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Felix Castro Collection 1865-1976

MSS-25


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Castro, Felix C.
Title: Felix Castro Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1865-1975
Quantity: 3 Boxes (1.0 Linear Feet)
Abstract:The Felix Castro Collection houses correspondence, genealogical information, a diary, a family bible, and other family documents and papers. The majority of the collection consists of genealogical information documenting the Marsters family of Ohio, Indiana, Idaho, and Kansas.
Identification: MSS-25
Language: Material in English
Repository: Arizona State University Library. Greater Arizona Collection
Arizona State University Library
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
Phone: (480) 965-4932
E-Mail: archives@asu.edu
Questions? Ask An Archivist!

Historical Note

Saul Junden Van Guilder Marsters (1831-1903) was born to Stephen J. and Malinda Baldwin (Martin) Marsters. He served with the 22nd Indiana Volunteers during the Civil War. Marsters was married twice: first to Nancy Ann Clark (1831-1884) on August 4, 1850 and second to Sarah Josephine Latta Davis (1852-1939) on May 27, 1886. He had seven children with his first wife and four with his second: Hezekiah S. (1851-1911), Martha Jane (Marsters) Lennox (1853-1876), Eleanor B. (1856-1863), Elias (1860-1941), Emma Belle (Marsters) Pearson (1862-1960), Alice Willetta (Marsters) Latta (1870-1945), Olive (1872-1879), Hazel B. (1887-1889), Ethel May (Marsters) Lansing Castro (1889-1976), Saul Jr. (1891-1897), and Josephine (Marsters) Page (1894-1958). Ethel May Marsters married twice, first to Ivan C. Lansing and then to Felix Clarence Castro (1896-1984). She had one son with her first husband, Ivan C. Jr. (1915-1973).

Prior to her marriage to Saul Marsters, Sarah Latta was married to Hiram T. Davis (1850-1907). She had four children with her first husband: Minnie (Davis) Thurston (1875-1953), Hiram (1877-), Charles E. (1881–1973), and Schuyler Anson Davis (1884–1955). After Saul Marsters's death, she married John Laban Evinger (1840-1917).


Scope and Content Note

The Felix Castro Collection houses correspondence, genealogical information, a diary, a family bible, and other family documents and papers. The majority of the collection consists of genealogical information documenting the Marsters family of Ohio, Indiana, Idaho, and Kansas.

The Marsters Family Papers are composed of genealogical notes and charts, a family Bible, and other family documents. The Saul and Sarah Marsters Papers include documentation of Saul's enrollment and discharge from the 22nd Regiment of Indiana Volunteers (1864-1885), the Marsters' marriage certificate, documentation of Sarah's efforts to secure a pension for Saul's military service, and an "Anti-Nuptial Agreement" between Sarah and John L. Evinger. The Marsters Family Genealogy contains genealogical charts, typescript copies of Stephen Marsters' (1794-1874) diary, Elias M. Marsters' (1822-) autobiography, and correspondence from other family members. Elias Marsters' autobiography contains informative descriptions of his work as a Methodist preacher in Ohio and Indiana.

The Castro Family Papers include Felix Castro's diary and other documents showing the Castro family. Castro's diary lists names and addresses of friends at home and fellow soldiers and describes Castro's training with Provisional Hospital C at Camp Fremont and at Camp Lee, Virginia. The Miscellaneous Papers include a number of unidentified letters and an undated memorial to Mrs. Henry J. Reemtsma and her work in the hospital at Fort Defiance.


Arrangement

This collection consists of one box.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

To view this collection, make an appointment at least five business days prior to your visit by contacting Ask an Archivist or calling (480) 965-4932. Appointments in the Distinctive Collections Wurzburger Reading Room at Hayden Library (rm. 138) on the Tempe campus are available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Note: All library reading rooms are currently closed as part of the ASU Library's COVID-19 response. Ask an Archivist is available Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., for reference assistance regarding collection materials.

Copyright

Arizona State University does not own copyright to this collection. Distinctive Collections recognizes that it is incumbent upon the researcher to procure permission to publish information from this collection from the owner of the copyright.


Related Material

Photographs received with this collection have been processed as CP FC: Felix Castro Photographs (guide available at http://azarchivesonline.org/xtf/view?docId=ead/asu/cp_fc.xml).


Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Castro, Felix C.
Marsters, Elias M., b. 1822
Marsters, Stephen, 1794-1874

Family Name(s)
Castro family -- Genealogy
Marsters family -- Genealogy

Subject(s)
Camp Fremont (Va.)
Fort Defiance (Ariz.)
Fort Lee (Va.)
Methodist Church -- Clergy
Methodists -- Indiana
Methodists -- Ohio
World War, 1914-1918


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Felix Castro Collection, MSS-25. Arizona State University Library: Greater Arizona Collection.

Provenance

The Felix Castro Collection was received from Castro in 1976 (Accession #1976-00012).


Container List

BoxFolder
11 Marsters Family Papers: Saul and Sarah Marsters Papers, 1865-1908
12 Marsters Family Papers: Marsters Family Genealogy, 1963
13 Marsters Family Papers: Genealogical Notes, 1961, undated
14 Castro Family Papers: Felix Castro Diary, 1918
15/OV2 Castro Family Papers: Ivan Lansing Castro Diploma, 1933
16 Castro Family Papers: Ivan Castro Lansing Discharge, 1945
17 Miscellaneous Papers, 1976, undated
Box
2 Marsters Family Bible, undated
Box
3 Baby Shoes (4 Shoes)