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Updated May 5, 2005

Barbara Amburgey

1721 Olivewood Cir NE

Massillon, Ohio 44646

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I have found several CASSADYs who all have some sort of connection to Darke Co. OH and Henry Co. IN. I believe they are all one family, by the preponderance of evidence thus far. I found all this while trying to establish my gggrandmother Susannah CASSADY's parents. I have her marriage record from Henry co.IN on which she states her parents no longer live in Henry Co., she is of age (testified to by Hezekiah SNIDER, her uncle and husband of Eleanor CASSADY). Eleanor is the daughter of Wear CASSADY and Elizabeth WINSHAM according to the 1880 History of Henry Co, so I know Susan is the granddaughter of Wear and Elizabeth. She is on the Henry Co. census 1850 with her grandmother Elizabeth CASSADY age 67. Here is what I have:
Wear CASSADY b. 1770-1775 probably Augusta Co. or Montgomery Co. VA m. Feb 8, 1812 Preble Co. OH to Elizabeth WINSHAM b.abt.1780 NC found on 1820 Darke Co. census, have Darke Co. land records from early 1800s, sold last property 1828, found on 1830 Henry Co. IN Prairie Twp.census; Wear probably died before 1850 as he does not appear in 1840 and Elizabeth is listed as head of household in 1850 Henry Co.
John CASSADY b. 1790-1795 m. July 6, 1820 Darke Co. OH to Mary WATSON b. abt. 1800 listed on 1825 Darke Co. tax list of men over age 25; found on 1830 Henry Co. census, he owned the S1/2,W1/2, NE qtr Sec 27 Twp 18 N range 10E, Henry Co., he sold these to Francis CASSADY on Mar 17, 1839, and disappears from Henry Co. He had 1 son and 1 daughter born 1825-30 and 1 daughter born 1820-25 on the 1830 census.
Francis CASSADY b. 1795-1800 m. July 26, 1821 in Fayette Co. IN to Sally McCRAY b. 1790-1800 listed on the 1830 Henry Co. census next door to Wear, purchased SW1/4,NE qtr Sec 20, Twp 18, N range 10E, Henry Co. on March 15, 1837, bought John CASSADY's land on Mar 17, 1837, he disappears from Henry Co. The 1830 census:1 male and 2 females born 1825-30, 1 female born 1820-25.
Jane CASSADY b. abt 1806 m. March 29, 1826 Darke Co. OH to John WHITAKER b. 1800-1810 In 1830 Henry Co. census near Wear and Francis, land purchased W1/2 of SW qtr Sec 25 Twp. 19 N range 10E, Henry Co. IN on Aug 5, 1834. The 1830 census; 2 males born 1825-1830. No further records yet found.
Simon CASSADY b. 1805-1810 m. March 2, 1829 Henry Co. IN to Mary Ashley b. before 1813 left Henry Co. Susannah's death record names her parents as Simon Cassady and Mary Ashley.
Thomas CASSADY b. abt 1810 m. Aug. 6, 1834 Henry Co. IN to Elizabeth MORRICLE b. 1817 d/o Jacob MORRICLE and Hannah RUTRAUGH
on 1840 Henry Co. census, purchased land N1/2NE qtr Sec 20, Twp 18, N range 10E, Henry co. Aug 10, 1837, sold it June 12, 1847, also sold E 1/2, N 1/2 NE qtr, Sec. 20 Twp. 18, N range 10E, Henry Co. June 24, 1847, moved to MO. Elizabeth on 1870 Cerro Gordo Co. IA census. Eleven children born 1839-1856.
Eleanor CASSADY b. Oct 11, 1812 m. Mar 23, 1835 Preble Co. OH to Hezekiah SNIDER d. Jan 2, 1901 Henry co.IN, buried Hillsboro Cem. Hezekiah on Susan CASSADY's marriage record. Six children.
Richard CASSADY b. abt 1817-1823 OH m. Mary WOOD(S) b. 1833 on July 4, 1850 Henry Co. IN;1850 Henry Co. census, moved to KS by 1860, Iowa by 1870. Ten children. Died 1895 in Iowa.
Susan (the older) CASSADY b. 1825 OH on 1850 Henry Co. census
Wesley CASSADY b. 1833 OH on 1850 Henry Co, census. Possibly Polk co. Iowa in 1856 state census.
Susannah CASSADY b. 1835 m. 1852 Thos. WILLIAMS, d. 1904 Henry

Family Photos

  • Robertson makes history (85 KB)
    No known source for this article written shortly after Alf Robertson accomplished the astounding feat of winning six of seven thoroughbred races for the second time in his career, Oct 9, 1941 at Jamaica Race Track, New York.
  • Bob Watson, jockey, 1st cousin to Alf Robertson (8 KB)
    Bob Watson was a top jockey in Canada at the same time his cousin, Alf, was riding in the United States.
  • Bob Watson inducted into Canadian Horse Racing HOF (58 KB)
    The article from the commemorative booklet issued for Bob's induction into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame at Woodbine Race Track, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. See links for more, including one to the National Racing Museum in Saratoga, New York where Alf Robertson is enshrined in their Hall of Fame.
  • Andrew Watson and Alf about 1924. (73 KB)
    This picture taken in the Toronto stables shows Alf posing aboard a family steed with his Uncle Andy.
  • "Tom Thumb of the Turf" (342 KB)
    George Watson, another of the jockeys in our family, was known as the "Tom Thumb of the Turf" because of his diminutive size. He rode in both the USA and Canada between the late 1920s and early 1940s.
  • Alf and his father Robert Robertson in 1928 (53 KB)
    In 1928 Alf joined a prestigous handful of jockeys when he rode six winners out on a seven race card. He was just 17 years old. At that time only two other jockeys, Earle Sande and Clarence Turner, had accomplished the feat.
  • W.C. Fields Visits the Track (144 KB)
    An old family picture of W. c. fields visiting the track (most likely Gulfstream Park. The jockey is George Watson and it looks like Robbie Robertson, a trainer and brother of Alf Robertson, is second from the left.
  • Alf heads for the wire far ahead of the pack (71 KB)
    From the New York Sunday News of October 19, 1941. This is a photo and caption related to the amazing accomplishment of winning 6 out of 7 races for a second time in his career. A unique achievement.
  • A kiss for the hero. (66 KB)
    Another front page photo and caption from the New York Sunday News, 10/19/1941.
  • Alf weighs in (43 KB)
    The weigh in as featured in the New York Sunday News, 10/19/41.
  • Alf Robertson aboard Whirlaway (80 KB)
    This photo, taken about 1942, was in an old box of my grandmother's pictures. No known source except the photo credit--Acme Newspictures.
  • An article about Alf Robertson (56 KB)
    No known source for this article. It was in an old box of pictures belonging to my grandparents, William and Isabelle (Stark) Watson. I believe it to be from about 1941-42.

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