CASSEL, Mich. H.
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CASSEL, Michael H., retired farmer, was born on his grandfatherís homestead, in Lower Paxton township, Dauphin county, Pa., in May 1845. He is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Klein) Cassel. His great-grandfather, John Cassel, originally obtained a grant and deed from Thomas and Richard Penn, on October 31, 1765. The original tracts of land have continued in the possession of the family down to the present time. Michael Cassel, grandfather of Michael H., was one of three children, the others were named Henry and Sophia.

Jacob Cassel, father of Michael H., was born in 1880. His wife, Elizabeth Klein, was one of four children ; the others were : Esaias, Zephanias and Nancy. The former two are deceased, Nancy in the wife Israel Deckert, of Middletown, Dauphin county, Pa. Mr. Cassel died July 30, 1878. He was a plain man, unostentatious, honest and diligent, benevolent and kind. The cordial and generous hospitality of himself and his excellent wife was greatly enjoyed by the many toward whom it was exercised. Mrs Jacob Cassel is still living. Michael H. Cassel was their only child.

Michael H. Cassel spent his early days on the old homestead, and received his primary education in the public schools of Lower Paxton township. He attended the academy of Prof. Aaron Kemble, at Harrisburg, for a year and a half, entering at the age of twelve. He was then for the same length of time at the Middletown Academy, under Prof. John Ross, uncle of the kidnapped Charlie Ross. After leaving school he was employed upon his fatherís farm until he was twenty-three years of age. He then began farming on his own account and has made this his business. He is also extensively engaged in buying and selling live stock. Mr. Cassel was married, August 15, 1869, to Emma C., daughter of Isaac and Mary (Niedig) Nissley. They have five children ; one of whom, Don Arthur, is deceased. Their living children are : Harry N., Mary E. and Lizzie R., who are twins, and Clara L. The twins and Hary N. attend the Hummelstown Academy. Mr. Cassel is a Democrat. The family attend the German Lutheran church. Mrs. Cassel was only three years old when her mother died. Her father is still living. They had three children, two of whom are deceased. Mr. Nissley was again married; his second wife was Catherine Harper. They had eight children : Ira, Elma, Isaac Jr., Warren, Harper, Clara, Ida, and Cora.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Ronald Singer for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project

Date of Transcription: 16 March 2001

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