Heinrich Kesselberg

Heinrich Kesselberg (bef. 1661 - aft. 1729)

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Heinrich "Henry" Kesselberg aka Cassleberry, Castleberry
Born before in Bernkastel-Wittlich, Rheinland-Pfalz, Mülheim, Germanymap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, British Colonial Americamap
Profile last modified | Created 8 Jun 2013
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Baptism Record

Heinrich Kesselberg was baptized on 1 October 1661 at the Evangelical Reformed Church in Mulheim on the Ruhr in Baakendorf, County of Broich (Burgee), Germany. His father was listed as Heinrich Kesselberg and his mother was listed as Lisken. [1] [2]

"He came to Germantown, Pennsylvania, probably on the Concord, landing there 5 October 1683 and is first mentioned of record 7 March 1691, when he made an attempt at naturalization, which act was required before he could own land; he was one of 62 immigrants, including Francis Daniel Pastorius and William Rittenhouse, who sought their citizenship thru an act signed by Thomas Lloyd, Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania." Excerpt from Geni profile. [3] [4] There arose a dispute concerning the legality of the procedure in such attempted naturalization; whereupon, he and 25 others survived to be re-naturalized, passed 29 September 1709, and confirmed by Queen in Council, 20 Feb. 1713-14. [5]

He married Catherine Derrick sometime between 1695 and 1698 and they had the following children:

  1. Derrick Castleberry
  2. Paul Castleberry
  3. John Castleberry
  4. William Castleberry married Margaret Davis.
  5. Eve Castelberry married John Bassett
  6. Mary married Philip Schrack
  7. Katherine married Hugh Hamilton
  8. Elizabeth married Mr. Davis

He purchased 89 acres of land on 22 June 1709 from Edward Farmer in Farmerstown, PA, which is in the vicinity of the present Whitemarsh Post Office in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County, about eight miles northwest of Germantown, PA. [6]

Henry died sometime after 16 August 1729 and before 4 September 1729 in Germantown, PA (most likely). His will was made on 16 August 1729 and proved on 4 September 1729 in Philadelphia. Find A Grave: Memorial #82956000 shows death date as 16 August 1729 at unknown burial place. [7]

Will of Henry Casselberry

Will dated 16 August, 1729, proved 4 September 1729. Witnesses: John Casper; Thomas Lock; Richard Jones. [8]
Tranlated Will (original attached)
I henry Casslbery of the County of Philadelphia this 16 Day of August 1729 being sick and weak do Make this My Last will and Testament in the following manor and form that is My Soul I Recommend into the hands of God that gave it and my body to the ground to be buried in a Christian Lik and Desent manner at the discretion of My Executors ---
Item I give and bequeath unto Katharn My well beloved wife whom I mak Institute and ordain with my son Derek Casslbery to be my Soul Executors of this my last will and testament On half of my Land with the buildings and all the Movables and flock there on
I give to My Son Dereck the other half of my land to be imemdiatly and wholy his one Item after my wifes Diceass
I give that part of land to my son John Casselbery if he proves dutifull to his Mother and if other wise I give but ten poounds to be paid when his Mother see fitt
Item I give to my Son William Casslbery the sum of Eight pounds
Item I give to my Son Paul Casslbery the Sum of Ten pounds to my Daughter Eve Basett give Eight pounds
Item I give to my Daughter Elizabeth Casselbery the Sum of Eight pounds
Item I give unto my Daughter Mary Casselbery Eight pounds
Item I give unto my Daughter Katharn Casselbery the sum of Eight pounds & to my three young Daughters parts to be paid after Marriage & My Son and Daughter William Casslbery and Eve Basitt shall have their parts in Eight years after My Diseas.
Item My will is Such Concerning the Land that my Son Paul now is on that he Shall give Obligation to My Execittors for what mony thay are oblige to pay on that Account the Ten pounds which I have given him In this my will to be allowed him. Signed sealle Published and Pronounced to be My Last Will and Testament
Henry Casselbery (his mark) affirm
In the presents of Johan Caspar Leulbecker Thomas Lock, Jun 4 Sep 1729 Richard Jonas Philada: Septe. 4: 1729: Thou personally appeared John Casper Leulbecker & Thos: Lock Two of the Witnesses to ye foregoing Will & the said John Casper Leulbecker on his solemn affirmation according to law & the said Thos: Lock on his Oath did Declare they saw heard the above named Henry Casselbery the Testator Sign Seal publish & pronounce the foregoing Will to be his Last Will & Testament & that at his Doing thereof he was of sound mind Memory & Understanding to the best of their Knowledge.


  1. "Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898," database, FamilySearch Heinrich Kesselberg,; citing citing name Heinrich Kesselberg, Baptism Okt 1661 Muehlheim Ruhr, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland ; FHL microfilm 0833357, 1336813 IT 3-7. Link
  2. Harrison, James K. "James Castleberry" Link
  3. Geni profile accessed 17 July 2018. Link
  4. "Pennsylvania Statutes at Large, Volume II, page 299.
  5. Pennsylvania Archives, Ser. 2 , Volume 7
  6. Deed book E-5, Vol 7 page 287, June 22 1709; Edward Farmer of Farmerstown, Philadelphia County, to Henry Casselberry, same place (pounds) 25, two parcels of land in Farmerstown, one comprising 70 acres and the other 19 acres.
  7. Find A Grave: Memorial #82956000 accessed 18 July 2018, memorial page for Heinrick Kesselberg / Castleberry (7 Mar 1661–16 Aug 1729), Maintained by Bonnie Reid.
  8. Perkoiomen Region Vol. 12, 1934; in Penn State Library: Will of Henry Casselbery, made August 16, 1729, proved 4 September 1729.

See also:

  • Rootsweb Casselberry/Castleberry Families Link


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Heinrich Kesselberg - Baptism Record
Heinrich Kesselberg - Baptism Record

Henry Casselbery - Last Will and Testament
Henry Casselbery - Last Will and Testament

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On 20 Jun 2018 at 09:55 GMT Nancy (Allen) Jones wrote:

Kesselberg-3 and Kesselberg-1 appear to represent the same person because: Same person, even though birth and death dates are different.

On 20 Sep 2016 at 11:49 GMT I (Rassinot) R wrote:

Kesselberg-2 and Kesselberg-1 appear to represent the same person because: Same name (variants on first name: normal), same place of origin, dates match and same wife.

Heinrich is 14 degrees from Virginia Fields, 19 degrees from William Mayo and 15 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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