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10. WILLIAM ROE CASS, Jan. 8, 1835 - Nov. 9, 1914
b. Rodley, Yorkshire, England d. S. Harbor Creek, Pa.

ESTHER DAVIES, June 26, 1843 - Feb. 3, 1907
b.Llandycilio, Wales d. S. Harbor Creek, Pa.
Married 1859

191. Mary Hannah, Aug. 4, 1860-Nov. 23, 1926
m. William Jennings (1858-1937) Oct. 30, 1884
192. John Samuel, Aug. 27, 1862-Feb.14,1938
m. Jennie Kendrick, ( 1865-1921 ) Sept. 30, 1888
193. William Henry, Aug. 27, 1866 - May 19, 1939
m. Josephine Stelle, (1869- ) Jan. 1, 1891 (Divorced)
m. Jennie Olson, (1887- ) June 5, 1913
194. Ellen Jane, Jan. 16, 1869 - Sept. 16, 1875
195. Ernest Herbert, June 7, 1879 - Oct. 7, 1925
m. Nellie King (1887- ) June 25, 1908

William Cass was a child seven years old when he came to America with his parents, brothers and sisters. It is said that he was ill during at least part of the long ocean voyage. He received the greatest part of his schooling in the grade schools of Harbor Creek Township. When he had finished school he commenced to work in the Cass woolen factory where he was a weaver. He continued to work in the factory until shortly after the death of his father in 1874, when he inherited the farm at the north-west corner of Owens' Corners, where his father had made his home.

He then commenced general farming on a full time basis, as up to this time he had engaged in sheep raising and farming on a smaller scale while devoting the larger portion of his working hours to the woolen business, He increased the area of his farm land by the purchase of the old Owens' farm which was directly across the road and to the east of his farm. He lived at Owens' Corners until about the year 1912 and spent his last years with his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Cass, at the old house of his son John, which was on the hilltop near the South Harbor Creek Methodist Church.

He was the only member of the original Cass family who lived to attend the first gatherings of the Cass Reunion. He was present when Miss Barham read her account of the Cass family history, and it is presumed that he was generally satisfied with her account and more than likely furnished her with some of the data upon which her account was based. It is understood that in his late years he talked much concerning his early recollections. He was drafted for army service at the time of the Civil War and his father hired a substitute for him, for which he paid $1,000.00. The substitute lost his life in the war.

Mrs. William R. Cass was a daughter of Stephen and Mary (Edwards) Davies. Her parents brought her over to America with their family at the age of twelve. Before her marriage she lived with her parents on a farm near the South Wales Church. Both Mr. and Mrs. William Cass were active members of this church and were buried in this cemetery. Mrs. Cass had her own loom and wove carpets at home. She was unusually industrious and energetic.

"Nellie" Cass who died of scarlet fever at the age of six years and eight months, according to the record on the tombstone, was able to play any music on the organ by ear after hearing it played but once if some one would pump the organ, as her legs were too short to reach the pedals. She learned to play the organ when she was only four years old.

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