Wedding Bells—Hiram Church and Lodema Casbon

This month marks Hiram Church and Lodema Evaline Casbon’s 132nd wedding anniversary. They were married on 26 February 1890, as recorded in this newspaper article. Clipping from unknown newspaper, author’s collection Hiram, born 14 January 1866 in Boone Township, Porter County, Indiana, was the son of Thomas Hiram ((1830–1912) and Rebecca Jane (Walker, 1830–1898) Church.… Continue reading Wedding Bells—Hiram Church and Lodema Casbon

Jesse Casbon vs. Hiram Church

This startling article appeared in the 30 June 1909 Porter County (Indiana) Vidette: Porter County (Indiana) Vidette,, 30 Jun 1909, p. 1; microfilm image, Porter County Public Library (Click on image to enlarge)                                            … Continue reading Jesse Casbon vs. Hiram Church

Jesse Casbon in the News

Of Thomas Casbon’s (1803–1888) three sons, I know the least about Jesse. He was born at Meldreth, or possibly Melbourn, Cambridgeshire, in 1843.[1] He came to the United States (via Quebec) aboard the ship Parkfield in 1846. Jesse served in Company D, 148th Ohio Regiment, during the American Civil War and afterwards joined his family… Continue reading Jesse Casbon in the News

The Casbon Family Reunion, October 1901, Valparaiso, Indiana

Casbon family reunion 24 October 1901; author’s collection (Please! Click on image to enlarge and see names) I’ve had this photograph for so long that I don’t remember where or who it came from. I believe I was given a copy sometime in the 1990s when I was just starting my genealogy research. Many of… Continue reading The Casbon Family Reunion, October 1901, Valparaiso, Indiana

Mary (Mereness) Casbon (1850–1932)

I’ve been writing about the wives of my second great-grandfather, Sylvester V Casbon (~1837–1927). The deaths of Adaline (Aylesworth, 1842–1868) and Harriet (Perry, ~1840-1874) must have been very hard on him and his children. Sylvester was 37 years old when Harriet died. Once again, the children needed a mother and he needed a wife. He was… Continue reading Mary (Mereness) Casbon (1850–1932)

Emeline Harriet (Perry) Casbon (~1840–74)

When Mary Adaline (Aylesworth) Casbon died in March 1868, she left behind her husband, Sylvester V. Casbon, 30 years old, and two children: Cora Ann, seven, and Lawrence Leslie, almost three. He would have needed help caring for the children and maintaining the household. I’m sure family and friends would have stepped in to help,… Continue reading Emeline Harriet (Perry) Casbon (~1840–74)

1905, Red Lake County, Minnesota

The word serendipity means “the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.”[1] I was browsing through various census results the other day, not looking for anything in particular. It was through serendipity that I chanced upon this entry in the 1905 Minnesota state census. At first, I thought this… Continue reading 1905, Red Lake County, Minnesota

Introducing the Iowa Casbons! Part 1

I first heard of the Iowa Casbons when I was a teenager. My brother had a friend from Iowa who knew of people named Casbon, and who were living in the Waterloo, Iowa area. Up to that point, as far as I knew, the only Casbons in the world were a small number of grandparents,… Continue reading Introducing the Iowa Casbons! Part 1