John Clements Casburn

John Clements Casburn

Male 1854 - 1933  (79 years)

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  • Name John Clements Casburn 
    Born 3 May 1854  Lauderdale County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried Nov 1933  Graham, Young County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 26 Nov 1933  Graham, Young County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11116  Casburn Family
    Last Modified 29 Jun 2017 

    Father John M Casburn,   b. Abt 1816, Burwell, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1855 and 1860, Lauderdale County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 39 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth W Cole,   b. Abt 1822, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1875, Moscow, Fayette County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Married 24 Mar 1846  Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5259  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Johnie Ella Randolph,   b. 25 Apr 1861, Robertson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1947, Graham, Young County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 6 Sep 1881  Graham, Young County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Robert Edward Casburn, Sr,   b. 20 Jun 1882, Young County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1938, South Bend, Young County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     2. Archie Bruce Casburn,   b. 11 May 1884, Young County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1975, Graham, Young County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     3. Ruth Ella Casburn,   b. 28 Sep 1887, Young County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1927, Graham, Young County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)  [natural]
     4. Alta B Casburn,   b. 9 Sep 1892, Young County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1974, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     5. Amy B Casburn,   b. 6 Jan 1897, Young County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1898, Graham, Young County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  [natural]
     6. Carrie Casburn,   b. 27 Dec 1899, Young County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1901, Graham, Young County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  [natural]
     7. Randolph Casburn,   b. 25 Sep 1901, Young County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1994, Graham, Young County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    Last Modified 27 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F5231  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    John Clements Casburn
    John Clements Casburn
    Casburn Family Home
    Casburn Family Home
    This home was built by John Clements Casburn for his family. Sadly it burned many years ago.
    John and Randolph Casburn
    John and Randolph Casburn
    Grandpa John Clements Casburn and his son Randolph Casburn
    John Casburn on horse
    John Casburn on horse
    J C Casburn on one of his horses
    John Casburn
    John Casburn
    John Clements Casburn at Bardstown Kentucky
    JC Casburn and a race horse
    JC Casburn and a race horse
    John Casburn loved his race horses. He purchased an 80 acre tract of choice land that joined his family property on the north side. On this land he established the Casburn Race Track in the 1890s. It was a mile track and races were held twice a year and lasted for a week at a time.
    John and Alta Casburn
    John and Alta Casburn
    John and his daughter Alta Casburn visited Mammoth Cave in 1931. John is on the front row (left) and Alta is sitting next to him.
    John and Rob at the Padgett School
    John and Rob at the Padgett School
    John Casburn is on the left and Rob is in the center. The Padgett School was a construction project that John and Rob handled.

    Documents
    Graham Texas
    Graham Texas
    John Clements Casburn and his brother William R Casburn came to Graham Texas in 1877. This a photo of Graham at the turn of the 19th century.

    Headstones
    John Clements Casburn and Johnie Ella Randolph Casburn
    John Clements Casburn and Johnie Ella Randolph Casburn

  • Notes 
    • THE OLD CASBURN RACE TRACK
      by D.D. Cusenbary

      In the year 1877 an energetic young man left Dallas, Texas, traveling in a covered wagon. His destination - Graham, Young County, Texas. He arrived in Graham in the evening, and made camp under a post oak tree.

      This tree is in Shawnee Park and means much to the Casburn family. It is the largest of a cluster of post oaks on the south side and near the Graham and Bunger highway just after passing the Scotty's grocery store and north of where Little League Park was at one time. The tree is located about 30 yards from the Shawnee Springs which is flowing today as it did then.

      Under this tree is where J.C. Casburn made camp some 87 years ago. By trade he was a carpenter and brought his tools with him. As the settlers came to Graham and Young County his services were in demand. He soon was recognized as one of the best carpenters in the county, building many homes in Graham and in the communities, and during the Newcastle boom days, he built many homes there. He also was a musician playing for many of the old time dances.

      Dances were often in the upper floor of the Bargain Store, known then as Beckham Hall. Music was usually furnished by J.C. Casburn playing the violin; J.T. Cunningham, once postmaster at Graham, playing the violin; Jacob Schlittler, an early settler in Flint Creek Community playing the bass violin and Mit Handy who ran a drug store in the building now occupied by the Mark Jones Drug Store, playing the guitar.

      J.C. Casburn became acquainted with a Graham girl, Miss Johnnie Randolph, and after a courtship they were married. The marriage was performed by Reverence S.E. Burkhead on September 6, 1881. They lived in the town of Graham for sometime. Later he purchased an 80 acre tract of land out of the C.P. Heart Survey, about two miles north of Graham.

      On a beautiful building site on this land he built an attractive two story home where he and Mrs. Casburn lived their remaining days. Most of this tract of land is now owned by Randolph Casburn and wife, Stella Casburn, daughter of Walter Terrell and the late Mrs. Terrell. He also purchased a larger tract of choice land joining this 80 acre tract on the north, and on this land he established the Casburn Race Tack in the 1890's.

      The track was located about one half mile north of the home. It is a mile track. Races were usually once a year, sometimes twice a year. Races would last for one week or longer. This was a day when men carried pistols, and some times a fight occurred, but there is no report of any one being seriously hurt. The races attracted large crowds. Not only the Casburn and Young county horses were run, but many horses were brought to the races from various places.

      J.C. Casburn was a lover of thoroughbred horses, and especially race horses. He purchased and raised race horses and soon acquired a large number of them. The Casburn stables were located on the west side of the track and near Flag Springs.

      W.L. (Les) Randolph, Luther Hughes and Clint Boaz exercised the horses. The jockeys were T.J. Eddleman, W.L (Les) Randolph, Willie Casey, Charley Brown and A.B. Casburn.

      The eating stand was near and on the north side of the track, where the crowds could buy sandwiches, which were usually made of thick slices of a juicy ham placed between two slices of bread. Hamburgers were not known at this day and time. The drinks were coffee, lemonade, and soda pop, with the old time soda pop bottle. Those running the eating stand were Verge Eddleman, Witt Adair and Elihu Baldwin.

      The place of the eating stand and much of the race track is on land now owned by A.B. Casburn and wife Nannie Casburn, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Ragland.

      The one time noted race track was closed in 1905. Mr. J.C. Casburn died early in the morning of the 26th day of November, 1933. The writer stayed up all night with this good man the last night he lived.

      Thus was the passing of a useful man with the old time pioneer spirit.

      The Graham News, Sunday, April 16, 1972.
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    • Casburn, J.C. retired
      Graham Leader, November 1933

      He was born May the 3rd in Tennessee died 26 November 1933 at home at the age of 79 years. He was the son of John M. Casburn from England. He was buried in the Oak Grove cemetery. John was one of the first building contractors of Graham and a musician. He owned Casburn Race Track and came to Graham with his brother Will Casburn.

      He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Smith of Graham in 1927.