Good morning Mary,
I’m always happy to hear from a cousin. We haven’t communicated with one another since Dec. of 1999.
In case you may not remember me; my name is Ila Deloris (Kasinger) Chestnut. My family has lived in Mountain Home, Arkansas for 7 generations. I am the oldest of 12 children; my father Ben Allen Kasinger was the middle child of 15 children. And my mother, Ola Messick, was the second youngest of 10 children. So there are Kasingers/Kessingers/and Kissingers all over the Ozark Mountains.
Our family of Kessinger/Kasinger’s (as you well know) can be traced back to Andreas Kessinger who came from Germany on the ship "William" to Lancaster County, Penn. in 1737.
One of Andreas's sons was Solomon I; he was born in 1745 in Penn., and married Elizabeth Greenwalt. One of their 11 children was Joseph (which I designate as B – who was the 2nd. child of Solomon I.).
Joseph (B) was born in 1777 in Penn. then moved to Kentucky, he married Ruth Logsdon. One of their 10 children was Solomon "Monie" Kessinger (B5).
Solomon "Monie" was born about 1800 in Kentucky, he married Frances Isaacs Clark in 1824. They moved to Ill. and then to Missouri. They had 10 children.
To answer your question, and to clear up some of the confusion; Thomas Jasper (Button Tom)(B5a-10); and Thomas (Grey Tom) (B5a-1-2)-- are not the same person, or the same generation.
One of Solomon “Monie”’s (B5) children was Thomas Jasper Kasinger (B5a-10); who was born in 1847; and was my great grandfather.
Solomon “Monie”’s oldest son was James William Kasinger (B5a-1)who was born in 1825. He married Arrainy Harding. They had 10 children.
Their oldest son was Thomas "Grey Tom" Kasinger (B5a-1-2) who was born 1846.
Grey Tom married his first wife, Helen Clementine Graves on 16 July 1867 in Ozark County, Missouri. They had 2 daughters.
He married his second wife Minerva Eadline Graves on 16 April, 1876. They had 8 daughters and one son.
Helen and Minerva were sisters and were full-blooded Cherokees.
Arrainy Harding was not their mother. She was the mother of their husband “Grey Tom”; and yes, she was buried in the Thacker Cemetery, which is about 10 miles from Mt. Home.
In 1998, my husband and I went to Mountain Home, Ark. While on this trip we stopped at my Uncle Leonard (B5a-10a-3-7) and Aunt Hannah Kasinger's place; (they had just recently celebrated their 72nd. wedding anniversary;) they were both in their mid-90's, and were living in a small house on Kasinger Lane. My Uncle remembered "Grey Tom" well. “He use to visit the family and play his fiddle while the kids sang.”
Later in the day we stopped at West Plains, Mo. and talked to William Henry Kessinger (B5a-7-4-2); who is the son of William Benjamin Kessinger (B5a-7-4); who was the son of Obediah Kessinger (B5a-7). He was 96 years old then; he is now 99, living in his own home with his wife Ethel, and doing well. . (Obediah was the brother of both Grey Tom's father (James William) and my grandfather--Thomas Jasper Kasinger.) He also remembered Grey Tom well, and had several stories about Grey Tom and the "Bushwhackers" of the area during the Civil War.
Another child of Solomon "Monie" (B5) and Frances was Lucinda Kessinger (B5a-8) (who everyone knew as "Aunt Tin"); she was born 1838 in Missouri. She died in 1913 and is buried in the Dover Cemetery, (near my family’s old homestead) at Mountain Home, Arkansas. She married Thomas L. Jefferson Dover; they had 8 children. Aunt Tin was a very respected and loved member of the family.
I hope that I haven’t totally confused you by now.
I do not have any of your line of the family from your grandmother Mary Jane Kasinger Qualls to your generation, or your children’s children. Nor do I have any of Mary Jane’s (B5a-1-2b-?) brothers and sisters, and their families. If you have any of this information, I would very much appreciate receiving it from you.
Hope this is some help to you in getting the generations straight. It can be very confusing, that is why I am attempting to standardize the children of Solomon I by using the capitol letters from A to K to designate each of his 11 children, and their family line.
I will post an explanation of this method on this Kasinger Forum soon.
Best wishes, Deloris
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