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Re: Coucill (Cassel?) family bible 1804-up
Posted by: Bryce Castle (ID *****2443) Date: October 12, 2004 at 06:56:59
In Reply to: Re: Coucill (Cassel?) family bible 1804-up by Linda Yungli McCready of 360

Clay,
From my research I find that three Kassel brothers came on the same whip "Jeffries" to PA from Gr. They were Johannes, Hupert and Yellis. Johannes also had five sibs with him: Peter, Mary, Arnold, Elizabeth and Mary. My line descends through Peter. It is documented that they were land holders and belonged to the Mennonited or Reformed (Lutheran)Churches in PA. Johannes and wife Mary were signers of the original document of incorportion of Germantown, part of Philly, and the records are in Juanita College there. I have also found the surname spelling in question on emigartion lists, landhlder lists, etc., so there were some of these ancestors in the germanic settlements in PA. The Kassel surname was anglicanized when our ancestors came to the colonies from GR. My descendent, Jacob CASTLE, son of Peter, changed his surname due to a falling-out with his father. Most likely because he married a Shawnee American Indian of western PA rather than a german bride. Jacob imigrated to the New River area of VA, along with other PA Cassels, and became a longhunter and Indian trader in the SW VA area. Castle's Woods was named for Jacob and is now named Castlewood, VA. I am from that area and most of his descendents still use the Castle spelling, although many use Cassell which is a contention in the family. Will share freely.
Bryce Castle


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