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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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BENJAMIN C. CASSEL, a well-known and representative citizen of Worcester township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, was born in that township, and reared on a farm not far from his present home, the place being now in possession of J. C. Blattner. He follows farming to a limited extent in connection with another line of business.

His grandfather was Benjamin Cassel, whose first wife was Sarah Heebner. After her death he married Mrs. Kate (Clemmens) Beyer, a widow. The children of the latter marriage were Jacob, Benjamin, Joseph, Enos, Abraham, Elizabeth, Hannah, Sarah, Catherine and Susan. Abraham, the fifth child and fifth son of this family, grew up as a country boy, was educated in the district schools, and became a farmer. He was prosperous and respected, and reared a worthy family. His wife was Susanna Cassel, and the names of his seven children were as follows: Isiah, Elizabeth, Cornelius, Abraham, Susanna, Benjamin C. and Mary, deceased.

Benjamin C., sixth child and fourth son of the foregoing family, was born December 15, 1851, in Worcester township. He attended school in the neighborhood until he was sixteen years of age, and for several years thereafter worked on a farm. In 1875, the year following his marriage, he removed to the place he now occupies, comprising fifty-one acres of land. This land he cultivates for the greatest possible return, giving much attention to gardening. He also buys livestock which he feeds for the Philadelphia market. He is a well-known dealer in the market at Eighteenth and Bridge streets, where his meats have gained a reputation for their high quality. He is a Democrat and bears his part in duties of citizenship, keeping an intelligent interest in the course of national affairs. He and his family attend the Reformed Mennonite church.

On the 17th of March, 1874, Benjamin C. Cassel married Mary J., daughter of Jesse and Mary (Bechtel) Detro. His wife is one of a family of nine children, as follows: Eliza, born December 3, 1842, who is unmarried; Hannah, who married William Delp, of Lansdale, and has one child; Harry, deceased; Mahlon, a commission merchant of Philadelphia, who married Tillie Lambert and has two children; Abraham, now a farmer of Lehigh county, who married Annie Shields, and has six children; Mary J., wife of Benjamin C. Cassel; Josiah, a marketman of Philadelphia, whose wife was Kate Hochman, and who is the father of nine children; Amanda, wife of Benjamin Wycle, a minister of Saints church, who is the mother of two children; and Ida, who lives in Lansdale with her mother. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin C. Cassel have no children of their own but have reared six adopted children.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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