John Casey

Male 1875 - 1920  (44 years)


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  • Name John Casey 
    Born 10 Nov 1875  Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 13 Nov 1875  St. Anne's, Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Caledonia, Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    manager of Caledonia Colliery 
    Occupation 1891  Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Pit Driver (acc to 1891 Census) 
    Occupation 1901  Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Municipal Counselor for Ward 2 
    _UID 8E2E8BE8FCFB744E848694440D3AC6CDA4A4 
    Died 14 Jan 1920  Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried St. Anne's Cemetery, Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I849  Victoria Boutilier's Genealogy Pages
    Last Modified 27 Dec 2010 

    Father Thomas Casey,   b. Abt 2 Apr 1854, St. John's, Newfoundland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1944, Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years) 
    Mother Catherine MacDonald,   b. Abt 9 Apr 1855, North East Mabou, Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1935, Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Married 8 Sep 1875  Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Witnesses Edward Farrell & Catherine Casey witnessed the Casey-MacDonald marriage 
    Notes 
    • Registration Year: 1875 - Book: 1804 - Page: 109 - Number: 101
    Family ID F22  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Bridget Ryan,   b. 2 Oct 1879, Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1972, Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married Between 1901 and 1902 
    Children 
     1. Anastasia Mabel Casey,   b. 21 Jun 1902, Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 2002, Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 99 years)
     2. Mary Helen Casey,   b. 3 May 1904, Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1994, Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Last Modified 23 May 2017 
    Family ID F199  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Baptism sponsors were Donald McLeod and Margaret Maxwell. Baptized by John Shaw.

      John Casey, Nova Scotia Civil Registration of Birth (Year 1875 Book 1803 Page 269 Number 583)

      According to Annual Report on the Mines (year ending September 30, 1897, printed at Halifax, 1898), page 5, "Report on the Mines of Nova Scotia by Edward Gilpin," from Office of Inspector of Mines to Commissioner of Public Works and Mines dated Dec 29, 1897, Jno. Casey, Caledonia, received his overman certificate that year (1897)

      According to Annual Report on the Mines (year ending September 30, 1898, printed at Halifax, 1899), page 4, "Report on the Mines of Nova Scotia by Edward Gilpin", from Office of Inspector of Mines to Commissioner of Public Works and Mines, dated Dec 29, 1898 , John Casey, Glace Bay, received his underground manager certificate that year (1898).

      Directory Listings, Glace Bay (at Beaton Institute)
      1902 Casey John miner P O Caledonia
      1903-1904 Cassey John overman Caledonia mine h Union
      1905-1906 Casey John miner h Union
      1914 Casey John mine manager Dom No 4 h Union
      1918-1919 Casey John mine manager DCC Dominion No. 4

      Casey John M Head M Nov 1877 33 mine manager
      Casey Bridgett F Wife M Oct 1879 31
      Casey Mabel A F Daughter S Jun 1902 8
      Casey Helen F Daughter S May 1905 6
      1911 Census of Canada/ Nova Scotia / Cape Breton South / 21 Glace Bay / page 25
      (Union Street)

      GLACE BAY COASTAL COURIER January 23, 1980
      "History of A Beautiful Home: Edie's Ramblings..."

      Many houses in Glace Bay are worthy of recognition if the information on their occupants and their history could be checked out and published.
      One particularly noteworthy dwelling was the home occupied by Dr. Sam MacLennan at Caledonia Crossing, and since demolished with Newsom Church built on the site. This home previous to 1920 was occupied by Dr. and Mrs. Sam MacLennan and their two children, a daughter, Frances, and a son, who grew up to be one of Glace Bay's most famous citizens, noted for his splendid books and no other than Hugh S. MacLennan.
      The home itself was magnificently built with four fireplaces and a spacious nursery running the total length of the upstairs on one side. Here the window were fitted with protective bars so that children could be safely left even when the windows were open. The spacious grounds ran along the brook and beautiful trees and shrubs grew in handsome array.
      In 1920 the Dominion Coal Company bought the home for the manager of their Caledonia Colliery, for the MacLennan family were moving to Sydney Mines. John Casey was the first local man to become a mine manager, the first to occupy the newly purchased manager's residence with its high ceilings and four fireplaces, and was also the youngest man, at 34, to hold the position of manager of Caledonia Colliery. He moved in with his wife and two daughters, Mabel and Helen, and enjoyed to the full the beautiful home and its surroundings.
      All the doors had transoms over the top which could be opened, something which is not seen anymore and swings and hammocks were set up for outdoor enjoyment during the warm weather. An ice-house built into the cliff at the edge of the brook was kept filed with ice cut from Big Glace Bay Lake and here the girls loved to explore the cool dampness.
      The low flat land at the edge of the brook was flooded by hand in the winter time and here special skating parties were held with many young ladies of that time, including Mrs. Vincent Misener, Mrs. W.M. Petrie and others in their group of friends, spending the afternoon and evening on their skates, and riding the last street-car back to their homes.
      Lots of help was available in those days, so a German gardener was available to look after the extensive vegetable and flower gardens and the numerous apple, cherry and hazelnut trees on the grounds. Household chores were done up in the morning so that the afternoons were as free as possible for socializing, so that the house was filled with young people most of the time.
      In fact, one of Mrs. Casey's daughters remembers her mother saying that she was glad to return to he former home on Casey's Lane in order to have a long night's rest. During their period of residence, flocks of chickens, ducks, turkeys and other fowl were also kept and many were the stories told about the huge gobbler which had taken a dislike to one of the girls calling at the house, and insisted on chasing her with her subsequent rescue in tears by the family. The huge fence which had been erected by the MacLennan family was immediately removed but the trees they had planted flourished greatly and the MacLennan's were known to come back and walk through the beloved grounds and even to take slips of the trees which they had planted during their residence there.
      Mr. Casey died in 1920 following many years of managing Caledonia Mine, and the family subsequently moved back to their former home on 231 Union Street, corner of Casey's Lane where today the two daughters are still in residence. For a brief time, while his own home was being renovated, James R. McNeil, manager at No 11 Mine, with his wife and four children, lived there. Then it was bought by Murray Wilton, who, with his wife, the former Margaret Jobe, raised ten children, and filled the three stories home with its spacious basement with fun and laughter during their long years there. Growing up in the lovely location were Billy, Laird, Pearl, Eva, Jessie, Sanford, Helen, Margie, Anna and Alexis, all of whom enjoyed the lovely surroundings to the full, with coasting on the hill, and skating on the brook in the winter-time, and chairs, swings and hammocks among the trees for leisure summertime evenings.
      The extensive gardens were kept up providing a never-ending supply of potatoes, carrots, turnips, etc., for family meals all the year round. Mrs. Wilton was also noted for her lovely house plants which matched the extensive flower gardens which provided plenty of bloom for all occasions. Sometime in the fifties when the family had grown, married and gone to their own homes, and Mr. and Mrs. Wilton were again alone, it was found impossible and uneconomical to keep up the large house. A smaller home was built a little nearer the bridge were today two of the daughters, Margie and Helen live happily. Helen is busily occupied with her duties as secretary to Dan Munroe, Glace Bay's mayor for the past ten years.
      Sold and later converted by its new owner, to apartments, the beautiful house was finally demolished when the land was bought for the building of Newsom Church which was erected in almost the identical spot where Hugh S. MacLennan, one of the world's best-known novelists, lived during his early years.
      This was the Casey family in 1913. [Photo] Left to right are John Casey, his daughters, Helen and Mabel, Chris Boyd and Clara Brissett. This was taken on the steps of Casey's home, formerly occupied by Hugh S. MacLennan, and later by the Murray Wilton family.
      The Caseys had previously resided at 231 Union Street, corner of Casey's Lane where the daughters are still in residence. Mr. Casey was the first counselor for Ward Two when the town was incorporated in 1901 and at that time, was only 26 years old.

      Sydney Daily Post January 19, 1920
      "Funeral of Mr. Casey. The funeral of the late John Casey manager of Caledonia Colliery took place Saturday at Glace Bay. The managers and superintendants of the various collieries were present in a body to pay last respects to their friend and comrade. The funeral arrangments were in charge of council 1060 Knights of Columbus, Sydney. The remains were conveyed to St. Ann's Church where a requiem high mass was celebrated by Rev. Dr. Thompson, in the presence of a large number of friends. Interment was at St. Anne's cemetery. "

      John Casey, Cape Breton County, Nova Scotia Death Certificate Registration Year, 1920 - Book 56 - Page 344
      Obit also in Canadian Mining Journal, vol 41, no. 1, 1920, p. 55