Archives West Finding Aid
Table of Contents
- Overview of the Collection
- Content Description
- Use of the Collection
- Administrative Information
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Names and Subjects
John Stephen and Frances Jennings Casement papers, 1837-1928
- Casement, John Stephen, 1829-1909; Casement, Frances Jennings, 1840-1928
- John Stephen and Frances Jennings Casement papers
- 1837-1928 (inclusive)Date of CollectionDate of Collection
1861-1869 (bulk)Date of CollectionDate of Collection
- 0.95 cubic ft. (4 containers)
- Collection Number
- Letters exchanged between Civil War leader and Union Pacific Railroad builder John Stephen Casement and his wife, Frances, along with miscellaneous business records, news clippings, photographs, and stereocards.
University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
- Access Restrictions
Original material requires archivists' permission for access. Copies and transcripts are available for research use.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
John S. Casement (1829-1909) was born in New York and came to Ohio in 1850 to work as a railroad construction foreman. He met Frances Jennings (1840-1928) while working near Painesville, Ohio, and they were married in 1857. In 1861 John Casement joined the Union Army as major of the 7th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was promoted to colonel of the 103rd Ohio Volunteers after the Battle of Winchester (1862). He was engaged in the Atlanta Campaign during 1864 and was given the brevet rank of brigadier general in 1865. After service in the Civil War, Casement, along with his brother Daniel, obtained a contract to perform tracklaying and grading for the Union Pacific's transcontinental line. The work lasted from 1866 to 1869. John Casement was later involved in a number of other business ventures.
Frances Jennings Casement was born into an Ohio abolitionist family. After her marriage she maintained the family's home in Painsville, Ohio, and raised the couple's three sons. While on a visit in Wyoming in 1870, she met Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and became interested in women's suffrage. She organized the Equal Rights Organization of Painesville in 1883 and was honored as a pioneer in the women's suffrage movement in 1920 by the National American Woman Suffrage Association.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The John Stephen and Frances Jennings Casement papers primarily consist of the correspondence between the couple during and after the Civil War, including the time J.S. Casement and his brother, Daniel, were constructing the Union Pacific Railroad from Omaha, Nebraska, to Promontory Point, Utah. Frances tells of home life, family and friends. J.S. Casement writes of his difficulties in obtaining supplies and gives his opinion of business associates. There are also business records, petitions relating to the creation of Wyoming Territory, and printed materials.
Photographs include a copy of the wedding photograph of J.S. and Frances Casement and stereo cards of scenes along the Central Pacific and Union Pacific lines.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, John Stephen and Frances Jennings Casement Papers, Collection Number 00308, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.
Digital reproductions of select material from this collection are available at http://digitalcollections.uwyo.edu:8180/luna/servlet/uwydbuwy~21~21.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
There are other Frances Jennings Casement papers at the Lake County Historical Society, Painesville, Ohio. Further John S. Casement papers are at the Library of Congress.
The Casement papers were received from Mary Casement Furlong in several shipments in 1962-1963. Mrs. Furlong was the daughter of Dan Dillon Casement, son of John S. Casement and his wife, Frances Jennings Casement.
Photocopies of original material owned by Jack E. Daniels were received from Daniels in 1986. Petitions relating to the Territory of Wyoming and associated correspondence were received from the Wyoming State Archives in 1998. Fourteen Civil War-era letters, 2 invitations, and a program were purchased from Michael Brown Rare Books in 2016.
The collection was processed by D.Claudia Thompson in July 1996, March 2010, and June 2016.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series I. CorrespondenceReturn to Top
Correspondence of J.S. and Frances Casement:
|Box 1||Folder 1||1858, 1863, 1865|
|Box 1||Folder 2||March - April, 1866|
|Box 1||Folder 3||November, 1866 - January, 1867|
|Box 1||Folder 4||April, June, October, 1867|
|Box 1||Folder 5||January - February, 1868|
|Box 1||Folder 6||April, 1868|
|Box 1||Folder 7||May 1 - 10, 1868|
|Box 1||Folder 8||May 11 - 31, 1868|
|Box 1||Folder 9||June, 1868|
|Box 1||Folder 10||July, 1868|
|Box 1||Folder 11||August, 1868|
|Box 1||Folder 12||September, 1868|
|Box 1||Folder 13||October, 1868|
|Box 1||Folder 14||November - December, 1868|
|Box 1||Folder 15||January - March, 1869|
|Box 1||Folder 16||April - May, October, 1869|
|Box 1||Folder 17||1872-1873, 1879, undated|
|Box 1||Folder 18||
|1867, 1879-1888, undated|
Series II. Business RecordsReturn to Top
|Box 1||Folder 19||
Receipts and invoices, primarily of Casement Brothers to Union Pacific Railroad Company.
|Box 1||Folder 20||
Copy of agreement between Casement Brothers and Sidney Dillon; land deeds; mining deed.
|Box 1||Folder 21||1867, undated|
|Box 1||Folder 22||
Resolutions signed by J.S. Casement and others.
Series III. Printed MaterialReturn to Top
|Box 1||Folder 23||
Invitations, newspaper clippings, pamphlet, railroad pass, visiting card,
Obituaries of J.S. and D.T. Casement; biographical material of Frances J. Casement; UPRR pass of Dan Dillon Casement; visiting card of J.S. Casement.
Map of Eastern Nebraska
Showing Main Lines of Railroad Leading to Nebraska; published by Davis & Snyder; 2 copies.
Series IV. PhotographsReturn to Top
|Box 1||Folder 24||
People and Places
Copy from daguerrotype of wedding photograph of J.S. and Frances Casement; group of officers; unidentified child; Painesville, Ohio; Ashland, Oregon (?).
|Box 2||Items 1-14||Oct. 1866|
|Box 2||Items 15-45||undated|
|Box 2||Items 46-48||undated|
|Box 2||Items 49-51||undated|
|Box 2||Items 52-55||undated|
|Box 2||Item 56||undated|
|Box 2||Items 57-76||undated|
Series V. Photocopies from the John Stephen Casement Collection of Jack E. DanielsReturn to Top
Casement, Frances (letter to)
|Jan. 19, 1869|
Coal Mine - West Virginia
Ex-Governor Cox and Political Requests
Land/Real Estate Correspondence
Mining - Arizona; Railroad - Texas
Mining - Utah
Ranching - Colorado and Kansas
Miscellaneous Correspondence; Nieces, etc.; Requests
Miscellaneous Financial; Erie Electric; Litigation
JSC Draft; Ship; Adams Saddle; Garfield; Beckwith
|1858, 1881, 1891|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Railroad engineering -- West (U.S.)
- Union Pacific Railroad Company
- Painesville (Ohio)
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
- Wyoming -- History, To 1889
Form or Genre Terms