Benjamin B Castor

1810–1888 (Age 78)
Jefferson Township, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Benjamin B

When Benjamin B Castor was born on 18 June 1810, in Jefferson Township, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Gabriel Castor, was 24 and his mother, Catherine Louisa Huffman, was 23. He married Mary Toy about 1836, in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Jackson Township, Ripley, Indiana, United States in 1860 and Jackson, Ripley, Indiana, United States for about 10 years. He died on 30 July 1888, in Ripley, Indiana, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Booher Cemetery, Napoleon, Ripley, Indiana, United States.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin B Castor
Mary Toy
Marriage: about 1836
William Castor
Gabriel C. Castor
Mary Castor

Spouse & Children

about 1836
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 2

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1812 · Harrisburg Becomes the State Capital

Age 2

Harrisburg had important parts with migration, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. 
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 22

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places called Caistor, in Lincolnshire and Norfolk, Caister in Norfolk, or Castor in Cambridgeshire, all named with Old English cæster ‘Roman fort or town’.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Benjamin Castor, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Benj Caster, "United States Census, 1840"
  • Benjamin Caster, "United States Census, 1870"

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