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Chester and Verabel Herrell in 1981
Chester and Verabel Herrell in 1981
[Photo from the collection of Mary Jane Herrell, courtesy of Mary Whisenhunt]
[Click here for more pictures of Chester]

Chester Dee Herrell is the son of Ida Maybell Cassingham and Rue Herrell. Swede, as he was known, was born 16 May 1909. He died 11 Apr 1984 at age 74 in Pine Bluff, Jefferson, Arkansas and is buried at Bunker Hill Cemetery, Miami County, Indiana.

On 8 Aug 1931, he married Verabel Cain in Sharpsville, Tipton, Indiana. She is the daughter of William Cain and Addie Hostetler. She was born 13 or 30 Jun 1914 in Santa Fe, Miami, Indiana. She died 6 May 1998 at age 83 in Peru, Miami, Indiana and is buried at Bunker Hill Cemetery, Miami County, Indiana.

Children of Chester Dee Herrell and Verabel Cain:

  1. William Rue Herrell was born 1932 in Indiana.
  2. Penelope Jane Herrell was born in 1940 in Indiana.
  3. Addie Mae Herrell was born in 1942 in Indiana.


See the photograph of the 1937/1938 Cassingham Family Reunion.


Much of the information for this family was provided by Chester's sister, Mary Jane Herrell.

Chester: Birth from the "Miami County, Indiana Birth Records 1882-1920" (where date is erroneously listed as 1919) and Social Security Death Index (SSN 309-10-1336) where birth is listed as 1909.
Death from the Social Security Death Index.

Verabel: Birth and Death from the Social Security Death Index (SSN 314-05-9371) which lists birth as 30 Jun [Mary Jane Herrell lists 13 Jun].

Census Listings

The individuals in this family appear in the following census listings.

  • Chester: 1910 Census. Peru City, Peru, Miami, Indiana. Page 5.
  • Chester: 1920 Census. Deer Creek, Miami, Indiana. Page 5.


We are actively seeking more information on the individuals listed here (and their descendants). If you have any additional information, photographs or documents to share: please e-mail me.
Daniel Edwards

Last Updated: Sunday, April 07, 2002.