William and Nancy Cassteel (note different spelling) came to Boone Co., IA in 1854, and settled on an 80-acre parcel of land. His brother, James Cassteel & wife Elizabeth arrived in 1856 and settled near William. In 1858, William and Nancy sold their property to Elizabeth, and relocated to Kansas.
Died Sugar Creek Twp., killed by bushwhackers during Civil War.
MILITARY RECORD & PENSION: NARA; General Index to Pensions 1861-1934; T-288, roll 76; listed as "Casteel, William, E 9 Kansas Infantry, Certificate 10236"
NEWSPAPER INTERVIEW: LOUISBURG HERALD: 27 October 1904, column entitled "What They Say"
The following is a remembrance of Douglas (William Douglas) Casteel, which states his father was killed during the 'border skirmishes' that occured along the Missouri/Kansas state lines before and during the Civil War.
"Douglas Casteel: Mrs. M.M. Jamison and Mrs. Joseph Windisch, daughters of Anthony Watson, are among the oldest settlers. Their mother died when they were small and Grandma Town raised Joe Windish's wife. Charley and Ezra Town, sons of George Town, were our neighbors in early days as well as Joe and Ed Dagenette. Others were George McQueen and George Glendening. Uncle Davie Wilson lived a half mile east of us and Billy Jones lived a mile east. All west of us was open till you go to the DeFord and Wiliams farms. Jesse Wood came out in an early day, about 1868; they settled south of us a little over a mile. West of them was Pat Sloan. Cash Smith's father came here in an early day. He settled on the prairie so we called him "Prairie Smith." The Cashman farm is an old settled farm. An uncle of my father, Jake Casteel, first settled that farm. My father enlisted in the 9 day service and then re-enlisted in the 9th Kansas, stationed at Kansas City. In the fall, he came home to get things in shape for winter. Old man Town came up to our place one day to get my father to take a man down to his home near West Point. When on Elm Creek, west of where Drexel now stands, some Missouri bushwhackers halted them and as my father wore his uniform, they shot him. The other man was simply a farmer so they let him go." ---------------- Census data can be found on Nancy's page.