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Karl Kasten

Karl Kasten

Male 1846 - 1931

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  • Name  Karl Kasten 
    Born  20 Apr 1846  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • He was either born on the 10th, 19th, or the 20th of April or May, 1846. His obituary states he was born on May 19. His death certification says May 10. His headstone says April 20. At least they all say 1846! The US Census isn't much help, as the 1900 census says April 1847, but the 1920 says 1848 and the 1930 reports 1847. I haven't been able to find Karl and Minnie on the 1910 census. So, for the moment, I'm going with his tombstone.
    Gender  Male 
    Emigration  25 Jun 1884  Gottesgabe, Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • Boarded the SS Gellert, operated by the Hamburg America Line, in Hamburg on 25 June 1884. After passing through La Havre, France, they landed at Castle Garden in New York New York on 7 July 1884. Their "dampfschiff", steamship, was captained by Mr. Kopff and the family traveled "zwischendeck", or steerage. The family listed Gottesgabe, Mecklenburg as their residence. Their information shows up in 3 sources (Hamburg Passenger Lists [emigration], New York Passenger Lists [immigration], Castle Garden [immigration]). Interestingly, the US records show them as "Karsten." Some names and dates are different than what I have now. They show Carl born about 1846, Wilhelmine (1851), and children Caroline (1875), Ernst (1876), Carl (1880), Herrmann (1882), and Ida (1883). In particular, I assume that Caroline and Amelia are the same person, as are Ida and Edith. It's also curious that Hermann appears older on his death certificate than he does on these manifests.
    Immigration  7 Jul 1884  Castle Garden, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7
    • The family sailed on the Gellert. She was 3,533 gross tons, length 375 ft x beam 40 ft, one funnel, two masts, iron hull, single screw, speed 13 knots. Accommodation for 90-1st, 100-2nd and 800-3rd class passengers. Built by A. Stephen & Sons, Glasgow and launched for the Adler Line on 25 Nov 1874. She did not run for this company, but was purchased by the Hamburg America Line in 1875 and started her maiden voyage on 26 May 1875 when she left Hamburg for La Havre and New York. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P. Bonsor, vol. 1].
    Occupation  moulder  [1
    _UID  0A4EFBC215083845AC9318FC8D9A3DBF25D3 
    Died  30 Jun 1931  Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 8
    • At the time of his death, he was living at 940 East Shawnee. He suffered from hardening of the arteries and cardiac asthma.

      Carl Kasten
      Carl Kasten, 85, and since 1882 a resident of Freeport, died this morning at 5:30 o’clock at the home of his son, Herman Kasten, 940 E. Shawnee street. His death was indirectly due to the excessive heat of the past several days. He had been ill only since Friday.

      Mr. Kasten was born in Germany on May 19, 1846, and came to the United States in 1882, making his home in Freeport since that time. He was a wagon maker by trade and was for many years employed in the Kline wagon factory, Freeport. Later he was employed at the Arcade Mfg. company’s plant. Twelve years ago he retired and for ten years past had been making his home with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bender.

      He was united in marriage in Germany to Minnie Norten, who passed away in 1917. Five children also preceded their father in death. Children surviving are Herman Kasten, former deputy sheriff, Freeport; Mrs. Fred Kneller, Silver Creek, and Mrs. Harry Bender, Freeport. There is one surviving brother, living in Germany.

      Decedent was a member for many years of St. John’s Evangelical church and served as one of its trustees for thirteen years. He took a very active part in church affairs. Mr. Kasten possessed a genial disposition and was esteemed by everyone who knew him. Funeral arrangements will be announced tomorrow.
    Buried  2 Jul 1931  City Cemetery, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • Buried in Section 1, Row 22. Row 25 is on west end; Karl is near the north end.
    Kasten. Children of Karl (1846-1931) and Wilhelmina (nee Norden)(1848-1917)
    Kasten. Children of Karl (1846-1931) and Wilhelmina (nee Norden)(1848-1917)
    Ernest Kasten
    Jan. 3, 1876 - Apr. 6, 1912

    August Kasten
    Nov. 5, 1885 - Aug. 7, 1887

    Walter Kasten
    Dec. 28, 1888 - Mar. 20, 1891

    Paul F. Kasten
    Aug. 16, 1892 - Apr. 29, 1922

    Parents names and dates on reverse side.
    Freeport City Cemetery, Stephenson County, Illinois.
    Kasten, Karl (1846-1931) and Wilhelmina (nee Norden)(1892 - 1922)
    Kasten, Karl (1846-1931) and Wilhelmina (nee Norden)(1892 - 1922)
    Karl Kasten
    Apr. 20, 1846 - June 30, 1931

    Minnie His Wife
    Dec. 10, 1848 - Jan. 4, 1917

    This stone is frustrating. I tried several times to get a better image of this side to no avail. Children and their dates are listed on the reverse side.

    Freeport City Cemetery, Stephenson County, Illinois.
    Person ID  I255  Page-Dumroese
    Last Modified  23 Feb 2014 

    Family  Wilhemine Carolina Henrika Norden,   b. 10 Dec 1848, Blankenhagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1917, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1873  Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 9
    Children 
     1. Anna Sophia Maria Kasten,   b. 4 May 1871, Blankenhagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1874, Blankenhagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Amelia Kasten,   b. Abt 1873, Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Ernest Kasten,   b. 3 Jan 1876, Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1912, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Carl Johann Ludwig Martin Kasten,   b. 4 Feb 1878, Basse (Lühburg), Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1921, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Hermann Wilhelm Ludwig Carl Kasten,   b. 23 Jan 1880, Basse (Lühburg), Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1949, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Ida Friedrike Caroline Kasten,   b. 19 Apr 1883, Basse (Lühburg), Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1972, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. August Kasten,   b. 5 Nov 1885, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1887, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Walter Kasten,   b. 28 Dec 1888, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1891, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Paul Frederick Martin Kasten,   b. 16 Aug 1892, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1922, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F96  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Apr 1846 - Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - 25 Jun 1884 - Gottesgabe, Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 7 Jul 1884 - Castle Garden, New York, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 Jun 1931 - Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 2 Jul 1931 - City Cemetery, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos

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    Kasten, Carl Family
    Kasten, Carl Family
    Circa 1890; back row left to right: Carl Jr, Ernst, Amelia, and Hermann; front row left to right: Carl, Edith, and Minnie.
    Kasten, Carl
    Kasten, Carl
    Carl Kasten, circa 1925.
    Kasten, Carl (1836-1931)
    Kasten, Carl (1836-1931)
    Carl Kasten. This photo was taken in Freeport, Illinois at the Kasten Studio (no relation), 87 Stephenson Street, using "Kasten's Extra Finish".

    Headstones
    Freeport (Illinois) City Cemetery North Entrance
    Freeport (Illinois) City Cemetery North Entrance
    North entrance (off Lincoln Boulevard)

  • Sources 
    1. [S352] Illinois: Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947, (accessed 20 Nov 2011). Digital folder number: 4008288; certificate number: cn.

    2. [S418] Illinois: Stephenson County Death Certs, Kastens [sic], Carl. b 10 May 1846, Germany. d 30 Jun 1931, Freeport. Buried: 2 Jul 1931, City Cemetery, Freeport. Retired moulder. Widowed. Spouse: Minnie Kastens. Residence: 940 East Shawnee, Freeport. Parents: unknown. Cause of death: hardening of the arteries. Informant: Herman Kasten, Freeport. Certificate: 19-143; registered 227..

    3. [S339] Germany: Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934 (Ancestry), Staatsarchive Hamburg, 373-7 I, VIII A 1 Band 052 B, Seite 1265 (Mikrofilm Nr. K_1732 (accessed 23 Oct 2010).

    4. [S57] Norway Heritage Project, SS Gellert (accessed 23 Oct 2010).

    5. [S332] New York Passtenger Lists, 1820-1957 (Ancestry), Year: 1884; Arrival: New York; Microfilm Serial: M237; Microfilm Roll: M237_478; Line: 45; List Number: 828; Search = "Carl Karsten" (accessed 23 Oct 2010).

    6. [S278] Castle Garden Immigration Records, search = "Carl Karsten" (accessed 23 Oct 2010).

    7. [S381] Ships List, SS Gellert (accessed 1 Sep 2011).

    8. [S402] Newspaper: Freeport Journal-Standard, 30 June 1931, page 16.
      Carl Kasten
      Carl Kasten, 85, and since 1882 a resident of Freeport, died this morning at 5:30 o’clock at the home of his son, Herman Kasten, 940 E. Shawnee street. His death was indirectly due to the excessive heat of the past several days. He had been ill only since Friday. Mr. Kasten was born in Germany on May 19, 1846, and came to the United States in 1882, making his home in Freeport since that time. He was a wagon maker by trade and was for many years employed in the Kline wagon factory, Freeport. Later he was employed at the Arcade Mfg. company’s plant. Twelve years ago he retired and for ten years past had been making his home with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bender. He was united in marriage in Germany to Minnie Norten, who passed away in 1917. Five children also preceded their father in death. Children surviving are Herman Kasten, former deputy sheriff, Freeport; Mrs. Fred Kneller, Silver Creek, and Mrs. Harry Bender, Freeport. There is one surviving brother, living in Germany. Decedent was a member for many years of St. John’s Evangelical church and served as one of its trustees for thirteen years. He took a very active part in church affairs. Mr. Kasten possessed a genial disposition and was esteemed by everyone who knew him. Funeral arrangements will be announced tomorrow.

    9. [S402] Newspaper: Freeport Journal-Standard, 4 January 1917, page 1.
      MRS. CARL KASTEN CALLED FROM LIFE

      SHE WAS A WELL KNOWN MEMBER OF ST. JOHN’S CHURCH

      HAD BEEN A RESIDENT OF FREEPORT FOR MANY YEARS

      Funeral to Be Held Sunday from St. John’s Church—Other Deaths

      Mrs. Minnie Kasten, beloved wife of Carl Kasten, died at 3 o’clock this morning at the family residence on Chippewa street, after an illness of over a year. Her demise was due to disease of the liver. She was a great sufferer but bore her afflictions with true Christian fortitude. She was a devoted wife and mother and a tireless church worker.
      The maiden name of the deceased was Miss Minnie Norton. She was born in Mecklinburg-Schwerin, Germany, Dec. 10, 1848, and spent her girlhood days there. She was united in marriage with Carl Kasten in 1873 and they emigrated to the United States in 1884, coming directly to Freeport and this city had been her home ever since.
      She was a member of St. John’s church and the Ladies Aid society of that church.
      Mrs. Kasten is survived by her husband and five children and seventeen grandchildren. The surviving children are Mrs. Fred Kneller of Silver Creek township, and Mrs. Harry Bender and Herman, Charles, and Paul Kasten, all of Freeport.
      The funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from the family residence and at 2 o’clock from St. John’s church. Rev. Daniel Bierbaum will officiate. The funeral arrangements will be in charge of John Lehman.