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 John Luther “Casey” Jones

John Luther “Casey” Jones

Birth
Missouri, USA
Death 30 Apr 1900 (aged 37)
Vaughan, Yazoo County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 10214 · View Source
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American Folk Figure. He was killed in the wreck of the Illinois Central Train #1 ("The Cannonball Express") at Vaughan, Mississippi on April 30, 1900 at 3:52 a.m. He stayed with the train to slow it down as much as possible, and was the only one who was killed in the wreck. It is believed that his selfless actions saved his passengers from injury and possible death. He is memorialized to this day in the famous ballad of "Casey Jones" by his friend Wallace Saunders. The spelling of Casey's "hometown" was Cayce, Kentucky, which is pronounced "Casey." He himself actually signed his nickname as "Cayce," but letters from his wife in much later years show her spelling it "Casey."


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 29 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10214
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Luther “Casey” Jones (14 Mar 1863–30 Apr 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10214, citing Mount Calvary Cemetery, Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .