Kudos and a bit “Thank You” to Michael Casbon, my distant cousin in the UK, for contributing this obituary of his great uncle Fred.
Michael says the obituary is from an archive his late uncle, Brian Albert Casbon (1937-2013), put together. Michael says, “apparently Fred was a local Luminary.”
That seems to be an understatement, given the turnout for his funeral. That has to be the longest listing of funeral mourners I have ever seen!
Fred was born in the vicinity of Sutton, near Ely, Cambridgeshire in 1889. His father was Thomas Casbon, born 1844 in Meldreth, and his paternal grandfather was James Casbon, born about 1814, the son of Isaac Casbon. This is the same James Casbon who emigrated to the United States in 1871 and settled in Porter County, Indiana. All of James’ children by his first wife, Elizabeth Waller (1815-1852) remained in England, so he has living descendants in both the U.S. and the U.K.
As the obituary says, Fred married Sarah Waters in 1913. I’ve only been able to locate a record for one child from their marriage, Ida M. Casbon, born in 1914. It’s interesting that she is not listed among the mourners that I can see. Her married name was Hutton. Sarah, his widow, survived him by many years. She passed away in 1971.
The obituary mentions his profession as a grocer and preacher, but in the 1911 census and 1939 Register he is listed as a farm labourer. Unfortunately, vital and census records give narrow snapshots of people’s lives. It’s always nice to have something more, like this obituary, to fill in the blanks.
Did any other of my readers know Fred?