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Margaret Jane Casteel

Margaret Jane Casteel[1, 2]

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  • Name Margaret Jane Casteel  [3, 4
    Born 1 Sep 1825  , Cooper, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Female 
    Name Margaret Castill 
    Name Margaret Jane Castile 
    Died 11 Aug 1881  Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Buried 12 Aug 1881  R V Mike Ramsay Memorial Cemetery, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    • Buried "after" 12 Aug 1881
    William Decatur & Margaret Jane Casteel Kartchner grave marker
    Headstone for William Decatur Kartchner & Margaret Jane Casteel
    Person ID I159249  Full Tree | Timmins, Frint
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2015 

    Father Jacob Israel Casteel
              b. 1797, , Knox, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. May 1860, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Sarah Jane Nowlin
              b. 23 Dec 1799, , Cooper, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 4 Aug 1892, Banning, Riverside, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 1818  , Madison, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F87839  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Husband William Decatur Kartchner
              b. 4 May 1820, Haverford, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 14 May 1892, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 21 Mar 1844  Carthage, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 7, 8
    • Mom had sealed to spouse date of "8 Feb 1851"
    Children 
    +1. Sarah Emma Kartchner
              b. 17 Aug 1846, Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 5 Dec 1934, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     2. William Ammon Kartchner
              b. 30 Mar 1848, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 22 Feb 1852, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
    +3. Prudence Jane Kartchner
              b. 15 Mar 1850, Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 8 Feb 1896, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
    +4. John Kartchner
              b. 26 Nov 1851, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 3 Feb 1946, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
    +5. Mark Elisha Kartchner
              b. 10 Dec 1853, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 4 Aug 1939, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     6. James Peter Kartchner
              b. 28 Nov 1855, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 Jan 1858, Mojave Desert, , California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
    +7. Alzada Sophia Kartchner
              b. 5 Jan 1858, Victorville, San Bernardino, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 8 Jan 1936, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +8. Mary Marinda Kartchner
              b. 11 May 1860, Beaver, Beaver, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 20 Mar 1919, Millcreek, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    +9. Nowlin Decatur Kartchner
              b. 24 May 1862, Beaver, Beaver, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 21 Jul 1927, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +10. Orrin Kartchner
              b. 20 Feb 1864, Beaver, Beaver, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 30 Sep 1961, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years)
     11. Euphemia Ardimonia Kartchner
              b. 14 Mar 1867, Logandale, Clark, Nevada, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 15 Apr 1868, Logandale, Clark, Nevada, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    Last Modified 25 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F61640  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Sep 1825 - , Cooper, Missouri, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Mar 1844 - Carthage, Hancock, Illinois, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sarah Emma Kartchner - 17 Aug 1846 - Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - William Ammon Kartchner - 30 Mar 1848 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Prudence Jane Kartchner - 15 Mar 1850 - Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - John Kartchner - 26 Nov 1851 - San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Mark Elisha Kartchner - 10 Dec 1853 - San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - James Peter Kartchner - 28 Nov 1855 - San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Alzada Sophia Kartchner - 5 Jan 1858 - Victorville, San Bernardino, California, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Mary Marinda Kartchner - 11 May 1860 - Beaver, Beaver, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Nowlin Decatur Kartchner - 24 May 1862 - Beaver, Beaver, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Orrin Kartchner - 20 Feb 1864 - Beaver, Beaver, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Euphemia Ardimonia Kartchner - 14 Mar 1867 - Logandale, Clark, Nevada, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Aug 1881 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 12 Aug 1881 - R V Mike Ramsay Memorial Cemetery, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
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    Documents
    News article about honoring W.D. Kartchner at Pioneer Days
    Utah Gazetteer 1884

    Histories
    Biography

    Census
    1850 Census Utah Territory
    1860 Census
    1870 Census
    1880 Census Snowflake, Apache, Arizona

  • Notes 
    • Also spelled CASTILE

      She had her 1st child under a tree; the first white child born in Colorado.

      Was a skilled operator and weaver.

      Was a woman of fine intellect and sterling character, modest and refined in manner, and deeply religious.

      On Aug 5th was taken with a very bad cough and severe pain in her head.  Died on the 11th.
      ***
      [Pioneer Women of Arizona, pps 291-295]
      "Margaret Jane Casteel was born Sept. 1, 1825, in Cooper County, Missouri.  She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Pike County, Illinois, at 14 and moved to Nauvoo sometime during her teens.  In Nauvoo she met William Decatur Kartchner and married him on March 21, 1844, at 18.
      She and William began a westward journey in September 1844, but went only as far as Iowa City that year.  They spent the winter in Iowa doing work to build rations but finally returned east in March 1845 due to lack of supplies.

      Their rations dwindled to one ear of corn per day per person on this return trip, and in this condition they walked in water and mud up the Iowa River.  Margaret and William turned west across a large prairie toward Sioux country and traveled this direction until some Frenchmen and Sioux came to their wagon and invited them to camp near their fort.  The Sioux pointed to Margaret's and William's cheeks, realizing how near starvation they were, and gave them dried buffalo meat and roasted corn.  A Frenchman, M. Henrie, allowed the Kartchners to stay with him on the condition Margaret would cook while his Sioux wife was away.  The Kartchners gladly took this kind offer and stayed with M. Henrie until July 1845, when the chance came for them to go on a steamboat down the Missouri River to St. Louis.  In the spring of 1846, the Kartchners joined a company of pioneers in St. Louis headed for the Rocky Mountains.

      William and Margaret spent the winter of 1846-47 in Pueblo, Colorado, where they had their first child.  This baby, Sarah Emma, was the first caucasian born in the territory of Colorado.  Finally, on July 27, 1847, the young family arrived in the Salt Lake Valley -- just three days after the company of Brigham Young.   Around 1850 Brigham Young asked the Kartchners to help settle San Bernardino, Calif., and the family crossed the Mohave Desert to the coast.  By this time William and Margaret had two girls and a boy.  They lived near San Bernardino about seven years until Brigham Young called the Mormons in the area back to Utah near the end of 1857.  Margaret's parents had immigrated to San Bernardino but chose to stay behind.

      On the journey back to Utah Margaret gave birth to Alzada Sophia, her seventh child.  Her joy was short-lived, however, because the next day her two-year-old son James Peter died while the family was still camped.  Margaret had already lost her eldest son, William Ammon, in San Bernardino, and the pain of losing James Peter was great.  She refused to have him buried in the middle of the desert away from civilization, so William placed the body in a large milk urn and sealed the top.  They carried the urn on the wagon the rest of the trip and buried James Peter in the urn at their new home in Beaver City, Utah.  The Kartchners later spent a short time in Nevada and then moved again to Utah around 1870.

      During these years Margaret had four more children, giving her and William a total of 11; however, of these 11, only eight lived to adulthood.  Margaret was always busy raising chickens, spinning, weaving, and putting up fruit.

      In 1877, the Church called the Kartchners to help settle Arizona, and they responded by moving to Snowflake, Arizona.  By this time Margaret had spent 34 years helping to colonize four western territories; she had walked thousands of miles behind slow, plodding oxen with no roads to follow and only a wagon box for her home.  Now, in Snowflake, she hoped to have a haven of rest.  A permanent home was built, but Margaret lived only three years to enjoy it.  She died in Snowflake on August 11, 1881, at age 56."

      The Casteel blood was of French extraction with mixture of English, Dutch, and Irish.  They were evidently of devout Christian faith, for Margaret's fathers family consisting of 8 brothers and one sister werre given Bible names throughout.  Margaret didn't have much schooling, but she was a woman of fine intellect and sterling character, modest and refined in manner and deeply religious. [4]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2244] Theda Laws or Irene Louise Potter, Personal Genealogical Research, Compiled.

    2. [S1535] Personal knowledge of Clark Timmins, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]\..

    3. [S1098] Sarah P. Collinwood, The Descendants of George Palmer and Phebe Draper  (Provo, UT: J. Grant Stevenson, 1962.), 455..

    4. [S2891] Personal knowledge of Marla Kirby, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]\..

    5. [S1129] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index (R)  (Copyright (c) 1980, 2002, data as of April 3, 2007).

    6. [S2892] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [LDS]., "International Genealogical Index." Digital images.  ( FamilySearch . http://www.familysearch.org), (http://www.familysearch.org)..

    7. [S2899] Marriage License.

    8. [S1130] "Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900," database, Illinois State Archive    ((http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/marrsrch.html)), accessed 26 Mar 2009)..


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