Clinton DeWitt Cassingham was born
25 Aug 1855 in Braceville, Grundy, Illinois. He is the son of Henry
Cassingham and Jane Osler. He died 11 Jun 1951 at the age of 93 in
Wilmington, Will, Illinois.
On 10 Feb 1880, he married Mary Melissa La Force
in Gardner, Grundy, Illinois. She was born 25 Aug 1859 in Greenfield,
Greene, Illinois. Lisa, as she was called, is the daughter of D. B.
La Force and Ann. She died 5 Jul 1929 - just short of her 70th
birthday - in Wilmington, Will, Illinois.
Children of Clinton DeWitt Cassingham and Mary Melissa La Force:
- Louis Beaupland Cassingham was born 14 Feb
1881 in Gardner, Grundy, Illinois.
- Guy Newman Cassingham was born 14 Aug 1882
in Gardner, Grundy, Illinois.
Clinton & Mary: Marriage from Illinois Statewide Marriage
Index, 1763 - 1900.
The individuals in this family appear in the following census
- Clinton: 1860 Census.
Braceville, Grundy, Illinois. Page 33.
- Clinton: 1870 Census.
Braceville, Grundy, Illinois. Page 16.
- 1880 Census.
Braceville, Grundy, Illinois. Page 11.
What's In A Name?
Clinton appears to have been named for one of the most popular figures
of the early nineteenth century -- the famous New York governor, DeWitt
Clinton. Governor Clinton was one of the prime proponents of the building
of the Erie canal. His popularity was so great in the Midwest, that nearly
every state in the region has a Clinton County named after him. Illinois,
in fact, named two counties after him -- Clinton County and DeWitt County
(with the county seat at the city of Clinton). A quick internet search of
the name DeWitt Clinton suggests that nineteenth century Americans were
almost as likely to name their children after this governor as to name
their children after George Washington.