Isaac N. Cassity Obituary
Clark County Clipper, July 14, 1927
DEATH OF I. N. CASSITY, PIONEER CITIZEN
(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
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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