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Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, p 194

John W. CASTLE, one of the wide-awake and enterprising young farmers residing on section 34, Cherry Valley Township, Winnebago County [IL], has spent almost his entire life in this community.  He is a representative of one of the pioneer families.  His parents, John and Elizabeth (ROCKINGHAM) CASTLE, were both natives of England, and when young came to this country.  They were married in Troy, NY, about 1848, and started at once for the West, traveling by rail to Chicago, and thence by team to Rockford.   Mr. CASTLE rented a small farm near the city, and for some time worked by the day.   He afterward removed to Shirland, and purchased 60 acres of land, upon which he built a house and began the improvement of a farm.  After six years he sold out and went to Ogle County, where he operated a farm on shares for some time, after which he purchased an 80-acre farm.  Its boundaries were later extended until it comprised 255 acres of good land, supplied with all the necessary buildings, and under a high state of cultivation.  At length he rented his farm in the autumn of 1889, and is now living a retired life in Monroe Center.

Our subject was the fourth child and second son in a family of three sons and four daughters:  (1)  Alice E., wife of John BLAKE, of DeKalb County; (2)  Mary Ann, wife of John BUTTERWORTH, of Boone County; (3)  George H., who resides in Ogle County; (4)  John W., of this sketch; (5)  Sarah Hannah, wife of James McLARTY, who operates a farm adjoining the old homestead; (6)  Phoebe C., wife of William FISHER, of Cherry Valley Township; and (7)  Eber R., who is engaged in agricultural pursuits in Story County, IA.  There are also 18 granchildren.

John W. CASTLE, whose name heads this record, was reared amid the wild scenes of frontier life in the usual manner of farmer lads.  On attaining his majority he chose as a companion and helpmate on life's journey Miss Mary Janet McDONALD, of Beloit [Rock County], WI, daughter of Thomas and Mary A. (GAYTON) McDONALD.  Her father was a volunteer in the late war, and died in the hospital at Fortress Monroe, WV, on 01 Apr 1864, leaving a wife and three children, all of whom survive him.  The union of our subject and his wife was celebrated on 03 Mar 1885.  They began their domestic life upon their present farm, and have one of the pleasant homes in the neighborhood.  It is brightened by the presence of a little daughter, Bessie May, who was born 30 May 1888.   Mrs. CASTLE is a member of the Methodist Church.  Mr. CASTLE is a Republican in politics, and a valued citizen who gives his support and cooperation to every interest calculated to benefit the community and promote the general welfare.

Submitted by Cathy Kubly.