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The Caustens were a prominent and venerable family in 19th Century Washington whose patriarch, James Causten, was a noted international lawyer, consul to Chili and Equator, and veteran of the War of 1812.
The family home was on F street, where the Washington Hotel now stands, a large and imposing residence, the scene of many brilliant social gatherings and attended by the elite before the stormy days of 1861. His country residence, Weston, was a large manor out on the Rockville pike full of the finest cherries, peach, pear and plum trees. Weston embraced all the land that is now being beautified by the erection of the magnificent Episcopal Cathedral. There he erected a large and spacious colonial type home that was the pride of antebellum Washington, but which in the march of progress being directly on Massachusetts Avenue was demolished in 1906.
James Causten Jr. married Dolly Madison’s adopted daughter Annie Payne, which is why Mrs. Madison’s remains were eventually transferred from the Public Vault to the Causten while the Causten family raised the funds to bring Madison back to Mount Peillier.
Manuel Causten enlisted in the Union Army at the start of the Civil War, was captured twice by Confederate Troops. Accounts of his capture and correspondence can be read in the obituary links. Although the Causten Vault holds the remains of 22 individuals, our historians could find only seven obituaries, listed below in order of placement in the vault.
James Hyman Causten, Sr. b. 26 July 1788 –d. 28 October 1874 [Obituary Link]
Charles Isaac Causten, b. 21 Aug 1833 - d. 8 Aug 1835 1 yr. 11 mo. [Obituary Link]
Annie Payne Causten, b. 1819 - d. 9 Nov 1852 [Obituary Link]
Mary Eliza Causten, b. 1839 - d. 23 Jun 1853 [Obituary Link]
Eliza Causten, b. 1792 – d. 27 Jul 1856 [Obituary Link]
James Hyman Causten, Jr., b. July 1818 – d. 3 Oct 1856 [Obituary Link]
Dr. Manuel C. Causten, b. 1841 - d. 31 Mar 1878 [Obituary Link]
Isadora C. Causten, -- d. 16 Feb 1885 [Obituary Link]
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