Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: BIOGRAPHY – Community
William Causey Family
WILLIAM CAUSEY FAMILY Community
TAGS: William Causey family, Bill Causey, community, basket-makers, craftsmen, furniture makers, chair-makers, Evelyn K. Wells, Emily Hill Creech, Abner Causey, Bessie Margit Causey, Elizabeth Causey, Fireside Industries
Several members of the William Causey family, longtime residents of Leslie County, Kentucky, were well-known as master basket-makers and furniture-makers in the community.
WILLIAM CAUSEY FAMILY: Excerpts from PMSS Archives
Evelyn K. Wells, an early Pine Mountain staff member knew the Causey family, and her correspondence is sprinkled with commentary on their many talents. The PMSS Archives has a large collection of Evelyn K. Wells‘ original letters, talks, and histories related to the School and community. A PMSS secretary from 1916 until 1931 and Interim Director in 1931, she left behind a rich source of information about the earliest days of the School and the everyday life of its neighbors. Her letter and a narrative that include mentions of the Causey family are listed below. Also listed is an excerpt from a letter written by Ruth B. Gaines to Emily Hill Creech, both former PMSS workers and friends of the Causeys.
EVELYN K. WELLS 1916 Excerpts from Letters Home.
1916 [?] August 12 [image #028, p. 3a]
Calls down Greasy on a Sunday afternoon. … In a little patch of corn way down in the bottom is Abner Causey‘s new house — one room, log, with corn planted thick around it. Tom Harris was playing a banjo in front of the door. We went down through the corn — no path — and he picked us a tune on the banjo. What a picture — the little house, a plant of “seven sisters” [zinnias], Abner on a log, Tom and his banjo, the corn, the huge hemlocks and beeches surrounding the clearing. And there are hundreds of houses just like that.
1916 December 29 [image #031, p. 5] Christmas gifts to Evelyn K. Wells:
Big bunches of Hollies and mistletoes; a hand-tied broom; a little willow basket made by Bill Causey‘s youngest girl, Bessie Margit [Causey], return present from me to her, her first doll.…
WELLS RECORD 13 PMSS Fireside Industries 1913-1928. In a history of the Fireside Industries program from 1913 to 1928, Evelyn Wells refers to the Causeys:
In 1921 the baskets, made for us for years by Mr. and Mrs. William Causey and sold by the office, were transferred to the Fireside Industries Department for handling.
JAMES COLUMBUS AND EMILY HILL CREECH Family Letters and Documents. [pw protected] image #019-019b N.D. . A letter to Emily Hill Creech in Jeff, KY, from Ruth B. Gaines, Granville, MA, contains the report that “Bill Causey died with flux [dysentery]. I am sorry, sorry.”
WILLIAM CAUSEY FAMILY: Three Generations
William (“Babb” or “Bill”) Causey was born c. 1862 and his wife, Elizabeth (“Betty”) Pace Causey, was born c. 1865. They were born in Kentucky as were their fathers and mothers, and lived in Cutshin (Leslie County), Kentucky. William was a farmer on his own land.
Elizabeth and William’s children were:
Cinda Ellen (b. 1886); Married ___ Yark and, later, ___ Witt. By the 1910 U.S. Census, Cinda Ellen Causey Yark was a widow with two children: Lizzie Yark (age 3) and Coy Yark (age 1 and 7 months).
Omda E. (b. 1886)
Mary (1891-1975) (Married ___ Chisholm)
Robert (b. 1892)
Abner L. Causey Sr. (1895-1949); married Elsie North (1904-1938) Their children: Abner (“Curly”) Causey, Jr. (1930-1998), Albert, and Annie.
William Causey Jr. (1897-2011); married Eunice Hopkins.
Carlisle B. (1899-1994)
Bessie Margit (born 1905)
|Title||William Causey and Family|
|Alt. Title||William Causey ; Causey Family ;|
|Creator||Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.|
|Alt. Creator||Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;|
|Subject Keyword||William Causey ; Causey Family ;|
|Subject LCSH||Causey, William, — c. 1862 – (?).
Causey, Elizabeth (Betty) Pace, — c. 1865.
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.
|Publisher||Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.|
|Type||Collections ; text ; image ;|
|Format||Original and copies of documents and correspondence in file folders in filing cabinet.|
|Source||Series 09:BIOGRAPHY – Community|
|Relation||Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series 09: BIOGRAPHY.|
|Coverage Temporal||1862 – 2011|
|Coverage Spatial||Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Baker’s Branch, KY ; Cutshin, KY ; Leslie County, KY ;|
|Rights||Any display, publication, or public use must credit the Pine Mountain Settlement School. Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.|
|Description||Core documents, correspondence, writings, and administrative papers of William Causey and Family ; clippings, photographs, books by or about William Causey and Family ;|
|Citation||“[Identification of Item],” [Collection Name] [Series Number, if applicable]. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.|
|Processed By||Helen Hayes Wykle ; Ann Angel Eberhardt ;|
|Last Updated||2022-06-26 hhw ,|
|“Causey. Series 09: BIOGRAPHY – Community. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet resource.
Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/125680809/abner-causey : accessed 12 May 2022), memorial page for Abner “Curley” Causey Jr. (30 Dec 1930–4 Nov 1998), Find a Grave Memorial ID 125680809, citing Goshen Cemetery, Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Robert S. Damrell Jr. (contributor 46810279). Internet resource.
Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/12627618/abner-l-causey : accessed 12 May 2022), memorial page for Abner L. Causey Sr. (14 May 1895–21 Mar 1949), Find a Grave Memorial ID 12627618, citing Green and Woods Cemetery, Garrard County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Robert S. Damrell Jr. (contributor 46810279).Internet resource.
Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/12627645/elsie-causey : accessed 12 May 2022), memorial page for Elsie North Causey (6 Jun 1904–4 Oct 1938), Find a Grave Memorial ID 12627645, citing Green and Woods Cemetery, Garrard County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Robert S. Damrell Jr. (contributor 46810279). Internet resource.
“United States Census, 1900”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9HX-PF5 : accessed 11 May 2022) Elizabeth Causey in entry for William Causey, 1900. Internet resource.
“United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M269-KL8 : accessed 11 May 2022. Elizabeth Causey in household of William Causey, Precinct 5, Leslie, Kentucky, United States. (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982). Internet resource.
“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9R6W-WYB?cc=1488411&wc=QZJG-RY9%3A1036472601%2C1038892301%2C1038904501%2C1589332466 : accessed 11 May 2022), Kentucky > Leslie > Cutshin. (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.). Internet resource.