Joseph Casterline

Following a long illness of heart trouble, Joseph Casterlin, aged 76 years, of Orange, died yesterday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. uSsie [sic] C. Drake, 93 Poplar street, Dorranceton. He is survived by his wife and the following daughters and son: Mrs. Susie C. Drake of Dorranceton, Mrs. H.C. Downing of Laceyville and Harry Casterlin of Dallas. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 8 o’clock and, after brief services, the remains will be removed to the old homestead at Orange, where, at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, Rev. E.A. Benson, pastor of the Baptist church, will officiate.

Source: Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader, February 1, 1913.


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.

Elizabeth Bauer Casterline

Mrs. Edward E. Casterline, aged 23, of 716 East Northampton street, Laurel Run, died yesterday at Allentown, where she was visiting. Mrs. Casterline was taken ill with appendicitis and she was operated on. Death came as a result of the operation. The remains were brought here last night on a Lehigh Valley train. Besides her husband, Edward E. Casterline, the survivors are her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. George Bauer, the following brothers and sisters, Grace, Emily, Isabelle, Sarah Edith, William and George. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 o’clock from the home at Laurel Run. Services at the house and grave will be conducted by Rev. Stevens. Interment at City cemetery.

Source: Wilkes-Barre Times, May 28, 1910.

Herbert “Bertie” Holmes

DIED – At the residence of Asa Casterline, in Franklin, on the 19th of June 1881, of diphtheria, Bertie, son of Alvin Holmes, of West Pittston, aged 9 years. Deceased was taken ill while visiting friends in Pincherville, and died there, The remains were brought home for interment, and the funeral took place Monday afternoon.

Source:  Pittston Gazette, June 24, 1881.

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.

Asa Casterline

Asa Casterline, farmer, P.O. Orange, was born July 2, 1842, in Franklin, where he was reared and educated.  He is a son of James and Eliza (Allen), both born in Sussex county, N.J., the former of whom was a son of Robert Casterline, also a native of Sussex county, where he died.  James removed to this county in 1832, locating in Franklin township, where he owned 500 acres of land, 200 of which he cleared and improved, or caused to be improved, during his lifetime. He was a blacksmith by trade, which he commenced at as soon as he arrived. His work was in great demand, and he did much toward the advancement of civilization, both by his trade as a mechanic and his enterprise as a pioneer farmer, for he carried on agricultural pursuits in conjunction with blacksmithing.  During the years of his life, and at various times, he disposed of some of the original 500 acres.  He reared a family of nine children, seven of whom grew to maturity, five of them now living.  He died in February, 1884, at the age of seventy-five.  Asa, his sixth son, in early life learned the Wheelwright’s trade, which he followed for several years, and at different places, serving time in various establishments in order to perfect his trade.  On March 17, 1868, he married Miss Mary, daughter of Jerome and Margaret Blakslee, and by her had three children, two of whom are living:  Walter, who is fitting himself for the practice of medicine, and Frank, a farmer, both bright and promising boys.  Mrs. Casterline was born in Luzerne borough, in November, 1848.  The Blakslees are New Englanders; well-informed people representing various professions, including the bench, bar, and pulpit.  After his marriage, he removed to Scranton, where he remained two years; then removed to Wilkes-Barre, where he remained four years; thence proceeded to Pittston, and here remained eleven years, working at his trade at all these places.  Finally in 1881, he came to Franklin township, where he bought a part of the old homestead, consisting of 100 acres, on which he now resides. On August 4, 1891, his house caught fire and burned down.  He now has a fine residence on the old site, of modern style and finish.  Mr. Casterline is a live businessman, and a practical farmer, having a special view to stock raising.  Socially he is a member of the I.O.O.F.  He and his wife are both members of the M.E. Church.

Source:  Bradsby, H.C.  1893.  History of Luzerne County. Chicago:  S.B. Nelson & Company.