Picture, taken circa 1886. Inset picture is Sara Ellen McGary Case Jack, his wife. Framed portrait allegedly hung in a WV courthouse at some point.More probably this was taken shortly before his early death at age 43, from Civil War related diseases. 

Father Butler Case 1821-1888, blacksmith born in PA or VA, died Webster Co WV
Mother Sussana Clayton Case 1822-after 1900, born in VA, died in Webster Co WV


Born in 1843 according to West Virginia Marriage Records, William was born in Marion County, Va (now WV). Note that Butler Case and Sussana Clayton Case are shown as parents on the marriage record. He was their oldest son.

Father Butler and Mother Sussana's parentage is unproven at this time. It is said that Sussana was English and there is some evidence to that effect, but cannot be proven as yet. Butler is likely to be related to the Case clan who came from Ireland, pioneered from the east to Pa-Virginia and then on to Ohio and founded Case Western Reserve University.  The unproven link is between our Butler and the previous generation. In the sketchy 1820 US Census there is a Butler Case family living in Georges Fayette Co, PA and has one male child under 10. Unproven yet, but possible that this is our Butler, as it has been proven from the National Archive (NARA) file that he was born in 1821. Children of Butler and Sussana were Mary F.1842-1937, William Washington 1843-1887, Elisha Clayton 1845-1871, Thomas Butler 1847-1918, Irven 1850-1904, Infant, Hester Ann 1856-1900/1910, Melvina Jane 1857-1937, James Baty 1859-1938, Walter 1861-1926 and Ida 1864-1933.

In 1866 William Washington married Sarah Ellen McGary 1843-1930.  Their children were Charles Butler 1867-1944, Elisha 1869-1869, Ervan Monroe 1870-1943, William McGary 1872-1944, Joseph Clayton 1875-1875, Ezra Clarence 1877-1935, Nannie Loretta 1880-1929, Annie Laurie 1880-1930, Thomas Burton 1882-1947. 

***Note:  In 1863 Virginia and West Virginia became two separate states.  All locations are approximate and consideration has been taken to these changes as well as county name and boundary changes.  The website randymajors.com was the source of these locations as well as Fold3.comAncestry.comNARA, and numerous free sites.  West Virginia has been a great resource.  


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The journey of William Washington Case and Sarah Ellen McGary

1850 US Census

Family of Butler Case 27 & Sussana Clayton Case 28 is first found.
Tyler Co, Virginia, District 61.
Our William Washington is 7, Clayton is 4 and Thomas 2.
Mary F, age 8 is living with John and Sarah Underwood, a neighboring family or relative.


Tyler County WV closeup, showing proximity to Ohio River
and the State of Ohio, on the other side..

Hint:  Butler (William's father) states that his father was born
in PA, which is just a few miles away.

1860 US Census

North Bend Mills, Tyler County WV
Butler Case 39 Sussana 38
Mary F 18, William Washington 17, Elisha 14,
Thomas 12, Irvin 8, Hester 7, Malvina 3, James 10 mo.

1862 NARA

August 10 in Watkins Station Wood County WV
William Washington Case enlists at age 19.



William Washington Case
serves from 1862-1865
WV Co A-15th

15th West Virginia Infantry History


1866 WV Culture Website

Marriage of William Washington 23 and
Sarah Ellen McGary 18
June 8, 1866 Wood County WV
WVCulture website

4.12 Wirt County is corrected to Wood County, source NARA handwritten record

Proves birth in Marion County WV and parent names.
McGary is noted as 'McGarry'

1870 US Census

Walker, Wood County WV
William Washington Case 27, Sarah Ellen Case 22
Charles 3, Irvin 1.

1880 US Census

Glade District, Webster County WV
William Washington Case 36, Sarah Ellen Case 36
Charles 13, Irvin 10, William McGary 8, Ezra 3,
twins Nannie L and Annie Laurie 1 month.

1887 Findagrave website
Memorial #53885107

May 29, 1887 Death of William Washington Case 
Age 43
Poplar Fork area Webster County WV
GPS: 38.491412, -80.670937
Sarah Ellen Case 43
Charles 20, Irvin 17, William McGary 15, Ezra 10,
twins Nannie L and Annie Laurie 10 Thomas Burton 5.


1890 Veteran's Schedule

Otter District Braxton County WV 
Widow Sarah Ellen Case 46
 William McGary 18, Ezra 13,
twins Nannie L and Annie Laurie 10, Thomas Burton 8.
Note:  1890 Census burned.

1893 WV Culture

Otter District Braxton County WV
Widow Sarah Ellen 45 marries Henry L Jack 66

WV Culture Website


1900-1920 US Census

1900 Cowen Town Webster County WV
Sarah Ellen 53, Henry 73, Laura 20

1910 Glade District Webster County WV
Sarah Ellen 62, Ezra 30, Minnie 6

1920 Glade District Webster County WV
Sarah Ellen 72, Tressie 14





1930 Findagrave website
Memorial #24850917
March 7, 1930
Sarah Ellen McGary Case Jack death.  
Age 82 ... more or less.
Buried Adkison Cemetery Cowen Webster County WV
GPS: 38.4378433,-80.5516052

Bits and Pieces

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National Archive Document

Official response to request of Sarah Ellen Case Jack for additional pension funds.

Sarah Ellen McGary Case Jack
Cemetery Directions


Located about three miles outside Cowen on the Erbacon Road, very near the two gas stations that sit within sight of each other. Contains about 170 graves. Dirt road on left going up a very steep hill can be carefully negotiated by car in dry weather if you are adventurous. Cemetery is mowed but many stones have either fallen or leaning badly, at least two stones have crumbled into illegibility. Rows 1-8 are on the left side of cemetery (as viewed from the road), Rows 9-13 are on the right side. Caretaker is Sherry Holcomb 48 Erbacon Road, Cowen WV, phone 304-226-5779.

Source: Penny Brown,
distant cousin, deceased

NOTE;  CHARLES BUTLER4 CASE (WILLIAM WASHINGTON3, CHARLES BUTLER2, BUTLER1) was born May 27, 1867 in Wood Co., WV, and died May 01, 1944 in Duck, Braxton Co., WV.  He married RHUEMMA MARGARET FACEMERE September 20, 1888 in Nicholas Co., WV, daughter of ANDREW FACEMERE and MAGRARET HOOVER.  She was born July 30, 1868 in Braxton Co., WV, and died January 03, 1946 in Elmica, Braxton Co., WV 




Note regarding Sarah's character
submitted by Thomas B. Case,
William's brother.


1890 Veteran's Schedule

Butler/Susanna Tree

Affidavit signed by both
Susannah and Butler (Buttler)
Smudges are actually
their 'marks'.

Susannah Clayton Case Affidavit regarding birth of
William Washington and Sarah Ellen's children.  She was midwife.

William Washington/Sarah Ellen Tree



National Archive
Civil War File
William Washington Case



WW's Cemetery Directions found

BIRCH RIVER BAPTIST CEMETERY BIRCH RIVER, NICHOLAS COUNTY, WV DIRECTIONS: From Interstate 79, take the Beckley/Summersville exit.  Take US 19 to Birch River. Take State 82 for aproximately ½ mile. On the left is a cinder block building (possibly a school or day care center) the road to the cemetery is on the right.  It appears to be someone's driveway. It goes to the top of the mountain and ends at the cemetery. 
Note: 2012 cemetery searched and there are NO Cases buried here.  ld


Sarah Case Jack re-applying for pension in 1916 after
Henry Jack's death, witnessed by John and Faye Bee.  

John and Faye Bee
coincidentally are related to Jeff and Linda through Paul Thompson>Martha Bee Thompson> Albert Bee>Benjamin Bee>Ezekiel Bee!