Pete...do you descend from Chris' son, Walter? I'd love to have more detail on his line if you have it or care to share it. Below is what I had in my notes about Walter.
George Allen Casleton lists a Walter as child #9 of Chris and Louisa. From the diary of Lucy Schwartz Casleton: "Walter Casleton married July 1907.
Lost his wife Feb. 1908. Had an operation performed on her. Cost him $200.00 dollars and burying expenses $150.00 Burried her in Peoria. Walter was here in Feb. 16, 1903" She doesn't give the name of the wife. Walter must have remarried as she later writes "Walter Casleton has a girl May 1920."
A cousin told me about the name change years ago. Where he got his information I don't know. He said the original name was German for "Stone Rabbit". Don't know what that would even be. I had a document that listed all the service aged men (Civil War) from Jackson Co. IL. Chris Casleton was on that list and beside him, it gave his place of origin as England...wonder if it mean New England? I can't immediately find the document but I remember it clearly as I thought "he's supposed to be of German descent". I do know that the name Casleton is common in England. Might the family have come to England from Germany before coming here? Might the name Casleton have been taken from someplace in England and the town in NY named also for that place? This is not my direct line and I have not spent a lot of time on it. My Casleton cousins are connected through our common Schwartz line. Two of Chris' sons, Everett and George, married Schwartz sisters. They were sisters to my g gr f, John Schwartz. Would love any information you can share.
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