Isaac N. Cassity Obituary

Clark County Clipper, July 14, 1927

(Civil War Veteran)

Isaac N. Cassity was born March 11, 1842, in Boon County, Indiana, of parents who migrated from Kentucky, and died at his home in Ashland at 10:10 p.m., July 7, 1927, at the advanced age of 85 years, 3 months and 20 days.  The times following his birth were strenuous and he endured all the privations of life at that early day.  When he was 20 years old, March 20, 1862, he enlisted in Company F, 11th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, and was discharged from the services at Baltimore, Maryland, March 20, 1865, having served, three full years of the Civil War.

He was united in marriage with Miss Eliza M. Casteel in the old home county, May 6, 1866, and in 1883 the family emigrated to Sedgwick county, Kansas, where they lived until 1886, when they came to Clark county, Kansas settling on land about 12 miles west of Ashland, and began pioneering in a new state for the second time in his life.  Here the family was subject to the hardships of this locality and suffered additional misfortune by having all their possessions destroyed by fire.  Conditions on the farm were so discouraging that the family moved to Ashland where for years he labored on the Santa Fe railroad.  In his day he was a powerful man.  It is said of him while on the railroad work that he would pick up a tie or rail as easily as an ordinary man would pick up a fence post.

To this family were born nine children; one of them sleeps in Indiana and three await the resurrection in our own Highland cemetery; five surviving and present at the funeral service.  Mrs. Cassity joined her absent children, May 17, 1922.

For the past five years the health of Mr. Cassity has been declining but his condition has not been serious until the past year.  In 1877 he united with the Separatists Baptist church in Indiana but here in Kansas he identified himself with the Christian church and was faithful in his attendance until his physical condition confined him to his home.  hHe was a member of Major Elliott Post, G. A. R.  of Ashland and was always present at its meetings, especially on Memorial Day.  Of the membership of this Post, at one time 150, but two now remain, his comrades Samuel H. Hughes and Byron Clark.  For Comrade Cassity the Great General sounded taps last Thursday night and today the comrades of another generation of fighting men fire the salute for the dead, sound taps at his grave and the will of God will be accomplished.

The funeral services were held in the Christian church at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon, his pastor, the Rev. A. B. Ingram, preaching the funeral sermon.  Burial was made in Highland Cemetery.  A large number of old neighbors and friends attended the funeral to pay their last respects to their departed neighbor and friend.

Contributed by ~Shirley Brier~ October 17, 2005.

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