MARY LOBLEY, I807 - Apr. 15, 1878
b. in England, probably at Horsforth d. Erie County, Pa.
Married Mar. 27, 1842 in England
Edward Cass, who was familiarly known as "Uncle Ned" by the younger generations of the Cass family, came to America in 1847. He engaged in various enterprises, working for his brother John in the Harbor Creek Woolen Factory for an unknown length of time, at one time he was the proprietor of a store at Irvington, Warren County, Pennsylvania, at another time he owned and worked a farm near his relatives of the Ross family, not far from South Wales Church. The order of these enterprises is not certain. It is definitely established, however, that by or before the year 1869 he and Mr. Lobley, his brother-in-law, purchased from Ephraim Smith, the father-in-law of Edward Cass, his nephew, a large woolen factory at Fallston, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, which they operated by water power from the Beaver River. They made payments on this factory over a period of two or more years, the last payment of which we have record being made in 1871 by Mr. Lobley and Joseph Pontefract, whose connection with the partners is not clear. Although Mr. Cass was industrious, honest and thrifty it appears he was doomed to suffer disappointment in this latest venture. The day of the water power woolen factory was soon to pass out of existence in this era of industrial revolution, and it is probable that he suffered heavily as a result of the great financial depression of 1873 which followed the Civil War. At any rate he sold his interest in this mill at about this time and moved to North East, Pennsylvania, where he worked for his brother William, who in partnership with Benjamin Grimshaw, had a prosperous woolen mill there. After the death of his wife he lived with his brother until his brother's death in 1883. He then lived for a time with the Grimshaw family, after which he spent a considerable portion of his last years with his nephew, Edward Cass, who took good care of him after he had lost all his property.
Mrs. Edward Cass was the daughter of John Lobley of Horsforth; in .the. West Riding of Yorkshire; England She came over with Mr. Cass and later her niece, Margaret Wood, who was born at Bury, England, came to America to be with her aunt and uncle; who had~ no children of their own and seem to have treated her as though she was their own child. She came over on the ship "City of Glasgow", 'and the trunk which she had on the voyage is now in the possession of Mrs. George W. Cass, who also has photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cass, and Margaret Wood.
Mr. Edward Cass lived to be ninety years old and it is said that, in his later years he had such a good recollection of the events of his earlier years that people would seek him out when they desired information on the early history of his family. He attained the greatest age of any member of the Cass family of whom we have record, the next greatest age being that of George W. Cass who died in 1940 at the age of 85.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cass are buried in the South Wales Cemetery near the grave of Margaret Wood, who died November 13, 1873, at the age of 41 years.
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