Clark and Jackson
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JOHN CASTNER came to Clark County, Wisconsin, in 1855, and found it a wild and thinly settled country. He has
witnessed its development and growth from its original state to one of high cultivation, and has seen it attain
rank among the first counties of the land, He was born in Seneca County, Ohio, July 27, 1835, and is a son of John
and Maria (Sabens) Castner, natives of New Jersey and Massachusetts respectively. The parents were married in Caynga
County, New York, and in 1835 emigrated to Seneca County, Ohio, where the father died; later the mother moved to
Steuben County, Indiana, where she ended her days on earth. John Castner, Sr., was a farmer by occupation. Sixteen
children were born to him and his wife, thirteen of whom lived to maturity: Jacob, William, Mary, Elizabeth, Phwbe
P., Jane, John, the subject of ibis sketch, Margaret, George, Nancy, Eliza, Caroline and Stewart.
John Castner, Jr., was reared in Seneca County, Ohio, and lived on a farm until he was twenty years of age; he
spent his time in the occupations incident to farm life, and attended the common schools of that day. In 1855 he
bade adieu to the parental roof and the scenes of his childhood and youth, and started to the West. He came to
Clark County, Wisconsin, and rented a farm on Black River, and at the same time entered a farm on section 19, Loyal
Township; in 1862 he disposed of this place, and removed to Monroe County, Wisconsin, where he lived until 1869;
be then returned to Clark County, and purchased 160 acres of land, which he now makes his home; he has 120 acres
still in his name, having disposed of forty acres, and sixty-four acres are cleared. Starting out in life for himself
without capital, Mr. Castner is certainly deserving of much commendation for the success with which he has met,
He has held his share of the township offices, and although not a member of any church organization, be attends
the Methodist Episcopal Church regularly and contributes generously to its support, Politically he adheres to the
principles of the Republican party.
September 17, 1859. is a memorable day in the life of Mr. Castner, as it was then he was joined in marriage to
Miss Lydia Mack, of Clark County, Wisconsin. She was born in the Dominion of Canada, February 1, 1844, and is a
daughter of Daniel and Mary (Benedict) Mack, also natives of Canada. Nine children have been born to Mr. and Mrs.
Castner: Mary, the wife of Ernest Boyer; George, who married Lillian Nutting; Sophronia, wife of Dr. J. L. Bradfield,
of Chicago, Illinois, and Albina, wife of William Dutcher; Albert, Alfred, Daniel, Frank, and an infant unnamed
are the other members of the family. Mrs. Caster has been a member of the Methodist Church in full connection since
Biographical History of
Clark and Jackson Counties Wisconsin
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