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Thomas Casey

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Ulster Province, Ireland
Death: 1711 (74)
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Casey
Husband of Sarah Casey
Father of Thomas Casey; Lt. Adam Casey and Samuel Casey
Brother of Robert Tucker Casey and Nicholas Casey

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About Thomas Casey

Thomas Casey

  • born: circa 1637 at IRE (162)
  • died: 1711 at East Greenwich, Rhode Island
  • Immigrated: 1658


  1. Thomas b: 1663
  2. Adam b: 1667
  3. Samuel b: 1675

From Casey Family

  • "Thomas Casey (1637-1711), b in Ireland, was taken to Eng. in infancy, came to Newport, R. I., as early as 1658, m Sarah" - Virukus (2). Thomas Casey who came to Newport, Rhode Island by 1658 remembered that he was the orphaned son of parents killed in the Irish Massacre of 1641 “when so many of the Pale lost their lives”, and that his nurse rescuing him, carried him to England where kinsfolk reared him [3]. This "massacre" of 1641 appears now to have been a myth surrounding an Irish uprising intended to cause a backlash of English protestants against the Irish. The Caseys in this quote were evidently English Protestants living around Dublin in the English colony called The Pale, in the district of Leinster.  (Another Casey family history says they were Scotch-Irish.)

From the Casey Family of East Greenwich, by Edward Pearce Casey.40

In many ways, the Caseys were a remarkable family, and in town books, probate and land records, parish registers, tax lists, military rolls and other public records, representatives of successive generations of Caseys appear for two hundred and fifty years after the original immigrant came to this country. Several of the Caseys are mentioned as successful merchants and shipping masters in command of vessels trading with Southern ports and the West Indies. Indeed, we are told that Thomas Casey was one of those famous shipowners of Narragansett Bay whose enterprise laid the foundations of Rhode Islands industrial history.

From the Pioneer Irish in New England, CHAPTER X, page 167-168

In at least fifteen States of the Union there are families named Casey, all descended from Thomas Casey, a settler at Newport, Rhode Island, as early as 1658. From a short history of the Casey family,The Casey Family of East Greenwich, R. I., published in 1927 in connection with the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the town.37 written by Edward Pearce Casey, we learn that Thomas Casey was born in Ireland about 1637. And according to a tradition handed down in the successive generations of the family, Thomas Caseys parents were killed during the Irish insurrection in 1641. The orphan child was carried by his nurse to England, whence he emigrated to this country at the age of twenty-one and located at Newport, of which community he became one of the leading business men and is mentioned as occupying a place of considerable social importance for many years.

With other citizens of Rhode Island, including the Charles McCarthy before mentioned, he was one of the founders of the town of East Greenwich in 1677, and twenty-five years later he was listed as one of the proprietors of the common lands in Newport. He died in 1711, leaving three sons, Thomas (born 1663), Adam (born 1667) and Samuel (born 1675).Austins Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island.38

Thomas Casey (2) remained in Newport, where he inherited his fathers estate, but Adam and Samuel struck out for themselves, settling at Warwick and Kingston, R. I., respectively, and these three were the ancestors of several Rhode Island families of the name.

Thomas Casey (2) and his wife, Rebecca, had sons, John and Edmund, and daughters, Rebecca and Sarah, born at Newport between 1695 and 1704; Adam Casey and his wife, Mary, had Thomas, Silas, Edward, Mary and Sarah, born between 1706 and 1718, and Samuel Casey was the father of Thomas, John, Samuel and Gideon, whose births were recorded between 1716 and 1726. Vital Records of Rhode Island.39


From Irish Pedigrees: CASEY (No. 3) of TIROWEN (TYRON), CANADA & AMERICA ARMS: Ar. a sinster hand couped wrist effrontee' gu. Brodan, a brother of Donal Ilchealgach, who is No. 91 on the "O'Neill" (of Tyrone) pedigree, was an ancestor of O'Cathasaigh, of Tirowen; anglicised Cahasy, and Casey.

"**Of this family was Thomas Casey, who about 1658, sailed from Plymouth, England, and landed in Rhode Island, US, America. He was married to Sarah ------,and ha three sons:--1. Thomas, 2. Adam, 3. Samuel. "

"General Silas Casey, of the late American War, was a descendant of said Adam; and Henry-Samuel Casey (liveing in 1886 in Colborne, Ontario, Dominion of Canada) was a descendant of the said Samuel. In 1783, the Canada branch of this family went thither from the States, where their property was confiscated on account of their allegiance to British principles."


  1. 162. Michael J. Obrian, Pioneer Irish in New England in no series (NY, NY: P.J. Kennedy & Sons, 1937), p 168.
  2. Frederick A. Virkus, The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy in no series (Chicago, Ill.: F. A. Virkus & Co., 1925).


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Thomas Casey's Timeline

July 1636
Ulster Province, Ireland
Age 26
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Age 30
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Age 38
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Age 74
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA