Rev. Thomas M. Casey was my great-great-grandfather. Born March 12, 1801 in Barren County, Kentucky, and died at the age of 67 on October 4, 1867, in Jefferson County, Illinois. His father was Isaac Casey (1770-1851), son of Randolph Casey (1737-1814), son of Abner Casey (ca. 1700-1790). Abner came to America from Ireland. See the tree.
“After his marriage, Mr. Casey began the development of a farm. His home was a little log cabin in the midst of an undeveloped tract of land. Deer could easily be shot and bears were frequently killed in the neighborhood. He entered about 250 acres of land from the Government,and bore all the hardships and trials of pioneer life while performing the arduous task of opening up a farm.
“He and his wife joined the Methodist Church in 1819, and he at once was made a Class-leader and soon became a local preacher. He was untiring in church work and the cause was greatly advanced by his earnest efforts. He gave the ground on which the Pleasant Grove Church was built, aided in the erection of the house of worship, and when it was destroyed by fire, helped to build the brick structure now  in use. The poor and needy found in him a friend, and his neighbors a wise counselor.
“Thomas M. Casey was a farmer and became an extensive breeder and buyer of hogs, cattle, and mules. He was a devout Christian and took much interest in church, the Pleasant Grove neighborhood (4 miles north of Mt. Vernon) having the first place of worship in Jefferson County, and becoming famed all over Southern Illinois as a religious rendezvous. Thomas M. Casey's home was headquarters for the pioneer circuit riders and the wandering evangelists who carried the Bible messages to the dangerous western wilderness.
“He passed from this earthly life October 4, 1868, and was buried at Pleasant Grove. His wife, who shared with him in all religious work, and was a faithful member of the Methodist Church for 57 years, died March 15, 1877.”
Thanks to Susan Deininger for the picture of Thomas M. Casey. A copy of a copy of an old print in her mother's collection.
|Here is a picture of what is left of Thomas M. Casey's gravestone, in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery,
next to the church he helped to build, and where he preached for many years. It says,
Rev. Thomas M. Casey
Mar 12, A. D.1801.
Oct 4, 1867.
67 Ys, 5 Ms, 22 Ds.
Thomas M. Casey's Will is listed in JEFFERSON COUNTY, ILLINOIS WILL RECORD BOOK INDEX - A 1886 - 1898, pages 13-16.
1830 Census for Jefferson County, IL
Casey, Thos. M. 1100100000000 2100100000000
Those long numbers indicate the number of males and females in different age ranges living in the home.
Males: one under 5, one 5-9, one 20-29
Females: two under 5, one 5-9, one 20-29
1840 Census for Jefferson County, IL
Casey, Thomas M. 1111110000000 2121010000000
Males: one under 5, one 5-9, one 10-14, one 15-19, one 20-29, one 30-39
Females: two under 5, one 5-9, two 10-14, one 15-19, one 30-39
CASEY,Thomas M. 49 M KY Harriet 49 F TN M. J. 25 F IL [Malyntha Jane] William M. 23 M IL [William Mackey] Mary S. 18 F IL [Mary Sophronia] W.B. 17 M IL [Wesley Barger] W.V.R. 14 F IL [Rebecca Valinda] Nancy R. 12 F IL [Nancy Robinson] S.T. 11 M IL [Abraham Twyman] R.M. 9 F IL [Rhoda Mabel]1860 Census Jefferson County IL
CASEY, Thomas M. 59 M Farmer $7800 $2000 KY Harriet 60 F TN Malinda 37 F IL ERRISMAN, Cynthia E. 32 F IL [apparently widowed] CASEY, Nancy R. 22 F IL Abraham T 20 M IL Teacher Rhoda M 18 F IL GASTON, Laura S. 12 F IL [Cynthia's daughter] Malintha U. 10 F IL [Cynthia's daughter] BAGWELL, Jno. 6 M IL MIDDLETON, William 10 M IL ERRISMAN, Isaac N. 1 M IL [Cynthia's son] Van CLEVE, Horris 13 M IL [Possibly son of Dr. W. S. and Harriet (Casey) VanCleve] WEAVER, Nathaniel 22 M IL Farmhand