The following listing is from contributed family
files, and/or Tombstone Recordings.
This is NOT official cemetery information, NOR is it complete.
Posted: May 21, 2002 -- Updated: May 12, 2008
Internet research on the University of Pittsburgh's Historical Website led to the discovery of this family burial ground
within Allegheny County, PA. Since it seemed a bit unusual for someone to be interred within the grounds of a Country Club,
I visited and photographed the location. I was disappointed only to find one plaque commemorating Casper Reel. Since this
is a "family burial ground" I'm assuming there are other family members interred here, however, I have no way of knowing,
as there are no other markers. Perhaps further research into the "Papers of Casper Reel" would disclose more.
Source: Papers of Casper Reel, 1769-1835, MSS#104,
University of Pittsburgh Historical Website and the Historical Society of Western Pennyslvania
"Casper Reel died on October 10, 1824 and is buried in the Reel Family Cemetery, located near the eighteenth hole of
Highland Country Club's golf course (Ross Twp.)."
"Casper Reel, prominent early European settler of northern Allegheny County, was born in Frankfurt, Germany on May 11, 1742
and immigrated to the colonies as a young child. According to family tradition, Reel's father died at sea and the rest of
his family settled near Baltimore, where Reel's mother and two of his siblings were killed in a Native American attack.
Details concerning Reel's early life are sketchy and inconsistent, but he was apprenticed to a tanner, either in Maryland
or Lancaster, Pennsylvania. By 1774, he had settled at Fort Pitt, on Fifth Street near Wood, where he conducted business
as a fur trader and storekeeper.
After serving in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, Reel married Elizabeth WISE (1760-1843) in 1784 in
Lancaster and together they returned to Western Pennsylvania. In 1791, he acquired land in Pine Township (present-day Ross
Township and West View Borough), where he built a cabin in 1792. As the first Euro-American landowner in this area, he was
the victim of several attacks by Native Americans and abandoned the frontier for a few years. Returning to this area to
settle permanently in 1795, Reel continued hunting, tanning, and trapping and also became a prosperous farmer, fruit
culturist, constable, and the first tax collector north of the Allegheny River.
Reel's financial dealings with well-known early Pittsburgh figures, included John Campbell, George Croghan, George Girty,
Simon Girty, James Ross, Thomas Smallman, and John Turner (who frequently used the name of his stepbrothers, Girty), as
well as other early settlers of northern Allegheny County, such as Balthazar Good, Barnabas Hilands, Robert Hilands, and
The first recorded Christian marriage in this district took place on Reel's farm in 1795 between his employees Charlotte
ZIMMERMAN and Christopher RINEMAN.
As he prospered, Reel built an estate called Reel Hall in 1813. Along with another tract called Caledonia, Reel owned over
800 acres and was widely considered to be the wealthiest man in the region. Later, he was instrumental in the founding of
Hiland Presbyterian Church in Perrysville, Ross Township, Pennsylvania.
Casper and Elizabeth Reel had ten children: Mary JOHNSTON (1785-c1880); Jacob (1787-); John (1789-1813); Daniel (1791-);
Conrad (1794-1870); Casper (1798-1887); David (1801-) and William (1801-); Elizabeth QUAILL (1803-); and another daughter
who died in infancy.
The fourth son, Conrad Reel, married Rosanna GOOD (1806-1886) in 1826 and they had four children: Jacob G. (-1913);
John A. (-1892); Annie Eliza McGUIRE (1834-1911); and William H. (-1901). The first postmaster of Perrysville, Conrad
succeeded his father as tax collector and in 1824, established woolen mills in Perrysville. In 1841, the woolen mills
were moved to Allegheny City and continued there until 1890."
Surname, First Name, Birthdate, Deathdate, Other
REEL, Casper, May 11, 1742 / October 10, 1824
View from above the burial ground
E-Mails from a REEL FAMILY descendants.
Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2002 11:01:14 EDT
From: SSENN99@ao-nospam-l.com (remove "-nospam-" to send correctly)
My wifes grandmother was Ester Reel. Her (Ester's) father was John Reel, descendant of Conrad Reel.
John Reel married Hattie Myers (Esters' mother). John spelled her name Hester, she spelled it Ester, I saw that on a Will
that I have. They lived at 717 Sandusky Street, North Side, about 1890.
Ester married Crosby G Evans. Her daughter married James Gallagher, all from North Side.
My wife, her (Ester's) daughters' daughter married me, Frank Senn.
One of Reels was a funeral director on North Side untill about 1950.
I thought Casper had 11 children not 10, six boys, David, John, Jacob, William, Casper Jr., and Conrad. John and David
were twins and were first children born in West View ?
Subject: Reel family
Date: Sat, 10 May 2008 19:35:32 -0400 (EDT)
From: Kinsleuth@ao-nospam-l.com (remove "-nospam-" to send correctly)
I saw your info on the Reel Family Cemetery and accompanying notes. The Reel mortuary was mentioned.
My cousin Elizabeth O’Neil and her husband Charles Conrad Reel operated the Reel mortuary for about 60 years near
Old St. Peter's Church on the Northside of Pittsburgh. Charles C. Reel was a great-grandson of Casper Reel, Sr.
He died in 1934 and Elizabeth in 1957. They are buried in Northside Catholic Cemetery. They had no children but were
very generous to various charities. -- Lee Nichols
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