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.