GEORGE W. CUSKADEN was born in Ireland, November 23, 1830. His parents, Thomas and Bessie (Long) Cuskaden, were both natives of Ireland, born in 1803 and 1804, respectively. George Cuskaden was reared a farmer. He lived with his parents until October, 1852, when he started for America. He landed at New Orleans and found work there loading and unloading ships. He then visited several of the large cities and then went through the country selling goods. This enabled him to save a little money and he determined to become an American citizen and live a farmer's life. He worked as a farm hand and tended crops for some time, then rented a farm, and finally buying one in Noble Township. In 1857, he married Miss Charity Bartley, of Jasper County, daughter of John P. and Elsie (Allen) Bartley, of Welsh and Irish parentage. Mr. Cuskaden then purchased his present farm of 187 acres in Shelby County. He now owns a fine, large, well improved farm. In politics he is a Democrat, and in the fall of 1878, was elected County Commissioner of third district. He was re-elected in 1884, also in 1886. Mrs. Cuskaden is a member of the Episcopal Church, and an active worker. They are the parents of nine children, seven now living: John, James A., Edmund, Esther, Sarah A., George R. and Nora. The father of George, Thomas Cuskaden, after the death of his wife, came to America, whre he resided with his son. He is a member of the Episcopal Church, and and honest, Christian man.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, published 1887 by Brant & Fuller, Chicago, page 725
Submitted by Don T. Mitchell, great nephew of Charity Ann 'Chat' (Cuskaden) Mitchell (1882-1959), daughter of John Thomas Cuskaden, son of George.
Notes: (1) Jasper Co., the home of Charity Bartley in 1857, is presumably the one in Indiana. (2) His Decatur Co. naturalization record lists his name as George Corscadden.