from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, p. 359
William CASNER, one of the active and enterprising farmers and stock-raisers of Jefferson Township, and an old
pioneer of Ringgold County, was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, December 27, 1819. His father, John CASNER, was
a native of Maryland. In early life he followed the show-maker's trade, but his later years he spent in farming.
CASNER received his education in the log-cabin school-houses of his neighborhood, which he attended while not helping with
the work of the farm. In 1828 he went with his parents to Noble (then Monroe) County, Ohio, where he grew to manhood.
He then began dealing in lumber, and was engaged in the lumber trade twelve or fifteen years, in that State.
married August 24, 1844, to Miss Margaret KELLER, a daughter of John KELLER, deceased. Of eleven children born to this
union, only five survive - Mary A., Christiann, Jane, Susannah, and Charles, all married but the latter.
went overland to California in 1852, where he mined for two years, returning to Ohio in 1854. In the fall of 1855 he came
to Ringgold County, Iowa, and entered over 700 acres of wild land, most of which was located in Jefferson Township.
He brought his family here in the spring of 1856, when he settled on the farm where he has since made his home, located
on section, 15, Jefferson Township, on which he has made all the improvements, and brought his land under fine cultivation.
Mount Zion Methodist Episcopal Church was built on his land near his house, in 1858. This was a frame structure, 22 x 28
feet, and was the first church built in the county.
Mr. CASNER has now 200 acres of valuable land, and is at present
devoting his timeprincipally to raising stock. He has held several offices since coming to the township, having been
justice of the peace three terms, and has served as trustee, school director and school treasurer.
is a member of the Methodist Espicopal church.
Mr. CASNER was a soldier in the late civil war. He was a member of
Company G, Twenty-ninth Iowa Infantry, and participated in the battles of Helena, Little Rock, and others. He served
two yearsand seven months, when he was discharged for disability. He has never fully recovered from the effect of his
army experience, and now draws a pension from the Government.
NOTE: William CASNER enlisted as a Private on November 18, 1862 from Mount Ayr, Iowa, and
was assigned to Company G of the 29th Iowa Infantry. He was mustered out of service at Keokuk, Iowa, on March 21, 1865. He
was a member of the G.A.R. Post No. #286, Tingley, Iowa.
William CASNER died on September 18, 1896, and was interred at Purdom Cemetery, Keosauqua, Van
Buren County, Iowa. Margaret (KELLER) CASNER was born September 21, 1823, and died December 25, 1903. She was interred
beside her husband William at Purdom Cemetery.
Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, p. 359, 1887.
American Civil War Soldiers Database, ancestry.com
WPA Graves Survey
Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2009
Biographical Sketches Pages Index: A - F,
G - L,
M - R, S - Z
To submit your Ringgold County biographies, contact Sharon R. Becker at
Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.