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My great great great grandfather, William Casebolt, was born before July 1787 probably in the Little Levels area which is mostly between Hillsboro and the Greenbrier River, in what is now Pocahontas County, West Virginia, but was then either Boutetourt or Greenbrier County, Virginia, to Barbara (Harvey) and Henry Casebolt. He married on 25 December 1816 near Sutton in that part of Harrison County which became Lewis County, Virginia, and later, Braxton County, West Virginia. He died 19 July 1865 in or near Miami in Saline County, Missouri, and is buried in the "Old Methodist" cemetery in the town of Miami.

William evidently was very poor. Apparently he mostly farmed. Possibly about 1828, probably in order to escape debts he could not pay, he moved his family back to the Little Levels. He had land transactions there on the Greenbrier river in 1831, 1832, 1843, and 1844. The last sale occuring in early May 1844 with William and Eleanor present. Very soon after that, one step ahead of the sheriff who was trying to nail him for unpaid debts, he and Eleanor moved their family (all but their eldest son) west to Saline County, Missouri. Their grandson Uncle Lebbie told be that their farm was 1 mile east of Miami town, cornering on the Miami city cemetery. In 1871 Casebolt lands were further east: the P.Casebolt estate in section 3 range 21, and George just north of that in section 34 of whatever range that is.

Where he had married and first lived as a married man, that is in the valley of the Elk River in what is now Braxton County, was familiar territory to his father who had patroled the Elk monitoring Indian movements for the colonial rebels during the Revolutionary War.

By 1873 the Old Methodist cemetery in Miami in which both he and his wife were buried had become overgrown and in very bad shape. Their son George led the successful effort to restore it. However by 1930 and even more so by 1961 or so when we visited and Miami was almost a ghost town, virtually no stones were still standing and the cemetery was so overgrown that most stones, having fallen over, were buried in plant debris much of which had long ago turned into soil. Nevertheless, my two sons were able to find the grave stones of both William and his wife.

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