The names of Samuel, Francis, David and Peter Cassatt/Cossart seem to be visible in the Adams/York County areas from 1790 through the Civil War. The family also appears to have been located in or around Gettysburg, PA during the Civil War. The Cosart family may have been originally part of the migration of NJ to the Conowago Colony. The surname is found in several variant spellings, but usually Casatt,Cassatt and Cossart in this area. Specifically, in my research of my Cassatt ancestry, I have some circumstantial evidence that leads me to believe that my 3rd great grandfather, William Casatt, b. 1801, may have descended from one of these above branches of the Cassatt/Cossart families of the Conowago Colony and Gettysburg area. My William Casatt age 50, and wife Nancy Baker and children are found in 1850 US Census in Penn Twp. Union County, PA. They then migrated to the Sunbury area of Northumberland County, PA.
I would also be interested in learning what types of resources anyone might suggest on the records of the Low Dutch Church of the Adams/York County area and Conowago Colony research that may include family evidence.
If anyone is researching the Cassatt/Cossart lineages in the Adams County area, and interested in sharing any information, I would like to compare notes or exchange info that could help fill in holes for all.
The surname carries about 15 different variant spellings, which is a major roadblock on researching this lineage.
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