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Jacob Cassel Papers

Identifier: Ms-2008-086

Scope and Content

The Jacob Cassel Papers stem from the business, social, and ideological activities of a landowner from Smyth County, Virginia, in the nineteenth century. Materials include various tax/compensatory receipts, contracts, an account concerning the board of a horse, the specifications for a church, and an oath of allegiance signed after the American Civil War. An interesting document allowing Cassel the use of a patented beehive also appears.


  • 1865 - 1881


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials.

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Biographical Note

Jacob Cassel (variously written Cassell and Castle) lived in Marion Township, Smyth County, Virginia, during the nineteenth century. Cassel was a wealthy landowner who dabbled in beekeeping and horse tending, among others activities. A Jacob Cassel appears as a captain on the list of home guards for Smyth County during the American Civil War. A Confederate, Cassel signed an oath of allegiance, devoting himself to the Union, in Tennessee on August 9, 1865. After the Civil War, Cassel remained active in Smyth County, acting as a member of his church's building committee and as a trustee for the Female College [Marion College].


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


The collection contains papers from a nineteenth-century Smyth County, Virginia, landholder pertaining to his business, community involvement, and the American Civil War. Includes a signed oath of allegiance from 1865.

Source of Acquisition

The Jacob Cassel Papers were purchased by Special Collections.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Jacob Cassel Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The processing and description of the Jacob Cassel Papers commenced and was completed in November 2008.

Jacob Cassel Papers, 1865-1881
Emily Cook, Student Assistant
2008 (CC0 1.0)
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US