A Growing Family: Amos and Carrie Casbon in the 1910 and 1920 Censuses

Census reports can help to “fill in the blanks” of the lives of our ancestors by providing information about where they were living and what they were doing at the times of the census. They show us the composition of families and approximate birth dates of family members. They also give us a glimpse of… Continue reading A Growing Family: Amos and Carrie Casbon in the 1910 and 1920 Censuses


At this moment, most if not all of my readers are practicing some form of “social distancing” because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. I hope you are all staying well and coping with the difficulties associated with this historic situation. With today’s post, I have a suggestion that will hopefully lift your spirits and alleviate… Continue reading Color!

On the Wing

Let’s have some fun today! This is a quiz for all my relatives with Porter County, Indiana roots. When you’re finished, leave a comment at the end and let me know how you did. I hope others will enjoy as well. In 1956, the book This is Porter County, by John Drury, was published by… Continue reading On the Wing

Four Generations Together, 1955

After some fairly heavy-duty research and blogging about the Chatteris Casbons, I’m ready for something a bit lighter. Thanks to cousin (fourth, once removed) Mark Casbon, for contributing these photos and allowing me to share them with you. This photo is a treasure! It shows four generations, beginning with Amos James Casbon (1869–1956), Vernon Lloyd… Continue reading Four Generations Together, 1955

The Amos Casbon Farm, Boone Grove, Indiana

During my Indiana visit, my cousin (third, twice removed) Ron Casbon toured me around the parts of Porter County most closely associated with the descendants of Amos James Casbon (1869–1956). Amos was the only one of James Casbon's (~1813–1884) sons who came with him to America. As such, he is the patriarch of what is… Continue reading The Amos Casbon Farm, Boone Grove, Indiana

Amos Sees Something Amiss

This article from the August 21, 1913, Lake County (Hammond, Indiana) Times caught my eye.[1] (Click on image to enlarge) Amos is the grandfather, great grandfather, and even second and third great grandfather of many of today’s Casbon descendants. He came to the United States in 1870 when he was 1 year old, with his… Continue reading Amos Sees Something Amiss

Why Indiana?

In a previous post I asked why Thomas Casbon left Ohio for Indiana. It seems that he was making a good go of things in Ohio. He owned his own farm. He raised his children to adulthood there. We’ll probably never know exactly why he decided to move, but it’s likely there was more than one… Continue reading Why Indiana?