Isaac Casner

Documents listing the spelling of the family name as Cashner, Casner, Cosner, Karsner, Kerschner, Kersner, Kirschner.

In all references made about Isaac Casner his place of birth is listed as PA. The first mention of him was found in the marriage lines of Isaac Costner to Easter Delaney November 17, 1802 in Greene Co., TN.

                                                                              [ Martin Casner and Louisa Jane Medford]

They had a son, Martin, born in 1815 and a daughter, Cynthia, born in 1816. Isaac was listed on a tax list in Kingston , TN in 1815. There is no record of what happened to Easter or when she died. In John Delaney's will he states his daughter Easter's daughter shall draw Easter's portion of his estate. The Chancery Court Minutes of February 1850 states "the children of Easter Cavener, wife of Isaac Cavener - both dec'd, residence of ch. unknown shall receive her 1/12th portion of her brother David Delaney's estate." David died in 1839 intestate & single. Nancy Casner died without leaving a will and in a petition filed by Elihu E. Casner in listing the siblings, he refers to Martin and Cynthia Casner as being of the half blood.

James Hope and Isaac Casner were appointed guardians of the minor children of George Cook who died at "Mobile". The children were Caty & Mary who were of age in 1815, and John, George, Reuben and Elizabeth Cook who were minors and that Isaac married Mary Ann Cook at a later date. The date of the guardianship proceedings is not clear. The marriage date of Isaac to Mary Ann Cook was 12/03/1817. In 1819 Isaac sold his land in Roane Co. In 1822, in Morgan Co., AL Isaac bought land.

Isaac Casner arrived in Texas from Alabama with his wife and children in June 1831 and resided with John Cattleman while waiting to be admitted into the Stephen F. Austin Little Contract of 1827. Isaac received 1 league (4428.4 acres) of land October 30, 1832 above the San Antonio River and joining Bastrop (can't read word). Isaac was listed as 47 years of age, wife Mary 30 years of age, 2 male and 2 female children. Isaac served in the Spanish War for the Republic of Texas in company C under the command of Col. Robert B. Coleman from October 17, 1836 until January 20, 1837.                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                  Stephen F. Austin

 After that he served under Captain Andrews until his discharge at Fort Houston October 17, 1838. He was granted 1280 acres of land for his service since there were no funds to pay the men. Isaac traded his grant for a horse and saddle from Thomas G. Mehee. When the land was actually granted March 22, 1853 in Burnet County, Isaac was deceased and the land was transferred from Isaac's estate.
Isaac was listed on the first Tax Roll for the Republic of Texas for Travis County in 1840. To vote he had to travel to Austin which was a 6 hour trip. Names appearing on the 1846 tax roll were Isaac, James, and Martin Casner.

Isaac Casner is mentioned in the book:

Uniforms of the Republic of Texas

by  Bruce Marshall,

The government bought a lot of United States army clothing, consisting of pantaloons and runabouts, which were sent up to Coleman for the rangers. As it was all rather under size, we agreed to distribute it by lots, an arrangement which was productive of some laughable results.

Isaac Casner, who tipped the beam at 200, got a suit that would have been a snug fit for a man of 140. As the old fellow couldn't begin to get into them he look them on his arm and went round among the boys trying to effect an exchange. We all liked Uncle Isaac and the largest suits in the lot were brought out. He tried them one after another, but like the "contraband's" song, "they didn't go half way round," and but for the ingenuity of Mrs. Casner the old man's suit would have been a total loss. Clothes were scarce, though, so Mrs. Casner ripped open the outside seams of the pantaloons and set in stripes to extend them to the necessary dimensions, also setting a stripe down each sleeve and in the center of the jacket, with a false front to expand it over his aldermanic proportions. A stranger would have taken him for commanding officer on account of his stripes.

He is also mention numerous times in



 by Noah Smithwick

(photo below left)

Old Isaac Casner, who had left the service and was then living at Hornsby's, had been up to the fort and was jogging along leisurely on his return. He had crossed the creek and gained the open prairie when he heard the clattering of hoofs coming in his rear. He turned in his saddle and took one look behind. The frightened animals pursued by McClusky and myself were bearing right down on him. We had lost our hats in the wild race, and our hair flying in the wind gave us much the appearance of Indians. Uncle Isaac, who, as previously stated, weighed about 200 pounds, laid whip to his horse, which was a good animal, and led off across the prairie to Hornsby's station, about a mile distant, the horses following in his wake and we trying to get in ahead of them. McClusky's sense of fun took in the situation. "Be Jasus," said he, "look at him run!" and the reckless creature could not refrain from giving a war whoop to help the old man along.

Hearing the racket the men at Hornsby's fort ran out, and seeing the chase, threw the gate open. Breathless from fright and exhaustion, Casner ran in, gasping, "Injuns."

Through the years,  Isaac owned land in Bastrop Co., Burnet Co., Travis Co., and Hamilton Co. In a Texas Historian article "The Casners' Came to Texas" it states that Isaac had five children and names Jason as one. This is incorrect. That information was taken from an 1850 census. Jason was the son of Isaac's brother Jacob. That relationship is stated in a petition made by Jacob to the courts when his son Jason died. At the time of the 1850 census, Isaac was deceased and Jason was living on Isaac's property helping with the farming. Isaac's 3 older children were married and established in their own households.
From Isaac Casner's will dated June 8, 1847:
Son Martin: one hundred sixty acres of land on the San Gabriel to be taken out of the McDivill survey
Son-in-law Robert W. Montgomery and to his heirs: land in Comanche and cattle or stocks of every description which I have already heretofore put him in possession of, which is to be his entire portion of my estate
Son Hiram: one hundred seventy acres of land, it being the same on which I now reside, together with the improvements of every description thereon
Sons James Casner and Elihu Casner, and to my two daughters Nancy Ann Casner and Mary Elizabeth Casner: equal fourths of all my estate both real and personal not heretofore disposed of.
To my wife Mary Casner to have, hold, and exercise complete (unreadable) of my Homestead bequeathed to Hiram and during her natural lifetime or until she may marry, which it is to become the bonfide property of my said son Hiram.

Text thanks to Em Wendel.

This is an actual Williamson Co., Tx settler's cabin that is located in Old Settlers Park.

Our branch of the family descends from Isaac's marriage to Esther Delaney and through their son Martin Casner who married Louisa Jane Medford.


  • Name: Martin M CASNER
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 11 MAY 1815 in AL
  • Death: 13 JUL 1875 in Ballena, CA
  • Burial: Casner Rd Cemetery, Ballena, San Diego Co., CA

    Father: Isaac CASNER b: ABT. 1783 in PA
    Mother: Easter DELANEY b: ABT. 1784 in Greene Co.,TN

    Marriage 1 Louisa Jane MEDFORD b: 29 MAR 1815 in AL

  • Numerous census records on Martin Casner state he was born in Alabama but on the San Diego County Register of Voters it lists Tennessee. His father was listed on a Register of Voters in Kingston, Tennessee on August 15, 1815. Martin traveled to Alabama and then to Texas. He raised cattle and operated a sawmill and gristmill on another of his properties.
    He was a Captain in the Cavalry Co., Blanco Co., 31st Brigade, Texas State Troops when it was organized in October 1863, with a rank and file of 39 men.
    In May of 1868 he left Texas by
    covered wagon for California with his wife, and 3 of his younger children, the families of his son Martin Vanburin Casner and family of 3, son-in-law Cal Putman's family of 3, and the William Littlepage family of five (Martin's wife was Mary Jane Littlepage). They arrived at the Warner Ranch outside of Julian, California, Christmas Day 1868. Martin later purchased 160 acres in the Ballena Valley where he lived until his death.

    ( Text thanks to Em Wendel)


    Austin's Colony

    Photo of Casner Cemetery in Ballena, CA

    Gila Trail research.

    Thomas J. Casner's journal from the covered wagon crossing of the West 1868.

    Texas Military Forces Museum


    1.  Thomas J. CASNER b: 9 OCT 1836
    2.  Sarah Margarette CASNER b: 13 SEP 1837 in Morgan Co., AL
    3.  Telitha Cumar CASNER b: 29 JAN 1839 in AL
    4.  Francis Marion CASNER b: 1 OCT 1842 in Travis, TX
    5.  Martin Vanburin CASNER b: 1 OCT 1842 in Travis, Texas
    6.  Louisa Jane CASNER b: 20 SEP 1845 in Travis Co.,TX
    7.  Thomas Jefferson CASNER b: 15 OCT 1847 in Comache Co., TX
    8.  Martha Ellen CASNER b: 15 SEP 1850 in TX married William Shipp
    9.  Emiley (Emma) Elizabeth CASNER b: 30 AUG 1852 in TX
    10.  Isaac Newton CASNER b: 7 MAR 1857 in Travis Co., TX

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