Biography of George Castendyck of Hall, Illinois

George Castendyck, Hall, was born September 3, 1824, in Werdorf, Coblenz Rhein, Prussia. His parents, Frederick and Louise (Hofmann) Castendyck, were natives of Germany, where they lived until death. The father was a high government officer. They had eight children, of whom two, Louis and George, came to United States in June 1849.

George Castendyck had been a soldier in the Prussian Army, and was preparing to enter the government employ.

When they first came to this country they lived in Erie, Penn., till July, 1851. They then came to Hall Township, Bureau County, Ill., and bought 160 acres of wild land at $7.50 per acre, and the next year another 160 acres at the same price. They now own 426 acres of well-improved land. They are engaged in farming and stock-raising, and have an imported Norman and English horse. The two brothers have made a success of life through their industry, and command the respect of the community. Louis Castendyck was never married, and makes his home with his brother George, our subject.

He was married in this county in the spring of 1852, to Mary Betz, who was born May 12, 1827, in Engelstadt, Hessen Darmstadt, Germany. (See sketch of C. Betz.) She died here July 1863. She was the mother of the following children: Charles, Mrs. Louisa Hummell, William, Otto and Gustav.

Mr. Castendyck was again married October 15, 1865, to Charlotte Stuhl, born December 7, 1839, in Hamfenfeld, Bavaria, Germany. She has three children: Johanna, Ferdinand and Fannie.

Politically Mr. Castendyck is identified with the Democratic party. He has filled school offices, and has been Justice of the Peace for the last twelve years.

Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois, H. C. Bradsby, Editor. World Publishing Company Chicago 1885

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