Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Silas Caston


Silas Caston is the son of Liddie Brumfield Caston and Calvin Caston.  Silas was enumerated in the 1870 and 1880   Pike County, Mississippi  Federal Census along with his parents and siblings.   From the 1900 Pike County, Mississippi census, Silas was born on June 1864.  The 1870  Pike County, Mississippi Federal  Census does not identify familial relations. Thomas's surname is enumerated as Caston on the census but his surname is actually Brumfield a son of Liddie.

"United States Census, 1870", database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF3M-66G: 29 May 2021), Silas Caston, 1870.

Household members                       Age
Calvin Caston                                             38
Lydia Caston                                              43
Thomas Caston                                          17
Elvira Caston                                              15
Rosann Caston                                           14
Green Caston                                              10
Silas Caston                                                  7
Jesse Caston                                                 4
Adeline Caston                                             3

 In the 1878 school census record, the parents and familial relationships of the children are not identified. It is inferred from the record correlated with other documents that Silas Caston attended school with his siblings in Pike County.

"Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK6W-DDPL: 2 March 2021), Caston in the entry for Silas Caston, 1878; citing School enrollment,, Pike, Mississippi, United States, Mississippi Department of Archives & History, Jackson.

       Names                 Sex                      Age
         Caston Green      male                          17
         Caston Silas           "                               14
         Caston Isham        "                               19
         Caston Jesse          "                               12
         Caston Adeline      female                     11 

Silas is enumerated with his parents and siblings in the 1880 Pike County, Mississippi Federal Census.

1880 U.S. Census Pike County, Mississippi ED 37, SD 3, page 34 Dwelling 282 Family 284 

Household member's                        Age            Relationship
Calvin Caston                                             47
Lydia Caston                                               50                   wife
Green Caston                                              19                     son
Silas Caston                                                 16                     son
Jesse Caston                               can not read                   son
Adeline Caston                                           13                  daughter
Monroe Caston                                            is 7                   son

Silas  24 years old married  Ruth Williams of Mississippi, on 18 Aug 1887 in Pike County, Mississippi (File #0042464 Book/Page B/300). She was the daughter of Sarah Ratliff and Joe Williams born in July 1865 in Mississippi. Silas worked as a farmer and continued to reside in Pike County and started a family.  Silas' children are recorded in the 1896 Pike County school census. Note Calvin his father and Green  Caston his brother's children are also on the school census.

"Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957," database with images, Caston in the entry for Silas Caston, 1896; citing School enrollment,, Pike, Mississippi, United States, Mississippi Department of Archives & History, Jackson.

Parent/Guardian         Children                     Age              Male           Female
Calvin Caston                  Hollis                           6                 X
Silas Caston                     Fleet                             12               X
                                            Sara                              9                                         X
                                          Fred                               8                 X
Green Caston                 Angeline                        7                                         X
                                        Clarence                          6                 X 

   Silas and Ruth Caston were enumerated with their children in the 1900 Pike County Federal census. His occupation was a farmer and Ruth maintained the home and cared for the children. It is noted that it was recorded Silas could not read or write. In the census, Dora is 4 and Cora is 2 years old. The girls were actually twins. This information was obtained from Cora's granddaughter.

"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9XT-2H6: accessed 19 May 2022), Silas Caston, Beat 1 (part of), Pike, Mississippi, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 105, sheet 9B, family 143, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,825.

 Household                    Date of birth           Age          Relationship     
Silas Caston                    Jan  1864                   36               Head
Ruth Caston                    July  1865                  34               Wife
Fleet Caston                    Feb 1884                    16               son
Sarah Caston                    Jan  1886                  14             daughter
Fred Caston                      Apr 1888                  12                son
Hester Caston                   Feb 1890                  10             daughter
Robert Caston                  Dec 1892                    8                son
Thomas Caston                Dec 1894                    6                son
Dora Caston                     Oct 1896                    4             daughter
Cora Caston                     Oct 1898                    2              daughter
Lyda Caston                     Sep 1899                  9/12           daughter

Silas and Ruth Caston were enumerated with their children in the 1910 Pike County Federal census.  Fred (Frederick) Caston was not enumerated with his parents because he was living with his aunt Mary Ann Allen Caston along with his wife Carrie and son Harry. In the census records,  Ruth (Ruthie) had 13 children but 11 were listed alive. It is reported by the family that Fleet and Robert died as children.

"United States Census, 1920", database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MNTZ-NK6: 2 February 2021), Silas Coston, 1920.

Name                             Age            Relationship 
 Silas Caston                                     46                       Head
Ruthie Caston                                  44                       Wife
Restillier Caston                             18                     daughter
 Rosa  Caston                                   17                     daughter                      
Tom Caston                                     15                          son
Dora Caston                                    12                     daughter
Cora Caston                                     12                     daughter
Lidie Caston                                   10                     daughter
Fannie Caston                                 7                      daughter
Jesse Caston                                   7                          son 
Noah Caston                                   6                          son

More information to come.

----- The Tree Gardener

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