J. Casler was born to Isaac and Mary Ann Stroup Casler in the
summer of 1880 on the Casler estate near Millers Mills, New
York, Town of Columbia, New York, located on Jordanville Road
between Cedarville and Columbia Center.
Frederick's father, Isaac Casler was also born on this homestead,
and the farm had been owned and occupied by this Casler familly
shows that Frederick J. Casler's grandfather, Jacob F. Casler,
bought the farm land from John Miller in March 1856. (A few
weeks earlier, John Miller had bought the land from Nicholas
and Catherine Schuyler. See
Another deed shows
that Isaac Casler bought the farm and land in 1894 from his
sister (Mary T. Casler Skinner), brother (Frederick Casler),
his mother (Gertude Casler) and Ella Casler (probably his sister-in-law--brother
Frederick's second wife) Most likely, the siblings and spouse
were left shares of the farm by their father, Jacob F. Casler
who died in 1893.
Casler built the barn in 1876 (ref.: barn cornerstone), which
burned in the early 1990s. It was later rebuilt. The road branching
off from Jordanville Road right next to the farmhouse and leading
from the Casler estate to Millers Mills was part of the land
has been named "Casler Road."
generations, the Caslers and their descendants have been members
of the Millers Mills Community Baptist Church. Isaac Casler
spoke at the Millers Mills Church. And Isaac is buried in the
Millers Mills Cemetery as well as his wife, Mary Ann, his father
Jacob F. and mother Gertrude, IsaacÕs sister Barbary, and Isaac's
grandson Howard Casler who also owned and operated the Casler
estate was sold to the Jablonski family about 1961 by Eva Davis
Casler after the death of her husband Howard Frederick Casler
between Cedarville and Columbia Center
(1733-1822 Fort Herkimer Cemetery)
Casler was Jacob F. Casler's (mentioned above) grandfather.
He was born in German Flatts, Herkimer County, NY in 1753 and
married (Maria) Elizabeth Miller about 1777.
J. was a private in the Tyron Co. Military and is said to be
buried in the Fort Herkimer Cemetery. A plaque with his name
on it inside the church.
his will of
1823, he mentions his wife Elizabeth, his son Frederick (Johan
Freiderich), his son Jacob, his daughter Elizabeth (who married
Richard I. N. Casler), his daughter Polly (Maria Casler who
married James Rinkens), his granddaughter Elisabeth (Jacob's
daughter by his first wife-I know very little about her, but
by the will,
it appears that Elisabeth lived with her grandpaerents, Jacob
J. and his wife Elizabeth. rather than with her father and stepmother)
his will, he leaves his children
lot number 13 of Vaughn's Patent as well as his two pews in
the Fort Herkimer Church. He also mentions his iron pots (which
my Uncle William Casler (Jacob J.'s great-great-great-great
grandson) remembers) and his straw beds.
from Johannes Keslaer from Germany 1710
J. Casler's wife Sarah Louise Polly was descended from the Blackstones
(her mother's name was Eunice Louise Blackstone Polly) whose
direct ancestry goes back to Cyllin of Britain, Alfred "The
Great" King of England, Henry II 'Plantagenet" King
of England, Ivar Jarl of the Uplands of Norway, and Emperor
of the Holy Roman Empire Charlemagne.
Sarah Polly Casler was an artist. She painted this 10x10 oil
portrait of her pony when she was about 21 years old. It is
in a wooden frame (not shown) made by her father, Edwin Ralph
Polly. I grew up with this portrait in our house.
Frederick and Sarah Louise Polly Casler
Hopkins General Store
(Lizzie) Casler, Frederick's 1st cousin and her husband Charles
Daniel Hopkins ran the Hopkins General Store in Cedarville,
New York (at the foot of the hill from the Casler Estate) until
sometime in the 1950's when she retired and sold the store.
Charles Hopkins had a farm just outside of Cedarville, New York as
well as the general store in Cedarville, New York. The farm was later
sold by his son Harry Frederick Hopkins about 1964.
The Hopkins Store
scanned from "Litchfield Through the Years"