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Surname

Name

Age

Born

Birthplace

Registration City, County, State

Astel

Eugene Wesley


07 Oct 1875


Cuyahoga, Ohio

Astel

Frank

27

10 Jan 1890

Austria;Hungary

St Louis, Missouri

Astel

George Bernard

24

28 Feb 1893

Blackwheel;New Brunswick; Canada

Kansas City, Missouri

Astel

Gus

21

13 Oct 1896

Austria

Scott, Missouri

Astel

Harry

35

15 Mar 1883

Austria

Manhattan, New York

Astell

Clarance Kenny

26

21 Oct 1890

Stillwater;Minnesota;U.S.A.

Washington, Minnesota

Astell

Clayton Ambrous

24

08 Apr 1893

Clifford;Ontario;Canada

Logan, Colorado

Astell

Clinton Josiah

24

08 Apr 1893

Clifford;Ontario;Canada

Yellowstone, Montana

Astell

Elmer

23

19 Jul 1894

Illinois;U.S.A.

Warren, Indiana

Astell

Guy William

21

11 Feb 1897

Broadlands;Illinois;U.S.A.

Champaign, Illinois

Astell

Hartley Edward

22

16 Dec 1894

Illinois;U.S.A.

Van Wert, Ohio

Astell

Hudson Montgomery

38

14 Jun 1880


Washington, Minnesota

Astell

John Breymann

38

03 Jan 1880


Brooklyn, Kings, New York

Astell

John Lloyd

22

20 Jan 1895

Grand Meadow;Minnesota;U.S.A.

Spokane, Washington

Astell

Leonard Keith

29

22 Nov 1888

Wisconsin;U.S.A.

Duluth, St Louis, Minnesota

Astell

Louis Alex E

24

17 Oct 1892

Homer;Illinois;U.S.A.

Champaign, Illinois

Astell

Oliver Palmer

21

27 Mar 1896

Illinois;U.S.A.

Warren, Indiana

Astell

Russell Millard

23

07 May 1894

Broadlands;Illinois;U.S.A.

Champaign, Illinois

Astell

William Max

22

27 Aug 1894

Broadlands;Illinois;U.S.A.

Champaign, Illinois

Astell

William Ross

26

04 Jan 1891

New Carlisle;Qubec;Canada

Grays Harbor, Washington

Astill

Aaron

42

13 Jun 1876

California;U.S.A.

Wasco, Oregon

Astill

Arthur


25 Nov 1880


Denver, Colorado

Astill

Frederick Allen

34

21 Apr 1884

Brooklyn;New York;U.S.A.

Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey

Astill

George

46

11 Sep 1887

England

Brockton, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Astill

Henry

38

13 Sep 1880


Washoe, Nevada

Astill

Herbert William


21 Aug 1885

Utah;U.S.A.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Astell

James Chambers

44

24 Sep 1873


Placer, California

Astill

James Clide


07 Sep 1886

Utah;U.S.A.

San Francisco, California

Astill

John Arthur

29

24 Sep 1887

Utah;U.S.A.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Astill

John Henry

33

14 Dec 1884

Blaby, Leicestershire, England

Washington, Rhode Island

Astill

Walter

43

20 Jul 1875


Placer, California

Astell

William Thomas

41

18 Dec 1877

Utah;U.S.A.

Ogden, Weber, Utah

Astl

Rudolf

21

25 Dec 1895

Zahling;Austria

Reno, Kansas

Astle

Alexander William

28

17 Jul 1888

Melbourne;Derbyshire;England

Reno, Kansas

Astle

Alma P

30

05 Oct 1886

Montpelier;Idaho;U.S.A.

Lincoln, Wyoming

Astle

Arthur A

27

03 Oct 1889

Maryland;U.S.A.

Cecil, Maryland

Astle

Arthur Eugene

23

19 Oct 1894

New Hartford;New York;U.S.A.

Oneida, New York

Astle

Arthur James

37

04 Apr 1881

Barton under Needwood; Staffordshire;England

Middlesex, Connecticut

Astle

Austin B.

46

20 Sep 1872

Pittsgrove;New Jersey;U.S.A.

Salem, New Jersey

Astle

Benjamin Francis

37

04 Sep 1881


Contra Costa, California

Astle

Bert Alexander

35

02 Oct 1882

New Brunswick;Canada

Penobscot, Maine

Astle

Charles Briggs

34

30 Jun 1884

Cecil County;Maryland;U.S.A.

Montgomery, Pennsylvania

Astle

Charles F

26

26 Sep 1891

Kansas;U.S.A.

Reno, Kansas

Astle

Charles Hoyt

42

21 Jul 1876


Providence, Rhode Island

Astle

Charles Richard

45

27 Oct 1873


Reno, Kansas

Astle

Christopher Johnson

39

23 Aug 1879


Kent, Rhode Island

Astle

Clifford Edward

19

21 May 1899


Reno, Kansas

Astle

Clinton

25

31 Jan 1892

Derby;NewBrunswick;Canada

Penobscot, Maine

Astle

Duncan Albert

33

03 Apr 1885

Derby;NewBrunswick;Canada

Penobscot, Maine

Astle

Earl Merritt

22

29 Jul 1894

Houlton;Maine;U.S.A.

Aroostook, Maine

Astle

Edwin George

29

04 Mar 1888

Northumberland;New Hampshire;U.S.A.

Coos, New Hampshire

Astle

Edwin Michael

44

08 Oct 1873


Knox, Illinois

Astle

Elwood William

21

20 Jan 1897

Wyoming;U.S.A.

Lincoln, Wyoming

Astle

Ernest

34

23 Apr 1882

Brereton;Staffordshire;England

Washington, Pennsylvania

Astle

Ernest Morse

43

12 Oct 1872

Illinois;U.S.A.

Los Angeles, California

Astle

Ersell Lee

25

04 Jun 1892

Kansas;U.S.A.

Reno, Kansas

Astle

Everett L

30

18 Mar 1887

Houlton;Maine;U.S.A.

Aroostook, Maine

Astle

Frank

24

21 Nov 1892

Illinois;U.S.A.

Peoria, Illinois

Astle

Frank Moffett

45

14 Feb 1873

Vermont;U.S.A.

Coos, New Hampshire

Astle

Fred

30

27 Jun 1886

Blithbury;Staffordshire;England

Washington, Pennsylvania

Astle

Frederick

38

26 Aug 1880

Corbridge;Northumberland; England

Ionia, Michigan

Astle

George Lenord

22

30 Apr 1895

Derby;NewBrunswick;Canada

Penobscot, Maine

Astle

Guy William

29

01 Feb 1888

Kansas;U.S.A.

Reno, Kansas

Astle

Harold Frank

25

17 May 1892

Houlton;Maine;U.S.A.

Aroostook, Maine

Astle

Harold

21

06 May 1897

Kansas;U.S.A.

Reno, Kansas

Astle

Ira Thomas


27 Jan 1877

Maryland;U.S.A.

Montgomery, Pennsylvania

Astle

Jack Spruce

45

24 Jan 1873

Barton under Needwood; Staffordshire;England

Middlesex, Connecticut

Astle

Jacob Cealand

37

22 Sep 1880

New Hampshire;U.S.A.

Kennebec, Maine

Astle

Jacque

21

13 Jul 1897

Maine;U.S.A.

Aroostook, Maine

Astle

James

22

07 May 1895

New Jersey;U.S.A.

Hunterdon, New Jersey

Astle

James Ruben

29

28 Aug 1888

Wyoming;U.S.A.

Lincoln, Wyoming

Astle

John Alva

27

17 Jan 1890

Wyoming;U.S.A.

Lincoln, Wyoming

Astle

John B

30

1 Jan 1888

Maryland;U.S.A.

Cecil, Maryland

Astle

John Francis

24

13 Jul 1892

Grover;Wyoming;U.S.A.

Lincoln, Wyoming

Astle

John Franklin

35

13 May 1883


Reno, Kansas

Astle

John Herbert

34

19 Apr 1884

Rugeley;Staffordshire;England

Washington, Pennsylvania

Astle

John Wesley

37

07 May 1881


Reno, Kansas

Astle

Joseph Byron

26

16 Jan 1891

Kansas;U.S.A.

Reno, Kansas

Astle

Joseph Glen

18

16 Jul 1900


Reno, Kansas

Astle

Joseph Hyrum

37

24 Aug 1881

Montpelier;Idaho;U.S.A.

Cache, Utah

Astle

Joseph Michael

38

07 Oct 1879


Big Horn, Montana

Astle

Louis

40

19 Nov 1877


Knox, Illinois

Astle

Milan Clark

27

27 Jun 1889

Illinois;U.S.A.

Kankakee, Illinois

Astle

Nelson Ulysses

21

19 Apr 1896

Houlton;Maine;U.S.A.

Aroostook, Maine

Astle

Olin Richard

23

03 May 1889

Kansas;U.S.A.

Detroit, Wayne, Michigan

Astle

Oliver Francis

35

01 Aug 1880

Montpelier;Idaho;U.S.A.

Los Angeles, California

Astle

Owen Harold

24

27 Sep 1893

Northumberland;New Hampshire;U.S.A.

Coos, New Hampshire

Astle

Percey Elden

34

06 Jul 1884

Maine;U.S.A.

Kennebec, Maine

Astle

Perly Orin


17 Sep 1892

Vermont;U.S.A.

Caledonia, Vermont

Astle

Ralph

29

02 Sep 1888

Kansas;U.S.A.

Kingman, Kansas

Astle

Ray Alfred

19

26 May 1899


Columbia, Wisconsin

Astle

Ray Milton

21

12 Sep 1896

Houlton;Maine;U.S.A.

Aroostook, Maine

Astle

Reese

40

06 Jan 1878


Salem, New Jersey

Astle

Richard

33

25 Dec 1884

England

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Astle

Robert Allen

44

22 Apr 1874

Derby;NewBrunswick;Canada

Penobscot, Maine

Astle

Robert William

20

20 Jan 1898

Connecticut;U.S.A.

Fairfield, Connecticut

Astle

Rodney Babcock

18

28 Jan 1900

New Hampshire;U.S.A.

Grafton, New Hampshire

Astle

Ronald

29

14 Dec 1887

Radford, Nottingham, England

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Astle

Roy Ralph

21

10 Oct 1896

Grafton;New Hampshire;U.S.A.

Grafton, New Hampshire

Astle

Thomas

25

01 Oct 1891

Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Astle

Thomas Jr.

19

16 Apr 1899


Park, Montana

Astle

Thomas Albert

42

04 Jan 1876

Hednesford;Staffordshire; England

Washington, Pennsylvania

Astle

Thomas Francis

27

22 Oct 1890

Boston;Massachusetts;U.S.A.

Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass.

Astle

Thomas Franklin

43

18 Nov 1874


Reno, Kansas

Astle

Thomas Joseph Jr.

18

08 Dec 1899

Connecticut;U.S.A.

Fairfield, Connecticut

Astle

Vernon Lenox

20

05 Apr 1898

Grover;Wyoming;U.S.A.

Lincoln, Wyoming

Astle

Walter

25

29 May 1892

Hill Ridware; Staffordshire;England

Washington, Pennsylvania

Astle

Walter Joseph

29

22 Feb 1888

Montreal;Canada

Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts

Astle

Weldon

20

18 Jun 1898

Derby;NewBrunswick;Canada

Penobscot, Maine

Astle

Wilfred Gibb

28

03 Sep 1885

Manitoba;Canada

Lawrence, Pennsylvania

Astle

William

34

03 Aug 1884

Macclesfield;Cheshire;England

Brooklyn, Kings, New York

Astle

William Benton

18

11 Aug 1900

Stark;New Hampshire;U.S.A.

Coos, New Hampshire

Astle

William H

27

12 Feb 1890

Illinois;U.S.A.

Peoria, Illinois

Astle

William Henry

45

01 Nov 1873

Barton under Needwood; Staffordshire;England

Schenectady, New York

Astle

William Homer

21

04 Feb 1897

Kansas

Reno, Kansas

Astle

William Hunter

36

21 Mar 1882


New Castle, Delaware

Astle

William Jacob

44

24 Aug 1874


Salem, New Jersey

Astle

William Llewellyn

27

01 Jun 1890

Montpelier;Idaho;U.S.A.

Bear Lake, Idaho

Astle

William M

27

1890

Maine;U.S.A.

Aroostook, Maine

Astle

William Richard

39

21 Feb 1879


Reno, Kansas

Astle

William Wilford

44

27 Sep 1873

Montpelier;Idaho;U.S.A.

Elko, Nevada

Astles

Austin

40

12 Jun 1878

New Carlisle;Quebec;Canada

Penobscot, Maine

Astles

George Hammond

30

04 Aug 1886

New Carlisle;Quebec;Canada

Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts

Astles

Gilbert

41

04 Nov 1877

New Carlisle;Quebec;Canada

Merrimack, New Hampshire

Astles

John Hughes

46

24 Dec 1871

New Carlisle;Quebec;Canada

Berrien, Georgia


Eugene Wesley Astel

Eugene Wesley Astel was born 7 Oct 1875 according to his WWI draft registration. There is a marriage record of 15 Oct 1899 in Lucas, Ohio for Eugene W. Astel and Ruth May Jones. He is said to be aged 25 and born in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Henry Astel and Hattie Breymann.

In 1880 Henry, a war clerk, and Hattie Astel were enumerated in Washington, DC with two sons, 4 year old Ugene and 4 month old Sandy. Henry’s birthplace was given as Prussia and Hattie’s as Ohio. Henry’s single, sister in law Emma Breyman was with the couple.

In 1900 Eugene W. Astel, born October 1875, was employed as a clerk and identified as widowed. He and John B. Astel, born 1880 in Maryland and single, were described boarders in the Cleveland, Ohio home of John and Harriet Robinson, married 6 years. Harriet was apparently the former Hattie Astel and Eugene’s mother. John appears to be John Breymann Astell, born 1880, and a member of this family, who registered for the draft in Brooklyn, New York.

Both Eugene and John were reported in 1900 to have a father born in Germany and a mother in Ohio. There is also an enumeration of U.S. military personnel in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba that includes Eugene W. Astel, born in Ohio October 1873 and married, with father born in Germany and mother, Ohio.

The 1910 census shows Eugene Astel, his wife of 10 years, Ruth, and daughter Josephine, 8, in Cleveland. Eugene was a sales manager for a metal manufacturing company. Josephine’s birthplace was the Phillipine Islands.

By 1920 Eugene was president of a coal concern and in 1930 he was manager of an awning company. He died in 1932 and is buried in Suitland, Maryland.

Frank Astel

When Frank Astel registered for the WWI draft he was married with two children and living in St Louis, Missouri where he worked as a molder for the Buck Stove and Range Company. He said he was born 10 January 1890 in Austria Hungary, that he was a citizen of Austria and had no previous military service.

There are two men named Franz Astl, both described as German from Zahling, Hungary on the Passenger Arrival Lists for New York (Ellis Island). One arrived in 1908 aged 18 and the other in 1902 aged 43. It appears they are father and son and that the younger Franz is Frank and the elder one the man the 1910 census identifies as Grant Astl and father of Gustaf, who gave Frank Astel as his next of kin on his draft card, and Rudolf, who said on his draft card that he was born in Zahling.

In 1920 Frank and Thersa Astl were enumerated in St. Louis with daughters Hilda, 5, and Helen, nearly 3, both born in Missouri. Frank and Thersa were said to have been born in Hungary and to be German speaking. His immigration year was given as 1909 and hers as 1910. He had the same occupation as in 1917.

In 1930 Frank and Theresa Astel were still in St Louis where he was the proprietor of a confectory (sic, presumably confectionary). In addition to their daughters, the couple had a son, Arthur F., 7. At this time both Frank and Theresa were described as born in Germany. His date of immigration was given as 1908 and hers, 1910. Frank’s naturalization status was Pa and Theresa’s, Al.

Frank Astl, aged 50, divorced and born Austria, is found in 1940 in St Louis in the home of John Perl and his wife Theresa and identified as brother in law. His employment is clerk in a tavern.

There is a Frank Astl who died aged 56 in 1946 buried in St Louis.

George Bernard Astel

George Bernard Astel registered for the draft in Kansas City, Missouri giving a birthdate of 28 February 1893.

On the draft card his birthplace looks like Blackweel, New Brunswick. The 1901 Canadian census shows George Astle with his parents James, a farmer, and Eliza in Blackville, NB as confirmed by George’s birthdate. Two daughters, aged 5 and 3, as well as James’s parents Peter (1813 - ) and Mirya Jane (1829 - ) were also in the home. Everyone was said to have been born in New Brunswick.

In 1861 Peter and Marah J. Astle were enumerated in Blackville with 5 children (George Bernard’s father James would not be born until 1863) in the home of his father Joseph Astles born about 1785 in Canada. Researcher Linda Stufflebean has established that Joseph was a son of the elder James Astles and his wife Elizabeth McLane who arrived in New Carlisle, Quebec in 1784 and later moved on to New Brusnwick. George Bernard is thus a 2nd great grandson of this couple.

In the 1910 US census James P., a logger, and Eliza M. Astel are in Stanwood, Snohomish County, Washington State with 6 children. They reported immigrating in 1904.

In 1910 and 1917 George was a barber; in 1920 he had his own barber shop and lived in Stanwood, with his 18 year old sister Isabelle. By the 1930 census George, aged 37, was married to Frances H. and they had a son William J. who was nearly 3 years old. They were living in Seattle where he was a salesman in advertising and identified as a WWI veteran.

In 1935 widowed George B. Astel, newspaper publisher, married Amey Kate Snyder. The groom’s parents were given as James Astel and Lydia Underhill, both born in New Brunswick.

In 1940 G.B. Astel, aged 47 and retired, was reported to have completed 4 years of college. He was living in Oak Harbor, Island, Washington with his wife Amy and sons William, 12, and George, 9. George and Amy show up in Seattle city directories where he is listed as a teacher in 1943 and assistant professor in 1948.

George B. Astel is also on a list of passengers arriving in Seattle from Yokohama in 1950. George died 24 April 1964 in Alameda, California, where he was likely visiting, as Washington is given as his last residence on the Social Security Death Index. George is interred at View Crest Abbey Mausoleum in Everett, Washington.

Gus Astel

When Gus Astel registered for the US draft in 1918 he gave a birthdate of 13 October 1896 and said he was born in Austria and still held that citizenship. He was living in Commerce, Missouri and reported his nearest relative as Frank Astel.

The 1910 census shows Gustaf Astl in the household of his parents Grant, 49, and Marie, 42, Astl in St. Louis along with brother Rudolf, 15; and sisters Hermina, 11; Emma, 9; and Frida, 6. Frida was born in Missouri and the rest of the family, in Hungary but noted as German. Grant and Maria were reported married 22 years and she was said to be the mother of eight children, five living (perhaps this question was interpreted as the number of children living with the parents, as Frank also seems to be their son). Grant was a laborer in a foundry; he had immigrated 1902, Marie 1903, and their 4 older children 1910.

In 1920 Gustave Astel, a laborer, was enumerated in the St. Louis household of William Kalb, a carpenter born in Germany, and identified as a stepson. William’s wife was Mary, 51 and born in Austria. In addition to son Lester Kalb, 14, and daughter Emily Kalb, 12, both born in Missouri, four Astel step children were present: Rudolph, 24, Gustave, 22, and Minnie, 20, all born in Austria, and Frieda, 16, born in Missouri. William’s first wife was also named Mary; William and Mary, both born in Germany, were recorded in the 1900 census with son Ewald, 2, and in 1910 with Ewald, 12, Lester, 4 and Emily, 3.

Gus Astel, aged 32 and the owner of a filling station, was enumerated in 1930 as the brother in law of Edward H. Fowler whose wife was Emma. Minnie (apparently Hermina) Berrie, sister in law, was also present as well as the Fowler’s daughter Ruth, 10. Although everyone in the house was said to have been born in Missouri, the parents of Emma, Minnie and Gus were noted as born in Germany.

By 1940 Gus (recorded as born in Australia) was married to Lina and they had a daughter Mignon, 16, and son Jim, 6. Gus was a maintenance man in a private school. Gus died 12 September 1970 at Rolla, Phelps County, Missouri and is buried at Sullivan, Franklin County, Missouri with his wife and son.

Harry Astel

Harry Astel was born 15 March 1883 according to his WWI draft registration. He was a railway conductor and a citizen of Austria; Becky Astle was his next of kin. His 1921 application for naturalization said he was born in Austria in 1885 and that he arrived in New York in 1901 from Hamburg, Germany.

In the 1925 New York State census Harry and Rebecca were enumerated with 3 children. The 1910 and 1920 censuses indicated that Yiddish was his mother tongue. More research is needed to determine if the surname Astel or a variation has other occurrences in Austria or other countries with Yiddish-speaking populations.

Clarence Kenneth Astell

The WWI draft registration for Clarance Kenny Astell shows he was employed as a branch manager for the Jung Brewery Co., in Stillwater Minnesota where he was born 21 October 1890.

Clarence K. Astell is found in the 1930 census in Stillwater, Minnesota with wife Teresa R. and son Kenneth C., 7. Clarence was working as a repairman in a tire and battery shop. In 1940 Kenneth and Theresa Astell were enumerated in Stillwater with sons Kenneth 17 and Richard 9. Kenneth Sr. was a mail clerk. Kenny Astell, 20, employed as a driver, was living in Stillwater in 1910 with parents Clarence and Rosalie.

In 1930 Clarence K. Astell’s father was reported born in Maine and his mother in Massachusetts. In 1910, when they presumably supplied the information, Clarence and Rosalie Astell were said to have been born in Canada, he about 1862 and she, 1867.

The 1900 census shows the family, recorded as Estell, in Stillwater where Clarence senior was a wood merchant. His birthplace was given as Canada and his year of immigration as 1885. Rosalie and the two older children, Hudson, aged 18, who also registered for the draft, and Mary, 17, were shown as being in the USA for 13 years while the two younger children Rosa, 13, and Clarence, 10, were reported born in the USA.

In the 1881 Canadian census Clarence Assels, aged 23 and a farmer, was enumerated with his wife Rosalie, 22, and an infant son in the township of Cox in Quebec’s Bonaventure County. Twenty years prior, Clarence, aged 4, is found in the same community with his parents William and Mary Jane Astells and 7 siblings. This makes Clarence Kenneth a great grandson of James Astles and Sarah Flowers, like a number of the men who enlisted in the CEF and several more who registered for the US draft.

Clarence Astell, reported as born 21 October 1889, died in Minnesota in June 1981.

Clayton Ambrous Astell

Clayton Ambrous Astell and his twin brother Clinton Josiah were born 8 April 1893 in Clifford, Ontario. They are found in the 1901 census with their mother Maggie Heist and grandmother Elizabeth Heist in Clifford. Although their surname is virtually illegible and transcribed as Askell their first names and birthdates match the draft documents. There were Astell families in the area as early as the 1851 census.

By 1910 Clayton and Clinton are found in Sterling, Colorado with Maggie who is married to Peter Koenig, a widower with 6 children. They had married about 1906 and the two children they had together are also in the home.

Clayton registered for the draft in Logan, Colorado. By 1920 the twins were living together in Sterling where both were laborers in an implement store. Clayton married Helen Hamilton and by 1930 they had a one year old daughter. Both brothers were employed as postal clerks in Logan in 1930 and 1940.

Clayton died on 11 July 1974 and is buried in Sterling.

Clinton Josiah Astell

Clinton Josiah Astell and his twin brother Clayton Ambrous were born 8 April 1893 in Clifford, Ontario. They are found in the 1901 census with their mother Maggie Heist (1869 – 1936) and grandmother Elizabeth Heist in Clifford; although their surname is virtually illegible and transcribed as Askell, their first names and birthdates match the draft documents. There were Astell families in the area as early as the 1851 census.

By 1910 Clayton and Clinton are found in Sterling, Colorado with Maggie who is married to Peter Koenig, a widower with 6 children. They had married about 1906 and the two children they had together are also in the home.

Clinton registered for the draft in Yellowstone, Montana enlisting in October 1917 and serving until May 1919.  He was naturalized in May 1918 at Camp Lewis, Washington where he was a soldier. By 1920 the twins were living together in Sterling where both were laborers in an implement store. Both brothers were employed as postal clerks in Logan in 1930 and 1940.

In 1930 Clinton was a lodger and in 1940 he was with his wife Inez Melinda Killer who he had married in 1936.

Clinton died on 7 September 1975 and is buried in Sterling.

Elmer H. Astell

Elmer Astell was born 19 July 1894 in Illinois. He registered in Warren Indiana for the WWI draft.

Elmer H Astell was found in Ayers Township, Champaign, Illinois in 1900 with his parents George H and Louanna Astell and his younger brother Oliver. George was a clothing salesman. All were reported born in Illinois; however, George’s parents were said to have been born in England.

In 1910 George and Louanna were in Pike, Warren, Indiana where George was farming and they had two more sons, Wilbur, 8, and Raymond, 4.

George H. Astell and Louanna Palmer were married in 1893 in Champaign, Illinois. George’s parents were William Astell and Mary Russell. Elmer is thus a cousin to two sets of brothers William M. and Louis A. Astell plus Guy and Russell Astell. See their biographies for more family information.

In 1920 and 1930 Elmer and his wife Ina were in Kokomo, Howard, Indiana with their son Max Edward (1916-1992). Elmer was employed as a laborer in an automobile factory in 1920 and by 1930 he was a machinist in a tool factory. In 1940 he and his wife were both grocery clerks. Elmer died in 1976; he and Ina are buried in West Lebanon, Warren County, Indiana.

Guy William Astell

Guy William Astell was born 11 February 1897 in Broadlands, Illinois, the son of William Astell (1858 - 1922) and Lottie Jane Camerer (1873 – 1943). In 1900 he lived in Ayers Township, Champaign, Illinois with his parents and siblings Ella, Russell and Grace and half-sisters Elsie and Essie.

In 1920 Russell, Guy and Grace were still living with William and Lottie in Ayers. By 1930 the brothers were living with the widowed Lottie in Broadlands. Guy was a general store clerk in 1920 and a postmaster in 1930.

Guy died 29 August 1958 and is buried in Newman, Douglas County, Illinois  with his parents and brother Russell.

William M., Louis and Elmer Astell are cousins to Russell and Guy. See the Russell’s biography for more family information.

Hartley Edward Astell

Hartley Edward Astell was born 16 December 1894. He is found in the 1900 census with his mother Ida L. and his grandparents John and Lucinda Astell in Ayers Township. Champaign County, Illinois. They are on the same census page as the families of William Astell, Sr., and his son George (father of Elmer & Oliver). Both William and John are shown as born in England with William immigrating to the USA in 1854 and John in 1855. A relationship seems likely.

When Hartley married Estella Hartsock in 1914 in Van Wert, Ohio his parents’ names were given as James W. Astell and Ida L. Smith.

In 1920 Hartley, his wife Stella E. and daughter Cleon L., 3 ½, were in Union Township, Van Wert County, Ohio. Hartley was a farmer. By 1930 they were in Fort Wayne, Indiana where he was a car repairman for the railroad.

In 1940 Hartley and his son in law were carpenters in building construction and Cleon, her husband and young son lived with her parents. Hartley died 14 January 1984 and is buried in Fort Wayne with his wife.

Hudson Montgomery Astell

Hudson Montgomery Astell’s US WWI draft registration shows his birth date as June 14, 1880 and indicates he was native born. He was living in Stillwater, Washington County, Minnesota and gave his next of kin as Elenore Astell of Rochester, Minnesota. He had married Eleanor Masterman in 1909.

In the 1910 census Hudson was enumerated at the Minnesota State Training School for Girls and Boys where he was employed as foreman of the laundry. He was enumerated in 1920 and 1930 in Stillwater with his parents Clarence and Rosalie and in 1940 with his widowed mother. During this time Hudson was employed in a tire shop. In 1920 both parents were reported born in Vermont while in the latter two the mother was said to be from Canada. However, Hudson, born 13 June 1889 to Clarence Assels and his wife Rosalie, neé Dobson, was baptized 12 July 1880 in New Carlisle, Quebec.

The 1900 US census shows the family, recorded as Estell, in Stillwater where Clarence was a wood merchant. His birthplace was given as Canada and his year of immigration as 1885. Rosalie and the two older children, Hudson, aged 18, and Mary, 17, were shown as being in the USA for 13 years while the two younger children Rosa, 13, and Clarence, 10, who also registered for the draft, were reported born in the USA.

In the 1881 Canadian census Clarence Assels, aged 23 and a farmer, was enumerated with his wife Rosalie, 22, in the township of Cox in Quebec’s Bonaventure County. Hudson is apparently the infant recorded in this census as Fred. Twenty years prior, Clarence, aged 4, is found in the same community with his parents William and Mary Jane Astells and 7 siblings. Like a number of the men who enlisted in the CEF and several more who registered for the US draft, Hudson and his brother Clarence are great grandsons of James Astles and Sarah Flowers of New Carlisle.

Hudson died 7 June 1962 in Ramsay County Minnesota.

John Breymann Astell

John Breymann Astell was born 3 January 1880 and lived in Brooklyn, New York when he registered for the WWI draft. His next of kin was Carolyn E. Astell of the same address and he gave his employment as John B. Astell & Co., contractors suppliers. He shows up in several censuses.

In 1900 John B. Astel, born 1880 in Maryland and single was boarding with Eugene W. Astel, in the Cleveland, Ohio home of John and Harriet Robinson. Harriet was apparently the former Hattie Astel and Eugene’s mother.

In 1910 John was a student and a boarder.

In 1920 he was a contractor, lighterage supplies in King’s, New York. His birthplace was given as Maryland in 1900 and District of Columbia in 1920; in both cases his father’s birthplace was reported as Germany and his mother’s as Ohio.

The 1930 and 1940 censuses show John and Carolyn in Scarsdale, New York where he had a boiler business. The 1930 census indicated they were married about 1913. It seems they had no children. They appear in a 1944 Miami city directory.

John Lloyd Astell

John Lloyd Astell was born 20 Jan 1895 in Grand Meadow, Minnesota. When he registered for the WWI draft in Spokane County, Washington he was an unemployed laborer. In 1900 Lloyd, as he was apparently known, was enumerated in Frankford, Mower, Minnesota with his parents John and Nora and 3 younger sisters.

By 1910 the family was living in Mcintosh, Spokane, Washington where the father, John H. Astell, was a blacksmith. In 1920 Lloyd was employed as a farm laborer and still living with his parents in Rockford, Spokane, Washington.

Lloyd’s father John is consistently reported as born in Canada, his father in England and mother Nora in Scotland. The 1920 census says John (born abt 1853) immigrated to the USA in 1871. John married Nora Bagley in Minnesota in 1896.

John’s parents William Astell and Mary Hougham were married in Vaudreuil, Quebec in 1850. Other researchers have traced the family to Northamptonshire, England. Lloyd was first cousin to Leonard Keith Astell who also registered.

The death of Lloyd John Astell was recorded in Richmond, Contra Costa, California on 6 Feb 1981.

Leonard Keith Astell

Leonard Keith Astell was born November 22, 1887 in Madison, Wisconsin. His parents were Joseph East Astell and Edith Parr, both born in Wisconsin. When he registered for the WWI draft Leonard was a civil engineer in Duluth, Minnesota. He was living in Madison and employed by the State Highway Commission in 1942 when he registered for the WWII draft.

Leonard and his family can be tracked through various census enumerations. In 1900 Keith Astell was with his parents and younger brother and sister in Madison where his father was a mail driver. In 1910 his Scottish born paternal grandmother Mary was with the family.

The 1920 census shows Leonard K. Astell in Spooner, Washburn, Wisconsin with his Swedish born wife Mary, their year old daughter and Mary’s brother Guy L. Lindgren. Leonard died 11 June 1971.

Leonard’s father Joseph was a 17 year old carpenter’s apprentice and boarder in Middleton, Wisconsin when enumerated in 1880. Ten years prior Joseph and two older siblings born in Canada (John and Sarah) plus a younger brother William, born in Wisconsin, were in Middleton with their mother Mary (widow of William Astell whom she had married in Quebec in 1850). Other researchers have traced the family to Northamptonshire, England. Leonard was first cousin to John Lloyd Astell who also registered.

Louis Alexander Astell

Louis Alexander Astell was born 17 Oct 1892 in Homer, Illinois to John and Maria Astell. John was a farmer and the family lived in various locations in Illinois: in 1900 Raymond, Champaign; in 1910 Arcola, Douglas; and in 1920 South Homer, Champaign. Louis had one brother, William M. Astell, and they were first cousins to Elmer, Guy and Russell Astell. See Russell’s biography for more family history.

By 1930 Louis had married Louise Wright and was a public school teacher in Winfield Township, West Chicago. Louis died 12 Nov 1967 and is buried in in Newman, Douglas County, Illinois with his parents and brother in the same cemetery as Guy and Russell Astell. He is described on the Find a Grave site as Dr. Louis Alexander “Alex” Astell and on the markers both he and his wife have the initials D.O. after their names, possibly Doctor of Optometry or Doctor of Osteopathy.

Oliver Palmer Astell

Oliver P. Astell, born 27 Mar 1896 in Illinois, was the brother of Elmer H. Astell. Both registered in Warren, Indiana for the WWI draft.

The brothers were enumerated in Ayers Township, Champaign, Illinois in 1900 with parents George H., a clothing salesman, and Louanna Astell. By 1910 George was a farmer and the family lived in Pike, Warren, Indiana. Two more sons, Wilbur, 8, and Raymond, 4 had joined the family. See Oliver’s biography and those of cousins William M., Louis A., Guy and Russell Astell for more information on the family.

Oliver married Catherine E. Etmri in 1917 and by 1920 they lived in Akron, Ohio where he worked in a rubber factory. By 1930 the couple had moved back to Warren County, Indiana where Oliver was a farmer in Steuben Township. They had 2 children: John O., 8, and Carolyn L., 3, both born in Indiana.

In 1940 Oliver was working as a laborer on the county roads and the couple had 2 younger children.

Oliver died in 1961. He and his wife are buried in in West Lebanon, Warren County, Indiana.

Russell Millard Astell

Russell Millard Astell was born 7 May 1894 in Broadlands, Champaign County, Illinois. William, Jr., aged 42, and Lottie J., 27, Astell were enumerated in Ayers Township, Champaign, Illinois in 1900 with 6 children: Elsie D., 19; Essie B., 17; Ella I., 9; Russell M., 6; Guy W., 3; and Grace, 1; and two boarders. William was reported born in Illinois and both his parents in England. He had married Lottie J. Camerer in 1890. William was a merchant and the Camerer family in the next house were apparently Lottie’s parents and were headed by William, a grocer.

In 1910 William’s occupation was given as real estate agent, farm lands.

When William, Jr., had married Mary F. Boyd in 1881 his parents’ names were recorded: William Astell and Mary Russell. In the 1880 census William Astle, Sr. was a farmer and in the 1900 census an immigration date of 1854 was reported for him.

In 1920 Russell, Guy and Grace were still living with William and Lottie in Ayers and both brothers were employed as general store clerks. By 1930 the brothers were living with the widowed Lottie in Broadlands where Russell was a real estate agent and Guy, postmaster.

William M., Louis and Elmer Astell are cousins to Russell and Guy.

Russell died September 1968 in Broadlands and is buried in Newman, Douglas County, Illinois with his parents and brother Guy. Find a Grave has a great deal of information on this family giving William Whittle Astell as the full name of William, Sr., and his birth date as 9 November 1829 in England.

William Max Astell

William M. Astell was born 27 August 1894 in Broadlands, Illinois. His WWII draft registration gives a second name of Max. The 1920 census places him as  a grain farmer in South Homer, Champaign, Illinois, with his parents John, aged 58,  and Maria, 48,  and brother Louis A., 27. John was also a farmer. In 1900 the family was in Raymond, Champaign, Illinois and in 1910 they were in Arcola, Douglas, Illinois. By 1930 William and two young lodgers were with John and Maria in South Homer.

The 1880 census shows John Astell, 19, in the home of his father William, a farmer in Raymond, Champaign, Illinois. William M. Astell was a first cousin to Elmer, Guy and Russell Astell. See Russell’s biography for more family history.

William died 1 February 1961 and is buried in Newman, Douglas County, Illinois with his parents and brother in the same cemetery as Guy and Russell Astell.

William Ross Astell

William R. Astell died 19 December 1965 in Hoquiam, a city in Grays Harbor County, Washington state.  He was born 4 Jan 1891 to William James Assels and his wife Diana Jane Ross in New Carlisle, Quebec and baptized into the Church of England there. He was the grandson of William Campbell Astles and Mary Jane Imhoff and the great grandson of James Astles and Sarah Flowers.

William was living in Grays Harbor, Washington raising poultry when he registered for the WWI draft. He gave next of kin as Anna Astell. This was likely his mother as his father’s wife was referred to as Annie in the 1901 Canadian census which showed William Ross at 10 as the eldest child with a younger sister and brother.

In 1911 the enumerator used the spelling Asstles for this family and others in the area. William and Diana are shown with 4 children – William Ross was not with them. William’s younger brother was George Astels who applied to enlist with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1918.

In 1920 Ross W. Astell, his Michigan born wife Blanche and her brother Anson L. Ward were enumerated in Hoquiam Ward 2, Grays Harbor, Washington. Ross was said to be born in Canada as were his parents and his immigration date to the USA was given as 1911. He was working as a teamster in a sawmill. It is very likely this is William Ross. Ross and Blanche were in the same location in 1930 and 1940 and had boarders both years; it does not appear that they had children. In 1940 they were enumerated as Estell.

Aaron Astill

When Aaron Astill registered for the WWI draft he lived in The Dalles, Wasco County, Oregon and worked there as a salesman for J.C. Penney Co. He gave his date of birth as 13 June 1876 and his next of kin as Anna Astill of the same address.

Aaron is found in several census enumerations. In 1930 he and wife Anna and their adopted 11 year old daughter Dorris M. lived in Salem, Marion County, Oregon. Aaron’s birthplace is given as California and his father’s as England and mother’s as Scotland. In 1940 the couple was living in the same city and both censuses show him as owner of a clothing store.

A younger Aaron is found in 1900 as a boarder in Sonoma City, Sonoma County, California where he was employed as a stationery engineer. In 1880 he was enumerated with his parents Richard and Rebecca and sisters Emily and Daisy in Sacramento, California, where Richard (born about 1838 in England) was a grocer. The name is spelled Astell on that document. Richard was a veteran of the US civil war, serving with the first California Regiment.

A couple who have left many descendants in North America, Zachariah Astill and Ann Hopkins, were married in the village of Burbage, county of Leicestershire, England in 1830. They are found in the same area in the 1841 census with 6 children and in the 1850 American census in St Louis Missouri with the same 6 children plus 3 more. A passenger list shows Ann travelling from Liverpool, England to New Orleans in 1849 with 6 children, one of whom died on board. By 1860 they were farming in Placer County, California.

A number of the men who registered for the US WWI draft descend from this couple. Their son Zachariah (abt 1837 -1896) was the father of James Clide, William Thomas, and likely Henry Astill. Their son Richard (1838-1883) was the father of Aaron Astill. Their son James (abt 1842-1923) was the father of James Chambers and Walter Astill.
Aaron died 16 Sep 1943 in Marion, Oregon.

Arthur Astill

Arthur Astill, born 25 November 1880 in England, registered for the draft in Denver, Colorado stating that he was a non-declarant alien and an Australian. He was a self-employed cafeteria owner and resided on the premises.

In 1920 Arthur, his American born wife Anna, and her young adult sons were in Denver. He was a restaurant keeper and gave an immigration date of 1905. By 1930 Arthur and Anna still had one of her sons living with them as well as a lodger and he still had a restaurant.

Frederick Allen Astill

Frederick Allen Astill was born 21 April 1884 in Brooklyn, New York. When he registered for the WWI draft he lived in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey. He was employed as a factory inspector by the Employers Liability Assurance Corporation and his next of kin was Bertha Astill.

In the 1900 census Fred Astill is found in Brooklyn, New York with his father James, born 1839 in England and employed in hosiery manufacture, and his brother John, born 1866 in England and employed as an insurance agent. James immigrated to the USA in 1879 and John in 1880.

In 1910 Fred was working as a reporter for a publishing house and was lodging in Brooklyn. Later that year he married German-born Bertha. By 1920 they lived in Jersey City where he was an insurance collector and by 1930 he was a safety engineer in the insurance industry.

By the time of the WWII draft registration Fred was a retired insurance agent. He died in 1954 and is buried in Kingston, Ulster County, New York according to Find a Grave.

George Astill

While George registered for the US draft in 1917, he actually enlisted in and served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Details can be found on that page.

Henry Astill

Henry Astill registered for the WWI draft In Washoe County, Nevada giving a birthdate of 13 Sep 1880. He was found in the 1910 census in the same area with his wife Martha E., born 1884, and their daughter Florina A, born 1903. All 3 were born in Utah and Henry’s parents were said to be born in California. Henry was a locomotive engineer. He married Martha Atkinson in 1902.

In 1900 Henry was enumerated as Astall in Box Elder, Promontory, Utah, where he was a boarder. He worked as a railroad laborer. His father was said to be born in NY his mother in England.

In 1920 Henry was still a railway engineer and was enumerated as one of many roomers in a large household.

In 1930 and 1940 Henry and Martha were in Sparks, Washoe County, Nevada. Other researchers have determined his parents to be Zachariah Astill (1837-1896 ) and Rose Hannah (or Rosanna) Clark and his grandparents Zachariah and Ann Hopkins.  Henry would thus be a brother to William Thomas and half-brother to James Clide. See the biography of Aaron Astill for more information on this family.

Henry died 29 October 1960 and is buried in Ogden, Weber County, Utah.

Herbert William Astill

Herbert William Astill was employed as a machinist helper with the Denver & Rio Grande Railway when he registered for the draft in WWI. He was living in Salt Lake City, Utah and gave his next of kin as Lily Astill.

Herbert was born 21 August 1885 in Sandy, Utah of English born parents. It is very likely that the family enumerated as Assel or Astel in 1900 in Sandy, Salt Lake County, Utah is Herbert’s. Widowed Joseph (b. 1847 in England) had 3 children: William H., 14, John A., 12, and Hazel 8. John Arthur Astill of the Salt Lake area also registered for the draft.

Herbert married Lily Ham who was born in England and they had 5 children. The family is found in the 1920 and 1930 censuses. By 1930 Hebert was working in building construction as a cement mixer. Herbert died 7 June 1978 and is buried in Sandy, Utah as is John A. Astill.

James Chambers Astill

James Chambers Astill was born 24 Sep 1873 and registered for the WWI draft in Placer, California. He gave his address as Roseville, Placer County and his next of kin as Mrs. Hattie May Astill.

The 1880 census for the County of Placer includes James Astell, a farmer born in England and his wife Mary, born in Ireland. They had two sons, both born in California: James, 7, and Walter, 4. The name looks like Astell but there also seems to be a dot above the 4th letter.

In 1896 James Chambers Astill married Minnie M. Taylor in Placer. The 1900 census for Placer shows farmer James C. Astill, Jr., his wife Minnie and a 9 year old adopted daughter Minnie.

On I January 1920 James, still a farmer, was enumerated alone at Roseville. He died only 3 months later on 4 April 1920 and is buried in Roseville.

James Astill (1842-1923) was a son of Zachariah Astill and Ann Hopkins. See the biography of Aaron Astill for more information on the family.

James Clide Astill

When James Clide Astill registered for the WWI draft in San Francisco, California, he was unemployed and his address was the Army & Navy YMCA. He had previously served 4 years as a fireman in the US Navy. James was born 7 Sep 1886 in Ogden, Utah.

In 1900 James, aged 14, was in Ogden, Utah with his mother, Diana, described as head of the household and widowed. She had immigrated in 1866 from Holland.

In 1910 James was identified as the son of Zacariah Astill, 63, who had no birthplace information provided and was actually 73 years old and born in England, and whose wife Dinah, born in Holland, was also present. James was a half-brother to William Thomas and likely also to Henry Astill. See the biography of Aaron Astill for more information on the family.

By 1920 James was back in the Navy and enumerated as a sailor on board the USS Arrostock in Santa Barbara, California. His father was reported born in England and his mother in Germany.

By 1930 James was a lodger in San Diego with no occupation listed. This time his mother was said to have been born in Holland.

In 1940 James and his wife Anna M. Astill, born in Norway, lived in San Diego where he was a laborer in the civil service.

James died 22 April 1957 and is buried in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego. His monumental inscription shows he was a naval veteran of WWI & II.

John Arthur Astill

John Arthur Astill was born 24 September 1887 in Utah. He was found in 1900 in Sandy, Utah with his widowed father Joseph (b. 1847 in England & immigrated 1869) and a brother William H., 14, and sister Hazel, 8. Herbert William Astill of the Salt Lake area who also registered for the draft was likely John’s brother.

John married Nellie E. Holmes in 1915 and they had 3 children: Clarence, Afton and Melvin. John worked as a machinist in 1920 and in the next two censuses had a transfer and express business. He died in 1974 and is buried in Sandy, Utah as is Herbert W. Astill.

John Henry Astill

When John Henry Astill registered for the WWI draft in Washington County, Rhode Island, he said he was born 14 December 1884 in England. His birth is likely to be that registered in Blaby, Leicestershire in the last quarter of 1884.

John Henry is found in the 1920 census in the Washington County with his wife Mabel N., also born in England, and their daughters Ella W., born about 1913 in Canada and Bessie I., about 1918 in Rhode Island. John was employed as a railroad shipping clerk and the couple gave 1910 as their immigration date.

By 1930 they were in Westerly, RI where John Henry was a receiving clerk in a freight office. They had a third child, Kenneth N., aged 6, and Mabel’s mother, Letitia Robotham, was with them. This census also recorded age at first marriage, indicating they had been married before leaving England. UK marriage indexes indicate that John Henry Astill and Mabel Nellie Robotham were married in Blaby, Leicestershire in the first quarter of 1909.

In 1930 the couple’s immigration date is given as 1915 suggesting this was the year they entered the USA and 1910 was when they entered Canada. J.H. Astill and Mrs. M.N. Astill appear on the list of passengers on the Corsican of the Allan Line Steamship Co., when it left Liverpool for Montreal on 19 May 1910. So far they have not been located on the 1911 Canadian census. There is a border crossing in April 1915 for J.H. Astle, who entered the USA from Canada at Newport, Vermont.

The 1940 census found the family still in Westerly with John Henry’s work described as railroad freight clerk and all the children still in the home including the eldest married daughter with her 3 year old daughter.

John Henry appears to be the son of Henry and Elizabeth Astill (both born abt 1850) who were enumerated in 1891 in Huncote, Blaby, Leicestershire with 3 sons including Henry 6 and one daughter. Young Henry’s father was a quarryman. John Henry Astill, son of Henry and Elizabeth Astill of Leicester, was baptized 24 June 1895.

Henry, Sr. appears in the 1851 census in Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire as a 4 year old with parents John & Mary Astill, who were framework knitters, and their 4 other children.

Walter Astill

Walter Astill was born 20 Jul 1875 and registered for the WWI draft in Placer, California. He is found in the 1880 census in Placer with parents James, a farmer born in England, and Mary, born in Ireland, and elder brother James. In 1900 there is a Walter, aged 24, enumerated in Placer with his father James and father’s wife Emma.

In 1910 Walter and his wife Mildred, married 8 years, are found with 3 children: Francis W., 6; Lester J., 5; and Viola M., 3. His occupation is rancher. The couple was still on the farm in 1920, 30 and 40.

James Astill (1842-1923) was a son of Zachariah Astill and Ann Hopkins. See the biography of Aaron Astill for more information on the family.

Walter died 8 December 1945 and is buried with his wife in Roseville, California.

William Thomas Astill

William Thomas Astill lived in Ogden, Weber County, Utah and was employed as a salesman when he registered for the WWI draft. Next of kin was Anna Astill. His name was transcribed as Astell from the draft card although also indexed as Astill, which is consistent with other documents.

William was born 18 December 1877, the son of Zachariah Astill (1837-1896) and Rosanna (or Rose Hannah) Clark.

The family is found in Ogden in the 1880 census with three children: Zacharias, 9. Elizabeth, 5, and William T., 2. Zachariah was born in England to Zachariah and Ann Hopkins Astill. William is likely a brother to Henry and is half-brother to James Clide.  William had an older brother Zacharias (1870-94) who served briefly in the American army before his untimely death. See the biography of Aaron Astill for more information on the family.

In 1910 William and wife Annie, married 11 years, were the parents of two daughters and he was a feed merchant.

In 1920 the couple were again enumerated with their two daughters, Rose and Willa. In 1930 William was a poultry man in a poultry company and the couple lived alone.

They were in Ogden for each census William died 25 November 1939 and, like his parents, is buried in Ogden.

Rudolf Astl

When he registered for the WWI draft, Rudolf Astl reported he was born 25 Jan 1895 in Zahling, Austria. Rudolf was working as a farm laborer in Reno County, Kansas where there was a significant number of Astle families and he must have occasionally been asked if he was related to them.

Rudolf Astl, 15, shows up in the 1910 census in St. Louis, Missouri with his parents and siblings Gustaf, Hermina, Emma, and Frida.

In 1920 Rudolf Astel, 24, was enumerated with his mother, her second husband William Kalb, and children of each partner in this blended family. Frank Astel also appears to be a brother to Gus and Rudolf.

1930 saw Rudolph E. Astel, 33, as head of a St Louis household with his wife, Mattie I. and children William J., 12, and Arthur R., 5. He was a carpenter and his date of immigration from Austria was given as 1913. In 1940 Rudolph Astel was described as a building contractor in general construction and William Williams identified as his stepson.

When Rudolph E. Astel died 27 January 1990 in Missouri his birth date was recorded as 28 December 1895.

Alexander William Astle

When Alexander William Astle registered for the WWI draft, he was living in Castleton, Kansas where he was employed as a farmer by J.D. Halloran and married with one child. Alexander was born 17 July 1888 in Melbourne, Derbyshire and stated he had previous military service in England and that he intended to become naturalized as an American.

A birth was registered for Alexander William Astle in the Shardlow registration district of Derbyshire in the quarter ending September 1888. A parish record exists in Melbourne, Derbyshire for Alexander William Astle, son of William and Elizabeth, born 17 July 1888 and christened 26 August 1888.

The 1911 UK census shows Alexander William Astle as a single 22 year old police constable born in Melbourne, Derbyshire. He was lodging with two other police constables in West Bromwich, Staffordshire.

Alexander William does not show up in earlier censuses; however, in the 1891 and 1901 censuses, there is a William of the right age born in Melbourne with father William, a market gardener, mother Elizabeth, and a number of siblings, all born in Melbourne and resident there. The 1881 census suggests that William, father of Alexander William, was likely the son of market gardener John Astle and his wife Mary of Melbourne.

Alexander William Astle, aged 24 and last resident in London, England, arrived in New York from Liverpool on 27 April 1913 aboard the Carmania.

Alma Paul Astle

When Alma P. Astle registered for the WWI draft he was a farmer in Grover, Wyoming and was married with 4 children.

Alma was born 5 October 1886 in Montpelier, Bear Lake County, Idaho, son of John Astle (1846-1919) and Melvina Banks (1866-1946). John was born in Nottinghamshire, England. Alma’s brothers Elwood William, James Ruben and John Alva also registered for the draft as did his half-brothers, William Wilford and Joseph Hyrum, and two sons of his half-brother John Francis, Sr  - John Francis, Jr. and Vernon Lenox. See the biography of William Llewellyn Astle for more information on the family of John Astle.

Alma married Martha Caroline (Carrie) Dutson in 1909 in Salt Lake City, UT. They had 14 children. Alma died 25 March 1977 and is buried in Grover, WY. There is considerable information about this family on the Find a Grave site.

Arthur Arnett Astle

Arthur A.  Astle was born 3 October 1889 in Maryland to John Astle and Annie Chandlee. In 1917 he was single and worked as a farmer for John W. Astle and lived at Rising Sun, MD.

The 1900 census shows Arthur with parents John Jr. and Annie and 3 brothers, including John B. who also registered for the draft, and 4 sisters. All family members are reported born in Maryland and their residence is Calvert, Cecil County, Maryland.

According to the 1910 census John and Annie had then been married 25 years and Annie was the mother of 8 children, 7 living. Both of John’s parents were reported as born in England.

By 1920 Arthur was married and his wife’s name was recorded on the census as Elender J. His wife’s name was transcribed as Sutie E. from the 1930 census but should likely be Nettie E., consistent with the 1940 census and the couple’s gravestone.

Arthur was a farmer and in 1920 was enumerated next to the household of his widowed father who is a retired farmer.

By 1940 Arthur and Nettie had 2 sons and a daughter.

When Arthur registered for the WWII draft he lived in Oxford, Chester, Pennsylvania. Arthur died 6 July 1957 and is buried at Peach Bottom, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with his wife Nettie.

Arthur Eugene Astle

Arthur Eugene Astle was born on 19 October 1894 in New Hartford, New York, where he still lived in 1917, according to his WWI registration. He was married and employed in a meat market.

Arthur was the son of William Astle (abt 1845- 1930) and his wife Eugenie Seleanor Tuttle (1854-1918). William was born in Wilne, Derbyshire, England and immigrated to the USA in 1868 and about 1871 married Eugenie, who was born in New York State. They had 5 children: William T., Mary E., George, Harriet A. and Arthur. Another researcher has identified William’s parents as Thomas Astle (1805- ) and Mary Leeland (1805- ).

In 1930 Arthur and his wife Mable were enumerated in Utica, New York with two children: Robert R., 11, and Marjorie, 8. Arthur was a grocer with his own shop. He died in Utica in April 1967.

Arthur James Astle

In 1918 Arthur James Astle was a naturalized citizen living in Middletown, Connecticut with his wife Anna (an obituary online gives her maiden name as Deegan). He was a loom fixer for Portland Silk Co. Born 4 April 1881 to William and Mary Astle in Staffordshire, England, he was brother to William Henry Astle, Jack Spruce Astle and Ada Astle.

The family is found in Burton Upon Trent in 1881. Arthur was naturalized in September 1902.  Arthur and Anna had 3 children in 1910 and 8 by 1920. In 1910, 1920 and 1930 he was a loom fixer and by 1940, a handyman.

Arthur died 1 December 1955.

Austin B. Astle

Austin B. Astle was born 20 September 1872 in Pittsgrove, New Jersey and was a farmer whose address in 1918 was 6 Vineland, Salem, New Jersey.

Austin was the son of Joseph C. (1833- ), a farmer, and Caroline (1839- ) Astle, who in 1860 were enumerated in Clinton, Hunterdon, NJ with Theodore aged 10 months. Not far away was the family of James A. Astle, grandfather of Reese Astle. In 1870 Joseph and Carolyn are shown with Lillian, 8 Henry, 6 and John S., 1.

The 1900 census shows Joseph, Caroline and 3 children (John W., Osten H., and Mary H.) all born in New Jersey and Joseph’s parents born in England. The 1910 census states that Caroline is the mother of 6 children, 5 living.

The 1920 and 1930 censuses show John and Austin, both single farmers, living together in Pittsgrove. By 1940 Austin and a housekeeper were the residents.

Austin died in 1946 and is buried in Elmer, Salem County, NJ (Find a Grave).

Benjamin Francis Astle

Benjamin Francis Astle was living in Richmond California and working as a pipe fitter for the Santa Fe Railway when he registered for the WWI draft. His birth date was 4 September 1881 and next of kin, his sister Mary Stabelin.

He was the son of Edwin P. Astle (1842-1908) and Maria Burke (1845-1895) and his brothers Edwin, Louis and Joseph also registered for the draft. Benjamin was enumerated with his family in Galesburg, Illinois in 1900 when he was a helper in a machine shop and his father was a foreman blacksmith. Edwin had immigrated from England in 1868 and Maria from Ireland in 1869.

Benjamin F. Astle and Emily Peterson were married in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1910. California Railroad employment records show Benjamin employed as a coppersmith for the Southern Pacific in 1919. He died 2 March 1926 in Peoria, Illinois where he had been living and working as an orderly at St. Francis Hospital. He is buried in Galesburg, Illinois.

It is possible that 8 year old Edwin Astle found in the 1851 British census in Portsea, Hampshire with his mother Emily and two sisters Sarah and Emily is Edwin P. Astle who married Maria and died in 1908 in Illinois. A search of the UK marriage index on Free BMD suggests that Emily’s husband may have been Thomas Astle.

Bert Alexander Astle

When Bert Alexander Astle registered for the draft his address was Washington, Bangor, Penobscot, Maine. He gave his birth date as 2 October 1882 and identified himself as a Canadian citizen and non-declarant alien. Bert said he was a woodsman employed with Hollingsworth & Whitney in Lilly Bay, Maine and next of kin was given as Hyrum Astel of Millinocket, Maine.

In 1929 Bert Astle, aged about 48 and single, was refused entry to Canada at St. Stephen, New Brunswick as he had no proof of the Canadian citizenship he claimed and no friends, relatives or employer in Canada. Bert said he was a labourer and a Methodist and that he was born in Newcastle, NB and lived there until 1902. He gave Hiram Astle, brother, in Millinocket as nearest relative.

In the 1881 census for Derby, New Brunswick, Daniel and Elizabeth Astle were enumerated with 7 children including Hiram 13 and Burton, 1 year.

The 1891 census for Derby, New Brunswick shows widowed Mrs. Daniel Astles with 6 children. Alex B. is said to be 10 and Hiram, 21 years old.

The 1901 census shows Elizabeth Astles as head of a household including Burton A. and Hiram as well as her widowed son John and his son James who was drafted into the Canadian army in Newcastle, New Brunswick. Bert and his siblings were first cousins of the 5 Astles brothers in Millinocket (Robert, Duncan, Clinton, George and Weldon) and all were grandchildren of James Leonard Astles and Ann Davidson and great grandchildren of John Astles and Hannah Underhill who married in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1802.

Charles Briggs Astle

Charles Briggs Astle was born 30 June 1884 in Cecil County, Maryland to Thomas (1845-1900) and Amy (1841- ). He married Jane E. Smith in 1907. When he registered in Montgomery, Pennsylvania for the WWI draft he was a mail carrier whose next of kin was recorded as June Ethel Astle. On his WWII registration Jane E. was listed as next of kin.

Charles appears in the 1900 census in Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland with his widowed mother and older sister Anna. His father’s birthplace is given as New Jersey. A descendant identifies Thomas Briggs Astle (1845-1885) as Charles’ father and John as his likely grandfather.

The 1901 census shows Charles, a postal clerk, and Jane in Springfield, Pennsylvania with Charles, aged 2, and Jane’s 10 year old sister Louisa. By the 1920 census the couple had 5 children. They appear as well in the 1930 and 1940 census with Charles still employed as a mail carrier. Charles died in January 1976.

Charles Fredrick Astle

Charles F. Astle was born 26 September 1891 in Reno County, Kansas. In June 1917 he was self-employed as a farmer, married, and resident in Haven, Kansas.

The 1910 census shows Charles F. Astle, aged 18, in Haven with his parents, Henry, a farmer born 1851 in England (Henry was a son of Richard and Sarah Astle), and Mary M., 1856 in Ohio. Charles was described as attending college. The next family on the census page was headed by Charles’ older brother Frank (John Franklin).

In 1900 Fredrick, 8, was with his parents, brother and sister Bess, 22. Also present was M. Wilson, his grandmother.

In 1940 in Hutchinson, Reno County, C. Fred Astle, 48, was enumerated with his wife Junima, 46, and two children, Kenneth, 21 and Marian 16. The family also had a servant.

Charles Fredrick Astle died 26 September 1971 and is buried in Hutchinson.

Charles Hoyt Astle

When Charles Hoyt Astle registered for the WWI draft he was living in Providence, Rhode Island end employed as a shipping clerk for H. J. Astle & Co. of that city. He was born in the USA on 21 July 1876 and gave his next of kin as Mrs. Solon R. Astle of Lakewood (RI?). A Rhode Island birth record gives his birthplace as Providence and parents as Solon R. and Julia.

Charles was enumerated in 1880 in Providence with his parents, infant brother Christopher (see his biography for more family information) and maternal grandmother Louisa B. Hoyt. By 1900 Charles was married to Annie. Elizabeth E. Entwistle, Annie’s mother was with the couple in 1910 and this census stated they had no children.

In 1920 Charles was enumerated as a boarder and was employed as a teamster in Providence. Charles died 16 July 1928 and is buried in Providence RI.

Charles Richard Astle

Charles Richard Astle was born 27 October 1873 in the USA. In 1918 he was married to Evena and employed as a Bank Cashier at Citizens State Bank in Haven, Reno County, Kansas where they resided.

Charles was found in Haven in the 1880 census with his parents, Joseph, born about 1845 in England (Joseph was a son of Richard and Sarah Astle), and Jennie, born 1847 in Missouri. The couple had four other children: Charlotte A., 13; Kate, 11; Lilly May, 5 and Willie L., 3. Charles and his older sisters were born in Illinois and the two younger children in Kansas, indicating the family moved between 1873 and 1875. Joseph Byron Astle, who also registered for the draft, was a half-brother to Charles.

In 1900 Charles and his wife Evena were in Haven where he was a Hardware Merchant.

By 1920 Charles was a Bank Cashier. At that time he and Evena had three children in their home: Glen, 19 (his full name was Joseph Glen and he also registered); Vivian, 17; and Lucelle, 16.

Charles was still a Bank Cashier in 1930 and may have been retired in 1940 as no occupational information was given. Both times only Charles and Evena were in the home.

Christopher Johnson Astle

Christopher Johnson Astle was a self-employed physician in Kent, Rhode Island when he registered for the WWI draft. He reported he was born 23 August 1879 in the USA and married to Albertina P. Astle.

In 1880 Christopher was enumerated in Providence with his parents Solon R. (a tinsmith) and Julia E., older brother Charles, and maternal grandmother Louisa B. Hoyt. In 1900 Christopher was still with his parents and at school. His father was a commercial traveler for tin ware.

Solon is found in the 1860 census in North Providence with parents, Elijah and Hannah and younger sister Emma. The next family is headed by Solon R. Johnson, apparently the younger Solon’s maternal uncle, and both men are jewelers. Elijah was born about 1830 in England and is found, aged 1 year 10 months, on a passenger list with Nancy Astle 29, William 9, Richard Henry 7, and Mary Jane 4. They arrived 28 December 1830 in New York from Liverpool.

Elijah Astle, who was born 11 December 1800, was naturalized in Rhode Island in December 1841 having immigrated in 1830. Nancy Astle died in 1895 aged 94 years. Elijah and Nancy are found in 1850 in Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts with daughter Margaret, 15.

By 1910 Christopher was in Manhattan, New York with his wife Charlotte (He had married Lottie M. Otto in 1906); they had a daughter Phyllis, 1 year old. In the 1915 state census Christopher and his daughter were living with his father; Christopher married Albertina P. Page the same year.

Christopher and Albertina are found in Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island in 1930 with two sons aged 13 and 3. In 1940 they were in the same city, the younger son was still with the parents and Christopher at 60 was still practising as a physician.

Clifford Edward Astle

Clifford Edward Astle was born 21 May 1899. When he registered for the WWI draft he was living with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.F. Astle, in Reno County, Kansas and working on the family farm.

In 1910 Clifford was with his parents, Thomas F. and Edith D., and brother, Harold, 12 in Sodville, Ford County, Kansas and Kansas was given as the birthplace of all the family; however, Thomas’s father’s birthplace was given as England and his mother’s as Illinois. (Clifford’s grandfather was William Astle son of Richard and Sarah Astle). Both Thomas and Harold also registered. The sons were still with their parents in 1920.

In 1930 Clifford was enumerated in Liberty, Clark County, Kansas with his parents, his maternal grandfather and a young cousin. By 1940 he was still a farmer in the same location, alone except for a hired hand. Clifford died February 8th 1978. And is buried in Bucklin Cemetery, Ford County.

Clinton A. Astle

Moses Astle(s) and Jane Vanderbilt [or Vanderbeck] had 11 children in Derby, New Brunswick between 1872 and 1899. At the turn of the century the parents and most of their children immigrated to Millinocket, Maine.  Five of their 7 sons (Robert, Duncan, Clinton, George and Weldon) registered there for the WWI draft.

On Clinton Astle’s draft registration his date and place of birth were recorded as 31 Jan 1892 in Canada. His occupation was paper maker in the Great Northern Paper Company. Clinton was single and reported a father and invalid brother dependent on him for support.

The 1891 Canadian census shows the family of Moses and Jane Astles in Derby, NB with Clinton A. aged 1 as youngest of 8 children. In the 1901 census for Derby, Jane Astles was recorded as head of household with 8 children including 10 year old Clinton A. with birthday of 31 January 1891. The 1910 US census shows Moses and Jane Astle with 6 children, including Clinton A., aged 19, residing in Millinocket.

Clinton Astle was naturalized 21 Oct 1918 while residing at Camp Devens, Millinocket. His occupation was given as soldier and papermaker. Naturalization records cite 1902 as his immigration year and state he was born 31 Jan 1891 in Inarryville (sic – should apparently be Quarryville) NB, Canada.

Clinton A. Astle is found in the 1930 and 1940 US census with wife Nettie M., born in Maine, and by 1940 they had 5 children including Clinton’s stepson. In 1930 he was identified as a veteran of the World War and this census also indicates Clinton and Nettie were married about 1923.

Duncan Albert Astle

Moses Astle(s) and Jane Vanderbilt [or Vanderbeck] had 11 children in Derby, New Brunswick between 1872 and 1899. At the turn of the century the parents and most of their children immigrated to Millinocket, Maine.  Five of their 7 sons (Robert, Duncan, Clinton, George and Weldon) registered there for the WWI draft.

Duncan’s draft registration shows a birth date of 3 April 1885. As Duncan was said to be 10 years old on the 1891 Canadian census and was apparently the unnamed infant recorded with the family in 1881 (that census date was 4 April), it seems the birth date 3 April 1881 given in the Social Security Death Index is correct.

In 1916 Duncan married Violet Luddington, born in Nova Scotia. Duncan is describes as widowed both in the 1930 and 1940 US census times. In 1930 he had two sons Loren E., aged 3, and Robert A., aged 0. By 1940 only Loren was with him. Another son was stillborn in 1920, and Duncan’s occupation was given as a woodworker on the birth registration.

Duncan was employed by the Great Northern Paper Mill in 1918 and also in 1930; by 1940 he was a carpenter with his own business. Duncan died 2 Oct 1969 in Mexico, Oxford, Maine, the same city where he lived in 1930 and 1940.

Earl Merritt Astle

Earl Merritt Astle was born 29 July 1894 in Houlton, Maine, one of 6 children of Alfred E. Astle, a house carpenter, and Anna Beek (or Beck), both born in Doaktown, New Brunswick. Alfred immigrated in 1884 and was naturalized in 1904; Alma immigrated in 1886. Earl’s brothers Harold Frank and Ray Milton also registered for the draft. Their sisters were Maud, Veta and Margaret.

Alfred Astle was the son of Daniel Astle (1841-1914), a carpenter, and Isabell Travis (1842-1920) who are both buried in Houlton. The 1881 Canadian census shows Alfred, aged 16, with his parents in Blissfield, Northumberland County New Brunswick. Daniel’s death certificate says his parents were George Astle, a farmer, born in New Brunswick, and Elizabeth Lyons.

The 1861 Canadian census shows George, 53, and Elizabeth, 41, in Stanley, York County, New Brunswick with 9 children ranging in age from 21 to 3 years. Daniel is the second eldest and the youngest is Jeremiah, father of Nelson Ulysses who also registered for the draft. In 1871 the family was in the same location; Jeremiah was still at home with his parents, 3 older sisters and a brother John, aged 8. It is almost certain that this family is related to other Astles in New Brunswick and in New Carlisle, Quebec that had men in the CEF.

It seems quite likely that 8 year old John from 1871 is John J. Astle, the father of Percey, Everet, William M., and Jacque, who also registered for the draft, since John J. reports an age of 36 in the 1900 US Census and son Jacque’s draft card gives Miramachi as his father’s birthplace, the same location reported by Jeremiah as his birthplace when he registered the birth of his son Nelson. Although he lived in Limerick, 7 miles away, John J. is also buried in Houlton like many of the others from George and Elizabeth’s family. It is hoped that researchers with more knowledge of these families will confirm or reject this hypothesis.

Earl was married with two children and gave his occupation as farmer in 1917. He had married Gladys May Estabrook of Linneus, Maine in 1912 when he was 18 and she was 19. The 1920 census shows the couple with a 5 year old daughter and a 3 year old son. The family was in Houlton in 1920 and Linneus in 1930 and both censuses record Earl as a farm labourer. Earl died 15 Nov 1947 and Gladys in 1994; they are buried in Houlton and were predeceased by their daughter.

Edwin George Astle

Edwin George Astle was the son of Joseph Ceylon Astle (born in Quebec) and Eleanor Rebecca Ellingwood. He was born 4 March 1888 in Northumberland, New Hampshire. The 1900 census shows him as Edwin B. aged 12 with his parents and older brother Jacob C. (Jacob Cealand).

His grandparents were Edwin Astle and Sarah Nutting, both reported as born in Canada. William Benton Astle and Owen Harold Astle are first cousins to Edwin and Jacob.

In 1912 Edwin married Gladys Maud Snow and the 1920 census shows the couple with a son, also named Edwin G., and his parents. By 1930 they also had a daughter.

When he registered for the draft, Edwin’s occupation was overall cutter at Snow & Baker Co. in Whitefield, NH. In 1930 and 1940 Edwin was a superintendent in an overall shop in Whitefield. He died in 1975.

Edwin Michael Astle

Edwin Michael Astle was born in Iowa 8 October 1873, the 3rd of 8 children of Edwin P. Astle, born in England and Maria Burke, born in Ireland. Edwin Michael was enumerated with his family in Galva, Illinois in 1880 and in Galesburg, Illinois in 1900. In 1910 Edwin appears on the census in Galesburg with Canadian born wife Mary and two year old daughters Geraldine and Josephine. In 1920 widowed Edwin and the girls are with his brother in law Lawrence Watts and his family in Galesburg.

Elwood William Astle

Elwood William Astle was born 20 Jan 1897 in Grover, WY to John Astle (1846-1919) and Melvina Banks (1866-1946). When he registered for the WWI draft he was working on a farm in the Grover area.  Elwood’s brothers Alma Paul, James Ruben and John Alva also registered for the draft as did his half-brothers, William Wilford and Joseph Hyrum, , and two sons of his half-brother John Francis, Sr – John Francis, Jr. and Vernon Lenox.

In 1916 Elwood married Effie Nield (1893-1980) and they had 5 children. The family lived in Grover in 1920 and Elwood was still working on the family farm. By 1940 they were in Afton, Wyoming where Elwood was owner and manager of a pool hall and bowling alley. Elwood died 5 September 1974 and is buried in Afton.

Ernest Astle

Ernest Astle was born 23 April 1882 in Brereton in the Lichfield District of Staffordshire, England, the 4th child of Thomas A. Astle and his wife Eliza Cooper. Ernest was the brother of Thomas Albert, John Herbert, Fred and Walter who also registered for the draft, and William Weston who served in the British Army in WWI.

On 19 March 1903 Ernest married Amy Beatrice Jones and they immigrated to the USA, Ernest arriving at Ellis Island 2 April 1903 and Amy on 14 October of the same year. They had 9 children: Ernest Walter Thomas, Hazel Irene, Milton Alfred, Marion Eva, Woodrow Lloyd, Lawrence, Doris, Lorna Jean and Raymond.

In 1918 when he registered for the US draft Ernest was a miner employed by the Vesta Coal Company. He was naturalized later that year. Ernest and Amy lived in Stockdale, PA until at least 1940.

Ernest died 9 November 1972 and the Find a Grave site shows that he and Amy are buried in Belle Vernon, PA.

Ernest Morse Astle

Ernest Morse Astle was born 12 October 1872 in Illinois to James Astle (Abt. 1840 - ), a physician, and Alice Crook (Abt. 1840 - ). Both parents were immigrants from England. In 1880 the family was in Stoneham, Massachusetts. It appears that Ernest never married; he was living with his parents in Los Angeles, California in the 1920 and 1930 censuses and was alone in 1940. He worked as a furniture salesman in 1920, had his own photography studio in 1930, and in 1940 was a salesman in a retail art gallery. Ernest died 10 July 1957 in Los Angeles.

Ersell Lee Astle

Ersell Lee Astle was born 4 June 1892 in Haven, Kansas where he lived in 1917. He was then married with one child and employed by W. H. Koch at Haven Light Company as a mechanic.

Ersell was the older brother of Olin Richard Astle who also registered for the draft. They were enumerated in 1900 and 1910 with parents and siblings in Haven. Their parents George S. Astle and Mary Brain were born in Illinois and George was a farmer.

In 1920 Ersell, his wife and 5 year old son, neither named in the census, were in Detroit. The 1930 census shows Ercell L. Astle with wife Blanch M. and children Dean R., 14, and Betty J., 8. Ersell’s brother Olin was living with the family.

In 1940 Dean was married to Mary and they were living with his parents as was his sister Betty. Ersell was still employed as a mechanic. Ercell Astle died in May 1968.

Everett L Astle

Everett L. Astle was born 18 March 1887 in Houlton, Maine according to his draft registration. At that time gave his home address as New Limerick, Maine and his occupation as a student at the Maine Institution for the Blind, which was established in Portland in 1905. He claimed exemption from the draft due to being totally blind.

John J. Astle and Susan M. Bamford were married about 1885. By 1900 the family was in New Limerick where John was a potato buyer. They had 4 sons all of whom registered for the WWI draft (Percey E., Everett L., William M., and Jacque J.) and one daughter, Daisy E. By 1910 Frank and Rena had joined the family. [For more on John J’s  parents and siblings click here.]

In 1929 Everett married Christine Sutherland or McLeod (suggesting she was previously married) and they are shown in a number of city directories for Portland until 1937. Everett appears alone after that until 1944. He is usually listed as an instructor and his business address is always given as 199 Park Avenue which is that of the Maine Institution for the Blind. Everett died 8 October 1950 and is buried in Portland, Maine.

Frank Astle

Frank Astle was born 21 November 1892 in South Bartonville, Illinois. When he registered for the WWI draft he lived in Mapleton, a village in Peoria County, Illinois where he was a carpenter for the Mapleton Coal Company. He reported being a private in the US Marine Corps.

Frank died 31 May 1941 in Mapleton. His death registration gives his occupation as machinist and painter and his parents’ names as John Astle and Mary Jane Londgen. Widowed Mary Jane is found in Hollis Township, Peoria, Illinois in 1900 with children Isabel, 13, William H., 10, Emma M., 10, Tomas, 8 and Frank, 6. Mary’s immigration date was given as 1888; she and Isabell were born in England. Mary’s occupation was given as wash woman and many of the neighbours were coal miners. With the exception of Isabell the family was enumerated together in 1920 when Frank was a coal miner.

Free BMD lists John Astle and Mary Jane Longden as marrying in the quarter ending June 1886 in the Shardlow Registration District. They were married at the Weslyan Methodist Chapel in Long Eaton, Derbyshire. Free BMD also shows Isabella Astle born in Shardlow in the quarter ending September 1887.

Mary Jane Longden is found in the 1871 UK census, aged 8 and born in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, with her parents Thomas and Harriet and siblings George, 15; Tom Edwin, 11; and William Henry, 4. The family was living in the parish of Long Eaton, registration district of Shardlow, Derbyshire. In the same census John Astle, aged 8 and born in Chellaston Derbyshire, was enumerated with his father Jacob and stepmother Ann (nee Copeland). John’s mother was Jacob’s first wife Isabella White who died in 1865.

On the 1881 census at Long Eaton John is enumerated as a Railway Wagon Fitter and is a Boarder in the house of John Fairbrother. The same census finds Mary Jane still at home in Long Eaton with her parents and siblings Tom and William.

In 1930 Frank, employed as a laborer, his wife Grace and their 3 year old daughter Ruth Julia were living with Grace’s mother Julia Walker and her elder daughter in Hollis.

In 1940 Frank, Grace, Ruth and son Paul, 8, were enumerated in Hollis where he was a spray painter for a road machinery manufacturer.

Frank and Grace are buried in Maple Ridge cemetery, Mapleton where he has a military marker as a WWI veteran in addition to a marker shared with his wife. An obituary indicates he served with the Marine Corps in Haiti in 1915 and in WWI from 1918-1919.

Frank Moffat Astle

Frank Moffat Astle was born 14 February 1873 in Vermont to Samuel D. Astle and Harriet C. Phelps. [See also relationship to Rodney Babcock Astle]. Frank is listed with his parents and 5 siblings in Waterford, VT in the 1880 census. In 1900 Frank was a single boarder in Lisbon, New Hampshire and working as a grist miller.

Frank’s WWI draft card shows him as a merchant in Whitefield, NH with Corinne Astle as next of kin. He had married Corrine Isabelle Weston in 1908. In 1920 the couple had a 4 year old son Charles F and in 1930 the 14 year old son was listed as Frank C. In both enumerations the family was in Whitefield and Frank was a retail furniture merchant.

Frank died 29 July 1935 in Whitefield and is buried in Lisbon, NH according to the Find a Grave site, which identifies his son as Charles Frederick (1915-2002).

Fred Astle

Fred Astle was born in 1886 in Blithbury, a small village in Lichfield District, Staffordshire, England. He was 6th of 8 children of Thomas Astle and Eliza Cooper. In the 1901 census the family was living at Armitage near Rugeley, Staffordshire.

Fred was 7 years younger than his brother William Weston who served in the British army in WWI. Like William, Fred and another brother Walter were coal miners with Fred and Walter immigrating to the USA where they worked in mines in the state of Pennsylvania and were naturalized as Americans. Fred’s other brothers John Herbert, Thomas Albert and Ernest also volunteered for the draft.

The 1930 American census shows Fred with his wife Agnes and two 17 year old daughters Mary and Anna in Stockdale, Washington County, Pennsylvania. The girls were thus born about 1913 and Fred’s draft form shows him as single in June of 1917.

Frederick Astle

Frederick Astle registered for the US draft in Ionia, Michigan in 1918 citing 26 August 1880 as his date of birth and Anna Maria Astle as nearest relative. Frederick said he was a reed maker and an English subject. The 1920 census shows Fred as an inspector in a reed factory and his brother Allan as a laborer in the factory. The Ypsilanti Reed Furniture Co. operated from 1913 to 1948 in Ionia. Fred and Annie had two children – Harriet, aged 7, and William, aged 9. Everyone was born in England except Harriet who was born in Canada.

An Ontario birth registration for Harriet Annie Astle shows her born 29 May 1913 in Little Current, Ontario to Frederick Astle, labourer, and Annie Maria Whitehouse, married in Middlesex, England 24 April 1909.

A list of passengers arriving in the port of Quebec from Liverpool 22 May 1911 includes Fredk Astle, aged 30 and married, who was a spinner in his native England intending to be a city labourer in his final destination of Little Current. When the family immigrated to the USA in 1916 Frederick’s father’s name was given, Edward Astle of Middleton, Manchester, as was that of Annie’s sister, Sarah Gibson of the same city. Frederick’s birthplace was given as Corbridge, Northumberland, England and his occupation as machinist.

The 1881 UK census for Corbridge shows Edward and Harriet Astle with their 7 month old son Fred and two older girls, Sarah Ellen and Maud. Edward’s occupation is recorded as instructor to volunteers and as each child was born in a different place including one in Ireland this suggests a possible military connection.

Edward was born in Prestbury, Cheshire and Harriet in Salisbury, Wiltshire. The 1901 census shows the family in Middleton, Lancaster where Edward is a surveyor’s clerk and Frederick a cotton mule spinner. There are 3 children younger than Frederick: William, Harriet Alice and Allan.

The 1911 census identifies Edward Astle as an army pensioner and retired clerk and indicates that in their 42 years of marriage his wife Harriet bore 10 children of whom 5 were still living. Edward is found as a two year old in the 1841 census in his birthplace of Prestbury, Macclesfield, Cheshire with his father Joseph, a silk weaver, mother Elizabeth, and 7 older siblings. By 1851 Elizabeth was widowed and 7 of her 8 children, including 11 year old Edward, were silk weavers.

George Lenord Astle

Moses Astle(s) and Jane Vanderbilt [or Vanderbeck] had 11 children in Derby, New Brunswick between 1872 and 1899. At the turn of the century the parents and most of their children immigrated to Millinocket, Maine.  Five of their 7 sons (Robert, Duncan, Clinton, George and Weldon) registered there for the WWI draft.

George’s birth date of 30 Apr 1895, as reported when he registered for the draft, is consistent with stated age in the 1901 Canadian census and the 1910 US census. In the 1940 US census George was single, employed in a paper mill and living alone in a home he owned. George died 3 Dec 1966 in Millinocket. An account on Find a Grave states that George was employed by the Great Northern Paper Company and also served as a guide and warden. It also indicates he had served in the U.S. Army in World War I.

Guy William Astle

Guy William Astle was born 1 February 1888 in Haven, Kansas where, in 1917, he was the owner of a department store and married with two children.

In 1900 Guy was in Haven with his parents C.W. (born about 1854 in Illinois) and M.E. (born about 1857 in Germany) Astle. The couple also had three daughters: Amy B., 1878; Della M., 1884; and Mildred B. 1893. All the children were born in Kansas. C.W. was Charles William, youngest son of Richard Astle and Sarah Hibbert.

Guy and his wife Laura D. were enumerated in 1920 with three daughters: Lafaun, 8; Dortha, 6; and Martha J., 7 months. Guy was a merchant with a general store. By 1930 Guy was employed in banking. In 1940 the couple had only one daughter at home, Genevieve, 20, apparently Martha G. from 1930.

Guy died 26 July 1959 and is buried in Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson, Kansas.

Harold Astle

In 1918 Harold Astle was a self-employed Kansas farmer whose land was in Kingstown, Ford County while he resided in Hutchinson, Reno County. He was born 6 May 1897 in Haven, Kansas as was his father. He gave his nearest relative as Thomas Frank Astle of Hutchinson.

In 1910 Harold and his brother Clifford were enumerated with their parents Thomas F. and Edith D. in Sodville, Ford County. Thomas was a farmer whose own father was born in England. In 1920 the household consisted of Thomas, Edith and Harold. (Harold’s grandfather was William Astle son of Richard and Sarah Astle).

The 1930 census indicates that Harold and his wife Arlene B. were married about 1923. In 1930 they were living in Sodville, where he was a wheat farmer. The 1940 census shows them in the same location with 8 year old daughter Edith Ellen. Harold died 26 March 1989 and is buried in Bucklin, Ford County. His grave stone indicates he was a WWI veteran.

Harold Frank Astle

Harold Frank Astle was born 17 May 1892 in Houlton, Maine, one of 6 children of Alfred Astle [For more on Alfred’s  ancestors click here.], a house carpenter, and Anna Beek (or Beck), both born in Doaktown, New Brunswick. Alfred immigrated in 1884 and was naturalized in 1904; Alma immigrated in 1886. Harold Frank’s brothers Earl Merritt and Ray Milton also registered for the draft. Their sisters were Maud, Veta and Margaret.

When H. Frank Astle registered for the draft in 1917 he was a carpenter living in Houlton, Maine and was married with a child. He had married Reta May Colson of Houlton in 1916; he was a mailman and she was a clerk. In 1920 Harold F. Astle was a roomer in Essex, Massachusetts and employed as a carpenter.

The 1930 census shows Harold F. Astle as a carpenter with wife Marion P. Astle, 27, and daughter Marion J., 13, in Milton, Massachusetts. In 1940 H. Frank and Marion Astle were in Exeter, New Hampshire where he was a merchant. Harold Frank also completed a WWII draft card which shows him employed by Exeter Brass Works.

Frank Harold Astle died 7 July 1953 and is buried in Newton, Massachusetts. An application for a headstone for military veterans shows that he was in the US Navy.

Ira Thomas Astle

Ira Thomas Astle was born 27 January 1877 according to his WWI draft registration. He was a post office clerk residing in Lafayette hill, Montgomery County, PA with his wife Lidie.

The 1880 census for Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland includes the household of Thomas Astle, a shoemaker, (b. abt. 1845 in New Jersey), his wife Amy born in Pennsylvania and three children Martha, 12, Ira, 3, and Annie, 1.

In 1900 Ira and Lydia were enumerated in Philadelphia with one month old Ira Paul, and Annie, sister of Ira, Sr. who was a trolley conductor. By 1910 Ira was a postal clerk and there were 5 children in the Whitemarsh, PA home plus his mother. In 1920 there were 7 children. The family was in Whitemarsh in the 1920, 1930 and 1940 censuses.

Ira died 19 July 1952 in Chestnut, PA according to a family tree posted on Ancestry.com, which shows his wife’s maiden name as Minker. Some of Ira’s descendants now spell their surname Estle according to one descendant.

Jack (John) Spruce Astle

Jack Spruce Astle lived in Portland, Connecticut, worked as a foreman and was married to Ada when he registered for the WWI draft. He gave his date of birth as 24 January 1873. The 1900 census shows John and Ada in Philadelphia where he worked as a house painter. In 1910 they lived in Portland and he was a house painter. By 1920 John was a painter with his own shop.  They had 3 children (Ida E., May A. and John Jr.) and were still in Portland. The three censuses show him as born in New York.

John S. Astle died in 1928 and a newspaper story reports that he fell to his death from a church steeple while setting up scaffolding. Two brothers are mentioned, Arthur J. of Portland and William of New York, plus a sister Mrs. Ada Miller of Los Angles.

John’s gravestone, pictured on the Find a Grave site, gives his birth year as 1877. His wife is shown as Ada Haynes Astle (1873-1942). The 1877 birthdate is consistent with Jack being the brother of William Henry, Arthur James and Ada E. and all being children of William and Mary, who some researchers indicate was Mary Annie Spruce. This family is found in the 1881 census in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire in England with John T. aged 4 plus siblings Ada and Arthur.

Jacob Cealand Astle

In 1918 Jacob Cealand Astle was employed by the City of Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine as superintendent of City Farm and gave City Farm as his home address. He had married Emma C. Laflin of Augusta in 1905 and had previously married Margrett A. Bill in 1900.

The draft card shows Jacob born 22 September 1880 in New Hampshire. However, he is recorded as a 9 month old baby with his parents in Northumberland, New Hampshire in 1880. His parents were Joseph C. Astle and Elenor R. Ellingwood who were married in Milan, New Hampshire in 1878. The 1880 census says that Joseph and his parents were born in Canada.

Joseph was born in Canada about 1858, the son of Edwin Astle, according to his marriage registration. There is a baptism recorded for Joseph Ceylon Astle in 1858 in the Congregational Church of Danville, Quebec in which Joseph is identified as the son of Edwin Astle of Warwick and Sarah Nutting.

In 1900 Jacob was enumerated with his parents and a younger sister and brother. In 1910 he and Emma were alone, having lost an infant son in 1906. In 1920 they had two daughters, 9 and 3 years old. Jacob appears in a city directory as late as 1959.

Jacque Astle

In 1918 Jacque Astle was employed by the Bangor and Aroostock Railway in Ludlow, Maine. He gave a birthdate of July 13, 1897 and birthplace of New Brunswick, Maine. He said his father had been born in Miramachi, New Brunswick, indicating Canadian ancestry. He married Tressa Green of New Limerick in 1917.

John J. Astle and Susan M. Bamford were married about 1885. By 1900 the family was in New Limerick where John was a potato buyer. They had 4 sons all of whom registered for the WWI draft (Percey E., Everett L., William M., and Jacque J.) and one daughter, Daisy E. By 1910 Frank and Rena had joined the family. [For more on John J’s  parents and siblings click here.]

In 1920 Jacque and Tressa had two infant children and he was a railway station agent in Ludlow. By 1930 they were in Gardiner, Maine where he was a telegraph operator. 1940 found him as a bus driver in Farmingdale, Maine. In 1949 Jacque married Mildred Douglas.

James Astle

James Astle was born 7 May 1895 in Annandale, New Jersey. He was found with his family in 1900 and 1920 in Clinton, Hunterdon County, NJ. His parents were George W. (b. abt. 1862 in USA) and Minnie (b. abt. 1869 in USA) and his sister Harriet was two years older. The 1930 census indicates James was married but he was a boarding in the home of another couple in Clinton, NJ.

James was employed as a grinder in a steel plant when he registered for the WWI draft. He did serve in the military as he appears in an index of the US National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers which indicates he was admitted in 1931 in Leavenworth, Kansas. James died 7 April 1862 and is buried in Beverly National Cemetery in Burlington County, NJ.

James Ruben Astle

James Ruben Astle was born 28 October 1888 in Wyoming, the son of John Astle (1846-1919) and Melvina Banks (1866-1946). When James registered for the WWI draft he was working as a ranch hand in the Grover, WY area and was married with one child.  

James’ brothers Alma Paul, Elwood William and John Alva also registered for the draft as did his half-brothers, William Wilford and Joseph Hyrum, and two sons of his half-brother John Francis, Sr.  - John Francis, Jr. and Vernon Lenox. See the biography of William Llewellyn Astle for more information on the family of John Astle.

In 1915 James married Iva (or Ivy) Anderson (1893-1981) and they had 8 children. James died June 11, 1959 in Boise, Idaho and is buried in Grover.

John Alva Astle

When John Alva Astle registered for the WWI draft he was working as a ranch hand in the Grover, WY area and was married with one child. John’s brothers Alma Paul, Elwood William and James Ruben also registered for the draft as did his half-brothers, William Wilford and Joseph Hyrum, and , and two sons of his half-brother John Francis, Sr. - John Francis, Jr. and Vernon Lenox. John was born 17 January 1890 in Afton, WY to John Astle (1846-1919) and Melvina Banks (1866-1946).

In 1915 John married Tennie E. Anderson in Salt Lake City and they had 5 children. They lived in Freedom, Wyoming where John was a cheese maker in 1920. By 1930 the family was in Beaver City, Utah and John was a dairyman and cheese maker. In 1940 they had moved to Salt Lake City, Utah and John was employed as a janitor in a lumber mill. John died 30 October 1951 in Salt Lake City.

John B. Astle

John B. Astle was born 1 January 1888 in Zion, Maryland. In 1917 he worked as a farmer for John W. Astle at Principio and lived at Rising Sun, MD. He was married with one child.

John was the brother of Arthur A. who also registered for the draft. They are cousins to William Hunter Astle whose father William W. is brother of their father John W.

John B. and Arthur appear in the 1900 census with their parents John Jr. and Annie and 2 brothers and 4 sisters in Calvert, Cecil County, Maryland. According to the 1910 census John and Annie had then been married 25 years and Annie was the mother of 8 children, 7 living. Both of John’s parents were reported as born in England.

In 1920 John was widowed with two sons Charles C. (3) and Norris C. (2). His sister Mable lived with him and the children.

By 1930 John was remarried to Helen T. John died in 1959 and is buried in Calvert, MD with Lucile C. (1888-1918) and Helen T. (1898-1975).

John Francis Astle

John Francis Astle was born 13 July 1892 in Grover, Wyoming where he still lived in 1917. At that time John was married with one child. He was a farmer.

John Francis and Vernon Lenox Astle were two of 13 children of John Francis Astle, Sr., (1869-1951) and Lauretta Hepworth (1874-1918) and grandsons of John Astle (1846-1919) and Isabel Jane Bradshaw. See the biography of William Llewellyn Astle for more information on the family of John Astle (1846-1919).

John Francis Sr. was the brother of William Wilford and Joseph Hyrum Astle and half-brother of Alma Paul, James Ruben, John Alva, and Elwood William Astle.

John Francis Jr. married Laura Thelma Carling in 1927 and they had 9 children. He died 9 October 1951 and is buried in Grover.

John Franklin Astle

John Franklin Astle was born 13 May 1883 in the USA and in 1918 resided in Haven, Kansas where he was a rural letter carrier. He was married to Hazel Vistula Astle.

In 1900 Frank Astle, 17, appears in the census in Haven with parents Henry, a farmer born in England, and M.M. plus siblings Bess, 21, and Fredrick (Charles Fredrick), 8, and grandmother M. Wilson. (Henry was a son of Richard and Sarah Astle).

The 1905 Kansas state census showed J.F. and Hazel Astle with infant daughter Velma. By 1901 they also had son Darwyn aged 1.

The 1930 census found mail carrier J. Frank Astle in Haven with wife Hazel V. and son J. Darwin, aged 20. In 1940 mail carrier John F. Astle, 55, was in Kechi in the County of Sedgwick, Kansas with wife Helen M., 28.

John died on November 10th 1953 and is buried at Laurel Cemetery, Haven, Kansas.

John Herbert Astle

John Herbert Astle was born 19 April 1884 in the Lichfield District of Staffordshire, England, the 5th child of Thomas A. Astle and his wife Eliza Cooper. John Herbert was the brother of Thomas Albert, Ernest, Fred and Walter who also registered for the draft, and William Weston who served in the British Army in WWI. Like their father, all the brothers were coal miners.

John arrived in the USA with his brother Fred in 1903 to join their father in Pennsylvania. John married Ohio-born Margaret in 1907 and they had 8 children: Thomas, Herbert or Earl, Spence, Ruth, Dorothy, John, Norma and Edward.
John died in 1955, predeceased by Margaret in 1938, and they are buried in Washington County, PA (Find a Grave).

John Wesley Astle

John Wesley Astle was born 7 May 1881 in the USA and in 1918 was a self-employed farmer in Haven, Kansas and married to Eva.

In 1900 J.W. Astle, age 19, was found in Haven with his parents William, born 1840 in England (the son of Richard Astle and Sarah Hibbert), and Laurifer, born 1847. The couple had two other children William R., 21, and M.R., a daughter, 17. John Wesley’s brother William Richard also registered for the WWI draft as did Thomas Franklin who appears to be their half-brother.

By 1910 farmer John W. Astle was married to Eva and they had three children: William P., 7; Helen L., 4; and Grace E., 1. In 1920 Wesley J., and Eva Astle had Helen and Grace with them plus three younger sons: Tom, 9; Guy, 7; and Robert, 5 as well as son Pierce, 17, presumably William P.

In 1940 J. Wesley and Eva Astle were alone except for a granddaughter Mildred aged 12. He died the same year and is buried in Laurel Cemetery, Haven, Kansas.

Joseph Byron Astle

Joseph Byron Astle was born 16 January 1891 in Haven, Kansas. In 1917 he was married and lived in Hutchinson, Kansas where he worked as an insurance and loan agent.

Joseph is found in the 1900 and 1910 censuses with his widowed mother Serena and his younger sister Serena. There is considerable information on Find a Grave about this family including the names of Joseph’s parents, Joseph Astle (1845 - 1899) and Serena Alice Fowler (1856 - 1936), and his wife, Pauline Frances Carlton. Joseph Sr. was a son of Richard and Sarah Astle.

In 1920 Joseph and Pauline were enumerated with their infant son Joseph C. By 1930 they also had a 6 year old daughter who died in 1936. Joseph continued to live in Hutchinson and to work in the same field until at least 1940 where he was a partner and salesman in an insurance company.

Joseph died 15 June 1963 and is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson, Kansas.

Joseph Glen Astle

Joseph Glen Astle was born 16 July 1900 in the USA and in 1918 was a student in Manhattan, Kansas. His home address was Haven and his nearest relative, C. R. Astle of Haven.

The 1910 census included the family of Charles R. Astle, a retail merchant with a general store who was born in Illinois and whose father was born in England, and his wife Evena S. They had three children: Glen, Vivian and Lucelle.

By 1920 Charlie, their father, was a Bank Cashier. Charles, whose father Joseph was a son of Richard and Sarah Astle, also registered for the WWI draft.

The 1930 census shows the Los Angeles, California household of Joseph G., his wife Esther M. and their 5 year old son Robert G. Joseph was a real estate salesman.

Joseph died 29 December 1964 and is buried at Laurel Cemetery, Haven, Kansas.

Joseph Hyrum Astle

Joseph Hyrum Astle was born 24 August 1881 in Montpelier, Idaho to John Astle and Isabella Jane Bradshaw. See the biography of William Llewellyn Astle for more information on the family of John Astle.

Joseph was the brother of William Wilford and John Francis, Sr., whose sons John Francis, Jr. and Vernon Lenox registered for the WWI draft. Alma Paul, James Ruben, John Alva, and Elwood William Astle were Joseph’s half-brothers.

Joseph married Elizabeth E. Price (1881-1979) about 1906. The 1910 census shows Joseph as a merchant with a retail store in Round Valley, Rich County, Utah; however, by 1918 he was a farmer in Smithfield, Cache County, Utah. Joseph died 24 January 1961 and is buried in Logan, Cache County, Utah.

Joseph Michael (or Mark) Astle

There is a WWI draft registration for Joseph Michael Astle, born 7 October 1879 and self-employed in the transfer and storage business in Harden, Montana. His next of kin was Emily Astle. An Idaho death record for Joseph Mark Astle has the same birth date and this name is used in an obituary published on Find a Grave. He died 4 July 1953 and is buried in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Joseph is found with his parents and 4 older siblings (Thomas, Marian, Edwin and Louis) in Galva, Illinois in the 1880 census. His parents were Edwin P. Astle, born in England and Maria Burke, born in Ireland.  By 1900 the family had moved about 25 miles to Galesburg, Illinois and Benjamin, Beatrice and Emily had joined the family.

The 1910 census shows J. M. Astle, a farmer, in Hardin, Montana with wife Alice (nee Alice Emily Cunningham), married 6 years, and two young children, Pauline and Edwin, who were enumerated with their parents again in 1930. Prior to his retirement Joseph had been a postmaster.

Louis Astle

When Louis Astle registered for the WWI draft he lived at 812 South Academy, Galesburg, Illinois. His next of kin was Mrs. Nellie Astle of the same address and he was employed as a conductor by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.

Louis was born 19 Nov 1877 in Iowa to Edwin P. Astle, born in England and Maria Burke, born in Ireland.  The couple was enumerated in Galva, Illinois in 1880 with 5 children: Thomas, Marian, Edwin, Louis and Joseph. By 1900 the family was in Galesburg, Illinois and Benjamin, Beatrice and Emily had joined the family. Louis was a blacksmith.

Louis seems to have lived in Galesburg continuously. He married Nellie Sutter in 1905 and in 1910 they had a two year old daughter, Catherine, and Nellie’s mother also lived with them. By 1920 they also had a son, Robert. In 1940 Catherine and her 8 year old son were enumerated with Louis and Nellie. Louis died in 1963 and he and Nellie are buried in Galesburg.

Milan Clark Astle

When Milan Clark Astle registered for the WWI draft he gave his occupation as hardware clerk and poultry business and said he was employed by his father Chas B. Astle in Momence, Illinois. He also stated he was an infantry officer.

Milan was born 27 June 1889 to Charles B. Astle (1863-1931) and Grace L. Clark who married in 1888 in Illinois. Charles’ death registration gives his birthplace as Momence, IL and says his parents William and Emily Astle were born in England. However, the 1880 census shows Charles as the grandson of William, 56, a tinner, and Ellen Astle, 56, who are buried in Momence.

Other household members were the couple’s daughters Emily, 32, born in England; and Ella, 17, born in Illinois; and William’s brother Henry, 42, born in England. Charles’ father was said to have been born in Illinois and his mother in Indiana.

The 1860 census for Ganeer, Kankakee County (Momence was the post office location), Illinois, United States includes William, 38; Ellen, 38; Emily, 15; and Catherine Astle, 13; all born in England. William’s occupation was tinsmith. William was naturalized in 1872 in the Circuit Court of Kankakee County (Illinois, Northern District, Naturalizations). The service records of the US Civil War show William Astle served with the 97th Regiment, Illinois Infantry from 1861-65 although there is no additional information to indicate whether it was the same William Astle.

The New York Passenger Lists show that a W. Astle aged 33 and a Tailor, together with Ellen, 33, Emily, 10, Cath, 7 and an infant of 8 months arrived on 26 October 1857 aboard the Lucy Thompson from Liverpool.

The UK 1851 census shows the household of William Astle, 27, Brazier And Tin Plate Worker, born in Wilne, Derbyshire and his wife Ellen, 27, born in Sutton, Derbyshire. The couple, residing at Back Lane, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, had 3 children: Emily, 4, born in St Alkmunds, Derbyshire; Catherine, 2, born in Allestree, Derbyshire; and Alfred, 2 months, born in Nuneaton. (Alfred died the following year in Nuneaton).

Free BMD shows marriages in the registration district of Derby for June 1846 where the names of William Astle and Ellen Heath occur on the same page. The parish of St Alkmund, Emily’s birthplace as reported in 1851 is in Derby registration district.

In 1841 John and Catharine Astle, both aged about 40 were enumerated at Brick Row, St Alkmund, Darley Abbey in the county of Derbyshire. In the household were William, 17; Hannah, 15; George M., 13; Mary, 8 and Henry 3. The whole family was reported born in Derbyshire. Another family of 8 was at the same address. The presence of Henry whose age matches that of William’s brother in the 1880 US census contributes to confidence that this is the right family.

Charles, Grace and their children Milan, Louise and Bernice are found in the 1900 census in Momence where Milan appears to have spent his entire life. Charles was reported born April 1865 in Illinois of English born parents and married 12 years to Grace. In both 1900 and 1910 Charles was a hardware merchant.

By 1910 Charles was widowed with son Milan and 3 daughters Louise, Bernice and Charlotte. Milan is found in 1920 with his wife Florence and 3 children: Vivian, 5, Mary, 3, and Charles, 1. Milan and Florence were divorced and in 1930 and 1940 he was enumerated with wife Julia. From 1920 to 1940 Milan’s occupation was given as hardware merchant.

Milan died 12 January 1968 (Social Security Death Index and Find a Grave) and is buried in Momence. Find a Grave also indicates that Milan’s son Charles M. Astle (1918-2009) owned and operated Astle Hardware in Momence for 37 years and was a decorated veteran of WWII.

Nelson Ulysses Astle

Nelson Ulysses Astle was born 19 April 1896 in Houlton, Maine where he still resided in 1917. When he registered for the draft Nelson U. Astle said he was an express clerk and reported 3 years of service in the National Guard and the rank of corporal.

Nelson’s parents were Jeremiah (Jerry) Astle (1858-1919) born in Miramachi, New Brunswick and Ellen (Nellie) Hennigan (1865-1956) born in Johnsonville, New Brunswick. Jerry’s parents were George N. Astle and Elizabeth Lyons and his older brother was Daniel, grandfather of Harold Frank, Earl Merritt and Ray Milton Astle, who also registered for the draft. [For further explanation click here.]

In 1900 Ulyssus Astle was recorded with his parents and 4 sisters in Houlton, Maine. By 1910 there was another sister in the family and the eldest sister, who was married, was enumerated with her infant son, her parents and siblings. In 1920 Nelson U. Astle was counted twice, with his mother and two sisters and also as a boarder in Fort Fairfield, Maine. He was employed as a picture theatre operator.

Nelson U. Astle is listed in the Wakefield, Massachusetts City Directory as a laborer in 1934 as is Percey Astle. The Find a Grave site includes a burial for Ulysses Nelson who died 22 March 1954 and is buried in Houlton.

Olin Richard Astle

Olin Richard Astle registered for the WWI draft in Detroit, Michigan where he was employed as an automotive helper at the Cadillac Motor Company. He was married with a 15 month old child and was recorded as born 3 May 1889 in Haven Kansas.

However, Olin (born May 1894) was enumerated in 1900 in Haven with father George, a farmer born 1866 in Illinois, mother (transcribed as H.E. but could be M.C.), and siblings Ercell (1891) and Gladys (1899). The parents were born in Illinois and the children in Kansas. The next entry on the census sheet is for Richard, born Feb 1837 in England and a farmer, married 26 years to his wife F. D. No children were with them and no immigration info was filled in for him. (Richard was Olin’s grandfather and son of Richard and Sarah Astle).

In 1910 Richard Olin, 15, Ercell L., 17, and Gladys L., 11, were with father George S., his wife Mary C. and their younger sister Francis, 3.

The 1930 census found Olin employed painting buildings in Detroit. He was divorced and living with his brother Ercell and his family. Olin Richard Astle died 5 February 1946 in Detroit and is buried in Haven, Kansas. His death record gives his parents’ names as George S. Astle and Mary Brain.

Oliver Francis Astle

When Oliver Francis Astle registered for the WWI draft his birth date was recorded as 1 August 1880. There is, however a birth registration for Oliver Francis Astle, born 1 August 1883 in Montpelier, Idaho, son of Francis Thomas Astle and Mercy Jane Campbell. The same birth date was given when Oliver Astle died 25 July 1970 in Los Angeles, California.

When Oliver registered for the draft he was living in Venice, California (part of the city of Los Angeles since 1926) and married to Alma. The 1910 census showed them married for 3 years and Oliver working as a farm hand in Garfield, Colorado. By 1920 he was divorced and working as a laborer; by 1930 he had been married to Hannah for 3 years and was working as a jewelry salesman. In 1940 he was a clerk.

Oliver may be related to William Llewellyn Astle, Joseph Hyrum Astle and William Wilford Astle who were also born in Montpelier and are related to each other.

Owen Harold Astle

Owen Harold Astle was born 27 September 1893 in Northumberland, New Hampshire to Austin Weeks Astle (abt. 1863 – 1931) and Ida Mae Benton. William Benton was his younger brother. Edwin Astle and Sarah Nutting were his grandparents. Jacob Cealand Astle and Edwin George Astle were first cousins to William and Owen.

In 1900 Owen was enumerated in Stark with his parents and 3 sisters: Edna L., Hazel P., and Lila A. Austin was a farmer; he and his parents were reported as born in Canada. By 1910 William B., the youngest child, was with the family.

When he registered for the draft in 1917 William was a lumberman employed by Odell Mfg. Co. in Northumberland, NH. In 1920 Owen was recorded as working in a lumber camp and living in Northumberland with his married sister Edna L. Pike and her family.

In 1921 Owen married Lucille Atkinson and by 1930 they had a daughter aged 7 and a son, 6. Owen was described as a finisher in a paper mill in 1930 and as a laborer in a paper mill in 1940. His employer was Groveton Papers Co. when he registered for the WWII draft at the age of 49.

Owen died 28 September 1960 and is buried in Northumberland Cemetery. An application for a veteran’s headstone indicates he enlisted in June 1918 and was discharged less than 6 months later having served as a private, Co. B, 59th Ammo Train, A. A. in WWI.

Percey Elden Astle

When Percey Elden Astle registered for the draft he gave his employer as Hollingsworth & Whitney in Winslow, Maine and his father as John J. Astle [For more on John J’s  parents and siblings click here.] of Houlton, Maine. He said he was born 6 July 1884 in Maine.

John J. Astle and Susan M. Bamford were married about 1885. By 1900 the family was in New Limerick where John was a potato buyer. They had 4 sons all of whom registered for the WWI draft (Percey E., Everett L., William M., and Jacque J.) and one daughter, Daisy E. By 1910 Frank and Rena had joined the family.

Percey married Jessie Bangs in Woodstock, New Brunswick. The record book lists 34 marriages on a page with considerable detail, including parents’ names, but gives no dates. Percey and Jessie are on the 1910 census in New Limerick with 3 children, the eldest 3 years and were said to be married for 4 years. The 1920 census shows the 3 children plus a younger brother with Percey’s parents. Jessie had died in 1918 and Percey was enumerated with his second wife Elizabeth in Boston. By 1930 this couple had two children and Percey was a railway conductor. In 1940 he was a motorman on the Boston Electric Elevated Railway.

Perley Orin Astle

Perley Orin Astle was born 17 September 1892 in Concord, Vermont, the eldest child of A. Oscar Astle (abt 1857 – 1931), a farmer, and his wife Nellie Ford. Perley is found with his parents and younger sister Marion in Victory, VT in 1900. Ten years later they were in Danville VT and Perley had a younger sister, Rae N. At that time both Perley and his father were laborers.
 
A. (Ashley or Ashur) Oscar Astle was baptized in Danville, Quebec in 1858 at 1 year of age along with 4 older siblings. They were the children of James Astle and Rachel Nutting. This strongly suggests a connection with Jacob Cealand Astle, Edwin George Astle, William Benton Astle and Owen Harold Astle, all descended from Edwin Astle and Sarah Nutting who baptized at least one child in Danville, Quebec.

When he registered for the draft in 1917 Perley was living in St. Johnsbury, VT and was a foreman in a machine shop in St. Catherines, Ontario. He had married Ruby A. Whitney in 1916 and the 1920 census shows them living in Warren, Ohio where he was employed as an electric tester and she was a stenographer.

In 1929 Perley married Georgianna Gilbert Blue and in 1930 they were living with her 5 Blue children from her previous marriage. He also registered for the draft in WWII when he was employed by the Boston and Maine Railroad as a section foreman. Perley died 2 January 1948 and prior to his death was employed as a railway patrolman.

Ralph Astle

Ralph Astle was born 3 September 1888 in Haven, Kansas. In 1917 he resided at Kingman, Kansas where he was a Miller at Kansas Flour Mills Co. Ralph was married with three children and reported three years previous military service as a private in the infantry with the national service.

In 1895 the Kansas state census shows Kate Astle, 25, and Ralph, 5, living in Lincoln, Reno County. About 1896 Kate married again, to E. Fendley, and in 1900 the family was in Haven.

In 1910 Ralph was one of six boarders in a home in Hutchinson, Kansas and was working a teamster although his birthplace was erroneously given as Missouri.

In 1920 Ralph was a Miller in Harper, Kansas. He and his wife Kathryne had four children. He died 4 March 1923 and is buried in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Ray Alfred Astle

Ray Alfred Astle was born 26 May 1899 in the USA. In 1918 he was employed as a farm laborer by John Guy Astle of Merrimac, Sauk, Wisconsin and his next of kin was his mother Grace.

In 1900 Ray, his parents John and Grace A. and his paternal grandparents William and Alatha were enumerated in Caledonia, Columbia County, Wisconsin. They were a farming family. William (born 1841) and his parents were reported as born in England with William’s immigration year given as 1845.

William was found in Kingston, Sauk County, Wisconsin in 1860 with his parents William (born abt 1805) and Sarah and 3 younger siblings. The family was not found in the 1850 census but was located in 1841 Marston upon Dove, Derbyshire in 1841 when William and Sarah had 4 daughters and 2 month old William.

In 1910 John G. and Alba G. Astle had 4 children: Ray A., 10; Zella M, 8; Stella, 5; and George W., 3. By 1920 Robert had joined the family.

In 1930 Ray was employed as a mechanic in a garage. He was enumerated with his wife Marie E. and their 6 year old daughter Betty G. in Merrimac. The couple had been married 8 years. Ray died in February 1959 and is buried in Baraboo, Sauk County, Wisconsin.

Ray Milton Astle

Ray Milton Astle was born 5 September 1896 in Houlton, Maine, one of 6 children of Alfred Astle, a house carpenter, and Anna Beek (or Beck), both born in Doaktown, New Brunswick. Alfred immigrated in 1884 and was naturalized in 1904; Alma immigrated in 1886. Ray Milton’s brothers Earl Merritt and Harold Frank also registered for the draft. Their sisters were Maud, Veta and Margaret. [For more on Alfred’s  ancestors click here.]

Ray was a chemistry student at the University of Maine in Orono in 1917 and reported 2 years as a private in the university cadets. He was enumerated with his parents in 1900, 1910 and 1920. In 1927 Ray married Margaret G. Harrigan, also of Houlton.

The 1930 census shows the couple in Houlton where Ray was a teacher. Also in the household was their one year old son and his mother. In 1940 Ray was a letter carrier and two more children had joined the family.

Ray died 25 Mar 1963 and is buried in Houlton. An application for a headstone for military veterans indicates he served in both WWI and WWII and was a Captain, 315 Base Unit AAF. There is a photograph of his headstone on the Find a Grave site.

Reese Astle

Reese Astle was born 6 January 1878 and when he registered for the WWI draft gave the same address as his brother William Jacob Astle and Austin B. Astle, both of whom also registered for the draft: 6 Vineland, Salem, New Jersey.

Reese was the son of David Astle (1839-1926) and Rachel Silverthorn (1842-1916). This couple had 7 children and 6 were living in 1900. Marten H., William Jacob, Reese H., Maggie S. and Carrie E. were enumerated with the parents in Pittsgrove, New Jersey. In 1910 Reese had been married to Ethel for a year.

David shows up in a U.S Civil War draft registration aged 23 in 1863. The 1860 census for Clinton, Hunterdon, NJ includes James A. Astle, a farmer born in England about 1806, with Anna, 20 and David, 21, both born in New Jersey, and Rachel Astle, aged 81 and born in England.

In the same community were Joseph and Caroline Astle with 10 month old Theodore. This couple would later become the parents of Austin B. Astle. The 1870 census shows David and Rachel Astle with son Martin H. aged 2.

Reese was widowed and residing with his brother Martin and Martin’s family in 1920. Reese died in 1936 and is buried in Elmer, Salem County, NJ (Find a Grave).

Richard Astle

Richard Astle was born 25 December 1884 and was a railway brakeman living in Philadelphia when he registered for the WWI draft. He gave his next of kin as Mrs. Alice Cunningham, apparently his sister, and said he was a citizen due to his father’s naturalization. Alice Edith Astle, a 17 year old machinist, and Richard Astle, aged 11, appear on a passenger list for a ship arriving 7 July 1894 in Philadelphia. Just over a year later they appear with a sister Frances on another ship, also arriving in Philadelphia from Liverpool, to join their father. Nottingham is given as their previous residence.

The 1881 UK census for Radford, Nottingham shows Samuel, a joiner, and Rebecca Astle whose 7 children include Alice and Frances plus 5 sons: James, Samuel, William, John and Isaiah. A Philadelphia city directory for 1893 lists Samuel Astle, carpenter, on the same street Alice and her siblings gave as their destination in 1895. The 1900 census shows Samuel, carpenter, born in England with wife Mary. He is described as an alien who immigrated in 1882.

By 1910 Samuel was naturalized and he and Mary were said to be married for 20 years, his second and her first marriage. The same census has Rebecca Astle, identified as mother of 9 children, 7 still living, and widowed head of a Philadelphia household including her son Richard, 26, a clerk in a weaving mill. Another ship’s passenger list, from 1897, shows Rebecca, a widowed dressmaker from Nottingham, arriving with son Ronald (who would also register for the draft) aged 10. Rebecca and Samuel Astle are buried near each other in a Frankford, PA cemetery with Alice Cunningham listed as owner of the plots.

Richard also registered during WWII but his date of death is not presently known.

Robert Allen Astle

Moses Astle(s) and Jane Vanderbilt [or Vanderbeck] had 11 children in Derby, New Brunswick between 1872 and 1899. At the turn of the century the parents and most of their children immigrated to Millinocket, Maine.  Five of their 7 sons (Robert, Duncan, Clinton, George and Weldon) registered there for the WWI draft.

Robert’s draft registration recorded a birthdate of 22 April 1874, consistent with reported ages of 6 and 16 on the 1881 and 1891 Canadian censuses. He was with his parents and brothers in Millinocket in 1910 where his occupation was given as log driver at a paper mill. His immigration year was said to be 1903 and his status alien.

Robert died 28 November 1922 of pneumonia in Bangor, Maine where he had lived for only 9 months and had been employed as a yard watchman.

Robert William Astle

Robert William Astle was born 20 January 1898 in Connecticut. When he registered for the draft in 1918 he was an electrician. Robert appeared in the 1900 census for Fairfield CT with his parents Thomas, (abt 1869 - ) who was born in England and immigrated in 1882, and Elizabeth (abt 1879 - ) born in CT and younger brother Thomas J. Astle. Thomas, Sr. was naturalized in 1903 and in 1920 John, aged 12, had joined the family.

Robert, his wife Grace and their son Robert, 5, were enumerated in Fairfield in 1930 and by 1940 Robert’s mother Elizabeth was living with them. On the same street in 1940 was John H. Astle, age 32, with his wife Betty and their 5 year old son John E.

Rodney Babcock Astle

Rodney Babcock Astle was born 28 January 1900. In 1900 Rodney is found aged 5 months with Samuel J. (abt. 1865 - ) and Maud (abt. 1874 - ) Astle in Monroe. By 1910 there were two daughters in the family. Reported birthplaces were: the children in New Hampshire, the parents in Vermont, Samuel’s father in Canada and his mother in Vermont.

In 1918 Rodney was a farmer employed by S.J. Astle. Rodney was still with his parents and 4 other children in 1920.

The 1880 census indicates that Samuel J. Astle was brother to Frank Moffett Astle while the 1870 census shows that Ralph Bugbee Astle (father of Roy Ralph) was another brother. They were all sons of Samuel D. Astle (abt 1833 – 1908), who was born in Canada, and Harriet C. Phelps.

Samuel D’s death record gives his parents as Joseph Astle and Abigail Darwin. One researcher shows the elder Samuel’s middle name as Dorwell and another shows the younger Samuel’s middle name as Joseph but this writer has not seen supporting documentation.

By 1930 Rodney was married to Lucinda I. and they were living in Newport, Orleans, Vermont with 3 children aged 9 to 2. He was a feed salesman. Peacham, Caledonia, Vermont was the family home in 1940 when Rodney was described as a farm laborer. There were 5 children in the home not including their eldest.

Rodney died 16 July 1970 and is buried in Barnet Center, Vermont.

Ronald Astle

Ronald Astle was born 14 December 1886 in the Radford district of Nottingham, England. Ronald was the seventh son of Samuel Astle and Rebecca Jackson and younger brother of Richard. He emigrated to Philadelphia with his mother on 19 May 1897 aboard the Belgenland.

On the 1900 census Ronald is found lodging with his married elder sister Alice Cunningham in Grandsback Street Philadelphia.

Ronald’s draft registration of 5 June 1917 gives his occupation as Bricklayer and that he is married. His address is 2925 N. Bonsall Street Philadelphia. On the 1920 census Ronald is with his wife Mabel who was born in Pennsylvania at the same address.

Roy Ralph Astle

Roy Ralph Astle was born 10 October 1896 in Grafton, New Hampshire to Ralph Bugbee Astle, a farmer, and his wife Ellen Lois Albee. [See also relationship to Rodney Babcock Astle] The 1900 census shows the couple with Roy, his older sister Frances and Ellen’s parents in Littleton, New Hampshire. Ralph’s father was said to have been born in Canada.

Roy and Frances were still living with their parents in 1910 and 1920; she was a bookkeeper and he was a laborer for a coal and lumber company.

Roy married Lyla V. Dyke and they had two sons before she died in 1924. Ralph and his elder son were living with his sister Frances in 1930. By 1940 both sons were in the home. Roy was a truck driver for a scale factory in 1940.

He died 19 October 1972 and is buried in Littleton, NH.

Thomas Astle

Thomas Astle was born 1 October 1891 in Illinois. When he registered he was living in Mapleton, Illinois and working as a coal miner.

In 1900 Thomas was enumerated in Hollis Township, Illinois with his widowed mother Mary J. Astle and siblings William H., Emma M., and Frank. See Frank’s biography for more family information.

In 1910 Thomas was living with another family and working as a farm laborer. In 1920 Thomas was a coal miner and again living with his mother and siblings.

By 1930 Thomas was proprietor of a grocery store in Hollis where he lived with his wife Opal and their children Dorthy, 9, and John Thomas, 7.

Thomas died 22 October 1970 and is buried in Mapleton where his grave shows him as a Navy veteran of WWI.

Thomas Astle, Jr.

Thomas Astle, Jr., registered for the WWI draft in Park, Montana giving his residence as Livingston, Montana and next of kin as Thomas Astle of the same place. He was born 16 April 1899 in the USA and was employed by a railway.

The 1900 census for Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois shows Thomas Astle (a railroad blacksmith born Nov 1870 in Iowa of an English-born father), his wife Madge, and their son Thomas born April 1899.

The 1880 census places the elder Thomas with his family of origin – Edwin P. Astle, born in England and Maria Burke, born in Ireland and siblings, including brothers Edwin, Louis and Joseph who all registered for the draft as did younger brother Benjamin Francis born in 1881.

By 1910 the family of Thomas and Madge was in Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho and 4 more children had joined the family with birthplaces in Kansas, New Mexico and Idaho. The younger Thomas was still with his family in Livingstone MT and working as a clerk in 1920 and there were two additional siblings.

Thomas Astle, Jr., son of Thomas Astle and Madge Richmond, married Margaret Wall at Roundup MT on 14 September 1929. The young couple was found in Billings MT in 1930 where Thomas was identified as a newspaper editor and war veteran. In 1940 Thomas was a night editor and the couple had two young daughters.

Thomas’ headstone in Billings, Montana shows that he served as a private in the WWI US Army and died 7 December 1971.

Thomas Albert Astle

Thomas Astle was born 28 May 1892 at Hill Ridware Staffordshire, England. He was the eldest of eight children of Thomas Astle and Eliza Cooper.  Thomas was the brother of Fred, John Herbert, Ernest and Walter who also registered for the draft, and William Weston who served in the British Army in WWI.

Thomas married Clara Lander in 1899 and in 1901 census they were living at Armitage near Rugeley, Staffordshire where Thomas was a Coal Miner.

Thomas, Clara and their two young children Bertha and Thomas arrived in New York 25 July 1908 from Liverpool on the Lusitania. They settled in Stockdale, Pennsylvania to where Thomas’ parents and siblings had settled some years before.

By the time of Thomas’ draft registration on 12 September 1918 Thomas and Clara had five children with the additions of Ethel, Florence and Harold.

Thomas Francis Astle

Thomas Francis Astle was 27 years old, married and living in Cambridge, Massachusetts when he registered for the draft in 1917. He said he was born 22 October 1890 in Boston. A faint, handwritten birth registration shows parents as Thomas, teamster, born Canada, and Jane, born Ireland.

Thomas married Gertrude Higgins in 1911 and the marriage record gives his parents’ names as Thomas Astle and Mary Riley – perhaps her name was Mary Jane.

Thomas and Gertrude appear in the census for 1920 and 1930 in Cambridge. In 1920 he was a machinist and in 1930 a service manager in a store.

When Thomas registered for the WWII draft he gave as next of kin Walter Astle in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The street address given establishes that the man is Walter Joseph Astle, who also registered for the draft, and strongly suggests that Thomas Francis is Walter’s brother Thomas.

Thomas died September 1964.

Thomas Franklin Astle

In 1918 Thomas Franklin Astle was a self-employed farmer in Ford County, Kansas residing in Hutchinson. He was born 18 November 1874 in the USA and married to Edith Irene.

The 1910 census shows Thomas and Irene with their sons Harold, 12, and Clifford E., 10. The birthplace given for Thomas was Kansas and for his father, England. Other researchers have identified Thomas as the son of William Astle and Louisa Tisius and grandson of Richard Astle and Sarah Hibbert. He is apparently a half-brother to John Wesley and William Richard Astle, who also registered for the draft.

In 1920 Harold was still living with his parents and in 1930 Clifford was enumerated with Thomas and Irene as were her mother and a young niece. Thomas died 8 March 1938 and is buried in Bucklin, Kansas.

Thomas Joseph Astle, Jr.

Thomas Joseph Astle, Jr. was an 18 year old truck driver living in Fairfield, Connecticut when he registered for the draft in 1918. In 1900 and 1920 he was enumerated with parents Thomas, (abt 1869 - ), who was born in England and immigrated in 1882, and Elizabeth, (abt 1879) born in CT, and older brother Robert William. Thomas, Sr. was naturalized in 1903 and, by 1920, Thomas, Jr., was a carpenter and John, aged 12, had joined the family.

In 1930 Thomas, his wife Margaret and two daughters were living in Fairfield and by 1940 the couple had a 7 year old son as well. Thomas died 9 August 1984 his last place of residence being Lenox, Massachusetts.

Vernon Lenox Astle

Vernon Lenox Astle was born 5 April 1898 in Grover, Wyoming to John Francis Astle and Lauretta Hepworth. Vernon’s grandparents were John Astle (1846-1919) and Isabel Jane Bradshaw. See the biography of William Llewellyn Astle for more information on the family of John Astle.

When Vernon registered for the draft he was working on his father’s ranch. His brother John Francis Astle also registered as did his father’s brothers William Wilford and Joseph Hyrum Astle and half-brothers Alma Paul, James Ruben, John Alva, and Elwood William Astle.

Vernon and John Francis are found with their parents and two other siblings in the 1900 census and by 1910 the family included 10 children. Vernon and his mother were victims of the Spanish Influenza epidemic; he died 21 December 1918 and is buried in Grover.  

Walter Astle

Walter Astle was born 28 May 1892 at Hill Ridware Staffordshire, England. He was the youngest of eight children of Thomas Astle and Eliza Cooper. In the 1901 census the family was living at Armitage near Rugeley, Staffordshire. Their older son William Weston served in the British Army in WWI.

Walter arrived in New York 14 October 1903 from Liverpool on the Oceanic with his mother and two older sisters to join Thomas in Hickman, Allegheny, PA. The 1910 American census enumerated Thomas and Eliza in Stockdale, Washington County, Pennsylvania with sons Walter and Fred plus a married daughter and her husband. The men were all coal miners with none employed at the time of the census. Walter’s other brothers John Herbert, Thomas Albert and Ernest also volunteered for the draft.

In 1920 the household still included the parents, Walter, Fred and a young nephew. It showed that the adults had immigrated in 1903 and been naturalized in 1907.

In 1930 Walter was still in Stockdale with his wife Mary and two children: Audrey, 5 years, and Walter Glen, 1 year. This census indicates that he was a veteran of the World War and still employed as a coal miner. Walter died on 31st January 1938 at Stockdale PA.

Walter Joseph Astle

When Walter Joseph Astle registered for the draft in 1917 he was a naturalized citizen. He lived at 89 Topliff St., Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts and his next of kin was Anna J. Astle of the same address. Walter was employed as a salesman by the W.F.Wyman Company at 26 Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston. He had served in the 9th Massachusetts regiment infantry for 2 years 8 months and claimed exemption from service based on his dependants, a wife and two children. When Walter again registered in 1942 he was 54 years old and employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Walter had been born in Montreal on 22 February 1888, according to both draft registrations. In 1910 Thomas Astle, his wife Elizabeth and sons Walter (23) and Thomas (19) were enumerated in the City of Boston. Walter worked as a bookkeeper in a meat market. Both Thomas and Walter had been born in Canada and were naturalized, having immigrated in 1888. Elizabeth and Thomas were born in Massachusetts. A descendant has indicated that Walter’s mother was Jane Byrne, born in Ireland and that Elizabeth was his father’s second wife.

The 1920 census includes Walter J. Astle with wife Anna J. and children Thomas F., Alice and Walter J. Jr. Walter’s year of immigration is given as 1891 and his year of naturalization as 1912. He was employed as a rodman for the highway department. According to the 1930 census Walter was not a military veteran. He was employed that year as an engineer aid at the state house. In 1940 Walter is shown as a civil engineer with the highway department.

The 1960 Boston City Directory lists Anna J. Astle, widow of Walter, still at the same address where Walter lived in 1917 and states that he died 23 October 1959. Their son Thomas, a lawyer, was also residing in the parental home. Their other son Walter was married to Mary A. and working as payroll accountant.

Weldon L. Astle

Weldon Astle had previously enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1916 and his details are recorded on that page.

His four brothers Robert, Duncan, Clinton and George also registered there for the U.S. draft.

Wilfred Gibb Astle

Wilfred Gibb Astle’s date of birth was recorded as 3 September 1885 when he registered for WWI in Lawrence, Pennsylvania. A 1916 border crossing record shows Wilfred G. Astle, a 30 year old buyer born in Canada, arriving in Buffalo, New York. The 1930 census enumerated Wilfred as the proprietor of a woodworking factory in Kenmore, Erie, NY where he lived with wife Ellen. A 1938 Buffalo, New York directory described Wilfred as a tool handle manufacturer.

The Manitoba birth index lists Wilfred Gibb Astle born 9 March 1885 (someone likely confused 9th day of 3rd month and 3rd day of 9th month on one of the records) to mother Sarah Isabella Goodman Gibb. In 1891 Thomas, a stone cutter, and Isabel Astle were enumerated in Beamsville, Ontario with 4 children all born in Manitoba. Quebec was given as the birthplace of Thomas and Isabel and his parents. Thomas William Astle died in Vancouver in 1921 aged 65 but so far a death record has not been found for Wilfred.

William Astle

William Astle was born 3 August 1884 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England. He was naturalized in 1906 when living in Lawrence, Massachusetts. When he registered for the WWI draft he was a mechanical draftsman with Wright Martin Aircraft Co. and lived in Brooklyn, NY.

In 1900 widowed Hannah Astle, a 38 year old cotton mill weaver, was enumerated in Lawrence, Massachusetts with children William, 15, and Elsie, 14. All were born in England and immigrated in 1890. The 1910 census for Buffalo, NY shows English born William, 25, a machinist, with wife Rose in Buffalo, NY.

In 1930 William, a draftsman with a dairy supply, is with wife Nettie and Arlene, 10, in Little Falls, Herkimer, NY.  William’s WWII draft registration shows him as self-employed with a business called Creamery Package Manufacturing Co. in Chicago.

William Benton Astle

William Benton Astle was born 11 August 1900 in Stark, New Hampshire to Austin Weeks Astle (abt 1863 – 1931) and Ida Mae Benton. Owen Harold was his older brother. Edwin Astle and Sarah Nutting were his grandparents. Jacob Cealand Astle and Edwin George Astle were first cousins to William and Owen.

In 1910 Austin and Ida were enumerated in Stark with 5 children, William being the youngest. Austin and his parents were reported as born in Canada.

When William registered for the draft he was a papermaker at Brown Co. in Cascade, NH. By 1930 William, who was single and a laborer, was living in Azusa, Los Angeles County, California with his widowed father who was a pruner of citrus groves.

In 1940 William was a rancher living in Monrovia, Los Angeles County with his wife Kathleen.

William died 25 July 1996 in Los Angeles. His last residence was recorded as Pima, Arizona.

William H. Astle

William H. Astle was born 12 February 1890 in South Bartonville, Illinois. When he registered for the WWI draft he lived in Mapleton, IL where he was a railway station agent.

William is found in the 1900 census in Hollis Township, Peoria, Illinois with his widowed mother Mary Jane and siblings Isabell 13, Emma M 10, Tomas 8 and Frank 6. (See Frank’s biography for more information on the family history).

William was enumerated with his mother and siblings in 1920 when he was a telegraph operator and his two younger brothers were coal miners.

William and his wife Irma L were enumerated in Hollis in 1930 with daughter Etta Jane, 9, and son Joseph E. 5, and again in 1940. In 1930 William was a telegraph agent and his brother Thomas, who was enumerated in the next house with his family, owned and operated a grocery store. In 1940 William was the proprietor and operator of a coal mine and his daughter was a file clerk in a steel mill. William died 5 March 1970.

William Henry Astle

William Henry Astle was a 45 year old clerk and naturalized citizen living in Schenectady, New York when he registered for the WWI draft. He had been born in Great Britain and naturalized in 1902 in Middletown, Connecticut. In 1900 William H. Estle, born November 1872 in England, was enumerated in Middletown with wife Wilhelmina H., and infant children William H., and Annie E. His occupation was silk mill weaver.

The 1920 census shows William H. Astle, aged 47, born in England, who had immigrated in 1885 and been naturalized in 1902 with wife Josephine, 35, and son Frederick, 15 as lodgers in a large household in Schenectady. William was a salesman in a grocery store.

The birth of William Henry Astle was registered in the last quarter of 1873 in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. Seven year old William H. Astle is found in the 1881 census for Barton Under Needwood in the registration district of Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire. His parents were William 34, and Mary 32; there were 3 younger children, Ada E., John T. (actually John Spruce Astle) and Arthur (Arthur James Astle).

William Homer Astle

William Homer Astle was born 4 February 1897 in Haven Kansas and his father was born in Alton, Illinois, according to William’s WWI draft registration. In 1918 William lived in Haven and was employed by Guy Astle. He gave his nearest relative as Mrs. Edith L. Astle of Haven.

The 1900 census shows 3 year old W.H. Astle in Haven with his parents H.J. and Edith L. and his sister Florence aged 1 year. H. J. was a hardware clerk. In 1910 the family of Henry J. Astle included two more children, H. Grant (either 7 or 9 years old) and Alice, 8 months.

The 1880 census for Haven shows Henry J., aged 7 and born in Illinois, with parents William, a farmer born in England, and Louisa B. plus brothers Thommas L. and William, both born in Kansas. William Sr., was the son of Richard and Sarah Astle from Melbourne, Derbyshire, England.

By 1930 Homer was a mail carrier and married to Anna Lee. There were five children in the home; three were his and two hers from previous marriages. By 1940 the family also included Homer’s youngest daughter who had been with her maternal grandparents in the 1930 census. Homer and Anna are listed in several directories for Hutchinson.

Homer died 17 April 1977 and is buried in Haven.

William Hunter Astle

William Hunter Astle lived in Newark, Delaware in 1918 and worked as a laborer for Continental Fibre Co. He was born 21 March 1882 and gave his nearest relative as Amanda L. Astle at the same address as his own.

William is found in the 1900 and 1910 censuses in Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland with parents William (born 1852) and Rebeccah and brother Leslie. All were recorded as born in Maryland.

The 1870 census for Cecil County includes John Astle, a 55 year old shoemaker born in England, with Mary (52), Thomas B. (25), Rachael A. (23), William M. (18) and John W. (15). Relationships are not stated. The same family is found in 1860. John W. became the father of John B. and Arthur A. Astle.

William Hunter Astle was still working in a fibre mill in 1940 and he and his wife Amanda lived in Newcastle, Delaware. He died in June 1969.

William Jacob Astle

William Jacob Astle was born 24 August 1874 to David Astle (1839-1926) and Rachel Silverthorn (1842-1916). He was one of 7 children including Reese. When he registered for the WWI draft in 1918 he was a farmer and gave the same address as Reese and Austin B. Astle. His next of kin was Bessie Astle. See Reese’s biography for more information on William’s family of origin.

William and Bessie had 5 children between 1907 and 1915: David M., Sarah F., Francis M., William Carl and Horace R.

William Llewellyn Astle

William Llewellyn Astle was born 1 June 1890 in Montpelier, Bear Lake County, Idaho. He is found in the 1910 census, the eldest of 10 children of Joseph C. Astle, Jr., a farmer, aged 42, born in Idaho, and Matilda J., 39. Joseph’s father was reported as born in England and his mother in Wales.

The 1880 census shows Joseph C., aged 12, with his parents Joseph and Sarah, both born in England. The next entry on the page is for Frances Astle, senior, 70, and his wife Felicia, both born in England and, according to information posted on Find a Grave, the parents of Joseph, Sr. and of John Astle (1846-1919) – see biographies of Alma Paul Astle & his brothers.

In 1910 William was a laborer on a horse farm, by 1920 a phosphate miner and by 1930 a plumber. In 1917 William and Mary Stocker were married in Cache County, Utah. In the 1920 census William was a widower with two young children. Later that year he married Ella Jane Snyder and by 1930 they had three more children in addition to his two from his first marriage. William died 15 August 1992 and is buried in Montpelier, Idaho.

William M. Astle

William M. Astle was a single man employed as a laborer and living in New Limerick, Maine in 1917. His draft card shows a birth year of 1890 and the 1900 census gives a birth month and year of September 1889. His almost illegible birth registration is indexed with a birth date of 29 August 1892 – perhaps the registration occurred in 1892.

William was enumerated with his parents and some of his siblings in 1910 and 1930. In 1940 he was enumerated with his mother and worked as a laborer at a cemetery. It appears he never married. No death record has yet been located.

John J. Astle and Susan M. Bamford were married about 1885. By 1900 the family was in New Limerick where John was a potato buyer. They had 4 sons all of whom registered for the WWI draft (Percey E., Everett L., William M., and Jacque J.) and one daughter, Daisy E. By 1910 Frank and Rena had joined the family. [For more on John J’s  parents and siblings click here.]

William Richard Astle

William Richard Astle was born 21 February 1879 in the USA and in 1918 was a self-employed farmer in Haven Kansas. He was married to Cora E. Astle.

William’s brother John Wesley also registered for the WWI draft as did Thomas Franklin who appears to be their half-brother.

William was found in the 1900 census in Haven with his parents William, born in England and Laurifer J., brother J.W. and sister M.R., all the children born in Kansas.

In 1910 William and Cora had two children Percy, 7, and Wilma, 6. By 1930 they also had daughter Margaret, 2 and by 1940, son Percy and his wife and children lived with William and Cora.

William died in 1942 and is buried in Haven.

William Wilford Astle

William Wilford Astle was born 27 September 1873 in Montpelier, Bear County, Idaho. In 1918 he was a farmer and a merchant in Metropolis, Elko, Nevada. His next of kin was Mrs. Elizabeth Astle of the same address.

William was the son of John Astle and Isabella Jane Bradshaw and brother of Joseph Hyrum Astle and John Francis Astle Sr., whose sons Vernon Lenox and John Francis Astle Jr. registered for the WWI draft. Alma Paul, James Ruben, John Alva, and Elwood William Astle were William’s half-brothers. See the biography of William Llewellyn Astle for more information on the family of John Astle.

About 1902 William married Elizabeth Ann Shaw and by 1910 they had 5 children. He was working as a retail butcher then and by 1930 was a salesman for a knitting factory. William died 2 December 1956 and is buried in Logan, Cache County, Utah.

Austin Astles

Austin Billingsley Astels was born June 12, 1878 to Farquhar McRae Assels, a farmer, and his wife Charlotte Billingsley of New Carlisle, Quebec. He was the 4th of 6 children in the family, which was in New Carlisle in the 1881 and 1891 censuses. Austin was the great grandson of James Astles and Sarah Flowers.

On April 9, 1917 in Gorham, New Hampshire Austin Astles (aged 34) married Laura Reed (aged 19,) the daughter of Frank Reed and Jennie Robertson. Austin’s mother’s name is given as Charlotte Bingsily, close enough to conclude the bridegroom is the man from New Carlisle even though Austin’s age is underreported and his father’s name given as Frank Astles (likely confusion with the bride’s father’s name).

Austin crossed from Canada into Maine on 10 June 1918 giving his occupation as woodsman. He reported having been in Maine from 1910 to 1918 in the Moosehead Lake area. He is recorded as married and as reading and writing English.
On September 12, 1918 Austin Astels registered in the 3rd American draft of WWI. His address was Millinocket, Penobscot County, Maine. Austin was identified as a Canadian citizen and a non-declared alien (i.e., he had not filed an intent to become an American citizen). His employer was the American Realty Company in Rockwood, Maine where he was a lumber camp boss. Charlotte Astles of New Carlisle was given as his nearest relative. He signs his name as Austin Astels although it is typed as Astles on the draft card. No evidence had been found that he ever did military service in Canada or the USA.

On October 25, 1921 Austin returned to Canada by rail from Rockwood, Maine to Saint John, New Brunswick with $150 in his possession, giving his destination contact as his brother Fred in New Carlisle.  He had crossed from McAdam, NB to Vanceburg, ME on October 20th the previous year to work in Maine. He is identified on the form as single and his religion is given as English Church.

In 1930 Austin Astels of New Carlisle, son of Farquhar Astels married Annie Dow Benvelle (or Benwell), spinster and daughter of James Benvelle (or Benwell), at the United Church Manse in New Carlisle. Austin died 19 Feb 1939 in Port Daniel and is buried in St. Andrew’s Church of England Cemetery in New Carlisle.

George Hammond Astles

When George Hammond Astles registered for the draft on 5 June 1917 he stated he was born 4 August 1886 in New Carlisle, Quebec.  In 1917 he was living in Lynn, Massachusetts with his wife and worked as an automobile mechanic. George reported he had served 8 months as a private in the artillery in Canada. He was identified as an alien and a British subject and claimed exemption from the draft based on having a dependant.
 
George H. Astles, machinist, aged 27 and his wife Catherine aged 28 crossed the US border at Vanceboro, Maine in 1916. Their last permanent residence was Moncton, NB and their destination, Lynn, Massachusetts. George gave as next of kin at origin his sister Margaret in New Carlisle while Catherine gave her mother Elizabeth Casey in Moncton, NB. The 1911 Canadian census places George and Catherine in Moncton.

The 1891 Canadian census for New Carlisle, Quebec shows William and Ellen Assels and two children, Margaret aged 26 and George, 6. The family appears in the 1901 census as Assals. In this census actual birthdates are given and 5 Aug 1885 was provided for George H. His parents, William Charles Assels and Ellen Black, were married in New Carlisle in 1864 and his great grandparents were James Astles and Sarah Flowers.

In the 1920 US census George Astals, aged 35 born in Canada was living in Saugus, Massachusetts, with wife Catherine. Their immigration date was given as 1915 and both were aliens. He was a tool maker in a machine shop.

George H. Astles appears on the 1940 US census, on Allen Avenue in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, with his wife Theresa L. and 11 year old daughter Phyllis M. He was a naturalized citizen and working as an auto mechanic. Theresa was born in Maine and Phyllis in Massachusetts.

George H. Astles with wife Catherine is listed in Lynn city directories from 1919 to 1927, first as a machinist then as an auto repairer.  The 1928 and 1929 directories show George H. Astles, auto mechanic, with wife Teresa L. in Waltham, another city near Boston. While a death record has not yet come to light for Catherine Astles there is a grave in Lynn for George Astles who died in 1962 and Teresa L. Astles died there in 1989.

Gilbert Astles

When he registered for the draft Gilbert Astles said he was born 4 November 1877 in Bonaventure. A baptismal record for Gilbert, son of James Assels, farmer of New Carlisle, Quebec and Sarah Jane Garrett his wife, gives a birth date of 14 November 1876 and indicates the child was baptized 24 December that year. Gilbert was the eldest of James and Sarah’s 13 children; the growing family is found in the Canadian census for 1881, 1891 and 1901.

Like many of the men who were attested for the Canadian Expeditionary Force, including his brothers John Bertram, Herman Woodburn and Stewart Astels, Gilbert was a great grandson of James Astles and Sarah Flowers of New Carlisle.

By 1910 Gilbert was in Bow, New Hampshire where he was a farmer married to Gertrude Proctor. They were enumerated with their 3 children, one servant and 6 boarders.

In 1915 Gilbert married Nora Pendleton nee Bullock. The 1930 census shows them in Hopkinton, NH with their 3 children and her son from her first marriage.

Gilbert is listed in various directories. In 1920 his occupation was given as farmer and milk dealer and in 1947 he was an employee of Astles Lumber Co. owned by one of his sons. Gilbert died in 27 January 1952 in Concord, New Hampshire.

John Hughes Astles

When John Hughes Astles registered for the WWI draft he was a farmer living in Nashville, Georgia who gave a birth date of 24 December 1871. His next of kin was Callie Astles of the same place.

John and Callie Assels are found in the 1910 census for Rays Mill, Berrien, Georgia with 4 daughters ranging in age from 6 years to 6 months. All had Georgia given as a birthplace. The 1900 census shows John Assels aged 25 as a servant to a Berrien family. His birthplace was given as England and immigration year as 1900.

In 1920 John H. and Callie Astles were in Clinch, Georgia with 7 daughters and an infant son. This time John’s birthplace was given as Massachusetts. By 1940 John and Callie were enumerated in rural Berrien with two sons and a daughter in law and John was said to have been born in Canada in 1873.

A descendant has confirmed that John was the son of Hugh Assels and his wife Josephine Dubey (Dubé) who were enumerated in New Carlisle, Quebec in 1881 with 4 children including 4 year old John.

John was baptized 13 March 1876 in the Presbyterian Church in New Carlisle, Quebec; the baptismal record says he was born 9 December 1875 and that his father was a farmer. Like many of the men who enlisted in the Canadian WWI army, John was a great grandson of James Astles and Sarah Flowers. His grandparents were John Astles and Flora Morrison.

John’s gravestone as shown on the Find a Grave site gives his name as John Hustus Astles with a death date of 20 Dec 1954. The entry shows that John and Callie (1887 - 1949) had 7 daughters and one son and gives her maiden name as Calista Fender. They are buried in the Fender Cemetery, Lakeland, Lanier County, Georgia.