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Elijah Matt Casto

Male 1883 - 1966  (83 years)


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  • Name Elijah Matt Casto 
    Born 17 May 1883  Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Dec 1966  Dunbar, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • RETIRED DUNBAR POLICEMAN DIES - Elijah M. (Pop) Casto, 83, one of Dunbar's first city policemen and a retired merchant there, died at his home at 1220 Payne Avenue, December 24. He had been a resident of the city for 45 years. He was a charter member of Longview Methodist Church at Evans. Survivors include four sons, Okey of Tyler Mountain, Theodore (T. J.) of Point Pleasant, Otho and J. Mason Casto, both of Dunbar; three daughters, Miss Rosa Casto, Dunbar, Mrs. Velma Hill of Tyler Mountain, and Mrs. Thelma Miller of Johnstown, O.; a brother, George of Charleston; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
    Buried 27 Dec 1966  Longview Church Cemetery, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Jackson County Court House recorded his name as Elijah Casto, born to Joseph (name should have been Jeptha) and Rosetta in May 1883. Somewhere later in life the name Elijah Mat was used. Probably when he registered for the draft, The Department of War insisted everyone must have two initials.
    • I remember a great deal about my Grandfather Casto. Before my time when they lived in Dunbar he was a city councilman and he was the first policeman ever in Dunbar. When he lived on the farm during prohibition he was also a "moonshiner". From what I understand he made some mighty fine shine. At the Casto Home Place there used to be hundreds of bottles that he had saved to be used for his shine. This part of the Casto History has been kept pretty quite. I do remember drinking the root beer that he kept in the cellar of the old house. To me it was nectar from the Gods.

      I would visit with him and Aunt Rosa during the summer after Grandma Casto died. During this time in his life he had two jobs. He operated a little grocery store where you could purchase milk, eggs and produce. He also sold penny candy and RC Cola in bottles. The other job was to collect the mail from the US Post Office and put it on a trolley and push it across the street to the train station. In the early years he would hoist the mail on to a very tall pole and the train would grab the mail from the pole as it went through town. Later on the mail was hand loaded on to a waiting freight train.

      In later years I thought the Dunbar Relatives probably had me visit to take some of the "country bumpkin" out of me, expose me to the finer things in life. It did not work very well, however they should not consider it a failure, I have traveled the world since then and have been exposed to much finer things, but I am still a "country bumpkin"
    Person ID I22  WV Route 87 Family Tree
    Last Modified 3 Feb 2016 

    Father Jeptha Mason Casto,   b. 31 May 1847, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1935, Dunbar, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Rosetta Isabella Barr,   b. 15 Jul 1865, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1948, Dunbar, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 12 Jan 1881  Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • There are transcription errors on names.

      1900 United States Federal Census
      about Rosa B Casto
      Name: Rosa B Casto
      [Rosa B Carts]
      Home in 1900: Ripley, Jackson, West Virginia
      Age: 35
      Birth Date: Jul 1864
      Birthplace: W Virginia
      [West Virginia]
      Race: White
      Gender: Female
      Relationship to Head of House: Wife
      Father's Birthplace: W Virginia
      Mother's Birthplace: W Virginia
      Mother: number of living children: 7
      Mother: How many children: 8
      Spouse's name: Jepsa M (Jeptha Mason)
      Marriage Year: 1881
      Marital Status: Married
      Years Married: 19
      Occupation: View on Image
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      Household Members: Name Age
      Jepsa M Casto 53 (Jeptha Mason)
      Rosa B Casto 35 (Rosetta Isabella)
      William I Casto 18
      Elijah M Casto 16
      Grover C Casto 14
      Samuel T Casto 11
      George L Casto 9
      Zora J Casto 6 (Zenda)
      Peter Casto 4


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      Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Ripley, Jackson, West Virginia; Roll T623_1760; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 34.

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    • My Mom passed away in 2012. Most of the people in her age group, that grew up on 87, have passed on also. Mom was the only living member of her generation of Castoís. She had some wonderful stories to tell, most of them are not very flattering. For example: Her grandmother was Rosetta Isabella Barr Casto, my great grandmother, daughter of George Wesley Barr. I can just barely remember seeing her, she was a huge woman. Mom was a young child when her Uncle Will's (Great Grand Mother Casto's sonís) wife passed away. Great Grandma Casto did not like the woman. She egged on the woman's children to walk up to the casket and spit in their mother's face. From the story Mom told, GGmother Rosa-Barr Casto was meaner than a grass snake. She also would tell the story of how Rossetta Isabella came to marry Jeptha Mason Casto. George W. Barr owned a store opposite what is now the Church of God on Route 87 at the corner of Donohew Road and Route 87. Jeptha Mason was at the store and saw Rosetta Isabella Barr, she was under 14 at the time. Jeptha Mason told George W. Barr he was going to marry her and sure enough he did. Jeptha Mason Casto, 31 May 1847-18 Sep 1935 Rosetta Isabella Barr, 15 Jul 1865-14 Dec 1948 they were married 12 Jan 1881. In the fifties Russ and Laura Fox Donohew lived in this house. At one time Momís maternal grandparents, David and Sarah Williams Rhodes lived catty corner to the old store on what is now Donohue Road.

      Lou Kessell-Donohew and Ted Donohew lived in the Rhode's house later on. Both houses have been replaced by mobile homes.
    Family ID F32  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Emma Caroline Rhodes,   b. 9 Jun 1878, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1946, 409 10Th St, Dunbar, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 8 Sep 1903  Creston Church, Mason County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Married by J. W. Wing?
    Notes 

    • Name: Eligha M Casto
      Home in 1920: Ripley, Jackson, West Virginia
      Age: 38 years
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1882
      Birthplace: West Virginia
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Spouse's Name: Emma
      Father's Birth Place: West Virginia
      Mother's Birth Place: West Virginia
      Marital Status: Married
      Race: White
      Sex: Male
      Home owned: Own
      Able to read: Yes
      Able to Write: Yes
      Image: 609
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      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Eligha M Casto 38
      Emma Casto 40
      Oak Casto 16
      Rosa Casto 12
      Theodore Casto 11
      Otho Casto 8
      Thelma Casto 1 9/12
      Velma Casto 1 9/12
    Children 
    +1. Okey Elmer Casto,   b. 29 Aug 1904, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1971, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     2. Elizabeth Rose Casto,   b. 17 Jul 1906, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1992, Nitro, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     3. Theodore Jennings Casto,   b. 20 Jun 1908, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1991, Southport, Brunswick, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +4. Otho Casto,   b. 6 Oct 1910, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1979, Dunbar, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    +5. Thelma Casto,   b. 13 Mar 1918, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Jul 2012, Johnstown, Licking, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
    +6. Velma Casto,   b. 13 Mar 1918, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 2003, Dunbar, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    +7. James Mason Casto,   b. 1921, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1976, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    Photos
    Casto
    Casto
    Velma Casto Hill Mason Casto and Thelma Casto Miller. Picture was taken in mid 30s Dunbar West Virginia
    Casto Family Picture
    Casto Family Picture
    Elijah Matt, Emma Caroline Rhodes Casto, Thelma Casto Miller, Velma Casto Hill, Elizabeth Rosa Casto, Otho Casto, Mason Casto, Theodore Jackson (TJ) Casto, Okey Casto
    Elijah Matt Casto and wife Emma Caroline Rhodes Casto
    Elijah Matt Casto and wife Emma Caroline Rhodes Casto
    This picture was taken in front of a huge snow-ball bush (shrub)
    Theodore Jennings Casto (TJ)
    Theodore Jennings Casto (TJ)
    This picture was taken at the Casto Home Place on WV Route 87. The big snow ball bush in the background is featured in many pictures. There also seemed to be a dog in the pictures. This particular dog was one of a pair of Scotties that Marion and TJ owned. Picture was taken in late forties early fifties.
    Emma Carolyn Rhodes Casto, Elijah Mat Casto, and Rosa Casto
    Emma Carolyn Rhodes Casto, Elijah Mat Casto, and Rosa Casto
    This picture was taken behind the Old Post Office Building in Dunbar, West Virginia, USA. This was probably taken in the summer Emma Carolyn died (1946).
    Velma Casto Hill & Thelma Casto Miller
    Velma Casto Hill & Thelma Casto Miller
    Velma Casto Hill & Thelma Casto Miller - Twin d/o Elijah M. and Emma C. Rhodes Casto.
    Last Modified 27 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F8  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 May 1883 - Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Sep 1903 - Creston Church, Mason County, West Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Dec 1966 - Dunbar, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 27 Dec 1966 - Longview Church Cemetery, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Elijah Matt Casto and 'Old Pat'
    Elijah Matt Casto and "Old Pat"
    Elijah Matt Casto plowing with Ox named Pat. This was taken at the Casto Homeplace. This picture hung in the Jackson County Courthouse for many years; it hanging in the hallway of the "old part" of the Court House. When I worked at the Courthouse many years later I tried to track the picture down but never found it. Notice the muzzle on Pat. That was to keep if from eating the corn as they worked.
    Elijah Mat Casto
    Elijah Mat Casto
    Elijah Mat Casto(17 May 1883-24 Dec 1966) son of Jeptha Mason & Rosetta Isabella Barr Casto
    Casto - Rhodes
    Casto - Rhodes
    John Fielding Rhodes and Eljah Matt Casto (brother-in-laws)

    Histories
    Longview Church
    Longview Church
    On July 19, 1913, land was donated by Issac and Delda Hughes Barr for the Longview Church with a cemetery nearby. The carpenters were Benjamin S. Sayre, John J. King, William Staats, and John Fox. They were assisted by the members of the community. Longview Church was dedicated on Sept 13, 1914. The dedication service was delivered by Rev Jennings King, The trustees were Benjamin Sayre Jr, George W. Sayre, Elijah M Casto, John King, William Staats,
    John Fox, William Flowers, Benjamin S. Sayre, and Issac Barr.

    One of the things the church did to raise funds was make
    quilts. One of the quilts is presented here. This quilt was made in 1934 by the Longview Church Ladies Aid Society. If you click on the picture you will see an icon to increase the size of the picture.

    Long View Ladies Aid Society Quilt History
    Quilt
    Picture


  • Sources 
    1. [S25] Birth Records.