Casey family of VA, to NC, to TN, to Indiana
John Casey arrived in Norfolk VA about 1762. His wife was Jemimia (Smithson?; their children include Dempsey Casey, William Casey, Arthur Casey and Page. Dempsey Casey from Pasquotank County, North Carolina, a preacher, is well documented and so are all of his children, one of which is Dempsey Casey Jr. born 1789, whose first wife was Mary Chauncey (Edmond Chauncey line) They had 3 children, however, Mary and the two boys disappeared without a trace while supposedly living in Pasquotank County, North Carolina. No documents can be found of her death or of the children.
Then Dempsey Casey Jr. moved to TN where he was one of the first businessmen in the town of Calhoun, McMinn Co. TN. After moving to Athens, Dicy Martin turns up as his spouse. There are no records of a marriage for Dicy and Dempsey. When one of their children died there is only a small notice in the newspaper stating that Eliza Casey, daughter of D. Casey died. Thomas Crafts Casey, brother of Dempsey Casey Jr. lived in Davidson County Tennessee.
In the 1830 census for McMinn County Tennessee we find “Demsy Casey” - 1 male 30-40 yrs old; 2 females under 5 yrs; and 1 female 20-30. The ages in this story are taken from the 1850 census of Daviess County, Tennessee. The census was taken as of June first of that year. The birth dates are in accordance with the 1850 census. The ages in parenthesis are from the 1850 census of Indiana, taking into account whether it is before or after the date the census was taken. There is a family Bible someplace that has the original writings.
Children of Dempsey Casey and Dicy Martin:
1. Margaret Amanda Casey born 16 July 1830; (20 yrs); died 1893; married 1852 to Wm Chapman
2. Maria F. Casey born 5 May 1832; (18 yrs); married Reynard
3. Minerva Almeda Casey born 29 October,1833; (16 yrs), died 1903; married 13 January 1854 to Alfred Ragle
4. William G. Casey born 22 January 1836,(14 yrs) died 1 June 1883; married Malinda Catherine (Kate) Taylor 6 October1861
5. Eliza Jane Casey born 8 October 1838, dead by 1839 - posted in obituary section of the Hiwasse Patriot and read: Thursday August 22, 1839 “In this place, last evening, Eliza, infant daughter of D. Casey, age about 10 months”
6. Thomas Walker Casey born 16 October 1840; died 8 May 1899, (10 yrs); married 5 September 1865 to Delilah, J. Keeser, 2nd wife Mildred Hobbs
7. Amanda Jane Casey born 19 November 1842; ( 7 yrs); married Gunning
8. Ellen (Susan E.) Casey born 28 October 1844; ( 5 yrs); married Daniel Neidigh
9. Martin Ross Casey (a twin) born 1 February 1847,(3 yrs); died 10 September 1865
10. Emily Crafts Casey (a twin) born 1 February 1847m died soon after birth
11. Louisa Eastes Casey born 25 May 1849 (1 yr); married John Hawkins
Dempsey and Dicy Casey moved their family to Daviess County, Indiana and the town of Stanford (later named Raglesville). Dempsey Casey died in 1864 and there is a large headstone in the Raglesville cemetery for him and when Dicy died there is NO mention of her in any obituary and NO headstone and NO record in the curitor of the cemetery. We have thoughts that Dicy may have been part Indian. We found they baptised a servant of Mr. Vick in the Marrowbone Church of Nashville, Davidson Co., TN whose name was Dicy. Later in the church records we see that there was a Black Dicey who was "turned out". these are just small items, but worth remembering.
One of the daughters of Dempsey Casey and Dicy Martin was Minerva Almeda Casey who married Alfred Ragle and also lived in Raglesville, Indiana. Alfred Ragle was a Civil war hero. There were other chldren of Dempsey and Dicy Casey who lived nearby, however, though we have many family records and documents, there is no mention of where Dicy was for a year after Dempsey Casey died in 1864. Dicy was bedridden and frail so she would have needed to be cared for, but there has been no mention of where or who took care of her and there is no mention of where she is buried. Looking in the cemetery it doesn't appear to be space for her beside Dempsey's grave.