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CASNER, John Lewis Luke/Lou (b1851 IA d. NM)
Posted by: Liz Freeman (ID *****2827) Date: May 07, 2011 at 13:27:58
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I have been researching my Casner line since the 1970s (in the days before computers). I have to believe there is a Casner descendant out there who has that one piece of information I need to document the death of John Lewis Casner.

He was born in 1851 in IA to John L. Casner and Mary Poly Freel Casner.

The last record I have of John Lewis Casner in in June 1902 in TX when he and his father are at the courthouse and signed papers selling the last of their rangeland in Haskell County. They then migrae by wagon to New Mexico. I find the wife of John Lewis and his children in various places in NM mostly Lincolnn County - but no record of John Lewis.

I have two versions of his death:
Version One: In January 1903 he is on a cattle drive with his two oldest sons (Frank Porter and Jesse Lee) when he has a heart attack and dies. The two sons take his body to the nearest town (San Antonio, NM) and he is buried in a unmarked grave next to the Catholic Church. A few years later an earthquake destroys the church and much of the cemetery. Both are moved to another location in the town. Families are responsible for moviing their dead. If he were buried there, it is doubtful the family had him moved to the new cemetery. This version just doesn't make sense to me - why in the world would a person be moving cattle in the dead of winter?

Version Two:
John Lewis and some of his children are out hunting quail/dove to feed the family. He dies of a heart attack and is buried on the banks of the river where he fell. This supposedly happened in January 1904.

There must be some truth to some of the lore about his death; both versions have him dying of a heart attack, and the month is January.

Any any all informatuon (factual or not)greatly appreciated.

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