Malinda Saxon Life Sketch

(1807 - 1863)

Malinda Saxon was born on May 13, 1807, in Dutchess County, New York. Malinda married Ira Casterline on May 1, 1828, in Steuben County, New York. Malinda Saxon Casterline died December 17, 1863, in Blackford County, Indiana.

Malinda Saxon was born on May 13, 1807, the youngest of 5 known children of John Saxon and Elizabeth Mary Evans. Malinda grew up in Frederick County, New York. The town where the Saxons lived is present day Kent in Putnam County, New York. In 1825 when Malinda was 18 years old, she moved with her parents, siblings, married siblings and their families to Steuben County, New York, settling in the town of Wheeler. In Wheeler Malinda met Ira Casterline.

Malinda married Ira Casterline on May 1, 1828 in Steuben County, New York. Malinda and Ira had the following known children:

  1. Elizabeth Casterline
  2. Charlotte Casterline
  3. John S Casterline
  4. Loammy Casterline
  5. James Casterline
  6. Edward Casterline
  7. Alva Casterline
  8. Mahetable Casterline
  9. Lydia Jane Casterline
  10. Mary Casterline

An 11th child, a daughter, reportedly died as an infant.

Malinda's first 5 children were born in Wheeler, Steuben County, New York. Around 1835, the Casterline family, along with members of the Miles and Saxon families, including Malinda's parents, moved from Wheeler, New York to Fayette County, Indiana. The journey took six weeks by oxen and wagons.

In 1838 Malinda's husband Ira patented almost 150 acres of land in Blackford County, Indiana, where the family moved, settling near Hartford, present day Hartford City. Malinda's parents and her brother James also moved to Blackford County and lived next to the Casterline's, likely on the land Ira patented.

Son Edward was born in May of 1838, likely in Fayette County.

In 1842 Malinda gave birth to daughter Mahetable in May. Sadly it was followed by the death of 9 year old son John in September.

In August of 1845 daughter Elizabeth married Henry Housholder. In December Malinda gave birth to daughter Lydia.

In January of 1849 Charlotte married Abner Hedge and in August Malinda gave birth to her youngest daughter Mary.

Around 1850 daughter Elizabeth Housholder moved with her family to Illinois, eventually settling in Hebron County.

In 1852 18 year old son Loammy died in February and Malinda's mother died in March.

In 1856 Ira, Malinda and their youngest children, James, Edward, Alva, Mahetable, Lydia and Mary, moved to Illinois, likely to Hebron County where their daughter Elizabeth lived. They lived in Illinois for about 2 years then moved north across the Illinois border to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. In Lake Geneva son James met and married Mary Rowe. By 1860 the family moved back to Blackford County, Indiana, without sons Edward and James who remained behind.

In 1862 Malinda's father died in September at the age of 100. Malinda's daughter Mahetable married David F Miles in December.

Malinda Saxon Casterline died on December 17, 1863, at the age of 56 in Blackford County, Indiana. She was buried in Miles Cemetery near Hartford City, Indiana.

Genealogical Research and Life Sketch completed: May 2022


"United States Census, 1830," database with images, FamilySearch, Ira Casterline, Wheeler, Steuben, New York, United States; citing 395, NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 107; FHL microfilm 17,167.

"United States Census, 1840," database with images, FamilySearch, Ira Casterline, Licking, Ohio, United States; citing p. 60, NARA microfilm publication , (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll ; FHL microfilm .

"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch, Melinda in household of Ira, Licking Township, Blackford, Indiana, United States; citing family , NARA microfilm publication (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

"United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch, Malinda Castuline in entry for Ira Castuline, 1860.

"Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930", database, FamilySearch, Malinda Carterline in entry for Edward Carterline, 1862.

"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch, Malinda Saxon Casterline, ; Burial, Hartford City, Blackford, Indiana, United States of America, Miles Cemetery; citing record ID 23695469, Find a Grave,

“Blackford and Grant Counties, Indiana. A Chronicle of their People Past and Present with Family Lineage and Personal Memoirs - Vol 1.” Compiled under the editorial supervision of Benjamin G. Shinn. The Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago and New York. 1941.

“Casterline, Uncle Ira.” Obituary. Hartford City Telegram. Hartford City, Indiana. November 16, 1898.

“Casterlines Are Another Pioneer Family of This County”. Newspaper and Date Unknown.

“Celebration of Golden Wedding”. Hartford City Newspaper. Hartford City, IN. October 23, 1907.

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