Hi Jan and Patricia,
Please count me in as far as comparisons with your groups. I do not know what towns my folks lived in other than Buffalo, New York. According to records my gggrandfather Jean Maxime Casey was born at sea. However, I am translating that to mean something that is between US and Canada. As that was what was indicated in a census taker's notes when his daughter was counted. His birth in 1838 is registered at the Notre Dame Church in Montreal. I believe that they were in Buffalo in the mid 1840's. When his sister married a Thomas Lanphier in 1869 he signed the church register as Mattie Casey along with a John Casey who may have been the father or another brother. In the census he is either recorded as Mike Casey, Max Casey or Mack Casey.
Jean Maxime Casey was married #1 to a Mary Tobin and #2 to an Elizabeth Martin Collins. He was b. 1838 and d. 1923.
His father was Jean Baptist Casey who was married to a Mary Grossman. He was born in 1812 and died abt. 1875.
Mary Grossman was the daughter of a John Grossman and Rosalie Mangane(sp). Notes that I have say six children were born to them. I have maybe three for sures.
Jean Baptiste's father was Joseph Tessier/Casey b. August 14, 1778. He married Madeleine Beauchamp on July 2, 1802. Date of death for Joseph is 1857.
Joseph Tessier/Casey also had a father named Joseph Tessier/Casey. This Joseph was born March 30, 1751. Date of death 1804. He married Marie Angelique Roy on Feb. 8, 1773.
Joseph Tessier/Casey's father was Jacques. Jacques was born on August 29, 1717. He married Josephine Beaudoin, on Feb 23, 1740. Jacques died in 1776
Jacques was the son of Ignace Tessier b. March 11, 1677. Died March 3, 1746. Ignace married Margaret Lussier in May of 1703.
Jacques was the son of Urbain and Marie(Archambault) Tessier.
Family lore has it that this group was involved in fur trading and that the name was changed to escape the wrath of the authorities when some deal went sour. This of course makes for a great story. Is it true, who knows.
I tend to think that it was the mispronunciation of the name that accounts for the change. I do know that some of Jean Maxime's grandchildren relocated to the Detroit area. I would suspect it was because they had relatives that they knew there. Some others headed for Illinois and settled there
These are the facts that I have for my group of Caseys. I suspect the name changed with one of the Josephs.If you folks can offer any suggestions or direction to follow I am ready for any and all suggestions. I have used Jette and the PRDH but these are limited as they stop at 1800.
Thanks much for your patience and help with this dilemma.. To all of the list subscribers: MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY 2004!!! Sara Burkholder
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