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Castle, Ozro 

Transcribed from the book "History of Warrick County" by Goodspeed, Chicago: Goodspeed Bros., 1885, p. 186-87, submitted by Judy.

Ohio Township

Ozro Castle, one of the well known old pioneers of Warrick County, was born April 3, 1816, in Oneida County, N.Y., and is one of seven children born to David N. and Polly (Curtis) Castle, who were natives of Massachusetts and Connecticut respectively. Late in December, 1824, the family reached Warrick County, Ind., having traveled the greater part of the distance from New York on the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers. They entered the land where our subject now resides, and were honest, law-abiding citizens. Ozro assisted his parents on the home farm until the age of twenty-two years, and during this time received a limited education from the pioneer schools of the day. Farming has always been his occupation, and a good farm of 120 acres is the result of his labors. From early boyhood he has evinced great delight in hunting, in which art he is decidedly proficient. At the early age of eight years he stole the gun from the house, and started out on a hunting expedition, as he had seen others do. Seeing a deer he, with great difficulty, managed to level the gun, the breech being underneath his arm. In this manner gun was fired, but the recoil threw the young sportsman so forcibly on his back as to almost render him unconscious. Since that time hunting has entered largely into his other pursuits, and in one day he has killed five deer and two turkeys. In one month he killed sixteen deer.  In 1837 he moved to Missouri, where he resided ten years, when he returned to Warrick County, Ind., which has since been his home. March 8, 1839, he married Dolly Sellers, and the following named of their six children are yet living: Polly A., Nancy and Benjamin F. In January, 1851, the mother died, and April 2, 1854 , Mr. Castle wedded Naomi Phillips, who died in child-birth, May 6, 1855. In 1862 Emaline Webb became his third wife, and is by him the mother of three children, only one 'Salina' now living. Mr. Castle was a third time left a widower, November 22, 1869. In politics he is a stanch Republican.



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