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Subject: Re: [BRE] Abram H. Cassel letter to Gospel Messenger
Date: Sat, 03 Sep 2005 18:17:48 -0500
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Hello everyone,
I've never written to this list before, but I think it is time. I have so
many questions.
I found this article particularly fascinating!

According to "The Price Family: A Genealogy of the Descendants of Rev. Jacob
Price," dated 1926, Jacob's grandson, Rev. John Price, published a poem in
Mr. Sauer's newspaper in 1753. I wonder how I might go about finding that

John is my ggggg-grandfather.

Additionally, John's mother was apparently Native American, and I'm
wondering how I might find information on her and her family. In the above
mentioned genealogy, it states that (referring to the Indian lady) ""James
Y. Heckler, another local historian of note, said in 1888: " Her parents and
family resided on the farm (Prices) in a log house on the other side of
Indian Creek, until the latter part of the last century or longer."" That
refers to the tract of land that Jacob and his family moved to from
Germantown in 1721, in Lower Salford Township in Montgomery County, Pa,
according to Dr. M.G. Brumbaugh, in his "History of the Brethren," quoted in
the Price Family Genealogy.

Does anyone know anything about "Indian Creek" in Montgomery County? I
wonder if it is still called by that name, and if not, what it is called
now. I would like to go there and look around, but I've never been to
Pennsylvania, so I want to gather as much information as possible before I

I'm also wondering about the existence of a marriage certificate between
John (Jacob's son) and his Native American wife. They would have been
married about 1722 or 1723.

Thank you for any help you can provide.
Sue Davis

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Subject: [BRE] Abram H. Cassel letter to Gospel Messenger

> Morning List,
> In scanning and processing the JUly 10, 1883 issue of the Gospel
> Messenger I cam across the following and thought you might be interested
in what
> historians before us had to say about what to them was only 150 year old
> but for us is now 270 year old history.
> Some time ago, I saw a request in the New York Tribune, by one of its
> correspondents, wishing to be informed respecting a German publication of
> Book of Psalms, by a Mr. Saur, in Germantown, 1883, meaning, no doubt,
1773. He
> wanted to know which Germantown of the United States. I enclosed the slip
> paper containing said request to Bro. A. H. Cassel, of Harleysville,
> Co., Pa., desiring that he should answer the request, feeling assured that
> would give some information worth knowing. After some time, and but a few
> ago, 1 received his answer, which I had supposed he would send to the
> Tribune. And now I have concluded to give the information to the public
through your
> paper:
> Germantown is about six miles northwest from Philadelphia; was founded
> Francis Daniel Pastorius in 1682, the same time that Philadelphia was
> by Wm. Penn, for settling the poor, persecuted fugitives on it, who were
> mostly driven from house and home during the Thirty Years' War, which
preceded. My
> great ancestors, Johannes and Arnold Cassel, were among the number. The
> above-named Pastorius was the Company's agent.
> This accounts for the Brethren and all other persecuted Protestants
> awhile in Germantown, on their coming into this country. Among them came
> Christian Sauer, in 1724. He was a good scholar, and by occupation a maker
> clocks and mathematical instruments. .
> Our Brethren had established a small printing office already in
> soon after their organization. But after the severe persecutions had
> them away, their little printing press was sent after them to Germantown
> 1735. As the Brethren then were all poor and lived in small huts, except
> Sauer, who was possessed of some means, and having a larger house than any
of the
> others, the printing press came into his custody. And as he was a born
> he experimented in setting type and printing small matters. He succeeded
> well, that he soon got at casting type, making paper, printer's ink, etc.,
> opened a small printing office in the Fall of 1738. It was the first and
> one in America that did German printing.
> The demand for printing soon became so great that he constantly
> his operation until he became quite an extensive publisher of books, a
> newspaper, and a religions magazine. At the request of the Centennial
Managers, I
> prepared a catalogue of his publications, of over 100 titles, and among
> "Psalms of David" mentioned on your enclosed slip, 1883 is evidently
wrong; it
> should be 1773. But the first edition was printed in 1746, the second in
1760, the
> third in 1773. This must suffice for the present.
> Abram H. Cassel.
> Wayne Webb
> Brethren Roots Newsletter Editor
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