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The Cassell Family of Portsmouth, Virginia


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1. Warrent Officer Charles Cassell U.S.N. [700] died on 30 Aug 1827.1

General Notes: This is possibly Captain Charles Cassell's father. Captain Cassell died in 1855.

"Draft of the U.S.S. Schooner 'Grampus,' building at Navy Yard, Washington, DC" Designed by Henry Eckford Drawing by Charles Cassell, December 22, 1820 Ink on paper 25" x 38 1/2" National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Bureau of Ships U.S.S. Schooner Grampus Designed by Henry Eckford, the Grampus, was built in the Washington Navy Yard by William Doughty. It was the largest of five schooners built by the Navy to suppress piracy and slave trading. On August 16, 1822, during its first cruise, the Grampus encountered a Puerto Rico-based pirate ship flying Spanish colors and sailing under bogus privateer papers. The American ship quickly reduced the outlaw vessel to a floating wreck. The Grampus remained active in the Caribbean Sea and the South Atlantic until it was lost at sea on January 23, 1843. Sailmaker Charles Cassell drew this plan showing the size and shape of the schooner's sails.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Military: Appointed Sailmaker, 27 Sep 1813. 2 Charles Cassell
Appointed Sailmaker, 27 September 1813
Resigned 11 February 1815
Appointed Sailmaker, 24 June 1817
died 30 August 1827

2. Military: Resigned as Sailmaker, 11 Feb 1815. 2

Charles married.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 2 M    i. Charles Cassell [1498] 3,4 was born about 1802 in District Of Columbia 5 and died between 1855 and 1856 about age 53.

Charles married Sarah Murry [200] 3,6,7 [MRIN: 79] (b. Between 1806 and 1808, d. 18 Jun 1867) before 1823.

Charles next married. (b. Between 1806 and 1808, d. 18 Jun 1867)

The child from this marriage was:

   3 M    i. Captain Charles Cassell [199] 7,8,9 was born on 26 Sep 1793 in Genoa, Italy,6,7,8 died on 3 Sep 1855 in Portsmouth, Virginia 10,11,12 at age 61, and was buried in Sep 1855 in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Portsmouth, Virginia.6,7 The cause of his death was Yellow Fever.

Death Notes: In Yellow Fever epidemic. But, another Charles Cassell, sailmaker, died 30 August 1827

Burial Notes: Charles Cassell born Genoa Italy Sept 26th 1793 died Sept 3rd 1855

Name: Charles Cassell
Age: 61
Interment: Cedar Grove Cemtery, Avenue 4, lot 295

General Notes: Henley Papers have three deaths of children of Capt. Charles Cassell.
American beacon and Norfolk and Portsmouth daily advertiser (Norfolk, Va. : 1827) Died- In Portsmouth on Friday (May 29) Columbia Cassell, daughter of Capt. Charles Cassell, aged 7 months. (p. 2, c. 6) Monday, June 1, 1835.
American beacon and Norfolk and Portsmouth daily advertiser (Norfolk, Va. : 1827) Died- In Portsmouth on Sunday (Apr. 5), Virginia Cassel, aged 2 years and 8 months, daughter of Capt. Charles Cassell. (p. 2, c. 4) Tuesday, April 7, 1835.
American beacon and Virginia and North-Carolina gazette. Died- In Portsmouth on Dec. 7, Charles Buller Cassell, infant son of Capt. Charles Cassell. (p. 3, c. 3) Saturday, December 17, 1831.

In 1870 census, Alexander W. Cassell said his father was "foriegn born." Captain Charles Cassell is Alexander's father.

Meets at the Masonic Hall, in Portsmouth, on the third Mon-
day in every month.
M. E Sir Knight Charles A. Grice, G. Commander.
" " John K. Cooke, Generalissimo.
" " L. C.. P. Cowper, Captain General.
Sir Knight George M. Bain, Prelate.
" Charles Cassell, Senior Warden.
" Francis Russ, Junior Warden.
" George Reed, Recorder.
" James Fleming, Treasurer.
" Merit Parsons, Standard Bearer.
" John Lash. Sword Bearer.
" D. S. Philips, Warder.
" James G. Totterdell, Steward and Sentinel.

INVITATION: Marshall W. Butt, Portsmouth Under Four Flags 1752-1961 (1961, Portsmouth, Virginia: Messenger Printing Co.), p. 55:
Invitation dated 22 June 1839, from Captain Charles Cassell of the "Portsmouth Light Artillery Blues" to Captain Arthur Emmerson, requesting the pleasure of his company "at a social glass this afternoon at or near sunet" The company of any other "Craney Island Patriots" would also be welcomed.
(Courtesy of John C. Emmerson, Jr.)
Portsmouth, June 22d, 1839.
Dear Sir,
In behalf of the Portsmouth Lt. Artillary Blues. I am happy in requesting the pleasure of your company at a social glass, this afternoon at or near sunset.- The company would also be glad to have any other Craney Island Patriots who may be in the neighborhood to join them on this occasion.-- If you will be at your residence at this time, we will have pleasure in calling for you, and escorting you to the Brand.
Very Respectfully
Your obt servant
Chas. Cassell
To: Capt. Arthur Emmerson

Noted events in his life were:

1. Celebration: Independence Day celebration, 7 Jul 1828, Portsmouth, Virginia. 13 Herald--7 July 1828
Due honor was rendered to the day by our fellow citizens of Portsmouth, whose patriotic spirit is ever alive to the glory of their country. A salute was fired at sun-rise, by Capt. Cassel's Company of Artillery; at 8 o'clock the Rifle Company, Capt. Young, and the LIght Infantry Greys, Capt. Watts, with Capt. Cassel's Artillery Company, paraded and forming in battalion order, a second salute was fired by the united companies. At 1/2 past 9 the ballalion took up the line of March to the Episcopal Church, taking under its escort, the Orator of the Day, Dr. E. M. Watts, the Reader of the Declaration of Independence, and the venerable and reverend soldier of the Revolution, Jesse Nicholson. The services at the church were commenced with a prayer by the Rev. Mr. Wingfield, after which the Declaration of Independence was read, and an Oration, of which we have heard the most favorable mention, was delivered by Dr. Watts.
In the afternoon the volunteers partook of a sumptuous dinner provided by Capt. Reynolds at the Globe Inn.
A large number of citizens dined in the spacious saloon of the Masonic Lodge, in the true spirit of Brotherly feeling which should ever characterize freemen, who, however divided they may be on minor subjects, have a common sympathy in the one grand question--the good of our country. Party spirit was dumb. Adams and Jackson were remembered only as distinguished patriots, and not as disturbers of the public transquility and of social harmony. After dinner the company drank the following toasts:....

2. Excursion: military excursion to Suffolk, 25 May 1829, Portsmouth, Virginia. 14 Herald--25 May 1829
On Thursday morning last, the three Volunteer Companies of Portsmouth, the Riflemen commanded by Capt. Young; the Artillery, Capt. Cassell, and the Greys, Capt. Watts, took an excursion to Suffolk, in the steam boat Richmond, Capt. Chapman. They were received in very handsome style on their arrival, by the Suffolk Volunteers, the Columbians, under the command of Capt. Benton, and welcomed by a large number of the inhabitants, who evinced their characteristic hospitality on the occasion; and after spending two hours very agreeably, during which they partook of a collation provided for the occasion, they again embarked and returned about sunset. The utmost good order and harmony prevailed among the citizen-soldiers during the excursion, and it was remarked that "though on pleasure were bent," there was not an instance among them of the most distant approach to inebriety.
We regret to add, that on their return, when a few miles below Suffolk, a valuable negro man, named Lewis, belonging to Capt. Chapman, fell overboard and was drowned. The gaiety and mirth which prevailed on board at the moment of this distressing casualty, were instantly changed to sadness and sympathy, and the volunteers evinced in a manner very creditable to their sensibilities, the deep impression it produced on their feelings. For half an hour all was silence; and the countenance of every individual expressed the deep concern which the tragic occurrence had inspired.

3. Celebration: National Day of Independence, 6 Jul 1829, Portsmouth, Virginia. 15 Herald--6 July 1829
The National Day of Independence was celebrated in Portsmouth with undiminished ardor. The citizen-soldiers of that patriotic town, comprising the Artillery Company under Capt. Cassell, the Rifle Corps under Capt. Yount, and the Infantry Greys under Capt. Watts, assembled at 10 o'clock in the forenoon, on the Middle Square, and proceeded thence to the Methodist Church, where after a prayer, fraught with all the fervor of pious and patriotic eloquence, had been offered up to the throne of Grace, by the venerable soldier of the revolution, the Rev. Jesse Nicholson, a discourse adapted to the occasion was delivered by the Rev. Mr. Crowder, of the Methodist Church, and the service was concluded by an excellent prayer by the Rev. Mr. McKinney--after which a collection was taken up in aid of the funds of the American Colonization Society. The superior band of the Rifle Corps was arranged along the left gallery of the Church, and added greatly to the interest of the service by performing a beautiful piece of sacred music at the end of the first prayer, and the inspiring national air of "Hail Columbia," in conclusion. At 12 o'clock the company returned to the square, where they fired a salute and dismissed. At 2 o'clock they re-assembled and repaired to the Bell Tavern, where under a spacious awning, they sat down to an elegant and sumptuous dinner, prepared by Mr. Wm. Portlock. Capt. Young presided and Capt. Watts officiated as Vice-president. The numerous company enjoued themselves in uninterrupted harmony and social mirth, and retired in perfect good order......

4. Celebration: Independence Day, 7 Jul 1829, Portsmouth, Virginia. 16 Beacon--7 July 1829
The Artillery Corps, Capt. Cassell, announced the day by a Federal salute, which was simultaneously proclaimed from the Navy Yard, and repeated by both, at noon and sun-set. The volunteers, consisting of the Riflemen, Light Infantry Greys and the Artillery, Captains Young, Watts and Cassell, formed in battalion order at 10 o'clock, and after firing a salute marched to the Methodist Church, where the venerable Patriot and Revolutionary soldier, the Rev. Jesse Nicholson, (one of Morgan's gallant Rifle Corps) invoked the favor of Deity on the future destinies of our country, while he poured out the overflowing of a patriotic heart, in gratitude for the unspeakable blessings heretofore vouchsated to it. Where such a man is the organ of communication, the bosom must indeed be cold, that does not heave with emtion, of gratitude and praise. The prayer being ended the excellent band of the Rifle Corps gave force and impression to what had just been uttered, by performing in full choir, an elegant piece of sacred music.....

5. Celebration: National Independence Day, 5 Jul 1830, Portsmouth, Virginia. 17 Herald- 5 July 1830
The anniversary of our National Independence was celebrated in Portsmouth on Saturday, with the usual demostrations of patriotic feeling. The volunteer companies, consisting of the Rifle, under the command of Capt. Young, LIght Infantry Greys, Capt. Watts, and Artillery, Capt. Cassell, assembled in front of the Court House at 11 o'clock, A.M. and took up the line of march for the beach fronting the river, at the lower end of North Street, where, at meridian a Federal salute was fired by the Rifle and Light Infantry Companies, and the National Salute by the Artillery. The battalion then returned to the ground on which it was formed, and was dismissed at 1 o'clock. At 2 the companies reassembled, without arms, at Wyatt's Hotel, when a dinner was provided for the occasion, at which they took their seats at half past two. Capt. Young presided, assisted by Captains Watts and Cassell. After dinner the following toasts were drunk, accompanied with music by the Rifle band.....
(Other groups dined at Reynolds' Hotel and Cedar Grove)
Among the "Volunteer Toasts"
By Capt. Charles A. Cassell: Captain Arthur Emmerson, who so gallantly sustained the attack made by the British barges on Craney Island, 22d June 1813......
By Thomas Emmerson: Henry Clay, the profound statesman, the true patriot.....

6. Celebration: collation at the Masonic Hall, 19 Feb 1831, Portsmouth, Virginia. 18 Letter--
Sir: We have been appointed a committee on behalf of the Volunteers of Portsmouth, to present to you their respects, and request the pleasure of your company at a Collation at the Masonic Hall, on Tuesday next the 22nd inst. in commemoration of the birth of the Illustrious Washington.
In performing the duty assigned them, the committee takes great pleasure in the opportunity afforded them, of emphasizing individually and collectively the high respect and esteem, with which they are, sir.
Your obt servants
William P. Young, Capt. Rif Corps
Saml Watts, Capt. Greys
Charles Cassell, Capt. Artillery
Arthur Emmerson, Esq.
Ex. Capt. Portsmouth Artillery
February 19th, 1831
N. B. The guests will be received at the Bell Tavern at 1 o'clock.

7. Social: social gala, 22 Jun 1839, Portsmouth, Virginia. 19 From the original
Portsmouth, June 22nd, 1839
Dear Sir:
In behalf of the Portsmouth Lt. Artillery Blues. I am happy in requesting the pleasure of your company at a social galas, this afternoon at or near Sunset. The company would also be glad to have any other Craney Island Patriots, who may be in the neighborhood, to join them on this occasion. If you will be at your residence at the time, we will take pleasure in calling for you, and escorting your to the Board.
Very Respectfully,
Your obt sevt, Chas. Cassell
To Capt Arthur Emmerson

8. Miliary: captian of Portsmouth Artillery, 11 Jul 1839, Portsmouth, Virginia. 20 Beacon--July 11, 1839
Testimonial by the Eutaw Infantry to the following commanders of local military companies who had entertained them on a visit, and also to their "former townsman, mr. G. C. Lecompt", Capt. Cassell... of Portsmouth Artillery

9. Miliary: Col. Chas. Cassell of the Artillery Blues encamped at Camp Emmerson, 30 Jul 1844, Portsmouth, Virginia. 21 Beacon--1 August 1844
Portsmouth Volunteers Portsmouth, 30th July 1844
The encampment of the Volunteers of Portsmouth will commence on the 3d Proximo.
The Camp will be known and designated as "Camp Emmerson," in testimony of the respect and veneration in which we hold the memory of our departed fellow soldier, the brave and honorable Arthur Emmerson.
The following officers will compose the staff of the commanding officer, and will be respected and obeyed accordingly.
Dr. William Collins is appointed Surgeon, and Dr. George Maupin, Assistant Surgeon.
Col. Chas. Cassell of the Artillery Blues, Quarter Master General.
Private, Jos. Miles of the Portsmouth Light Infantry Guards, Quarter Master.
Serg't John Neaville of the Rifle Company, and Corporal John Anderson, of the Artillery Blues, Asst. Quarter Masters.
Serg't George Bourdeth, of the P.L. I. Guards, Commissary.
Serg't Bernard Fauth, of the Artillery Blues, and Serg't John Jack of the Rifle Company, assistant Commissaries.
Serg't John C. McRae, of the P. L. I. Guards, Adjutant.
Walter Gwynn, Commanding Officer

10. Miliary: President Tyler reviews the troops, 7 & 8 August 1844, Portsmouth, Virginia. 22 Beacon--7 & 8 August 1844
The President will visit the Emmerson Encampment, near the Naval Hospital, and review the troops, at 12 o'clock today.

Aug. 8--President Tyler, accompanied by Mrs. Tyler, Gov'r. Branch, Cols. Welbach and DeRusay, of the U.S. Army, and their aids, came up from Old Point yesterday in the U. S. steam cutter Legare, Capt. Howard. The Legare came up in handsome style, turning in the harbor in about two minutes, and then passing down to the anchorage off the Naval Hospital. The yards of the U.S. ship Vincennes, Com'r Buchanan, and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Taney, Capt. Fatio, were manned as the Legare passed, and three cheers were given. A national salute was also fired by the U.S. ship Pennsylvania, Com. Bolton, and by the Taney. As the President and suite left the Legare three cheers were given.
On landing, the President was escorted by Co. A. R. Smith to the parade ground of the Encampement of Volunteers, at whose invitation the visit was made. After reviewing the Battalion, the President received the visits of a large number of those assembled in the beautiful grounds in front of the Naval Hospital.
The Battalion was composed of the Volunteer Companies of Portsmouth, and their guests, the Raleigh Guards, and the four Volunteer Companies of Norfolk.
We learn that a collation was afterwards given by Dr. William Collins to the President and suite.
The President and suite came over to Norfolk in the afternoon upon invitation, and were received by the Volunteer Companies at the Ferry Wharf.
The Portsmouth Volunteers with their Raleigh guests also paid a visit to the Borough in the afternoon, as the guests of the Norfolk Volunteers. The Battalion made a very fine appearance as they paraded our principal streets, and afterwards partook of a handsome collation at Military Hall, given by the Volunteer Companies.

11. Miliary: nominated to command of the 4th Regiment of Artillery, 17 Jul 1851, Portsmouth, Virginia. 23 Beacon--17 July 1851
We learn with pleasure that our highly esteemed friend, Lieut. Col. Charles Cassell, of the 4th Regiment of Artillery in Virginia, has been nominated by Governor Floyd to the command of the regiment. No better officer exists in Virginia, than "Our Colonel"---District Whig of yesterday

12. Note: 1855, Portsmouth, Virginia. 24 Capt. Charles Cassell died during the Yellow Fever epidemic. His tombstone say he was born in Genoa, Italy.

13. Death notice: Richmond Daily Dispatch, 21 Sep 1855. 25 According to the Richmond Daily Dispatch of 21 September 1855:
Progress of the Fever. The Petersburg Intelligencer has two letters dated from Norfolk 18th one of which announces the fever on the decrease, and the other states that a number of new cases have occurred. The following, which we find in the Baltimore American, is a list of deaths embracing the names of 322 of the white adultes known to have died of yellow fever in Portsmouth since its appearance in that town. The total mortality is known to have certainly reached 678, and the number is probably larger--The number of white children and colored persons who have died is not given: Deaths amoung white adults:.....Capt C. Cassell

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