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LE ROY VAN TASSEL
From Holland to America came the founders of the Van Tassel family in 1795,
and settled in the beautiful valley of the Hudson, where their descendants lived
for several generations. Luke Van Tassel, the father of our subject, was born
on the banks of that river, and at the age of seventeen years became a fifer
boy in the war of 1812. He subsequently removed to Lorain County, Ohio, afterward
to Indiana, and was engaged in making castor oil, and later became a resident
of Wood County. In 1836 he took up his residence in Plain Township, near Bowling
Green, whence he removed to Missionary Station farm. He afterward lived at Waterville,
and later at Turkey Foot Creek for two years; also two years on the Hedges farm.
In 1849, he purchased sixty acres, on which our subject now resides. He was
married in 1818, at Chautauqua, N. Y., to Sallie Richmond, and they became the
parents of eleven children, namely: Amelia, first the wife of Francis T. Lane,
deceased, then the wife, of A. H. Plant, deceased; Lyman; Ann, wife-of Josiah
Kuder; Silas, of McClure, Ohio; Isaac, and Olive, deceased; Harriet, wife of
Hiram West; Sidney; Le Roy; Luman and Reuben. The father of the subject of this
sketch died December 2, 1969, on the farm in Washington, township, and the mother
on September 29, 1894.
Our subject was born in Lorain County, Ohio, May 11, 1834, and was educated in the district schools. He became a mechanical engineer, and for fifteen years was employed as head sawyer in some of the principal sawmills of his and adjoining counties. The pursuits of civil life, however, were interrupted May 2, 1864, by his service as a member of Company B, 144th Regiment, 0. V. I., in the Civil war. He was discharged on August 31, following, and on his return home engaged in farming.
Mr. Van Tassel was married July 20, 1862, to Martha Alcorn, and to the union were born seven children, as follows: Carrie, born July 5, 1863, now the wife of James McWilliams, by whom she has three children ; Willard, born October 10, 1864, is a resident of Toledo, Ohio; Helen, deceased; Effie J., born October 4, 1867, now the wife of William Hariman; Laura E., born February 8, 1869; Florence, born September 27, 1870, wife of Herbin Gill; and Lulu, born December 24, 1889.
Mr. Van Tassel is a warm friend to the cause of education, and for six years served as school director. He is a member of the Grange, of which he served as master one year, and chaplain two years. In politics he is a Republican, and socially is connected with Neibling Post, No. 20, G. A. R., of Weston. He and his wife are members of the Baptist Church, and are most highly esteemed people. They have a pleasant home in the midst of a highly improved farm, and their friends throughout the community are many.
Source: Commemorative Historical and Biographical Record of Wood Count, Ohio, Chicago: H. H. Beers & Co., pp. 550-551.
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