Colonel William Casey, pioneer, a native of Frederick County, Virginia, was born in 1754 to John and Margaret (Blackburn) Casey. He came to Kentucky in the winter of 1779-1780 and camped in Dick's (now Dix) River. In 1782 he married Jane Montgomery, daughter of William Montgomery; they lived near Logan's Station until 1791. That year Casey, with a company of soldier settlers, followed Green River, crossed it south of what was later called Casey's Creek, and erected a blockhouse and fort fifty miles from the nearest white settlement. The station was named for Casey. He was commissioned December 18, 1792, as a Lieutenant Colonel of the 16th Regiment of the Green County Militia. Sincere, honest and civic-minded, he employed a traveling tutor for the early settlements and assisted in the establishment of academies in Green and Adair Counties. In 1795, he was a member of the State House of Representatives; in 1799 a member of Kentucky's second Constitutional Convention; in 1800 a member of the State Senate. Colonel Casey died in 1816 on his Russell Creek property in Adair County. He was buried in Johnston Cemetery under this inscription: "William Casey 1754-1816, Ensign Clark's Ill. Regiment, Revolutionary War." His will recorded in Adair County, lists his heirs as his wife, Jane; son, Green Casey; and daughters Peggy Lampton (the grandmother of Samuel Clemens); Jenny Paxton, Mollie Creel and Ann Montgomery. 'When Casey County was organized in 1806, it was named in his honor"
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