Dear Ms. King:
I have tried to send something three times but they never made it shall try again.
Thank you for sharing you information. Yes, I am very interested in finding connections with our name.
Here is how I am connected:
My Father was Carl M. Kastelhun. He passed away May 10, l996. My Dad had a very interesting story to his life.
His Father Martin Kastelhun married Willamena Schmidt(sp?). Each of them had three children from their previous marriage, then they had 3 children between themselves.
Those three children were my Dad, Carl Katelhun, Margie Kastelhun and Martin Kastelhun. When my Dad was three and Martin was 3 months old their mother died. We thought she had died from childbirth complications (common in those days)but from a recent source have heard she had fallen out of a hayloft.
My grandfather Martin Kastelhun was too old and did not have the means to care for these babies and the six half/step children were of grown age but would not take the babies because they had not wanted their parents to marry. So, Martin Kastelhun (my Grandfather) placed my Dad his sister and brother in the St. Joseph Orphans Home in Louisville, Kentucky. During their life in the orphanage someone wanted to adopt my Dad but his Father would not allow adoption unless someone would adopt all three. When my Dad turned 18 he left the orphanage and returned to live with his Dad, then Martin did the same when he got out. Margie went to live with an Aunt in Louisville until she got married. When Margie got married she moved to Florida. There was no sibling contact with her for 35 years! My Grandfather lived to be nearly 100. (I never knew him for he had passed away long before I was born. My Dad and our family stayed in close contact with his brother Martin who had never married. He was pretty much a loner.
My Dad married my Mom in 1948. They had three children. My Brother Charles Michael Kastelhun (who was murdered Nov. 10, l998), myself and my Brother Eric Lee Kastelhun.
After 35 years of no sibling contact with Margie my Dad came accross a death notice in the Louisville paper. It was the death notice of the Aunt who cared for Margie. Dad and his brother Martin went to the funeral home with the hopes of a reunion with their sister and sure enough it happened. That was when I got to meet my Aunt Margie and her two Daughters. Since then Martin died in 1997.
As for me, I have been married for 22 years and have 2 Daughters, Jill and Kara.
My deceased Brother Michael Kastelhun left behind a grown Daughter, and my Brother Eric Kastelhun married and has 2 Daughters, Samantha and Melissa.
About a month ago my Mom received a letter from a "Kastelhun" decendant trying to find information on her Grandmother...My Dad's mother. She is the one who informed us on how our Grandmother had died. She then phoned my Mom to talk. My Mom is suppose to send me her name and I will try to get her online with us sometime. Cannot remember her name. I will be happy to send you a copy of her letter when I get from my Mom. I also have some copies of very very old legal papers. I believe it was an estate settlement. There are a ton of names on there but I found very difficult to follow. My Dad gave me this copy before he had passed away. Would be happy to share that with you also to see if you can find any connections. These things will have to be mailed though so let me know.
I sure hope this goes through this time because it is the 3rd time I have tried. I live in the Atlanta, Ga. area. My Mom still resides in Louisville and my Brother Eric is in the Lexington, Ky area. What area are you in? I hope we can find a connection somewhere. It would be neat to see things come together. We have never been able to locate the burial place of my Grandmother. We thought it was somewhere in the Floyd Knobs, Indiana are but now think maybe Indianapolis. Go to Kentucky death index l9ll-l996(if you haven't already). I think that Martin was my "Great" Grandfather, Anna was his wife and the infant "Anna" was their Daughter. George was one of my Dad's half Brothers. Don't have it in front of me but the other one I think was someone's son in that chain.
Please stay in touch and keep me posted to anything you may have to add. I hope you may find something to help you in the information I gave, if not at least it's an interesting tidbit from our family tree.
Thank you for contacting me, I look forward to communicating with you again.
Gail Kastelhun - Nymberg