History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, 1884

James Casey Biography

James Casey, retired R.R. Contractor, Erie, was born in Ireland Dec. 24, 1814, son of Thomas, a farmer, and Joanna (McCarty) Casey, natives of Ireland. They came to Canada with their family in 1821, and there spent, the remainder of their days. Our subject, the eldest of seven children, was reared on the farm, and received a good education.

His first engagement as Contractor was on the Welland Canal, in Canada: this terminated in 1848, and he then secured a contract for the construction of the N.Y. & Erie R.R., and subsequently contracts on the N.Y. & Buffalo and State Line R.R., G.W. R.R. of Canada, L.S., E. & P., C. & R.I., and C.S. He came to Buffalo, N.Y., in 1835, and to Erie City in 1838.

Mr. Casey was married, in Canada in 1835, to Mary, daughter of Richard Delaney, a native of Ireland. To this union were born eight children, five now living - Mary, wife of Richard O'Brien, agent E. & P.R.R., Erie City; Joanna, wife of Dr. Dunnigan, of this city; James F., Private Sec. for his father; Very Rev. Father Thomas A. Casey, V.g., and Sister Mary Inez. The family are all members of the Catholic Church.

Source: History of Erie County, Pennsylvania; City of Erie; Chicago; Warner, Beers & Co.; 1884

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