Place of migration:
Migrated to /Born in Canada

My great-great grandfather, James Casey, emigrated from Ireland in 1831 arriving in New York on the Isaac Hicks with his wife Anne (formerly Carey) and two-year old daughter, Annie / Honore (1829).

James was born in 1798 two miles west of Mullingar, Walshestown, County Westmeath, Leinster and was the son of Patrick (born 1766) and Honore (formerly Murray).   They were a Roman Catholic family.  James' siblings were Mary (1792), Thomas (1795), Mabel (1799), Patrick (1803 - died at birth), John (1805), Michael (1809), William (1812) and Edmond (1815).

James left Ireland for Southwold township, Ontario, Canada to help clear land near present-day St. Thomas, Ontario under the employ of Colonel Thomas Talbot who had a commission to settle the area.  He was the father of Patrick (1828 -died at birth), Anne (1829), Julia (1831), Ellen (1834), Thomas (1837), Margaret (1838), William (1839), James (1840), Francis (1841), Owen (1842), Sarah (1845 -died at birth), Edmond (1846), Mary Ann (1847), George (1848) and Bridget Delia (1850).   James died in 1868 in Elgin County, Ontario, Canada while Anne died in 1893.  They are buried at Holy Angels' Cemetery in St. Thomas, Ontario. References: Book: Caseys of the Strand, County Westmeath, 1780 to present by Thomas Cecilia, Gateway Press and Book: Casey Family Tree by Evelyn  McCaffery, 1980.


Additional Information
Date of Birth Apr 1798 (circa)  
Date of Death 15th Dec 1868  


  • James Casey came to Canada as part of the Talbot Emigrant Scheme in 1831.  He carried with him a letter of introduction from Colonel Talbot's mother and their landlord, Reginald Talbot. According to author, June Callwood in her book, "Portrait of Canada", "(Colonel) Thomas Talbot screened applicants according to his prejudices.  Highlanders, Quakers, half-pay officers, Americans and most Irish got the most remote and least arable land.  He transacted business after noon, reserving the rest of the day drinking."  James became so disheartened by the loneliness and desolation of settler life during this period that he wrote a letter to his Irish relatives for money to return to Ireland.  He gave the letter to his wife for post; however, she did not do so and the family remained in Canada.  James' brother, William Casey, arrived in 1837 or early 1838 from Ireland and life became more tolerable. 



    Michael Casey

    Friday 26th June 2020, 04:39PM

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