Although we are not sure who our immigrant ancestor was, we do believe he came from County Fermanagh, Ireland. He may have seen this view of Lough Erne every day of his life before he emigrated to America. The Cassidy surname has a long history in Ireland.
It is known that our Cassitys lived in Augusta County, Virginia... evidently in the South Branch of the Potomac area before moving west across the mountains. We do know from deed records that our Cassitys owned land along the Tygart’s River in Randolph County, Virginia (now West Virginia) before they moved westward into Kentucky. At least one of the brothers went by the northern water route and others used the southern land route through the Cumberland Gap.
As early as the spring of 1787 John Cassity sold his land in the Tygart's River Valley of Randolph County, Virginia and, with his wife and 6 children, began his move to Kentucky. John chose to go by the northern water route, up the Monongahela River to Redstone [now Brownsville, Pennsylvania]where it met the Ohio River and then down the Ohio, probably to Limestone [now Maysville] Kentucky. He is first shown, as John Casada, paying taxes in Fayette County, Kentucky on 3 December 1787. On the tax list of 1789 is also listed a Daniel Casady who is probably the mysterious "fifth brother" referred to in an early Cassity genealogy. John's brothers William, Peter and David also moved their families from Virginia to Kentucky around this time. It is known that John's oldest daughter and her family and at least two of John's sisters' families also moved to Kentucky. Most likely there were other members of the family and many of their neighbors, who joined this migration. We know a good bit more about our Cassitys after they arrived in Kentucky.