Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Thomas Caswell, War of 1812 Veteran
In the book HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO, edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich (D. Mason & Co.., 1889), we read that Thomas Caswell was born in the state of Massachusetts, and resided in Steuben, New York, before settling on 500 acres in Margaretta Township, Erie County, Ohio. His wife was Elinor/Eleanor Force. Thomas and Elinor Caswell had a family of seven children. Their son Calvin Caswell was a prominent agriculturist in Erie County, and he served as Erie County Commissioner from 1863 to 1868.
During the War of 1812, Thomas Caswell served in a unit from the State of New York.
Thomas Caswell died in Margaretta Township, Erie County, Ohio, on September 2, 1853, at the age of 60. He was buried in the Castalia Cemetery. A War of 1812 marker and an American flag adorn his tombstone.