Dear Matthew, My dad's story is that the name was changed due to some problem with the authorities. Like a fur trading deal gone bad. Anyway my Michael Casey was born abt. 1840 in August. He died in 1923. He entered the Civil War in 1863, June and was dismissed in August of the same year. Some accounts would indicate that he reupped in August. He married twice. The first spouse whose name is not a for sure might have been a Mary Tobin. Wife #2 was Elizabeth Martin with whom he had the following children, Charles THomas, Nora (possibly Eleanor), Marybelle, Josephine and Ida. My great grandmother was another daughter, Anne Elizabeth, reported to have been born in 1861. I wonder if she may have been the child of his first marriage but have no definite proof except that her death certificate says that her mother was Mary Tobin.
Michael Casey was reported to have been born at sea. This statement comes from the above death certificate. However, on daughter Nora's census info she says her dad was born at sea but then underneath it shows US.
Michael Casey's census info shows that he was born in French Canada. All of this is very confusing. On his application for pension no place of birth is shown. His death certificate shows no place of birth. He died at the Soldiers and Sailors home in Bath, New York. So no doubt no relatives were at hand to give the proper info.
At the time of her death in 1913 his wife's last name is shown to be Tasey.. His daughter Ida, gives her last name as Tasey when she marries abt. 1900.
I know from researching in Salt Lake that the Tasey name was sometimes used.
As you can see I am overloaded with info and am not sure which is the straight story. If you can shed any light on my dilemma I would be most open to such light. Thanks ever so.
Sara Neeb Burkholder
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