Thomas Bosier Case



Written by: Doris Cline Ward


Thomas Bosier Case was born about 1805 in North Carolina, probably in Buncombe County, because by that time a large family group of Cases had moved into the area of Old Buncombe County which eventually became Henderson County. The 1850 Census of Henderson County listed his age as 45, therefore born about 1805. He was known by his second name of 'Bosier', according to oral tradition received through community records, and a great granddaughter, Nellie Byers Ward Schroeder. His parents have not been fully documented but it is probable that his father was a Daniel Case, brother to the Thomas Case who married Elizabeth Stepp, daughter of James and Polly (Mills) Stepp. Daniel's wife is still unknown.
One indication of his father as being "Daniel" is found in the deed listed in Book 19, page 275 of Buncombe County, NC where Daniel Case sold/granted 20 acres in Clear Creek to sons, Thomas and John. Then later is found, in Bk. 8, page 687, recorded in 1859 in Henderson County,

Daniel and Thomas B. Case sell 20 acres on March 19, 1856 to Nathan Drake.

"Beginning on three red oak saplings and running north to Andrew Miller's line to a stake in said line, then east with Miller's line to a stake in Roberson's line then with said Robinson's line to a pine in George Allen's line then with Allen's line to the beginning - 20 acres more or less.
signed Daniel Case
Thomas B. Case.
Wit. Pennel Gibreath."
It might be construed that this was a Daniel Jr., older brother of Thomas B. Case, since he signed first. There was no mention of a John Case, brother, in the above transaction.
About 1828/9, Thomas B. Case married Winnifor Justice, born 1809/11, the daughter of James Dyar and Anthroit (Thomas) Justice. This information is from Justice family records where James and Anthroit's oldest child and daughter was named Winnie, who married Thomas B. Case. They had a large family of ten children.

It is very probable that Thomas, known as "Bosier" Case did some farming, but in the 1860 census Thomas B. Case was described as being a miller. In Lenoir Ray's book entitled Postmarks, "A History of Henderson County, N.C. from 1787 to 1968," on page 172 he was discussing the power plant situation as it was in 1904. Having been started in 1903, the number of customers for its electrical service quickly overloaded the facilities, so in 1904 "the Hendersonville Power and Light Company was incorporated with a capital of $12,000. Then the Bosier Case mill shoals on Big Hungry between Decatur and Fish Top was purchased. A dam was built and lines were run to Hendersonville. This was not completed until November, however, and in the meantime a steam plant furnished limited service."

This would indicate that Bosier Case had a very viable mill stream operation going for about 40 years and was probably the mill was his major source of income during that part of his life, the sale of which probably ensured him some retirement income, while descendants can feel that their ancestor was part of the pioneer electric development of the area.

Issue of Thomas Bosier and Winnie (Justice) Case:

[per the 1860 Census for Henderson County, family #1499.]; [also, the 1850 Census for Henderson County.]

1. Antherett Case [Anthroit after her grandmother Anthroit (Thomas) Justice], born c1830 (20 in 1850).

2. Daniel Case, b about 1833. (17 in 1850).

3. Nancy Case, born about 1835 (15 in 1850)

4. Elizabeth Case, b. about 1838

5. James W. Case, born about 1840 (10 in 1850. Was still at home, age 21, in the 1860 census. Married (1) (..) Blackwell. Married (2) Seviller Case.

6. William S. Case, born May 18, 1842. (8 in 1850). Married Amanda Newman, died March 15, 1904 with burial in Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery, in Dana, Henderson County, N.C. From Postmarks, again, we read: "When the Civil War started, he went to Tennessee and joined the United States Army. He served as a private in I Company, 8th Tennessee Cavalry" Later in life "he was appointed postmaster at Dana when he was 50 years old. He held office two years and then his son, Jonathan Case, was appointed in his place. William Case's grandson, Harley Gibbs, lived until his death in 1968, on a portion of the original Case property just west of Refuge on a piece of road called the Old Dana Road." Had issue:

(a) Jonathan Case, b. about 1869, who married Julia Waters, d/o Thomas E. and Jane (Mills) Waters. Lived first in Dana, where he became postmaster for 21 years. At the same time he started the Ottaray Canning Company at Dana "as one means of furthering agricultural development in that section of the county, and for many years his business, which was described as the largest cannery in the state and one of the largest in the south, was an important factor for the people in that and nearby communities." He was a member of The Farmers' Union and helped to secure a County Farm Demonstrator in 1913 - the first in this area. For further details of his business life, see Postmarks by Lenoir Ray, pages 321-325. He died in Asheville in 1942. His wife Julia, died in 1966. Both are buried in Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery.
(b) others ?
7. Agnes Matilda Case, born about 1844.
8. John M[ontraville] Case, born about 1846. (4 in 1850). Knowledge of the second name of Montraville was received through oral tradition from Nellie Byers Ward Schroeder, his granddaughter. He was known in the community as Jack. [See next generation.]

9. Mary Amanda Case, born about 1850 - (10 years old in the 1860 census)

10. Winny Case, born about 1855. (age 5 in the 1860 census.)