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Samuel Casey, Esq.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Casey and Dorcas Casey
Husband of Martha Casey
Father of Mary Casey; William Casey; Samuel Casey; Sarah Casey and Edward Casey
Brother of John Casey; Elizabeth Crandall; Gideon Casey; Casey and Thomas Casey

Occupation: Goldsmith, silversmith, counterfeiter
Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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About Samuel Casey, Esq.

Samuel Casey (1724-?) was born in Newport, performed the craft of silversmithing in Exeter, Rhode Island, and, when his house burned down in 1764, relocated to what was known as Little Rest, better known to us as the village of Kingston.  Casey was the most accomplished silversmith of early Rhode Island. ...

Converting coin into household vessels was common in America.  Casey was very adept at this process.  Unfortunately, he was also adept in the making of coins themselves, illegally.  He was also caught, tried, convicted and sentenced to be hanged.  The night before the sentence was to be carried out a mob appeared at the jail in Kingston and broke him out.  It was the last anyone ever saw of him.  Hence there is no end to the story, and the date of his death remains unknown.

Notes

1 Oct 1764: notice in Boston News-Letter and Newport Mercury of home being destroyed by fire caused by his goldsmith's forge: ". . . the House of Samuel Casey, Esq; of South Kingstown, was reduced to Ashes. A large Variety of Furniture, a considerable Quantity of European Goods, with Drugs, Medicines, &c. makes Mr. Casey's Loss, as we are informed, amount to near Two Thousand Pounds Sterling. The most of his Books, and a small Part of his Furniture, were the principal of what was saved." 3 (1)

Kingston RI, 1770: arrested for counterfeiting dollars. Tried before Judge James Helmes on 11 Oct 1770 and sentenced to death by hanging 12 Oct 1770, according to the Providence Gazette (13-20 October 1770). The same paper (27 October and 03 November 1770) mentions petition to General Assembly. The same paper (3-10 November 1770) tells of crowd breaking into gaol, setting free criminals lately convicted "of money making, one of whom (Samuel Casey) was under penalty of death." The Rhode Island State Archives show his wife Martha Casey petitioned the General Assembly in September 1779 for a pardon, stating he had "wandered in exile nine years forlorn and forsaken and destitute of every means of support to make his life even desirable, separated from his wife and offspring," and pleaded for amnesty and pardon. On 17 September 1779, declared absolutely pardoned, released and discharged from all treason, felonies and other offenses done before 19 April 1775. 3 (1)

Image notes

Tankard, c 1760, Boston Museum of Fine Arts 10 h: 8 7/8" d: 5¾" (of base) wt: 36 oz Engraved A over I * B for Job and Bridget (Sanford) Almy.

Citations

  • 3 Flynt, Henry and Fales, Martha Gandy, The Heritage Foundation Collection of Silver.

Sources

  1. American Silversmiths
  2. Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame - Craftsmen / Rogues - inducted 1998
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Samuel Casey, Esq.'s Timeline

1724
1724
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
1753
1753
Age 29
1754
February 7, 1754
Age 30
South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island
1760
July 25, 1760
Age 36
South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island
1779
September 17, 1779
Age 55
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