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Reserved for George

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One of the mysteries regarding my great-great grandfather Casebolt has to do with his middle name. Based on a couple of land records I found in the Saline County, Missouri court house, I spent over three decades convinced that his middle initial was "T", although the letter was written in such a florid style that it could have been an "F". No one that I know of ever suggested a name that would correspond to either letter. He as carried on the Confederate army's muster rolls as "George C.". In files maintained by the Saline County Historical Society he is "George W". But he is usually just "George" in reference after reference. It is possible that his full name was in fact "George". However, just today (20 September 2011) I noticed in the entry for his family in the 1870 US census, there is an entry which seems to say "Casebolt, Geo. Adam". Being the local banker, George evidently was called upon to administer some deceased folks' estates. The entry in question was a listing regarding his administration one such estate. Someday some papers from the bank may come to light which will prove what his name was.

Despite his tombstone and the Saline County history both of which say he was born in Pocohontas County, Virginia, he was in fact born on 4 October 1826, his parents, Eleanor (Lough) and William Casebolt, when were living in that part of Lewis County, Virginia which later became Braxton County, West Virginia. This was near where Eleanor's parents, his grandparents, lived. The exact place is unknown to me, but I suspect it was not too far from the county seat, Sutton, and is now beneath a lake formed by a dam on the Elk River. Later, the family moved back to Pocahontas County where his father, William, was born and raised.

When he was 18 he accompanied his parents when they moved to Saline County, near Miami, Missouri. Five years later,in 1849,he married Jane Moberly who died in 1850 leaving one child, Sarah. In 1851 he second married Martha Terrill, his young housekeeper and nursemaid to his daughter. Their marriage records that marriage and its results. After this second wife died in 1877, he third married Ellen Bowen with whom he subsequently had five more children.

Prior to the Civil War, George owned slaves. The slave schedule of the 1860 US census listed two slaves belonging to him: a 34-year old female and a 2-year old male. At the same time his brother Peter is listed as having 4 female slaves. Following the Civil War the 1870 US census listed in George's household a 17-year old black woman named Narcis Casebolt who could not read or write -- she may previously have been his slave. At about the same time a black cowboy named Jim Casebolt was becoming famous in Texas -- it was said no one could shoot or rope as well as he. He too may formerly have been a Casebolt slave. The Casebolts had ties to Texas -- at least one of the young Casebolt men rode in the Texas cattle drives which in the earliest days of those drives terminated near the Casebolt farms in Miami, Missouri, where the cows were driven onto boats and taken down the Missoui and Mississippi Rivers.

George was an important member of the Miami Christian church and is buried in its cemetery, now called the Robertson cemetery. His parents had been very poor, but through hard work on his farm and careful work with the Miami Savings Bank, George became quite well off, although he lost property worth over $2,000 in the Civil War.

In the fall of 1864, George enlisted as a private in Nixon's compamy (Company K), Gordon's regiment, Shelby's division, under Confederate General Sterling Price. He was the company commissary and was in the battles of Independence Missouri and the second battle of Newtonia Missouri. At some point he transfered to Slayback's regiment. According to the Saline County history he surrendered in 1865. According to Casebolt family memory he was taken prisoner and released after a few months.

George died on 20 November 1891. A local commentary was: "In the death of Mr. Casebolt, our community loses one of its best citizens, one who had acquired a comfortable home and a host of friends. He leaves a sorrowing wife and five lovely children to remember him as a kind father and husband cherished in the memory of those who are left behind. The funeral services were held at the residence Sunday morning. Elder Lyon of the Christian Church conducting the services. While the A.O.U.W. of this city took charge of the burial." He was buried south of Miami, in the Christian Church cemetery, now called the Robertson cemetery, where his last two wives are also buried.

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