Two New Birth Records; 2022—Year of the Census?

With this post I want to update readers on some recent activities, beginning with two birth records I recently acquired and ending with some exciting census news. Two Births We tend to think of official records of births, marriages, and deaths, i.e., vital records, as something that have always been around. However, that isn't always… Continue reading Two New Birth Records; 2022—Year of the Census?

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

Anna’s Cookbook

Anna Mae (Casbon) (Kitchel) (Fleming) was the second of four daughters born to Jesse and Emily (Price) Casbon. She was born at Porter County, Indiana, 22 December 1876 and died at Orlando, Florida, 16 December 1957. Thanks to Anna’s great-granddaughter, Jan Hoffman, I have some new material to share with my readers. Jan has been… Continue reading Anna’s Cookbook

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

A Letter from Jesse Casbon

(Updated 1 Apr 2020 based on comments made by Carol Cook—see below) Personal letters can occasionally be a good source of genealogical information, but more often, they simply give us insights into the lives of the people who wrote and received them. If nothing else, they can help us to understand the everyday concerns of… Continue reading A Letter from Jesse Casbon

Color!

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!

“Wedding Bells”

This is my seventh post in the Guild of One-Name Studies blog challenge. My last post was about the period in Amos Casbon’s life before his marriage. Today we read about his wedding to Carrie Belle Aylesworth on 28 November 1900. This is another newspaper discovery from my visit to the Valparaiso (Porter County, Indiana)… Continue reading “Wedding Bells”

Last Words

In my previous post I described the enjoyment Emily (Price) Casbon derived from keeping bees and extracting their honey. Today’s post looks at what might have been Emily’s defining characteristic: her Christian faith. Emily was the wife of Jesse Casbon (1843–1934), who with his father Thomas, mother Emma, two brothers and one sister (born after… Continue reading Last Words