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Posted by: Liz Freeman (ID *****2827) Date: March 24, 2006 at 21:14:03
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I have a family by the name of Casner that migrated from Haskell County, TX to Lincoln County, NM after 6-24-1902. The family made their way to Lincoln County where several of the children married/lived and the mother remarried in 1909 in Lincoln County.

I am searching for the death date/place for John Lewis/Luke/Lew/Lou Casner (born 1851 in IA, somtimes says he was born in OR). I have two bits of folklore about his death.

One says he died in 1-1903 "on the banks of a river while hunting quail to feed his very large family and that he was buried where he fell". Nothing is indicated which river or where.

The second one says he died in 1904 in Socorro County "while working on a cattle drive and that his two sons took him to the Catholic Church in San Antonio, NM where he was buried in the cemetary in an unmarked grave and that the two sons then went back to Lincoln County to relay the sad news to the wife and rest of the family".
I contacted the Church in Socorro and they said the only records they have are of Catholic burials for the church in San Antonio.

Here in OK, most cemetaries keep a "plot map" of where persons are buried in the cemetary even if there is no marker on the grave. I was unable to determine from the church if they kept such a plot map or if the county may have the plot map.

Does anyone reading this message board know anything about a plot map for the Catholic Church in San Antonio, NM that would date back to 1902-1904?

Also, is there anyone willing to check the newspaper at the Lincoln County Clerk's office for the years 1902 thru 1904 to see if there is mention of the death of John Lewis Casner.

Any assistance and response appreciated.

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