Posted By:kristin yates
Subject:Re: CASSEL Family (Clayton Co, Iowa)
Post Date:December 27, 2002 at 09:32:37
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Forum:Clayton County, IA Genealogy Forum
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Katherine, I don't know if we've communicated before. The likelihood is that your Jacob Cassel was the brother of my Henry Cassel. Both lived in Millville, Clayton Co., IA at the same time, and Henry signed up for the Union Army the same day and place as Jacob's son William.

Henry Cassel was born in Dauphin Co, PA and was a blacksmith. He was 40 years old when he was killed at the battle of Vicksburg. (Jacbo's son William survived the war.)Henry married Catherine Bretz, whose mother was also a Cassel from Dauphin Co.

We have never been able to tie Jacob and Henry with a firm knot, but the Nolan name occurs in Henry's associations as well. Another name you may hear from Wayne Co. and from Mallory Co. is Spangler. My sense is that all these families came from PA together, and various members continued to travel together to other states as time went on. You will often find the Cassel name rendered in records as Castle, since this is the phonetic spelling.

I had never heard the story about Jacob's daughter Alice! Very interesting.

If there's anything I can answer for you, please let me know. I should also mention that we have never learned exactly who Henry's parents were in Dauphin Co., in part because there are so many men carrying the same names in each generation. But they definitely came from Hesse-Cassel, Germany, and had quite a long presence in the Dauphin Co. area.

Kristin Yates
(Henry Cassel was my ggg-grandfather)