Biography of John Castanien
Pitt Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies

JOHN CASTANIEN was born in Perry County, Ohio, June 11, 1825. His parents, Alexander and Marelius (King) Castanien, were natives of Prussia and Switzerland respectively, the former crossing the ocean to escape military service, the latter emigrating at the age of four years. They were married in Perry County, where they passed their entire lives, he a farmer and teacher of German schools. He died in his sixtieth year, his wife about the same age. Their children were John, Serenus, Jacob and David. John Castanien remained at home till his twenty fifth year, obtain. ing the rudiments of an education and working upon the farm. In 1848, he came to this county, his father having entered his present farm of 100 acres, then covered with timber, which our subject has since removed. He is now the owner of 440 acres; his "bank" barn is the largest in the township, and his dwelling was erected in 1863-64 at a cost of $2,000. Mr. Castanien was married in the autumn of 1848, to Christina Alspach, five children resulting, Mahala, Caroline (wife of EmmeI Bachtel), Frank, David and Amos E. Mrs. Castanien's demise occurred in 1861, at the age of thirty five, and Mr. C. was married, November 25, 1863, to Miss Sophia Aispach (sister of first wife), daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (Runkle) Aispach, natives of Pennsylvania, residents of Perry County, Ohio. She was born April 15, 1837. Their children were William H. and Allen B. In polities, Mr. C. is an Independent Democrat. He and his family are all members of the German Reformed Church, of which he was many years a Deacon.

The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884

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