Jonathan Luther “John” “Casey” Jones (March 14, 1863 – April 30, 1900) from Jackson, Tennessee, was an American railroader who worked for the Illinois Central Railroad (IC). He was killed on April 30, 1900 when his train collided with a stalled freight train near Vaughan, Mississippi. His dramatic death while trying to stop his train and save the lives of his passengers made him a hero; he was immortalized in a popular ballad sung by his friend Wallace Saunders, an engine wiper for the IC.
Though born in Missouri on March 14, 1863, Jonathan Luther Jones spent his boyhood near Cayce, Kentucky. His family moved there in 1876. From this boyhood dwelling place he was given the nickname “Casey”.