JOHN CASSELL, a venerable and well-known citizen of Cross Creek township, was born in Washington county, Penn., October 17, 1809, the son of William Cassell and his wife, Elizabeth McKnight, who were among the early settlers during the present century. Both were born in Pennsylvania, whence they cane to Jefferson county about 1810. There the father died about 1859 and the mother about 1866. For over ten years William Cassell was one of the commissioners of the county, and prominent as a citizen. John Cassell was reared on the farm, and received his education in the common schools. He took up first the trade of a carpenter, and also worked as a millwright with his father, but the greater part of his life has been spent in farming, in which he has met with success. Of the ten children of his parents: Joseph, Mary, John, Eliza, Ellen, William, Robert, Esther, Sarah and Jane, none survive, but he and his sister Jane, with whom he has made his home for many years, being unmarried. In politics, Mr. Cassell has been a lifelong democrat, having cast his first vote for Andrew Jackson.
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