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John W. Coston

John W. Coston

Male Abt 1835 - 1865  (~ 30 years)

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  • Name John W. Coston  [1, 2, 3
    Born Abt 1835  Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Sep 1865  near Martinsville, Morgan, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I5374  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2020 

    Family Abigail Hatton,   b. Abt 1842, Van Buren, Brown, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1917, Washington Township, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married 5 Jan 1858  Owen County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Children 
     1. Katie Coston,   b. Abt 1858, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. John Mitchell Coston,   b. 22 Aug 1864, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1942, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    Last Modified 9 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F4908  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    John Coston Civil War pension record
    John Coston Civil War pension record
    John Coston headstone record
    John Coston headstone record

  • Notes 
    • Also perhaps "Joseph." Or perhaps "Castin", "Caston", or "Costin". His origins are the biggest "brick wall" in the ancestry of TNH.

      The record of his headstone, and the record of his pension (it calls his widow "Abigail Hardin", which is not a garbling of "Hatton", because by then she had remarried to John Vardemon Hardin), agree that he served in Company H, Indiana 79th Infantry Regiment, so these records surely refer to the same man. He enlisted on 15 Aug 1862 and was mustered out on 13 Jul 1865.

      Since he died in Morgan County, Indiana, it's possible that he was born there as well. The 1874 The People's guide: a business, political and religious directory of Morgan Co., Ind. lists three Costins then living in that county, any of whom could be related to our John (or Joseph):

      * M. A. Costin, farmer of Gregg Township, born in Kentucky in 1836, settled in Morgan County 1842. Democrat, Protestant.

      * R. H. Costin, farmer of Ashland Township, born in Indiana in 1850. Demcrat, Protestant.

      * William Costin, farmer of Adams Township, born in Kentucky in 1840. Democrat, Protestant.

      Gregg and Ashland townships are reasonably close to Martinsville. Adams Township is farther away, well to the north of Indianapolis.

      A John Coston of Jefferson County, Indiana, appears on a May 1865 Federal excise tax assessment list.

      A John W. Caston married Nancy St. Killes on 12 Sep 1843 at Warrick, Indiana.

      A John W. Coston appears on the 1850 US Census, age 12, in the family of Paul Coston (age 36, born in Pennsylvania) and his wife Eleanor (age 34), living at Pleasant, Hardin, Ohio. Someone on ancestry.com has submitted an "alternate information" ticket claiming that the handwritten census form actually reads "Castor", but this reading is only supportable on the line for Paul Coston himself. The last letter of the surname for all the other family members is unmistakably an "n". The handwriting is loose enough that the name could as easily be "Caston" as "Coston", but this family was clearly not named "Castor."

  • Sources 
    1. [S86] U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865, on ancestry.com.

    2. [S85] Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941, on ancestry.com.

    3. [S3749] Nebraska, Marriage Records, 1855-1908, on ancestry.com.

    4. [S176] Ancestors of Hazel Ethel Coston, record held in the family of TNH.

    5. [S3744] Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, 1861-1904, on ancestry.com.