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In Search of History

From time to time, even the closest knit families can have arguments and falling outs. Have you ever wondered if such a thing was possible in the 18th century? What if a Father and Son had different views on moral obligations and duty to one’s country? How do you continue to live amicably under the same roof with these differences? Well, that is just what Yellis Cassel was faced with. In 1778 Yellis Cassel, owner of the present Morgan Log House, was the Minister for Lower Skippack Mennonite Church and signed the non-combatant list for the 1778 Towamencin muster rolls. Like Quakers, Mennonites were pacifists by nature of their faith and Yellis joined many of his local Mennonites against the war between the Colonies and Great Britain. During this time, the common family practice was what the patriarch said, went. And yet, this respected Minister had what could possibly be described as a big family issue. His middle son, Christian, did not follow his father in signing the noncombatant list. Instead, we find Christian Cassel joining Captain John Springer’s Company of Militia for Towamencin Township. This makes us wonder about the Yellis and Christian relationship. What was the conversation like around the dinner table? Was Yellis able to respect his son’s different view? What motivated Christian to go against his Father’s ministry? As we delve deeper into the Cassel families history we hope to uncover this answers. Check back regularly as we learn...