|Birth: ||May 31, 1772, USA|
|Death: ||Sep. 15, 1838|
From "The History of Vermilion County, Illinois", 1911, pg383.
"To the east of the main highway between Muncie and Fairmount, about two miles south of Muncie, is the old Dalbey burying ground. It is a very wild part of the country. It is on a slight elevation, surrounded on the south and east by a small rivulet, beyond which are rugged hills. The trees fringing these hilltops are as silent sentinels of the melancholy place of repose. All that is needed to make this a dreary spot is the yelping of the wolves and the braying of the panther, which were heard in the days of the pioneer.
This burying ground was laid out in 1838, and the accompaniment of the wild animals' call was not lacking. It was on the joint property of Aaron Dalbey, and James Cass. When the land was donated for the purpose of a common burial ground, Richard Cass, Jr., remarked. "I would not be buried in such a place." Alas the irony of fate; his was the first grave made in the grounds. This place was extensively used until the fifties; but the whole tract has been abandoned and is now turned over to weeds and wild grass. Grave stones have been displaced and markers no longer reliable in the information given because not in place. The second grave made in the grounds was that of Elizabeth Cass, mother of Richard, Jr. Richard Cass, Sr., died in 1843. Aaron Dalbey died in 1855. Isaac and Felix Radcliff, both young men have markers to show how short their lives were. There are many graves here of people dying in the forties, fifties and sixties. The Casses, Dalbeys, McFarlands, Meades, Bayles, Parrish, Drapers, Whitmans and Radcliffs are to be found in this burying ground."
From "The Autobiography of the Payton Family: by Zephanaiah Carter Payton, 1905.
In 1837: "On the road [to Illinois] we got news of Priscilla's [Elizabeth Priscilla Cass] mother's and brother Carmen's [Richard Carmen Cass] deaths. Carmen Cass was a great hunter. He was out hunting when the Dalby Graveyard was laid out and he was the first one buried there. His mother was next."
Richard Cass (1772 - 1843)*
Nancy Cass Varner (1797 - 1868)*
James Cass (1802 - 1855)*
Allen Cass (1811 - 1894)*
Elizabeth Priscilla Cass Payton (1813 - 1852)*
Richard Carmen Cass (1815 - 1838)*
Created by: sherjstone
Record added: May 28, 2011
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