William C. “Billy” Casey

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William C. “Billy” Casey

  • Birth 1792 Tennessee, USA
  • Death 26 Feb 1855 Jefferson County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Mount Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 10756491

The son of Isaac and Elizabeth Mackey Casey, he was born in South Carolina. He immigrated across the Cumberland Gap into pioneer country. Later, his father brought the rest of the family.

First wife was Amy Barker. They married at Cave-in-Rock, IL.
He settle in Jefferson Co, IL in 1817.
About 1836 he moved to northern IL but the next year moved back to Jefferson Co.

Amy died 1846; he m 2nd Aug 13, 1850 to Mary Shelton, they had one son, Newton.

Billy was a minister, and for a long time he was also the richest man in the county. Some believed he had large sums of money buried when he died that will never be found. He was enterprising and industrious. According to family recollections, he was a compound of noble and generous qualities and passions dark and bitter when aroused.

"William Casey, Esq., was a native of Tennessee, but reared In Kentucky; he died in this county.
When about twelve years old, while living at Cave-in-Rock, Ill., he and his aunt killed a bear which was swimming the Ohio River. He was also married at Cave-in- Rock, to Amy Barker....
Squire William Casey was a farmer by occupation and at one time was considered the wealthiest man in Jefferson County, donating the ground on which Mt. Vernon was built. He held the offices of Commissioner and Justice of the Peace. "
SOURCE: History Of Jefferson County, IL by Wm Perrin 1883, pg 7

At least two of William's daughters died very young and are also buried in the Old Part of Old Union Cem.


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  • Maintained by: Mary Jo Freeman
  • Originally Created by: Rosetta
  • Added: 11 Apr 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10756491
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William C. “Billy” Casey (1792–26 Feb 1855), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10756491, citing Old Union Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Mary Jo Freeman (contributor 47116079) .