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"A Pedigree Partly Indian, Partly Batavian"

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Cornelius Van Tassel

Cornelius Van Tassel, farmer, Secs. 28 and 29; born in Tully, Onondaga Co., N.Y., Aug. 18, 1816; in 1834, he removed to Huron Co., Ohio, with his father; remained there six months, then went to La Porte Co., Ind., where he resided two and a half years; came to Bradford, Rock Co., Wis., May 9, 1837; is still living on the same section where he made his claim at the time he came here; only one settler in this township when he came. Mr. Van Tassel broke the first land in the township in which he resides; in 1837, he raised a crop of sod-corn; in 1838, a crop of wheat; had to go a distance of sixty-five miles from Beloit, to a mill located on Buffalo Creek, in Ogle Co., Ill., and wait ten days for his turn, before he could get his grist. Mr. Van Tassel married Sarah Payne April 10, 1843; she was born in Farmington, Ontario Co., N.Y., Sept. 2, 1821; they have five children - Jane (now Mrs. R. J. Whittleton, of Harvard, Ill.) born Jan. 16, 1844; Nelson, Aug. 9, 1845; Elsie E., April 2, 1848; Martha (now Mrs. Francis A. Griffith, of Ridgeway, Winneshiek Co., Iowa), Nov. 28, 1851, and Willis M., Nov. 8, 1864.

The History of Rock County, Wis. 1879, pp. 888-889.

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