Camp Genealogy

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Camp Genealogy

Thomas Camp b. 1507

m. Joan Boreham b. 1511


Robert Campe b. 1537 d. 1608

m. Joan b. 1539


Edward Campe b. 1576 d. most likely!

m. Grace Mott


*Prior to Edward & Mary’s arrival in Connecticut, the Camps hailed from Essex County England *


Gen. 1. Edward Camp b. in England in 1617 d. 1659

m. Mary Canfield b. in England in 1625


Gen 2. Samuel Camp b. 1645 in Connecticut d. 1736 ***First Camp born in America. ***

m. To Mary Camp b. 1662


Gen. 3. Enos Camp b. 1688 d. 1768

m. Mary Baldwin b. 1690


Gen. 4. Isaac Camp b. 1720 d. 1761

m. Sarah Clark b. 1723


Gen 5. Captain Job Camp b. 1747 d. 1822     ***Revolutionary War Vet. ***

m. Anna Oviatt b. 1749


Gen. 6. Isaac Camp b. 1782 d. 1862

m. Mary Polly Lacey b. 1784

Gen 7. Clark Camp b. 1804 d. 1879                ***Civil War Vet. ***

m. Medea Stevens b. 1806


Gen. 8. Asa Steven Camp b. 1829 d. 1902      ***Crossed plains to Placerville in 1850 & ‘54***

m. Laura Ellen Oldfield b. 1847  ***daughter of John F. Sr. & Eliza Oldfield, Arrived CA in 1854***


Gen. 9. Meda Eliza Camp b. 4 Feb. 1869 d. 1965  ***Moved from home on south Fork of American River on Mosquito Road (on the right across the road from doctor Andre home) to Reservoir Hill in 1871***

m. In 1890 to Asa Wilder Daniels b. 1866 d. 1937


Gen 10. Jared Waldo Daniels b. 11 Mar. 1897 d. 29 July 1969

m. In 1928 to Ivy Lee Stancil b. 1909 (Living)


Gen 11. Meda Jane Daniels b. 17 May 1931(Living)

m. In 1950 to Leo Don Casebeer b. 1924 d. 2010 ***WWII Vet. Served on Battleship New Jersey***


Gen 12. Shannon Thomas Casebeer b. 17 Dec. 1951 (Living)

m. In 1982 to Robin Christine Garrison b. 1963 (Living)


Gen. 13 Jared Wayne Casebeer b. 1 Apr. 1984 (Living)

Cassie Mae Casebeer b. 20 Apr. 1987 (Living)


 Camp Family History/Family Biographies to Present


Thomas Camp (1507 to?)  Thomas was born in 1507 in Nazeing, Essex County, England, and married Joan Boreham, who was born in Hoddeson, Hertsford County, England in 1511.


Children of Thomas and Joan

Robert Camp


Robert Camp (1537 to 1608) Robert was born on the 11th of May 1537 in Roydon, Essex County, England, and Married Joan, who was born in 1539.


Children of Robert and Joan

Edward Camp


Edward camp (1576 to?)  Edward was born in 1576 and married Grace Mott.

Children of Edward and Grace

Edward Camp


Edward camp (1617 to 1659) Edward was born May 8th, 1617 in Hunsdon, Essex County, England, married Mary Canfield, who was also born in England, and sailed to the colonies sometime prior to the birth of son Samuel in 1645, settling in New Haven Connecticut, where he passed from this is life in September of 1659.


Children of Edward and Mary

Samuel Camp


Samuel Camp (1645 to 1736) Samuel Camp, the first of our Camp lineage to be born in America, was born on September 13th, 1645, in Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut.  Samuel married Mary Camp, who was born in Milford in 1663, and the union produced son Enos.  Following the death of 1st wife Mary, Samuel married Hannah Betts, and following the death of Hannah, Samuel married Rebecca Atkinson.  Samuel passed away on January 27th, 1736, in Milford.


Children of Samuel and Mary

Enos Camp


Enos Camp (1688 to 1768) Enos was born on May 20th, 1688 in Milford, New haven County, Connecticut, and joined in wedlock Mary Baldwin, who was born on September 1st, 1690, in New Milford, Litchfield County, Connecticut.  Enos passed away on June 20th, 1768, in Milford, New Haven County.


Children of Enos and Mary


*** Isaac


Isaac Camp (1720 to 1761) Isaac Camp was born on February 24th, 1720, in Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut, and married Sarah Clark, who was born in Milford on April 1st, 1723.  Isaac passed away in 1761 in New Milford, Litchfield County.


Children of Isaac and Sarah



Job Camp (1747 to 1822) Job was born in Milford, Connecticut, on November 16th, 1747.  Named for his mother’s brother, Job Clark, Job would name a son Clark, which was his mother’s maiden name.  On February 22nd, 1773, Job wed Anna Oviatt, who was born on January 27th, 1749 in Milford.  Job served as a captain during the Revolutionary War, in a company of Lt. Col. Thomas Seymour’s Regiment of Light Dragoons.  Job passed from this life in Camptown, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, on January 17th, 1822.


Children of Job and Anna






“History of Durham” By William Chancey Fowler, LLD


Job Camp took an oath of fidelity to the state of Connecticut on August 26th, 1777, and a list of those taking said oath, is kept in the Town Clerk’s Office in Durham.


“Pioneer and Patriot Families of Bradford County, Pennsylvania”

By Clement F. Heverly, Vol. I, Pages 225 & 226


“Job Camp was born November 16th, 1749 at Milford, Connecticut.  During the Revolutionary War he served as a captain of a company, bearing his name, in Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Seymour’s Regiment of Light Dragoons, Connecticut Militia.  In 1792, Job Camp came to what is now Camptown, Bradford County, selected lands, planted a piece of corn, and, after it was harvested, returned to Connecticut for his family, which moved in the next year, and settled in Camptown, which was a dense, unbroken wilderness.  At this time there were, besides Jones Ingham, two or three families above him on the creek…Mr. Camp started from Connecticut with a yoke of oxen, which were used to transport his family and goods.  Taking the usual course of the immigrants—across the country from the Hudson to Stroudsburg, and through the great swamp—they reached the Susquehanna at Pittston.  The route was a slow and toilsome one, but thus far there was a road along which they could drive a team, but up the river there was nothing but the narrow Indian path. 


They were therefore compelled to unyoke their oxen and drive them along singly.  The cart, younger members of the family, and household goods were then placed on a keelboat, and two men were hired to push it up the river to Wyalusing.  The progress was slow and the labor severe, and several days were necessary for the trip. It took all of Mr. Camps crop of corn raised the preceding year to pay the boatmen, and the family was obliged to get along as best they could until another crop was harvested.


Mr. Camp was by trade a carpenter and, the year he moved in, built a barn for himself, which is still standing.  This barn is covered with boards split out of pine logs, which are fastened on with wrought nails, made by Salmon Bosworth, who had moved up from Wyalusing.


Mr. Camp had a large family of children, and the name is one of frequent occurrence.  The village of Camptown, five miles up the Wyalusing, is named in honor of him.  His wife was Anna Oviatt, and her brother Thomas came about the same time with him, and lived on the farm now owned by Benjamin Ackley.  Mr. Camp died January 17th, 1822.  His wife, born January 27th, 1749, died November 25th, 1825.  Both are buried at Merryall Cemetery near Camptown.  Their children were Albert, Polly, Isaac, William, Clark, Elijah, Garry, and Israel, all born in Connecticut but Israel.”  *** The preceding article is available online via the’s World Tree Project, as provided by the Wehmeyer Family of Missouri.


Additional note: Job Camp is also listed in the 1800 & 1810 Census for Luzerne County, Wyalusing Township, which later became Bradford County, and the 1796 & 1812 taxpayer’s list for Wyalusing Township (Camptown).  Also see: & Gerald and Marjorie Thompson at  (Gerald descends from the lineage of Asa Camps brother, John camp)


Isaac Camp (1782 to 1862) Isaac was born on January 21st, 1782, in New Milford, Litchfield County, Connecticut, and married Mary “Polly” Lacey, who was born on the 5th of December 1784, in Laceyville, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania.  Isaac passed from this life in Herrick, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, on January 3rd, 1862.


Children of Isaac and Mary











Clark Camp (1804 to 1879) Clark was born in 1804 in Pennsylvania, and joined in wedlock, Medea Stevens, who was born on August 9th, 1806.  Following wife Medea’s death in 1842, the Camp children were placed with family and friends, and in 1850 Clark Camp, along with son Asa Steven Camp, made the arduous trek west, arriving in El Dorado County, California, in the fall of the year, in time to be counted in the 1850 census. 


During California’s world-renowned gold rush, Clark and son Asa joined the 49ers in wading El Dorado County’s frigid mountain streams, in search of the mother lode.  We can only guess now at the amount of success the two enjoyed, but it seems likely that Clark and son Asa spent at least one winter in California before returning east.  The database of American Civil War Soldiers indicates that prior to entering the Union Army in 1861, Clark was a resident of Bradford, Illinois.


Some years after Clark’s arrival in Illinois, our country succumbed to increasingly bitter differences between our northern states and the slave bearing states to the south. Political differences were leading to bitter division. In February of 1861 “The Confederate States of America” chose Jefferson Davis as president of the southern states, and in March President Lincoln became responsible for all the rest.  


On August 14th, 1861 Clark Camp enlisted as a private with Company B, of the 12th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  Promoted to full Sergeant, Clark reenlisted on January 13th, 1864, and as a result of meritorious service during his tour of duty, Clark was awarded a medal for distinguished service [see medal], and mustered out on July 10th, 1865.


The 1870 census for Waucula Township, Harvey County, Kansas, contains a household for Clark Camp, occupation millwright, born in Pennsylvania, and son Isaac Camp, occupation carpenter. There is evidence that son Luke had been killed during the war.  Clark camp passed away on October 11th, 1879, in Sedgwick, Harvey County, Kansas, at the age of 75, and was interred at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Eagle Township, Sedgwick County, Kansas.


Children of Clark and Medea


***Asa Steven



Luke (Killed during the civil war)



Clark Jr.



Asa Steven Camp (1829 to 1902) Asa was born on April 5th, 1829 in Herrick Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  Named Asa Steven after his mother’s family (Stevens), Asa was the second oldest of nine children.  Asa was only fourteen when his mother passed away in 1842 at the age of 36. 


In the summer of 1850, at the age of 22, Asa accompanied his Father Clark Camp, across the plains to the gold camps of northern California’s Sierra Nevada foothills.  There, along the banks of the south fork of the American River and it’s tributaries, in the company of one hundred thousand other crazed miners; Asa and his father Clark pursued their dreams of the storied El Dorado and its gold.


Since it’s unlikely that the Camps would have attempted the long, arduous return trip east over the snow-choked Sierras prior to the following summer, it’s safe to assume that the Camps spent at least one winter in California before returning east. We know for a fact that Asa returned east for a time prior to a second trek to California in 1854, and it’s possible that Asa lived for a time with his father in Bradford, Illinois, before returning to Hangtown.


The trip across the great Plains by wagon would have required several months of hard travel, and necessitated negotiating the Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern California, during the few months of the year during which the mountain passes are not made impassable by mountains of drifting snow. During this second pilgrimage, Asa became acquainted with the Oldfield family.  John and Mary Eliza Oldfield and their children hailed from Wisconsin, and they too were bound for the Sierra Nevada foothills where John intended to try his hand at mining. 


Among the Oldfield family was 7-year-old Laura Ellen.  We can only guess at the details of Asa and Laura Ellen’s first meeting.  With an age difference of 18 years, while it’s possible that Asa and Laura bonded during their long, tedious trip west, it seems unlikely that any thoughts of a relationship flourished until many years later. 


At some point in time Asa and Laura Ellen’s well rooted relationship set buds and bloomed, and on November 5th, of 1867, the Reverend D. Sutterland joined Kelsey resident Asa S. Camp, age 37 years, and Laura Ellen Oldfield, age 19, in holy wedlock.  This union would produce 5 children, and endure until the time of Asa’s death.


The Camps lived for a time just off Mosquito Road, on the west bank of the south fork of the American River, east of the rural settlement of Mosquito.  There Asa and Laura Ellen raised their family, and Asa pursued the vocations of miner and freight hauler.  In 1872 the family moved closer to Placerville, taking up residence on Reservoir Hill, where Asa passed away in December of 1902, followed by wife Laura Ellen, twenty-six years later, in 1928. 


The Camp family is included in the El Dorado County censuses of 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 & 1900.

The census of 1880 reads as follows:


Camp, Asa, age 50, miner, from Pennsylvania

Camp, Laura, age 30, wife, from Wisconsin


***Meda Eliza, age 11

Albert Stevens, age 9

Mildred, age 7

Lill, age 5

Cora, age 1

 The Mountain Democrat
4 Jan 1929, Pg 1


The funeral services for Mrs. Laura
Camp, 80, who died New Year's Day
at Sacramento, were held Thursday
afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Methodist church, the Rev C. W. Null officiating.

Burial was at Union cemetery.
Mrs. Camp was the former Laura
Oldfield, of Reservoir Hill, a native
of Wisconsin who came to California
with her parents in '54. She had spent
the past sixteen years at Sacramento.

Surviving are the son at whose home
she died, and four daughters, Mrs.
Asa Daniels, Sr., of Reservoir Hill;
Lloyd Randall, of Smith's Flat; Mrs.
Robert Zeisz, of Placerville and Mrs.
Cora Gottleib, of San Francisco

Obituary of Asa Steven Camp

(1829 to 1902)

Mountain Democrat

Dated December 6th, 1902


Asa Steven Camp died at his home at Reservoir Hill last Tuesday, December 2nd, 1902, from pneumonia, after an illness of about ten days.  He was a native of Pennsylvania, and had reached the age of 73 years.  Mr. Camp was an industrious man, of quiet and unassuming disposition, a good neighbor and steadfast friend.  He crossed the plains to California in 1850, coming to El Dorado in the fall of that year, and for fifty-two years he has made it his home, where he followed mining and ranching with varying success.  In 1867 he was married to Miss Laura Oldfield who survives him, with their five children: Mrs. A. W. Daniels, Albert S. Camp, Mrs. Bert Carpender, Mrs. Lillie Zeisz, and Miss Cora Camp, to mourn his loss.  The funeral was held at the family residence on Reservoir Hill, on Wednesday, Reverend C. C. Pierce officiating.  The interment was in the Methodist Episcopal Pioneer Cemetery, Placerville California.


Children of Asa and Laura Ellen

***Meda Eliza, b. Feb. 4th, 1869 in Mosquito

Albert Stevens, b. Mar. 14th, 1871

Mildred, b. Feb. 1873, married Bert Carpender I

NOTE: Laura Ellen Oldfield married Asa Steven Camp, and they had five children: my great grandmother Meda who married Asa Wilder Daniels, one son Albert, and sisters Lil, Mil & Coe. Auntie Mil married Bert Carpenter senior and their daughter Wanda is Judy Harold's Mom. Judy is a good friend of Meryl Endean, and a new friend of mine on Facebook 01-29-15  

               Their son, Bert II, married Marion

                       Children of Bert II and Marion:

                                    Bert III

                                Betty-Married Drew Rossi, children: Kristy, Cindy, Linda & Judy?

                                    Jack-Married Pat Clancy, children: Marion and Dan

                                    Tom-married Vivian Fox, daughters: Tommee and Betty

                                    Eileen-Married a Riffey (whose brother is Susan Riffey's dad)         

Lilla, b. July 4th, 1875 (according to mom, Auntie Lill’s birthday was July 4th)

Cora, b. Jan. 8th, 1879


Meda Eliza Camp (1869 to 1965) Meda was born on February 4th, 1869, in the family home on the west bank of the south fork of the American River.  During these early days in California, bands of Indians still roamed the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Meda’s father, Asa was often away, delivering freight, and Meda told of occasions when she and her  siblings, and her mother, would find the solitude of their rural home interrupted by the unexpected and unnerving visit of wandering bands of Indians.  Unlike the beaded warriors of the plains tribes, the red skinned pilgrims that passed through the foothills of El Dorado County in the latter years of the 19th century were usually Digger Indians; hungry, bedraggled and generally innocuous but, according to Meda, their occasional visits were sufficient to necessitate a quickly delivered splash of cold water to Laura Ellen’s flushed face. Her breath caught and her composure reestablished, Great great grandma Camp would meet her itinerant visitors at the door.  As a general rule, a confident greeting and a welcome contribution of tobacco were sufficient to send the delighted vagrants on their way.


The settlement of Mosquito was less than thirty minutes away, but the tiny community afforded little in the way of amenities.  Acquisition of most services and supplies required a trip to Placerville. The road to Placerville (or Hangtown to the natives and old timers) descended a steep and winding grade to the river, and then entailed a long hard climb along ridge top and ravine until reaching the forks at Union Ridge, there Mosquito Road wound its way south, through pinewoods and pear orchards, before arriving eventually in town. Three miles north of Placerville, along this route, Mosquito road negotiates a sharp left turn around the Slater Family’s old stone house, eventually home to Mary Miller and family.  The next house on the left, which during my mothers’ days was known as the old Griffith place, became home to the Camps.


Here in the early 1870s the Camp family established their new home, and settled into a slightly more urban setting, as compared to the isolation of their remote haven on the river.  Interviewed by the Mountain Democrat on the occasion of her 86th birthday, in February of 1955, Meda indicates that her family moved to Reservoir hill when she was two years old.  This would place their arrival at Reservoir Hill in 1872, and suggest that the photo of the Camp family was circa 1872 and that the infant in the photo is Albert who was born in March of 1871, and that the little girl is Meda, age 3.  There on Reservoir Hill the family would be blessed with three additional girls, Mil, Lill, & Coe.


One hot Saturday in June of 1888, Asa Wilder Daniels and his associate Harry arrived in town from Minnesota, and according to a news article in “The Mountain Democrat” the two gentlemen, with the backing of Asa’s father Jared, purchased from W. R. Selkirk, a forty acre tract of the Slater fruit ranch on Reservoir hill. Meda Camp would have been a girl of 19 that summer, and Asa a young man of 22. It’s likely that in a very short time the Camps had made the acquaintance of the reasonably well-off young man whose father, Jared Waldo Daniels, was a well respected surgeon and, as Inspector of Indian Agencies, was responsible for the inspection of all the Indian Agencies west of the Mississippi.   The Daniels family traces its lineage back to the pioneers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the sixteen- thirties.  See “Daniels of Massachusetts Bay” on line.


Two years later, on July 19th, 1890, Asa and Meda were wed.  Asa’s property on Reservoir Hill boasted several small gold mines, plenty of water from the south fork ditch, and a spectacular view of the snowcapped Sierras to the north, the Marysville Buttes to the west, and the Sacramento Valley to the south.  There on a clover covered flat near the top of the hill, Asa Wilder Daniels and Meda Eliza (Camp) Daniels built a house and established their home.  Asa managed the ranch and served as Justice of The Peace in Placerville, and Meda managed the home and Asa, and gave birth to five children. 


There on Reservoir Hill the Daniels family would share a lifetime “laden with happiness and tears”; loosing first daughter Ella to pneumonia as an infant, and second child Gladys to an automobile accident, when she, several months pregnant, and her husband Mr. Emer, lost control of their vehicle while negotiating the grade west of the swinging bridge in route to Mosquito.  Despite these hardships, Meda, Asa Wilder, and children Myrle, Waldo, and Asa Jr. would share many happy times during the innocent years of the early 20th century.


One happy occasion took place on November 11th of 1918.  During the early years of the 20th century Placerville was literally surrounded with orchards of Bartlett Pears, and a November day would have found the drive from Reservoir Hill To town seasonably cool and shimmering with vibrant fall colors. On this particular fall day eldest son Waldo, then 21 had been drafted into the armed forces and had made the three-mile drive into Placerville following what were undoubtedly emotional and tearful goodbyes with family and friends.  Preparing to board the bus, there was suddenly an excited confusion among the crowd, followed by spontaneous jubilation and a nationwide celebration.  The armistice had been signed and World War I was over.  Jared Waldo returned home that day to a reunion that we can only imagine, and from that day forward Armistice Day was a day of celebration that the Daniels family would celebrate with full hearts and prayerful thanksgiving.


Another happy event is depicted in a Mountain Democrat article dated June 7th, 1919, following the marriage of daughter Myrle to husband Bill Schroth. 


Reception of Newlyweds


“A surprise party and reception was tendered Mr. and Mrs. William Schroth last Saturday night at the home of the parents of the bride, A. W. Daniels and wife, in which about seventy-five of their friends participated.


The party assembled at the home of Mary Miller and descended on their victims in a body about 9 o’clock, carrying their refreshments.   It was a genuine surprise to the Schroths, and was a happy affair, well carried out.  Dancing, music, and games passed the time until midnight when a bountiful supply of ice cream, cake, and other refreshments was served and brought the event to a close.  Mr. And Mrs. Schroth left on Monday for Vallejo, where they will make their home, the former holding a position in the ship building plant there.”


Asa Wilder Daniels suffered a crippling stroke in 1931, leaving him with paralysis of the legs, and difficulty in speaking.  Despite this debilitated condition, The Daniels family persisted in their enjoyment of family and friends and their love of the outdoors and the natural wonders of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  The family continued to enjoy week-long camping trips, during which Meda would prepare their meals on a campfire, much as her grandmother Mary Eliza Oldfield had done while crossing the plains in 1854, son Jared Waldo would carry Asa about as necessary and assist his mother with camp chores.  These camping trips continued even after Waldo had married, and there are family photos of mountain excursions attended by Asa & Meda, son Waldo & wife Ivy, and daughters Meda Jane and Janet Sue. 


Asa Wilder passed away on August 5th, 1937, at the age of 71, and wife Meda continued in the family home and attended family camping trips with children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, until breaking a hip in 1963, which left her mentally sharp but bedfast until she suffered a series of strokes in 1965.  Waldo and Ivy cared for Meda in the Daniels home until just prior to her death, and I remember well the last hug that she gave me as she prepared for death’s release, at the home of her daughter Myrle in Placerville.  My great grandmother Meda Eliza Camp Daniels passed from this life in 1965 at the age of 96. 


Jared Waldo Daniels (1897 to 1969) Jared was born on March 11th, 1897 in Placerville California, and was raised on the family ranch on Reservoir Hill.  As a young man he was spared military service when, as he and other service bound enlistees were boarding the bus in Placerville on November 11th of 1918, news reached Placerville that the armistice had been signed and World War I was over. During his youth Waldo, as he preferred to be called, assisted his father with the family’s orchard and enjoyed cruising El Dorado County’s highways and byways on his motorcycle, a pastime which brought him countless hours of enjoyment and culminated in an accident in downtown Placerville which left him with a broken leg and complications which plagued him for several years.  Besides motorcycles, Waldo’s passions included fitting his extensive collection of rifles with exquisite stocks which he made himself, and spending as much time as possible camped in the mountains with his family.  Often the camping trips would be attended by Waldo’s mother, brother, sister, wife, daughters, son-in-law, grandchildren, in-laws, and neighbors.


During the nineteen-twenties the tiny metropolis of Smithflat, situated on highway 50 on the northeastern outskirts of Placerville was a hub of agricultural activities and community events.  Boasting it’s own post office, and home of Smithflat House, an old stage stop, which continued to flourish due to the patronage of local citizens and the constant flow of traffic to and from Lake Valley and points east, Smithflat boasted fresh local produce, community dances, and happy diversions during Old Hangtowns long, leisurely summers.


Waldo and little brother Asa were undoubtedly regulars at these events, and during a shopping trip to Smithflat and a subsequent visit to the home of Henry and Clara Stancil for the purpose of acquiring some fresh vegetables from Henry’s substantial garden, Waldo became acquainted with their daughter Ivy Lee.  Ivy Lee Stancil was one of nine children.  Her father Henry had wound up in a Nevada orphanage after his French Canadian parents had passed away, and there he met Clara Kinney who’d arrived at the orphanage when, following the passing of her mother Mariah Ann Kinney McLain, her stepfather L. T. McLain had grown weary of refereeing disputes between his sons and his stepdaughter and headed north, seeking fame and fortune in the goldfields of Alaska’s Klondike.  Mr. McLain was never heard from again.  Married on May 31st, 1868, Clara and Henry settled in Smithflat, where Henry tended the garden, and Clara tended Henry and 9 children.


Encouraged to find employment and assist with the family’s financial needs, Ivy dropped out of high school during her freshman year, and pursued an employment opportunity at Myers Station, along highway 50, south of Lake Valley. There she spent one summer assisting in the kitchen and spending countless hours polishing the spit-ravaged cast-iron stove that heated the lobby at the station.  In later years she lamented on many occasions her feelings of desperation as she buffed the last of the blacking from the little heater only to have the hard-achieved luster blemished by the hissing splatter of the well-executed spittle of some tobacco-chewing patron!


Returning to Placerville, Ivy began dating Waldo and a courtship ensued.  Ivy and Waldo were wed in 1928, and Waldo surprised Ivy by presenting her with a comfortable house, which he’d built himself, across the driveway of the Daniels home, up on Reservoir Hill.  There Waldo and Ivy were blessed with the birth of Meda Jane, nicknamed Josie, in 1931, followed by Janet Sue, nicknamed Pete, on December 10th, 1934.  Waldo continued to assist his mother and now invalid father with the family orchard, and eventually supplemented that income with employment at PG&E.


In latter years Waldo suffered with emphysema, which eventually weakened his heart, resulting in a debilitating heart attack and his subsequent passing on July 29th, 1969, at the age of 72.  I remember well returning from a summer vacation with my family, only to learn that my beloved grandfather had succumbed to a second heart attack and had been interred during our absence.  I was 17 years old, and my granddads passing, following the passing of his mother four years earlier, represented my second experience with death, and my first experience with devastating loss and inconsolable grief.  (At the time of this writing, my grandmother Ivy Daniels, at age 94, is in fair but failing health, in a nursing home in Placerville.)


NOTE: Record the passing of Ivy Stancil Daniels


Children of Waldo and Ivy

***Meda Jane Daniels Casebeer

Janet Sue Daniels (Hamilton) Hawke

Meda Jane Daniels Casebeer was born on May 17th, 1931 in Placerville California.  Raised in the family home on Reservoir Hill, the eldest of two daughters of Waldo and Ivy, Meda as a child, may have been a bit of a tomboy; glorying in the attention of her father, sharing his interest in guns, and proving to be more than a match for her male cousins.

During Meda’s very early years, her grandmother’s brother Albert Camp had retired to the family’s property and eked a meager living from working one of several gold mines on the property.  Meda tells of Uncle Al grinning and beguiling precociously while coaxing his dubious nieces into range, only to expectorate a well-delivered splatter of tobacco juice at their bare feet, and then cackle with pleasure at their frantic retreat.  

Meda attended grammar school at Union School on Union Ridge, walking the two miles to classes in high heel boots. Beginning school at age 7, Meda attended grade one for several months, and was then retested and moved ahead to 3rd grade, crediting her advanced stage of literacy to the efforts of her mother to educate her at home.  During her years of attendance at Union School the most children attending classes in any given year was 35 students.  Meda had the same teacher throughout her years at Union School.  Following her years at Union School Meda attended four years of high school at El Dorado High in Placerville, graduating in 1949.  At age 15 Meda made the acquaintance of Leo Casebeer, when Leo accompanied his brother-in-law Hobart Smart on a visit to the Daniels ranch. A fellow PG&E employee Hobart had been invited by Waldo to drop by for some target shooting. Leo had arrived in Placerville from Houston Missouri in 1946, and was living on Cedar Ravine with his sister Macie and her husband Hobart Smart. 

Leo was currently dating a young lady, with whom he was attending church in Placerville, but the Daniels girl gradually broke down his resistance, and following an appropriate period of courtship, Leo and Meda were married On December 1st of 1950.  Presented with 5 acres of the Daniels acreage as a wedding gift, Leo, assisted by father-in-law Waldo, began building a home.  Thus began a marriage that has lasted to this day and a relationship between Waldo and Leo, as close as that of any father and son, and lasting until Waldo’s passing in 1969. 

When I was a child, Dad and Granddad co-purchased a 1929 Caterpillar for use on the family ranch.  I remember waking on many mornings to the unmistakable sound of that old Caterpillar, and dressing hurriedly to rush to the worksite at the source of the wonderful noise, expecting to find my dad and granddad working together on some project on the ranch.  Occasionally granddad would allow me to turn the crank and fire up the old tractor, and climbing aboard the track clad contraption to assist my granddad at the pedals and levers was a source of joy I can’t begin to relate. 

Prior to her marriage Meda worked for 6 months at the Placerville branch of Bank of America, but with the approach of summer was forced to choose between maintaining her employment and accompanying her family on their traditional summer escape to the mountains.  The camping trip won out. Following her marriage Meda became licensed for childcare and supplemented the Family income through caring for numerous children at the Casebeer home.  Meda also worked for a time for the El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools department, and with the accounting office of the Welfare department.

The first three years of Leo and Meda’s union produced two children.  Son Shannon was born on December 17th of 1951, and daughter Dawn joined the family 18 months later, on June 14th of 1953.  Both children would test the family’s metal with life threatening illness; Shannon with a bout of poliomyelitis in December of 1955, and Dawn with open-heart surgery to correct a congenital heart defect in 1974.  Both would be blessed with a full recovery. 

 In 1972 my family sold the home and acreage on Mosquito Road, and had a new home built on top of the hill.  In 1976 Mom and Dad vacationed in Missouri where they visited with Dad’s family and returned home to share details of their Ozark adventure with my sister and me.  Fascinated by the prospect of a new start, Sis and I consented to accompany our folks on a second visit to Missouri in 1977, and while there we considerd the possibility of relocating.  Prior to returning to California, my family made a down payment on 120 acres in Howell County in the Ozark Mountains of south central Missouri. Returning to Placerville, the home on top of the hill was put on the market and quickly sold, and my family and I spent several months living with my grandmother and making arrangements for our move to the Ozarks in the summer of 1978. The pilgrimage to Leo’s birthplace in the Ozarks required a two thousand mile odyssey, which would provide the family with a wealth of memories.  Leo drove the 1972 Chevy half ton with the little Toyota sedan in tow, and I drove a thirty-foot, cab-over U-Haul truck with my sister Dawn riding shotgun.  The incredible journey also included Tia the family cat and dogs Max and Sparkplug.

 Arriving at the 120-acre homestead formerly known as the old Murrell place, on June 6th of 1978, Mom set up housekeeping and assisted Dad with the acquisition and bottle-feeding of drop calves purchased from the Vanderbilt dairy.  Within several years Mom & Dad maintained between twenty and thirty cow/calf units and a fine bull.  Between the income from the property sales in California, income from their herd of cattle, and dividends from PG&E stock, things went very well until California’s energy problems resulted in insolvency at PG&E, culminating in the loss of their PG&E dividends.  Despite this considerable loss of income, the Casebeers continued to raise cattle and maintain their comfortable Ozark home. Dad retired from raising cattle at the age of 82, and passed away at the ripe old age of 86, on November 3rd, 2010. 


NOTE: Updates

Carpenter/Riffey connection, as per Mom:  Asa Steven Camp's daughter, my auntie Mill, married the first of 3 Bert Carpenters.

Their son Bert married Marion, and Bert and Marion's daughter Eileen, married a Riffey.  My friends Dennis and his sister Susan are Riffeys, and Dan dated Susan.

Other cousins in this connection: Tommie Carpenter and Marion Carpenter, and Kristi Rossi

Children of Bert Carpenter II, and Marion

Bert III

Eileen, who married a Riffey


Tom, daughter is Tommie 

Betty, who married Drew Rossi and had five daughters, including Kristi 

Also: See info on the Swansborough connection, received from Marianne Schroth in 2010.

Children of Leo and Meda

***Shannon Thomas Casebeer b. 12/17/51

Dawn Annette Casebeer Nelson (widowed)


Shannon Thomas Casebeer

Wed Robin Christine Garrison Casebeer on November 20th, 1982


Children of Shannon and Robin

Jared Wayne Casebeer b. 04/01/84

Cassie Mae Casebeer b. 04/20/87


Dawn Annette Casebeer Nelson

Wed Charles Edward Nelson (deceased)


Children of Dawn and Chuck

Justin Edward Nelson