey was noted for his integrity, patient industry and indomitable energy; and, for many years, was engaged in an honorable and successful business in the city of Savannah. His love for his adopted country, his benevolent nature and his generous hopitality won him nay true friends who acknowledged his worth and held him in the highest esteem. His wife was a most excellent and praiseworthy lady, who faithfully performed her duty as a Christian mother. When called to her home above, she left two children, both of tender age - the son, Hugh Emmet Casssidey, being only four years old; yet the memory of her tender care, wise instructions and pious life had no small share in forming his character, and eventually, in leading him to become a faithful follower of Jesus, and a useful minister of the Gospel.

When a boy he studied the elementary branches of deucation at the academy in Savannah, afterwards being prepared for college under the instruction of William Faye, of Springfield, Effingham county. He entered the State University at Athens, where the correctness of his deportment, the amiability of his character, and his ardent devotion to his studies won for him the friendship of the students and the respect of the teachers. His progress in all branches of a liberal eduction was rapid, and he acquired and maintained a high rank in his classes; but was not graduated from the classic halls of the State University. He remained there only till his Junior year was half completed, when, in 1848, in his twenty-fourth year, he went to Boston and matriculated in Harvard College, Cambridge, as a law student - an unexpected opportunity to do so being offered him, which he could not reject, as the law had ever been his chosen occupation. In all his educational course, incited by ambition as well as by a natural desire for knowledge, he made fair attainments; but in his youthful days, it mat not be amiss to state, the rod was a far more common and potent factor in education than it is nowadays. Thus the fear of punishment and the hopes of reward, shining afar in fame's proud temple, both aided in leading him to more than an average attainment in knowledge and accomplishments. While at Harvard Mr. Cassidey availed himself fully of his many advantageous opportunities, and pursued his legal studies with great diligence.

On his return to Georgia, after studying a few months under Judge William Law, he was admitted to the bar, and entered on the practice of law in the spring of 1844. He evinced a decided talent for the profession, never failing to make a favorable impression on a jury through sheer force of native ability. But in a few years his father died, leaving him in possession of a valuable and extensive property, the management of which required all his time, and he abadoned the practive of law, and devoted his constant attention to his private affairs, being independent of his profession.

In the year 1854 he was converted and joined Providence church, at Guyton. In the year following he was ordained, Rev. J. C. EDWARDS and Rev. William SPIER acting as the presbytery. He then began a useful ministerial life, and served various churches, among which were the churches at Walthourville, Brunswick, Corinth, Middle Ground, Newington, Salem, Fellowship, Wades, Springfield, Providence [1868-1879], Sunbury and Guyton, in the southeastern counties of the State.

Mr. CASSIDEY was a strong, earnest, efficient, faithful and successful preacher, seeking to convince rather than to please, and inclined to be argumentative ather than rhetorical. The strongest and most influential preacher in his section, and one of the most earnest and devoted, he had many protracted meetings, and was the means of bringing multitudes into the fold of Christ.

He was a man of strong convictions and great independence of character, who never hesitated to assume responsibility when necessary; nor was he ever deterred by opposition from the faithful discharge of duty. He had learned to think and act for himself, and according to his own judgement; and, whether addressing a jury at court, or a religious congregation in church, always made a good impression, for he never allowed himself to undertake such a duty without full and accurate preparation; and, being a man of decided culture and great system, his preparation, both as to matter and methid, was perfectly adequate to the occasion. In person he was nearly six feet tall, with brown hair, blue eyes, dark complexion, with every inidcation of firmness and fearlessness. He weighed 145 pounds. Near the close of 1850 he married Miss Eliza BOURQUINE of Spingield, Effingham county; one child - a daughter - Mary Moselle, now just growing into womanhood, beng the fruit of this union. Mr. CASIDEY served his Association, the Middle, as clerk for several years, and was a member of the Georgia Legislature during the term for the years 1876 and 1877, During the war he was chaplain to a regiment, and faithfully performed the duties of his position. After the war he continued his ministerial labors among the churches, at times working on his farm, wtih that spirit of independence which ever characterized him, and it is thought that he overtaxed his strength and broke down his constitution. At the age of fifty-five, on the 23rd day of November, 1879, he expired, the fell monster, consumption, hastening the fatal catastrophe. He lies buried in Laurel Grove cemetery, Savannah, after laboring faithfully as a minister of the Gospel for twenty-four years.

Preaching was a passion with Mr. CASSIDEY. He seemed ever to be thinking out discourses, and was always ready to preach. Some of his best sermons were delivered on the shortest notice. His voice was strong, and while his sermons were solid and argumentative, he possessed enough fancy to render them attactive and memorable. He has left a deep impression of his power as a minister on those who were most constantly under his ministrations. When aroused by some grand theme, the emotions of his soul would make his face glow; his eyes would flash under the influence of lofty thought; every gesture would be impressive; and the tide of eloquence flowing from his lips, would enchain the attention of his auditory, and impress deep and lasting conviction on their hearts. 
Family links: 
  Hugh Cassidey (1793 - 1850)
  Mary Moselle Cassidey White (____ - 1891)*
  James Hudson Cassidey (1822 - 1849)*
  Hugh Emmett Cassidey (1825 - 1879)
*Calculated relationship
to the memory of
Rev. H. E. Cassidey
who departed this life
Nov. 23rd 1879
Aged 54 Years
10 Mo. & 22 Days
His own words
"I'm a sinner saved by grace."

Laurel Grove Cemetery (North)
Chatham County
Georgia, USA
Plot: Lot 929
Created by: jrpv
Record added: Oct 28, 2009
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Rev Hugh Emmett Cassidey
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Rev Hugh Emmett Cassidey
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- jrpv
 Added: Oct. 28, 2009
Hugh Emmett Cassidey served in the Confederate Staes Army as a Chaplain in the 47th Georgia Infantry Regiment.
- Richard Lee Montgomery
 Added: Jul. 16, 2013

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