William Alexander Caster

15 July 1839–17 October 1921 (Age 82)
Preble, Ohio, United States

The Life Summary of William Alexander

When William Alexander Caster was born on 15 July 1839, in Preble, Ohio, United States, his father, James Castor, was 30 and his mother, Rebecca Juliett Ann Wilkinson, was 20. He married Margaret Jane Miller on 9 May 1882, in Portland, Wayne Township, Jay, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Wayne Township, Jay, Indiana, United States for about 30 years and Pike Township, Jay, Indiana, United States for about 20 years. He died on 17 October 1921, in Jay, Indiana, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Salamonia Cemetery, Salamonia, Madison Township, Jay, Indiana, United States.

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William Alexander Caster
Margaret Jane Miller
Marriage: 9 May 1882
Eva Almeda Caster
Charles Ellis Caster
Harland Austin Caster
Alda Ruth Caster
Lawrence Edgar Caster
Granville Hadley Caster
Edna Glenn Caster
Clara Jane Caster
Truman "True" Caster
Clarence Willis Caster

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    9 May 1882Portland, Wayne Township, Jay, Indiana, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1841 · Indiana Nears Bankruptcy
    Age 2
    The State of Indiana was near bankruptcy in 1841 due to the inability to repay interest incurred for the Massive Internal Improvement Act. The state liquidated much of its public works. Many of the projects were handed over to the state’s creditors as a way to reduce debt. Only two of the eight proposed infrastructure projects were completed by the creditors.
    1860 · Ohio supports the Union side of the Civil War
    Age 21
    Although divided as a state on the subject of slavery, Ohio participated in the Civil War on the Union's side, providing over 300,000 troops. Ohio provided the 3rd largest number of troops by any Union state.
    Age 24
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of Castor .German: variant of Kaster 1 and, in North America, (also) an altered form of this.Americanized form of German Kaster 2.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (26)

    • William A Caster, "United States Census, 1870"
    • William Castor in entry for James Tharp and Unknown, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"
    • William Castor in household of James Castor, "United States Census, 1860"

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