apparently the eldest, seems to have named his first son, George, and his second and third sons, Thomas, providing a strong likelihood that his father was either George or Thomas, likely born about 1505. Such a Thomas also could have been the one referred to above who died in London in 1544. The family seems to have completely left Fowlmere by 1641. Two branches, headed by a John and a Thomas, seem to have ended up in the Abingtons, Greater and Little. Any one of their sons -- John, Thomas, Daniel, or Frank -- could have fathered the American Casebolt progenitor.
In Thriplow, during 1573-1606, George, Robert, John, Mathias, Catherine, and Thomas were married or died. They likely were born in the 1550's and 60's and probably were siblings or cousins. A likely parent, born about 1521, might have been named William, since both Robert and Thomas named their eldest sons William. Apparently, the family had all moved away from or died in Thriplow by 1665. John and George Casbolt who are likely descendants of Thriplow Casbolts were married, respectively, in Newton in 1673 and in Little Shelford in 1680. Either could have been grandfather to the American Casebolt progenitor.
It is unclear why the family disappeared from Fowlmere, Thriplow and Melbourn in the 1640-65 period. However, this was a time of turmoil and privation. According to one writer, "the half-century after 1590 was a time of profound, unprecedented, and often frightening social ferment for the people of England. During these years nearly every member of the lower orders in the countryside and in the towns knew deprivation and genuinely feared insecurity .... "1 However, the specifics affecting these Casbolt families are not at this time known.
In or near Linton, during the decade 1559 to 1569, William, Joan, Philip and possibly a fourth male (his widow was Amy), were married. They probably were siblings or cousins born in the 1530's and 40's. It is likely the father's name was either Alexander or William. In the early 1700's the family was still going strong in Linton and had spread at least to Essex and into and through Hertfordshire
1 Bridenbaugh, p. 355.
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