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The Orson and Elizabeth Castle Family


Samuel Dickerman Castle was a settler in Camden, Oneida County, New York, marrying Sally Brockett in 1807. Sally died December 9, 1858. Their children were Chloe S., Lovida, Grace Angeline, Almira, Samuel, Orson, Giles, Elmira, Harriet, Flora, Sally, and Polly.

Samuel D. Castle died in 1872, is buried in Waterbury # 57038941, with Sally (Brockett) Castle dying 1859 # 57038942.

"Chloe S. Castle was born 24 Apr 1808 in Camden, Oneida Co.,New York, and died 23 Jun 1895 in Rockford, Kent Co., Michigan. She married Marenus Scoville on 27 Mar 1827 in Rockford, Kent Co., Michigan."

Daniel Smith, a New York Methodist clergyman, born 1806 in Salisbury, Connecticut, married Grace Angeline Castle in 1832, having ten children, seven surviving at Daniel's death on October 22, 1852,

Probably  the Orson Castle in 1850 Waterbury is the same one.  He's 24, in the Phineas Hine household, where another resident William Church is a butter maker.  Orson has no occupation, born in New York.  There's also an Almira Castle, 22, also born in New York.  They are two of the many children of Samuel

In 1860 Orson Castle was initiated into the Masons in Waterbury, Connecticut.

The 1860 Waterbury census has Orson CastleS, 34, Elizabeth 36, Lester D. 2, Martha J. one-month..  They are "butter makers" and have Charlotte Deveraux 13 living with them.

Charlotte is probaby a sister of Elizabeth, both daughters of Ezra Deveraux 1803-1894 buried in Hall County, Nebraska. # 21686878.
Hannah (Tuttle) Devereaux 1790-1847 died in Camden, Oneida County, New York
Ezra was in Oswego County, New York in 1850, 47 , with a new wife Mary Ann Deveroux 25 and Charlotte 3.
In 1860 he and Mary Ann are still in Oswego County, with Erastus 10, Dallas 8, Lucinda 5, and Byran 3.

THIS IS ANOTHER EZRA In 1870 La Salle County, Illinois, Ezra is 67, Mary A. 42, with Dallas 18, Lucinda 15, and Byron 13, all born in New York.

Nettie Deveraux, daughter of Ezra Devereaux and Olive G. Tuttle, married Eldoras Lane on January 16, 1878 in La Salle County, Illinois.

Ezra Devereaux 1803-1894 is buried in Doniphan, Hall County, Nebraska # 21686878, dying January 4, 1894 age 90 years 11 months 9 days.

In 1870 Orson, 45 and Elizabeth 37 are farming in Livingston County, Illinois. Lester is 13, Martha 11, both born in Connecticut, Estella 8 in New York, and Carrie 2 in Illinois.

In 1880 Orson and Elizabeth Castle are in Coffey, Kansas.  They have L.D. 22 Connecticut,  Estelle 20 Connecticut, Jenny 17 New York, and Carrie 12 Illinois.

Orson Castle proved up a cash claim for a quarter, Estella Castle another one, and Jennie M. Castle a third, all  in 5, 3N 46W in 1891.   In 1897 the "Heirs of Orson Castle" proved up a homestead in section 4, in 1901 the "Heirs of Orson Castle" got a quarter in section 6 on a "tree claim," and in 1903 Carrie E. Castle got a quarter in section 10 on a tree claim.

The Yuma Cemetery has Castle Orson 1891 Original 103, and Castle Elizabeth 1896 Original 103

Burlington, Kansas - March 13, 1896 "Mrs. Elizabeth Castle, widow of the late Orson Castle, known in this county, died at Colorado Springs, Colorado, March 7."


Jennie's claim was finalized under the name Jennie Mead (and the same witnesses as Carrie's claim in 1903)

The Mason County Washington census of 1889 has a G.F. Mead, 32, born in California, with Roy 5 and Edith 3 - But he's married to E. L. 30, born in Oregon.  

Emily L. Mead in Portland, Oregon's Lone Fir cemetery - 11/19/1858 - 10/11/1896.  It's on the same tombstone as "Lucy A. Sept 20, 1860 - June 1, 1890.""


"South Sioux City - Brother George F. Mead has been pastor of this work for two years, and for what he has had to wonk on and with, has been about as successful as one could be.  He makes a very good report to this Conference of his year's work."

" South Sioux City ' Brother George F. Mead, the pastor, has had a real good year with this people, paying off a debt on the church property of  $130, making considerable improvements to the church edifice, and succeeding along most lines of his work.  Brother Mead always arranges for the love feast at the quarterly meetings. The church her has no parsonage, hence the need of missionary money.  The charge had some revival during the year."

September 16, 1910 Norfolk, Nebraska "Rev. George Fl Mead of Meadow Grove, Rev. J.H. Hand of Tilden, and Rev. and Mrs. Earl Bowen of Creighton were visitors in the city."

1913 the Nebraska Methodists "George F. Mead of Scotia was given a month to spend among his relatives in Colorado"

Jennie Mead in 1900 LaSalle County, Illinois, born November 1859 in Connecitcut, married two years. She's had one child, not living. George Nov 1856 California, Roy F. Nov 1863 Oregon, Edith Nov 1885 Oregon, and Bowman Nov 1891 Washington.

May 8, 1924 "May 8, Fremont- Rev. George F. Mead, 68, for many years a member of the North Nebraska Methodist conference, died yesterday at his home in Fremont. He retired from active service in 1922. A native of California, the Rev. Mr. Mead came to Illinois and resided for many years. He located in Nebraska in 1910."

George 1856-1924 is buried in Fremont, Nebraska # 111110555, his first wife Emily Letitia (Sutherland) Mead 1858-1896 buried in Portland, Oregon.

Jennie is in 1910 Madison County, Nebraska, 50, born in Connecticut, married to George F. Mead 52, a minister born in California - his second marriage, Jennie's first, married 2 years. She's had one child , none living. Edith is 22, born in Oregon, Bowman 18 born in Washington, and Francis 4 in Nebraska.
She's in 1920 Nance County, Nebraska, 60, born in Connecticut, married to Reverend George Mead, 63 born im California. Frank Mead is 13, born in Nebraska.

Pearl Benish was in Norfolk, Nebraska in 1920, 13, with divorced mother Alma Benish 34 and sister Opal 10. (Opal married Harley N. Parker, having Benny James Parker in 1928 in Columbus Nebraska, and moving to Idaho. Opal B. Benish, age 72, married Wilfred E. Gray, age 69, on March 9, 1982 in Marin County, California. Her name was Staggs in 1973.)

Frank is a gold miner in Boise, Idaho in 1940, 34, with Pearl 33 Nebraska. Vivian 14 and William W. 12 were born in Nebraska, Rosa 4 and Barbara 1 in Idaho.

1965 Kendrick, Idaho "Mrs. Pearl Mead returned Sunday, February 23, from a two-week trip to Hawaii. She joined a group from Coeur d'Alene and a couple from Lewiston."

1966 Kendrick Idaho, "Mr. and Mrs. Jody Fey of Coeur d'Alene visited with Mrs. Pearl Mead over the weekend."

Frank W. Mead 1906-1963 # 113080101 and Pearl E. 1906-1983 # 113080117 are buried in Coeur d'Alene.

2005 Bonners Ferry, Idaho
William Woodson 1927-2005 is buried in Coeur d'Alene # 113080130.

Vivian Jean Gray, age 77, of Hayden, Idaho died Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at her home. She was born February 9, 1926 in Fremont, Nebraska to Frank and Pearl (Benish) Mead. She moved with her family to San Rafael, CA and graduated as a merit student from San Rafael High School in 1944. She married Leon Gray, who was serving with the U.S. Navy in 1944 and they moved to Hayden after his discharge in 1945. Vivian worked 18 years as an elementary secretary for the Coeur d'Alene school district and retired in 1987. She and Leon enjoyed their retirement by traveling extensively in their motor home. He preceded her in death in 1994. Vivian was a gracious and giving lady who gave of herself to her family, her community and many organizations. She was an active member of the retired educators, a member of the Kootenai Medical Center Auxiliary, a volunteer at the Coeur d'Alene Visitor's Bureau, a founding member of the Hayden Senior Citizens, and she served many years on the election board. Her favorite hobby was creating crafts and participating in craft shows with her brother, Bill. She attended Friends Church many years and most recently was attending True North Church with her family. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Robin Gray of Hayden, ID; daughters-in-law, Connie Gray of Hayden and Sheila Gray of Coeur d'Alene; a brother, Bill Mead of Bonners Ferry, ID; sisters, Rose O'Bleness of Montana and Barb Lorenzen of Spokane, WA; grandchildren, Matthew Gray, Christopher Gray, Jana Gray, Michael Gray, Courtney Gray, Erik Gray, Sarah Gray, and Nathan Gray; 2 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sons, Tom Gray and David Gray. Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 P.M. at the Yates Funeral Home, Hayden Chapel. The memorial service will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday at the Yates Funeral Home, Hayden Chapel. Burial will be in Coeur d'Alene Memorial Gardens.

Rose married Andrew A. "O'Belness" on December 13, 1952 in Kootenai County, Idaho.
April 6, 1997 "Ivan and Hazel O'Bleness, Libby, Mont., will observe their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday. Their children and spouses are: Gordon and Lorrain O'Bleness, Spokane; Lawrence and Virginia O'Bleness, and Arthur and Violet O'Bleness, all of Libby; Eunice and Mickey Murphy, Warden, Wash.; Dorothy and Jim Carol, Missoula; Andrew and Rose O'Bleness, Lewistown, Mont.; Bryce and Barbara O'Bleness, Coeur d'Alene; and Martin and Betty O'Bleness, Kent, Wash. The couple were married April 12, 1947, in Bristol, Colo. They have 37 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren"

William's daughter Barbara married a Lorenzen, living in Spokane. Born April 20, 1939 dying March 18, 2009.
Possibly had a daughter Becky who married Stewart Stiles, living in Fairfield, Washington.


In 1911 a homestead patent in 2N 45W (about fifteen miles southeast) was issued to Annie Castle, previously Annie Van Horn, widow of Frances J. Van Horn.

In 1916 Lester D. Castle got two quarters in section 21 on a homestead.  Lester D. Castel (sic) still owned those two quarters in 1922.  Wonder if this is the same Lester D. Castle who had a quarter in the sw of 33,  4N46W sold in foreclosure proceedings in 1899 in Denver????

In 1900 the Wray paper said "Lester Castle's school marm was in town yesterday." 

In the 1900 census Lester, born November 1857 in Connecticut, is single, a stock raiser, in the Eckley precinct.

Lester, age 45, married Anna Van Horn on Nov 24, 1902 at Eckley.

1907 "L.D. Castle has quit the services of the Burlington and will devote his time to farming."

In 1910 Eckley precinct, Lester is 53, Anna 54, with her sons Francis J. 20, Charles G. 15, Raymond 13, and Mabel Violet 11, all four born in Colorado.

In 1920  Lester 62  is still near Eckley, married to Anna M. 66 on the census next to the Charley Van Horn family.  The West Yuma History says that Anna was active in Sunday School and music

In 1940 Anna is living with the Van Horn's in Yuma, widowed, listed as a mother.

 The Yuma Cemetery also has Castle Lester D. 1924 Original 103 and Castle Mary Anna 1941 Original 103

Mary Anna Smith was born to Sarah and John Houghton Smith of Butler County, Ohio on November 17, 1853. On March 18, 1875 she married Thomas R. Graham, and they had Loera and Edith, both preceding their mother in death. On January 14, 1886, Sarah married Frank J. Van Horn, having Ralph Clifford - a twin sister dying at birth, Raymond, and Mabel and twin sister, the twin also dying at birth. Ralph died in July 1911?, Clifford at the age of three. Surviving Sarah were Charlie of Yuma, Raymond of Wray, and Mrs. Mable Pouvier of Emmett, Idaho, a stepdaughter Mary an Van Horn McCarthy of Belflower, California. Mr. Van Horn died in January 1900?, leaving Sarah and four small children. In November 1902, Mrs. Van Horn married Lester D. Castle

The 1937 directory has Anna Castle, retired, living 8n 6e 1n of Yuma - out in the country)

Leora M. Graham, age 19, married John M. Brown, 33, on October 1, 1895 in Yuma County.

Leora Melissa Graham 1876-1897 died in Wray, # 17036450, with infant daughter dying in December 1896.
, wife of John M. Brown 1863-1910.
December 1904 Wray "John M. Brown, who is one of our substantial farmers and a pioneer of this county, residing west of town, who recently went east with cattle, returned home last Saturday, bringing with him a bride. We understand he was married to an Iowa lady but did not learn her name. As a way of showing their approval of this act on the part of Mr. Brown a host of his neighbors and friends in the vicinity of Robb assembled at his home last Monday evening and gave them a reception. The affair is reported to this office as one of the most joyful times that has occurred in that neighborhood for many a day, and Mr. and Mrs. Brown have reason to feel that their marital journey has been launched in most pleasant surroundings. The Gazette takes pleasure in extending congratulations to this estimable couple."

John M. Brown, son of James and Mary Brown, married Lora A. Ralston, 35, born in Indiana to E. V. Ralston and Martha A. Githens, on November 27, 1904 in WSapello County, Iowa.

In 1910 Yuma County, John M. is 47, born in Iowa, married five years s to Laura A. 39 Indiana. She's not had any children.
John M. Brown 1862-1942 is buried in Coffey County, Kansas # 75284192, with Lora A. Brown 1870-1947 # 75284082.

The same tree said Edith Geneva Graham married Charles S. Graham and died in 1938 in Whittier, California."

Edith G. Graham, age 20, married Charles S. Graham on June 22, 1898 in Eckley.

August 1899 Eckley items "Mrs. Edith Graham of Vernon visited with her mother, Mrs. J. F. Van Horn, the first of the week."
Edith G. born Aug 1878 in Ohio, is in Wray in 1900, married to Charles Graham Dec 1872 Missouri, a painter. They've been married one year.

December 1900 "Charles Graham and wife will reside on the Haver ranch after the holiday."
In 1910 they're in Cass County, Iowa, with Mae 7 born in Colorado, C. Walton 2 in Nebraska, and Clyde 1 in IOwa.
Charles is a painter.

May 1913 "Mr. and Mrs. James Graham of Griswold, Iowa, and Charles Graham of Elliott, Iowa are here visiting the Graham families in Wray. The two gentlemen are brothers of J. E. Graham."

Mae Walker 1902-1989 is buried in San Luis Obispo County, # 132909743, with SIdney Walker 1903-1990.

"Charles Walton Graham was born in Minden, Nebraska, on 2 Sep 1907 to Charles S. Graham and Edith Geneva Graham. Charles Walton married Evelyn Marie Niemeyer and had a child. He passed away on Apr 1986 in Whittier, California."


The Colorado Springs Gazette of June 12, 1895, page 3,  and October 14, 1884, page 3, mentions Miss Estelle Castle.

In 1900 Stella Castle, born September 1870 in Connecticut, is a maid for the widower Arthur Williams and two children in Colorado Springs.
In 1910 Estella and Carrie are housekeepers for widower Adam Duigels and his son in Colorado Springs.

In 1920 Colorado Springs it's CORRIE Castle and Estella - they're partners making butter at a dairy.

Carrie Castle
Thanks to the Sinton family for the photographs!
Estelle Castle

In 1930 Colorado Springs are Carrie E. Castle 61, Stella Castle 68, both single, and Jennie M. Mead, 71, widowed sister

In the Colorado Springs Pioneer museum is a cloth doll  "Made in Colorado Springs, CO by Carrie and Estelle Castle for the Sinton family children. The Castle sisters worked at the Sinton dairy for approximately 50 years."

The Mary Snow Sinton diary at Colorado College has the following in the summary:

January 11, 1898. Colorado Springs. 431 S. El Paso Street. Return to Colorado August 1, 1896. Daughter Jessie. Pikes Peak. Christmas. Christmas tree decorations. Christmas gifts. Will. Stella. Jennie & Carrie Castle. Washington. Seattle. Marion. Wedding gift. Mr. Meade.

February 13, 1898. aunt Lottie Taft dies. Quilts. Grandma's belongings. Sister Jessie. Stella. Jennie & Carrie Castle.

1899 Jessie's funeral "Stella Castle said it was the most beautiful service she ever attended."

December 18, 1899

While Ella was here, she went with Jessie to take the treatments most of the time, Ella enjoyed going. After they would get through at the doctor's office, they would go up and see Dr. Holmes frequently, or take the car and go down in Ivywild to see Mrs. Hale. Dr Arnold is such a kind sympathetic man, and was so fatherly to Jessie. A woman who does nursing said he was "such a dear man", I thought that just expressed it, While Ella was here she and Stella and I went down one afternoon with Jessie and had her photograph taken. We all had such a pleasant afternoon together. Every one calls it a beautiful picture, Stella calls it a "soul picture,"

Stella came over and brought her sewing to sit by Jessie and give her her medicine. We started at two o'clock. We had a nice drive and a very pleasant visit. Frank took some pictures of the scenery in the Garden of the Gods. -- in one of which is Julia, George and myself on the rocks. We also drove into Glen Eyrie and enjoyed that very much, and we drove to Manitou. When we got home Jessie was just getting over a bad nose bleed and I was sorry I had gone. Aunt Marion was here with Stella and they had done just as well as I possibly could if I had been here, we telephoned for Dr. Arnold,

January 12, 1900

That evening before Jessie died Stella came over from Melvin's to see how Jessie was. She was then very low, almost gone. She went back home and went up stairs to her room hurriedly. There she was her own mother, grandma Sinton and Jessie. She said Jessie looked perfectly beautiful, she said she was so glad to be out of that sick body and if papa and mamma only knew how good she felt they would not feel so badly. Stella came down stairs and told Carrie Jessie had passed away. Carrie said she knew it as Melvin had just come in and said so. Stella has since told me that she has always been that way. She sees her father and mother frequently, she has spiritual vision. -she is one of the few who have it. A week ago last Wednesday evening (Jan 3, 1900) Carrie, Stella and I sat at my little sewing table in the sitting room and Jessie and mother wrote us some lovely letters.

Feb. 16, 1900 [top margin]

There are some more letters written later from Grandma and Jessie which I will also copy, They were written about the first of February; these are from Jessie. Dear Mama - I am so glad you believe I come, it is so much easier for me to come to you. -- I asked her if she was with her sisters? "Yes, my sisters are with me, we have such a beautiful home". I asked her who it was she first saw the night when she died, "Grandma and mama Castle and there were lots of others." I asked her if the musical instruments there were like the piano. "No they are so different here, but I cannot tell you now." I asked her if she had a teacher in music, she said "The Great Master is our teacher, he is so gentle and O mama it is so easy to understand when he gives us his thoughts, when he plays it is so beautiful. We have our own homes. There are so many birds, they sing so perfectly here, Oh you don't know how good it feels to be so well and fine". I asked do you see Christ often? "Yes I see him often, if I just whisper his name he comes to me." I asked, do you have pretty places like the Canyons here? "There are lots of pretty places, so many banks of soft grass and flowers and trees and little silvery streams of water. We play out on the banks with the babies. Dear mama tell Mrs. Laurie I see her baby often, it crows and laughs and is so sweet. I told her I was going to give each one of the girls her photo, she said "Yes I know, I am glad; I put that thought in your mind. I am with the girls sometimes." Jessie, I said, do you hear us when we sing. "Yes I am with you and sing too, but I cannot make you hear." I told her I saved a lock of her hair. She said, "my hair is so beautiful now." "You don't know how we enjoy coming to you. Grandma is here; we came in a large company. Tell Herbert and Ernest I often go with them to school. My love to all. How I love to have you give me a chance to talk with you in this way. Good-night -- Jessie Sinton. Herbert and Ernest wanted me to ask Jessie some questions for them. Ernest wanted to know if she had wings. She said "we do not have wings but we can go rapidly, without any particular motion. The Angels have wings, but we are the Redeemed of the Lord and are different." Herbert wanted to know if they ate anything "We do eat fruit sometimes, but we do not need to; we eat from enjoyment." Herbert wanted to know if she petted the kitty any. "Yes Herbert I like to pet kitty now." He wanted to know if she could help him to be a better boy. I can help him and if he remembers I am with him much it will help him to remember." I asked if her sisters were nice "O mama I am so happy with my sisters; they are so lovely." I asked if floating in the air was as nice as riding a bicycle. She said, "it is so much nicer you cannot imagine how good it is to be so free and move so quickly and easily." I told her I had a little pin with her photo, in it. "Yes I know I like the little photograph". "I often hear you speak my name and come to you," she said. "O Mama I do surely come, do not doubt it, for it will make it harder for me to come. Tell Pearl I have shown her some glimpses of my new home. I wish you would sing more, I enjoy it so much, we are so much nearer in spirit then." I told her I had found "The Bird's Christmas Carol" a little book of hers that we had not been able to find for a long time. I told her it made Herbert and Ernest and I think some of her. She said, "I remember, that was a sweet story. It is so nice to think I never shall have another pain." I asked her if she practiced considerable, she said "Yes I practice every day. I am glad you told Mrs. Saurie I take her baby to her. I would like to have Stella with you. I hope you can see me. O papa how I have enjoyed this evening, being so near you." Jessie, I said, I have three boys this winter to care for and manage, I wish you would help me. "Yes, she said, I will help you all I can, we can help you more from this side than from the other, because we understand better." Jessie, I said, help the boys to get along together. She said "Yes mama I will help them I have been staying with mama Castle for a week-, she has such a lovely flower garden. I have been so happy with her; I am glad Stella is going to college.



The above could mean that the Castles were related to the Sintons.

In the 1935 Colorado Springs directory Carrie E (Dom) and Stella T. are at 412 S. El Paso. Melvin Sinton - one of the founders of the dairy,  lives at 509 S. El Paso.  The dairy is at 419 S. El Paso.

Dear phyllis,
Philo Castle was also my ggg grandfather. I recently found info on the Family Tree site that told me about the castles in Waterbury Ct. Until now I was looking for them in and around Hume, n.y. which was where my ggrandfather was born to to Philo and Sally Balcom. His father was Philo Castle of Waterbury, Ct which is your ggggrandfather i guess. His wife was Sarah Lockwood. according to the Family Tree info the line goes back thru Abisha Castle, Isaac Castle, another Isaac all of waterbury ct. area andthen to Henry Castle born in Stratford, England in 1613. Does any of this match what you have? if so I would really like to get in touch with you.My great grandfather was Charles Castle son of Philo and Sally born in Hume, N.Y. on Feb 8th 1843 was in the Civil war[documented by info from the National Archives] his son James Oliver was my grandfather on my mothers side, her name was Mildred Francina Castle Dugan.
Thanking you in advance, Vivian [Dugan] Daw

came across additional information concerning the children of Samuel Dickerman Castle. This source lists the following children and dates--Chloe 1808, Grace Angeline 1810, Samuel 1812, Giles 1814, Harriet 1816, Sarah 1818, Orlando 1822, Almira 1824, Orson 1825, Elmira 1828, Flora 1831, and Polly 1835. You had listed of course Harriet, Giles, Sarah, and Samuel with a date of 1822 for Samuel. You seem as though you make sure to document your work, and the source of the additional information may not be so careful, I don't know. My question to you is to ask if you too had heard of these additional children.

As always, thank you so much for your information.

James Castle

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