Name: Abner Brooks CASEY
Birth: ABT 1700 in Tyrone Co, Ulster, Ireland
Death: BEF 1800 in Whitmire, Newberry Co., SC
Burial: Casey Family Cem, Whitmire, Newberry Co, SC
Change Date: 2 JUL 2016
Not sure about this line of ancestors for him. If it?s true, the family was in Jamestown in 1624, but were back and forth from Ireland to Virginia in suceeding generations.
Before the 1400s the family name was O?Casey.
See also my page on him at:
In about 1725 two brothers, Peter and Abner Casey came to America from Tyrone Co., Ireland, most likely to escape political and religious turmoil. This was during the reign of English King George I. ?In the reign (1714-27) of George I unfair rents, famine and crop failure drove more thousands of Irish to America.? [Book of Knowledge, ?The Story of Ireland?, p.2942]. Tyrone county was an Irish county in Northern Ireland. They surely witnessed much tension and fighting between the native Irish and the Scots-Irish immigrants from Scotland. The Caseys were probably native Irish since there were Caseys all over Ireland and not just in Northern Ireland.
In 1725 Abner was about 26 years old when he sailed to America. The boat docked at Baltimore and Abner and Peter settled in the colony of Maryland near Baltimore. We don?t know if Abner was married when he came to America, if not, he probably married Harriet Green in Maryland.
After about 5 years the brothers moved away. Peter moved to Hampshire Co., WV in the 1730's where he lived for the remainder of his life, while Abner moved first to southwest Virginia and settled first on the James River, then in a few years moved to the Roanoke River Valley (near present Roanoke, VA), where they stayed until at least 1748.
From ?History of Jefferson County, Illinois?, p143-4:
?The Casey family was and is the most numerous, perhaps, as well as the most prominent, of all the pioneer families of Jefferson County. Abner Casey, the progenitor of the family in America, was born in the County Tyrone, Ireland, and there, upon arriving at the years of maturity, married a Welsh lady, whol, like himself, possessed great physical and mental powers. They emigrated to American somewhere about the middle of the eighteenth century and settled in Virginia, close neighbors to Edmond Randolph. Their children were all born while they lived on the Roanoke,a nd were Levi, Randolph and a daughter -- Randolph being named for their illustrious neighbor.
?They family moved to South Carolina about the year 1760, located near Spartansburg, where they lived until after the close of the Revoluntionary war. They were stanch patriots and bore an active and honorable part in the war for liberty and independence...?
Their next move was to Spartanburg Co, SC (which occurred sometime between 1748 and 1770).
Abner had eight sons and one daughter between the years of 1726 and 1760. They are also shown as having five slaves before moving to Spartanburg, S.C. (In Roanoke, they supposedly had a neighbor named Edmund Randolph. He was a good friend of Abner's and Abner named a son after him.)
From ?A History of Newberry County, SC? (Vol 1, 1749-1860, by Thomas H. Pope) --
p. 62 - ?First grand jury drawn consisted of . . . Abner Casey . . .?
p. 65 - list of justices of peace 1791-1800 included Abner Casey
He might be buried Whitemire Cemetery, Newberry, SC. The bounty maps show Abner to have land just south of Whitemire and it supposedly contains a lost Casey family cemetery on it with Abner and Harriet buried there. Levi owned land just SE of Abner's and some say the Casey cemetery was located there. Other brothers, John, Jesse & Randolph, also owned land in the same vicinity.
Abner's sons, Benjamin, Levi and Randolph were in the Second Carolina Regiment under Col. Elijah Clark and fought in the Battle of King's Mountain.
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was one of his famous descendants:
Abner Casey, Benjamin (or John) Casey, William Casey, Margaret Casey Lampton, Jane Lampton Clemens, Samuel Clemens.
Find A Grave Memorial# 145634659
Father: John Nicholas CASEY b: 1680 in Tyrone County, N. Ireland
Mother: Sarah BROOKS b: ABT 1680 in Tyrone Co, Ireland
Harriet "Hattie" GREEN b: ABT 1700 in Baltimore, MD or Wales
in Baltimore, Baltimore Co, Maryland
- Bartholomew Jesse CASEY b: ABT 1726 in Roanoke, Va Or Baltimore, MD
- John CASEY b: 1727 in Baltimore, MD
- Benjamin CASEY b: 27 JAN 1731 in Anne Arundel, MD
- James CASEY b: 1733 in Roanoke Valley, Va
- Moses CASEY b: 1735
- Sarah CASEY b: 1735
- Randolph CASEY b: ABT 1737 in Va. (maybe on the Roanoke River in Va.)
- Christopher CASEY b: ABT 1740
- Levi Garrett CASEY b: 1749 in South Carolina
- Nancy CASEY b: 1761
- William CASEY