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CASSIE, George William

b. 1856 – d. 1909

1850s

George born in 2Q 1856 Kensington, was the second child of Christopher Cassie (b. 1822) and Harriett Bird (b. 1816). No Baptism found.

His brother Christopher Hatton Cassie was born 2Q 1854 in Islington. Baptised in All Saints Islington.  The Baptism page shows that the parents are living in Edward Terrace.

1860s

1861 census finds the family living at 7 Lawn Terrace. Fulham. Head, Christopher 39, a Pianoforte maker, Wife Harriett 39, Christopher 6 and George 5.

1870s

By 1871 the family have moved to 21 May Street. Head Christopher 50, Pianoforte Maker. Harriett 52, Christopher 17, Clockmaker, George 15, an Upholsterer.

Sadly on the 21st April 1873 his brother Christopher Hatton is admitted to Bethlem Asylum suffering from Delusions. He thinks persons are trying to poison him including his mother. His notes say that a second cousin is similarly afflicted. Christopher is discharged on 20th April 1874. The address is given as Lawn Terrace. Is this where they were living in 1861?

Admitted to Fulham Workhouse 22nd June 1874 and transferred on the same day to Hanwell Asylum for the insane and stays there until his death 4th June 1879, aged just 25.

April 1876 George’s father Christopher dies aged 54. He is buried in Camden on 13th April.

1880s

1881 unable to find George or his mother in this census. The name is transcribed with several different spellings .. Casey Cassey, Casse. Cassy, Cussie

1890s

1891 census 3 Delorme Street, Fulham.  Harriett 74, George 35, Upholsterer.

1900s

1900 Harriett dies in Fulham and on 24th July aged 84, she is buried in Camden, most likely with her husband.

1901 census shows that George has moved again 4 Mulgrave Road, Fulham. Head George Casey, 45, Upholsterer. A lodger Samuel Kerr 22 is a carman.

19th March 1902 George is admitted to Horton Asylum and remained there until his death on 7th September 1909. He is buried in Grave 483B in Horton Cemetery 13th September 1909.

Extended Family

George’s Grandfather was Christopher Cassie 1764-1842. No records found as to where he was born. There are Cassies in Scotland and Ireland as well as Germany. He married Sarah May on 6th May 1819 in Wiltshire. She was 34 years his junior. On a marriage transcription he is recorded as being born 1798. This is incorrect.

 It is possible that he was married before. Some family trees show a Mary Bransby 1754-1818 as his wife. There is no source to this marriage or her death.

Christopher was the proprietor of the freehold ‘The Kings Arms Inn’ in Twyford near Reading, Berks. No longer there.

He was a Freemason at the Lodge of Virtue, Reading and he rented homes in Chelsea. He made his will in 1838 and it was proved in 1842 when he died. It’s hard to read, I can make out that he leaves property, land and money to his son Christopher and monies to the family. £600 to his daughter Mary Ann on her attaining her 21st birthday or marriage whichever is first. The interest on the money for her maintenance. Furniture, 6 silver spoons 12 silver teaspoons etc. He mentions to his wife Sarah one thousand pounds plus interest for maintenance of their younger daughters Amelia Sarah b. 1834 and Rosina b. 1838.  Rosina may have been a pet name as she was registered as Louisa Jane.

Unable to find the family in the 1841 census. In 1851 the children are in 13 Clarence Street Islington. Sarah had just died at this address and her funeral was the 31st March 1851, the day after the census was taken.

Mary Ann married George Bird, a publican, on 4th May 1853 and on 17th August 1853 Christopher married George Bird’s sister Harriett. (They are our George’s parents.)

Mary and George had only one child, a son, George Cassie Bird. He died 1879 aged 19.

Amelia never married and lived with Mary Ann and family until Mary’s death in 1902 age 82. Amelia lived until 1917 aged 83 and is buried in Camden.

Louisa married Joseph Lamdin an Upholsterer and they had three children. She died aged 47. Her son, Joseph Cassie Lamdin died aged 40. He had a restaurant. I believe the other two sons emigrated to Canada. 

By 1909 the majority of close family members have died and only Aunt Amelia is alive. Perhaps that is why George is in a pauper’s grave. I have been unable to trace his brother Christopher’s grave. A new regional secure unit was built on the site of Hanwell Asylum burial ground in the 1970s and human remains recovered were reinterred in the western part of the cemetery area which became St. Bernard’s Hospital Garden of Remembrance.

Authors Comment

Maybe a history of Paranoid Schizophrenia in Family.

Triggers such as the death of George’s mother.


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