Sunday, June 8, 1941 was a beautiful day for a picnic at the farm rented and occupied by Claude Eldridge a few miles northeast of Waterloo, Iowa. Claude’s wife, Emma (Casbon), was a good cook and people tended to gather at their place on Sundays. This was going to be a special Sunday gathering, as… Continue reading Iowa Airplane Tragedy
I have written about James Casbon (~1813–1884) many times, but most of my focus has been on his later years in England, his emigration to the United States, and his children who grew up there. However, he lived most of his life in England and had a large family there by his first wife, Elizabeth… Continue reading The First Family of James Casbon in England
This is my sixth post in the Guild of One-Name Studies (GOONS) blog challenge 2020. The challenge is to post 10 blogs in the first 12 weeks of the year. Amos Casbon is not a new character in my blog. He can be considered the patriarch of what may be the largest branch of Casbons… Continue reading Amos in Iowa?
This is my fifth post in the Guild of One-Name Studies blog challenge 2020. One of my favorite sources of information about the Casbons who left England and eventually settled in Porter County, Indiana, USA, is The (Valparaiso, Indiana) Vidette-Messenger, or The Vidette, for short. For most of the twentieth century The Vidette was the… Continue reading The Deaths of Thomas and Hannah Casbon
The arrival of two death certificates from the General Register Office in England has helped to fill gaps in the life stories of two Casbon ancestors and also serves to highlight a topic I’ve touched on before—tuberculosis. The certificates are for two sisters-in-law, Lydia (Burgess) and Elizabeth (Waller) Casbon. Lydia was married to Joseph Casbon… Continue reading The White Plague
The sister villages of Meldreth and Melbourn in Cambridgeshire are my ancestral homeland. Records of Casbon ancestors in these villages go back to the mid-sixteenth century. Families occasionally moved from one village to another, or to other nearby villages, but there was little reason or incentive to go further. The situation remained stable for over… Continue reading Going, Going …
As I researched my previous post about Jesse and Steven Casbon, I uncovered additional bits of information about this branch of the family, and I received a welcome flood of new materials from some of Jesse’s descendants. I’ll be writing about some of the new information in this and subsequent posts. Sometimes records can be… Continue reading Anna Mae (Casbon) Fleming – Widow?
Part 1 of this series brought us through the early years of George and Maud (Carpenter) Casbon’s marriage, and culminated with two major events: a fire that destroyed their home, and the death of George’s aunt, Emma (Casbon) Rigg. Through the inheritance of Emma’s estate, George now owned his own farm in Geneseo Township, Tama… Continue reading Introducing the Iowa Casbons! Part 2
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
OK, I’ll admit it – it sounds a bit fantastic. But hear me out, it’s not totally crazy. Why would I think this entry from the 1861 census of England might be James Casbon? For starters, here is a little background. James was my fourth great uncle, the youngest brother of my third great grandfather,… Continue reading Did James Casbon (~1813–1884) Use an Alias in the 1861 Census?