This the fifth in a series of posts examining a handwritten family history of Isaac Casbon and his descendants. The date and authorship of the manuscript is unknown. So far we’ve looked at Isaac Casbon’s family in Meldreth, England; his son Thomas’ marriage, family, and emigration first to Ohio and later to Porter County, Indiana; and Thomas’ death in Indiana. We continue with…
Silvester Casbon Lives at the present time at Deep River Lake Co Ind has married 3 times having lost the two first wives He had two children by the first wife Adeline Aylsworth a daughter and son by the last Harriett Perry three sons no heirs by the last
Charles Lives near Valparaiso had born to him four children first born died in infancy two more daughters wer born to them Lodema and Sina Jo Casbon then one son Lawrence
Lodema married Highram Church
Jesse Married Emily M. Price of Koutts to them wer born four daudhters and one son who died in infancy
This section provides a more detailed look at the third generation of Casbons in the manuscript, with Isaac being the first and Thomas the second generation. The events mentioned in this section provide valuable clues about when the manuscript was written.
Let’s look first at Sylvester, Thomas Casbon’s oldest son. Sylvester married Adaline Aylesworth on October 30th, 1860, in Porter County.  Sylvester and Adaline actually had three children, not two. The first was a daughter named Bertha, who was born in December 1860 but died when she was six months old.  The other two children were Cora Ann, born June 1861,  and Lawrence Leslie (my great grandfather), born March 1865.  There are anecdotal reports of a fourth child, Deete, but for various reasons, I’m certain she was not their child. She’ll be the topic of a later post. Sylvester’s wife Adaline died March 1868 in Deep River, Lake County, Indiana. 
Sylvester married Emmeline Harriet Perry in October 1869.  They had three children: Thomas Sylvester, born July 1870;  Charles Parkfield, born October 1872;  and George Washington, born August 1874.  Harriet died just a few months after George’s birth, in November 1874. 
Sylvester’s third wife was Mary M Mereness. They were married in December 1877 and had no children. 
Sylvester and Mary (Mereness) Casbon, about
1905. Photo from author’s collection (Click on
image to enlarge)
Shortly after his first marriage, Sylvester bought a small farm in Boone Township, Porter County,  but later moved to Deep River in adjacent Lake County, Indiana.  In 1892, Sylvester and his third wife left the farm and moved to Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana.  When this family history was written, Sylvester was still living in Deep River. Therefore, the latest date it could have been written would be in 1892, before he moved to Valparaiso.
After telling of Sylvester’s marriages and children, the manuscript turns to his brother Charles. Charles returned to Holmes County, Ohio to marry Mary Evelyn Marrell in December 1868.  It’s interesting that the author fails to mention the name of Charles’ wife or that of Sylvester’s third wife. I suspect this was just an oversight, or it didn’t seem important to the author of the document.
Charles and Mary had four children. The first daughter, Lillie May, was buried in September 1871, when less than a year old.  Lodema Evaline was born October 1871.  Their third child was also a daughter, Sina Jane, born March 1874.  Lawrence John, their only son, was born August 1875. 
Charles Thomas Casbon in front of his home at 203 Monroe St., Valparaiso, Indiana, about 1912. The two women are probably his wife Mary and daughter Sina. Photo from History of Porter County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People and its Principal Interests. Lewis Publishing Company (1912) p. 458 (Click on image to enlarge)
The statement “Lodema married Highram Church” is the other piece of the puzzle for dating the manuscript. Lodema Casbon married Hiram Church in February 1890 in Porter County.  This gives the earliest date that the family tree could have been written. Combined with the fact that Sylvester was still living in Deep River, the manuscript must have been written sometime between 1890 and 1892.
The last of Thomas Casbon’s children to be summarized in this document is his youngest son Jesse. Jesse married Emma Price in April 1872, in Valparaiso.  Jesse and Emma had four daughters, Maude, born March 1873;  Anna Mae, born December 1876;  Lillian E, born in February 1880;  and Edna, born December 1885.  A son, Ivan, died in infancy.  I haven’t been able to locate any records pertaining to him.
With Jesse Casbon and his children, the family history concludes its discussion of Isaac and Thomas Casbon’s descendants. One noteworthy omission from this document is the marriage of Thomas and Emma Casbon’s youngest daughter, Emma. Emma’s birth was mentioned earlier in the document, and that was the last we heard of her. She married Robert Noel Rigg of Porter County in 1869.  In 1876 Robert and Emma moved to Tama County, Iowa.  I wonder why Emma was left out of this document?
Detail of a photo taken at a Casbon family reunion about 1901. This is the only photo I’m aware of showing all four of Thomas’ children. Photo from author’s personal collection (Click on image to enlarge)
It’s also interesting that the author mentions the marriage of Charles’ daughter Lodema, but not that of Sylvester’s daughter Cora Ann, who was married to John Sams in 1880.  Perhaps Lodema’s marriage was fresh in the author’s mind, or perhaps the author was closer to that side of the family.