Sgt. Harvey Cashett
Of Franklin and Pickaway Counties Ohio
With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches,
of Some of the Prominent Men and Pioneers
Published by Williams Bros. ,1880, page 585- 586
HARVEY CASHATT, was born October 21, 1843, in Union township, Highland County, Ohio. He is of French origin, and the fourth child of a family of eleven children, ten of whom are living, being a son of Daniel F. and Amy C. Cashatt. His father was born in Ohio, and his mother in New York State. His father is still living, at the age of sixty-five years. His mother died December 4, 1874, at the age of fifty-eight years. His grandparents, upon the fathers side, migrated from North Carolina to Ohio, in 1805, and upon the mothers side, from New York State, at an early day. He (Harvey) resided upon a farm up to 1861, only attending school during the winter, most of the time at a distance of three or four miles. He enlisted in the late civil war as a private in company C, Forty-eighth Ohio volunteer infantry, on the seventh day of November, 1861, and continued in the same company and regiment until April 4, 1866, long after the close of the war. He veteranized February 26, 1864, at Berwick City, Louisiana. He was engaged in the battles of Shiloh, sieges of Corinth, Vicksburg and Jackson, Yazzoo Bottoms, Port Gibson, Champion Hill, and numerous skirmishes, forced marches of great distances, etc. March 4, 1864, he was elected one of the sergeants of Company C, by the company vote, and March 6, 1864, was detailed, with three other enlisted men and one commissioned officer, to proceed to Ohio to receive recruits and drafted men for the ranks of his regiment, but instead, were organized into a company called the "Permanent Party," with enlisted men from the old Ohio regiments, who reported at Todd barracks under the same order. Their duties were to act as guards to detachments of recruits, substitutes, and drafted men ordered by the war department to be forwarded to Ohio regiments in the field. Soon after his arrival here he was detailed as clerk in the forwarding office of Todd barracks, under Lieut. James H. Orr. He soon became chief clerk, and remained as such until the barracks were discontinued, when he was transferred to the office of James A. Wilcox, provost-marshal general and commandment of the district of Ohio. He soon succeeded to the position of confidential clerk to General Wilcox, and soon thereafter, General Wilcox remarked to Cashatt that he thought he was doing too much work for the salary of a soldier, and he (Wilcox) immediately wrote to the war department, requesting his discharge from the service, which was granted; when he again wrote to General Fry, provost-marshal general of the United States, asking that he be appointed in the office of the provost-marshal general of Ohio (Wilcox's office) which was again granted, at a salary of ninety dollars per month, proving a very agreeable surprise, making a difference of seventy dollars per month in his salary, in his favor, for the same services. Words cannot express his feelings of gratefulness to Gen. James A. Wilcox, for his kindness, in thus aiding him so materially in his first start in life, after leaving the army. His early education being very limited, laboring under many disadvantages too numerous to detail, leaving school at the age of eighteen to enter the army, he was compelled, after leaving the service in 1866, to occupy all his leisure hours in study, and for months attended commercial college of evenings, in order to sustain himself in the position of trust he occupied at that time. He resigned his position on the tenth day of October, 1866, to accept the chief clerkship at the Zettler house, Columbus, Ohio, under Capt. L.A. Bowers, and remained there until August 10, 1870, when he accepted chief-clerkship of the American hotel, Columbus, Ohio, under Colonel E. J. Blount, proprietor, and occupied that position until the summer of 1877, when he was nominated by the Democratic party, for clerk of the court of common pleas of Franklin County, Ohio, and was elected October 10, 1877, which position he is now occupying.
He was married December 26, 1870, to Miss Sallie E. Simonton, a teacher in the public schools of Columbus, Ohio, and a daughter of Colonel Hiram Simonton, of this county. She died suddenly, with congestion of the lungs, February 12, 1878, the morning after her husband took the oath of office. It is to her, more than all others, he husband acknowledges, in a manly spirit, couched in language expressed in the kindest, tenderest, and heartfelt feeling, that he owes the success attained thus far i life, she occupying the position of one of the gentlest, kindest, most loving and devoted little wives, and a teacher at the same time. He was married on July 12, 1879, to Miss Jennie Seltzer Van Dine, a niece of Dr. Van S. Seltzer, of Columbus, Ohio.
He is now a democrat, from the fact as he believes, that democracy means the greatest good to the greatest number, and their legislation tends that way. He looks upon his war record as the brightest page of his life's history. He is a great reader, possesses a fine library and takes great pleasure in his books, and can be found almost every evening buried within their folds. Mr. Cashatt holds to no particular church; gives to all; is quite liberal in his views; has great faith in the golden rule, and is man of strong convictions.
More About Harvey Cashett:
Military service: Bet. November 07, 1861 - April 04, 1866, Private, Company C, 48th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
More About Harvey Cashett and Sarah Simonton:
Marriage: December 26, 1870, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio