S. H. CASSIDY

S. H. CASSIDY, Crittenden County, is the sixth in a family of ten children born to Howard and Mary G. Cassidy, and was born August 30, 1835, in Princeton, Ky. His paternal grandparents, Samuel and Sarah Cassidy, were of English extraction. His maternal grandfather, John Hayworth, was a native of South Carolina, and the grandmother a native of Virginia. Howard Cassidy was born in 1794, and died February 2, 1864. Mary G. Cassidy was born in 1804; she came to Princeton, Ky., about 1813. Howard Cassidy came to Kentucky about the year 1818, and three years thereafter was married. At the age of twenty-one years, S. H. Cassidy began engineering on steamboats plying the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, and Cumberland Rivers; this he followed until 1861, when he, in partnership with his brother-in-law (W. E. Dycus), began merchandising at Dycusburg and continued until 1874, when the partnership was ended, W. E. Dycus having died. Mr. Cassidy continued the business until W. S. and F. B. Dycus, sons of W. E. Dycus, were old enough, when he formed a partnership with them, giving them the advantage of the increase in their father's capital. The firm is now known as S. H. Cassidy & Co.; they deal extensively in tobacco for export and have two large stemmeries in Kuttawa, and four at Dycusburg, with a capacity of 2,000,000 pounds. Mr. Cassidy was married in 1867, February 21, to Narcissa M. Clement; she was born November 27, 1845, and has borne three children: Mary R., born May 22, 1868; Samuel R., June 19, 1870; William N., August 14, 1872 (died September 5, 1873). Mr. Cassidy was bereft of his wife November 4, 1872, and April 9, 1879, he married Maggie A. Wilson, then of Caldwell County, Ky. This union has been blessed by the birth of two children: John E., born March 9, 1882, and Emma J., May 1, 1883. Politically Mr. Cassidy is a Democrat, has been deputy county clerk for about twenty years, and for many years treasurer, and one of the town trustees of Dycusburg. He was instrumental in introducing the present telephone line over this section, and is one of the principal stockholders. He has been a member of the Masonic fraternity since he was twenty-one years old.

 

Source:  J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin, & G. C. Kniffin. Kentucky. A History of the State. Louisville, KY, Chicago, IL: Battey, 1885. Pages 721-722.