A Happy Wedding at Orange

Wednesday, Oct. 26th, was the date of a very pleasant gathering at the residence of Joseph Casterline, it being the marriage of their daughter, Susie, to Mr. Irving O. Drake, of Eaton. By 3:30 the invited guests were all present. At 4 o’clock we were summoned to the parlor. The Rev. Mr. Hughes entered, followed by the bride and groom. After a brief ceremony the happy couple were warmly congratulated by all present, after which we were invited to the dining room to partake of an elegant and elaborate dinner.

The presents received by the bride and groom were numerous and costly, among which were a bedroom suite and extension table, from the father and mother of the bride; Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Dake [sic], Luzerne Borough, large lamp; Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Williams and Mr. and Mrs. A. Holmes, set silver knives and forks; Mrs. Eliza Casterline, set silver table spoons, pair towels; Mrs. Susan Rosenkrans, counterpane and glassware; Mr. and Mrs. Asa Casterline, silver tea spoons; Minnie Casterline, chamber set; Mr. and Mrs. I.D. Rosenkrans, Wilkes-Barre, lemonade set; Harry Casterlin, clothes wringer; Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Longwell, set flat irons; Lizzy Casterlin, dozen napkins; Nrs. [sic] John Lougwell [sic], counterpane; Mr. and Mrs. John Casterlin, Scranton, table linen; Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Jacobs, dozen napkins; Master Ray Rosenkrans, mustard dish; Mr. and Mrs. John Alling, pair pillows; Johnny and Freddie Longwell, splasher; Mr. and Mrs. Jason Ross, butter knife, sugar spoon and quilt.

Source: Wilkes-Barre Times Leader Evening News, November 23, 1887.

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James Casterline

Died – in Franklin Township, Luzerne County, on February 13th, 1882, James Casterline. Mr. Casterline was born in Sussex County, New Jersey, July 25, 1808, and hence was 73 years, 8 months, and 18 days old when he died. In the year 1828 he was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Alling, who still survives him. About 46 years ago he came to this State and purchased the farm on which he lived until removed by death. He was the father of ten children, seven sons and three daughters. Eight of these lived to grow to manhood, two boys died in infancy, but only six survive him. He had twenty-five grandchildren, nineteen of whom were living at the time of this decease.

Source:  Pittston Gazette, Friday, March 10, 1882.

Mrs. Charles Alling

The funeral of Mrs. Charles Alling was held from the family home at Mt. Zion this morning at 10 o’clock. Services, which were very largely attended, were conducted in Mt. Zion Methodist church. Interment in Mt. Zion cemetery.

Source:  Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader, June 6, 1918.

John S. Alling

John S. Alling, Aged 81 years died yesterday at the residence of his son, E. G. Alling on Eighth street, Wyoming of general debility. Mr. Alling was one of the pioneer settlers of Wyoming. When a boy the deceased came from Sussex County, N.J. to Franklin Township, which his brother in law, James Casterline, his parents having died when he was a child. In 1842 he married Eliza Ann Lewis, daughter of Oliver Lewis, Mrs. Alling died in 1901. Three children survive: Charles, Edward G. and Mrs. Elizabeth McRill. He is also survived by fifteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. By trade Mr. Alling was a wheelwright and later engaged in farming near the Wyoming Camp Ground. He was a soldier in the Civil War and filled the offices of corporal in Company G, 177th Regt. Penna Volunteers. He was a comrade of Relilay Post G. A. R. and a member of May Lodge 767 I. O. of O. F. and for many years a member of the Wyoming Methodist Church. Deceased was a man of integrity, whose word to his fellowman was legion, respected and beloved by his neighbors and friends, the latter who were many as for years visitors going to the Camp Ground all knew Mr. Alling. For the past nine years he has been afflicted with blindness. The funeral will take place at the house on Friday at 2 p.m. ev. Dr. Bradshaw officiating. Interment in Wyoming cemetery.

Source: Wilkes-Barre Times, August 6, 1913.

Eliza Alling Casterline

AGED RESIDENT PASSES AWAY:  Mrs. Eliza Casterline of West Pittston died yesterday after an illness that had confined her to her bed for about a year.  She resided with her daughter, Mrs. Alvin Holmes.  Mrs. Casterline had passed the allotted years of life, being 91 years of age, having been born in Sussex County, N.J. in 1810.  From her birthplace she removed to Orange, in this county, and about twenty years ago came to Pittston, where she had since resided.  In her younger years she was active and popular among her friends.  She was the widow of the late James Casterline and is survived by five children – John of Scranton, Joseph and Asa of Orange and Mrs. Alvin Holmes and Mrs. C.H. Williams of West Pittston.  The funeral will occur on Friday from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alvin Holmes of Montgomery street.  The funeral will be private.  Interment will be in Eaton cemetery, Orange.

Source:  Wilkes-Barre Times, October 17, 1901.