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Casey, James, & Sons.-The firm is James Casey, Sr., James, jr., and George Casey. James Casey, sr., was born at Fort Covington, N. Y., February 14, 1839, a son of William and Margaret (Canada) Casey, and grandson of Morris Casey who came from Ireland to Franklin county in an early day and spent his days on a farm where he died at age seventy years. His wife was Maggie O'Meal. Margaret Canada was a daughter of John and Mary Canada, who also came to New York from Ireland and settled near Albany and died in Wisconsin. Morris Casey and wife had two sons and one daughter; William Casey and wife had five sons and two daughters, four sons and two daughters now living. James Casey, sr., was educated in the common schools of Franklin county and Theresa; he went to school to Ex-Governor Flower. Mr. Casey started out in life for himself at the age of fourteen, working on a farm. He worked for Ed. Cooper until his death, when he rented Mr. Cooper's farm and then bought a farm cf 125 acres and added to it until he now has 600 acres. In 1890 he engaged in a general store at Theresa and the firm has been known as Casey & Sons. Previous to this Mr. Casey was engaged in shipping stock, hay and produce and has been an extensive breeder and dealer in trotting horses. In 1866 he married Mary Cornwell of Theresa, and they had two Sons and one daughter, Millie A., William George and James, jr. In politics Mr. Casey is a Republican, and is liberal in religious views. He has made his own property and is one of the well-to-do men of Theresa. In addition to the property mentioned Mr. Casey owns the Casey block, five dwelling houses, machine shop, blacksmith shop, etc. Mrs. Casey died March 23, 1886. Daniel Casey, oldest brother of James, jr., went to Califoruia in 1852 at the age of twenty-two and died at the age of fifty-two, leaving a wife and two children and an estate of $153,000; Morris, second brother, went to Galesville, Wis., and started a grist mill, was also a farmer and postmaster and leading man of the place; the fourth brother, John, was engaged in the flax business at Theresa and is now a wealthy man at Kansas City. His fifth brother. William, is now in Oregon running a sheep, horse and cattle ranch; his oldest sister is wife of Dr. Gandett of Redwood, and his second sister is wife of James Demsic of Fort Covington, N. Y.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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