John Casteno and Andrew Casteno
[By Glen Villa Jr., Last Revised July 17, 2011]

John Casteno and Andrew Casteno were brothers, their names more commonly spelled Custino. John and Andrew Custino were the offspring of Ida Chandler, a ½ Indian a Portuguese man named Custino. Ida Chandler was the sister of Henry Miller.

John Custino was born October 29, 1893.

According to the 1900 Census, John Custino is called John Chandler and residing with Jim Nye and Pauline Nye in Township 2, Ione. John Custino was 8 years old at the time and indicated a birth year of 1892.

According to the 1910 Census, John Custino is residing with his uncle Frank Miller in Township 2, Ione, of Amador County. John was 16 years old and was born near Ione. John was a laborer of odd jobs. According to the 1910 Census, John’s father was Portuguese and his mother was born in Nashville, El Dorado County.

By 1913, John Custino married Nancy Howdy, the daughter of Sam and Betty Howdy. John and Nancy had several children.

In 1916, John Custino was listed in the West Ione Precinct of the Index to Registration Affidavits Amador County.

In 1918, John Custino was listed in the North Ione Precinct of the Index to Registration Affidavits Amador County.

In 1920, John Custino was listed in the East Ione Precinct of the Supplement #1 Index to Registration Affidavits Amador County.

According to the 1920 Census, John Custino and Nancy Custino were residing in East Ione, Township 2 of Amador County. John Custino was 26, Nancy, 23, Sarah 7, Dolores 4, Irene 2. John Custino was a laborer at a sand mine.

Sometime during World War I, John served during World War I.

In 1922, 1924, 1926, 1928, and 1930, John Custino was listed in the East Ione Precinct of the Index to Registration Affidavits Amador County. John was employed as a laborer and was Democratic affiliation.

In 1930, John Custino was living with his wife Nancy in Township 2, Ione, of Amador County. John and Nancy had 5 children at the time. John Custino was 32, Nancy 31, Dolores 14, Irene 12, John10, Ardine 8, William 6. John Custino was a laborer at a clay mine.

In 1932, John Custino was listed in the East Ione Precinct of the Index to Registration Affidavits Amador County. John was Democratic affiliation.

In 1934, 1936,1938, 1940, 1942, and 1944, John Custino was listed in the East Ione Precinct of the Index to Registration Affidavits Amador County. John was employed as a laborer and was Democratic affiliation.

John Custino died on February 21, 1979 at the age of 85 and was buried in the Ione Public Cemetery.

Articles Concerning John Custino

Amador Dispatch
February 28, 1979
Obituaries John Custino
Jackson—Funeral services were held at Daneri Chapel here Saturday for John Custino who died Feb. 21 at Amador Hospital.

Mr. Custino, 85, was a native of Ione. He had been a foreman for the Gladding McBean plant near Ione. He was a former Ione Volunteer Fire Department fire chief and a member of the department and had been a member of the Amador County Tribal Council.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy of Ione; sons John and William Custino of Ione; daughters Sarah Coran, Dolores Custino, June Larrabee and Genevieve Denton of Sacramento, Irene Huss of Pine Grove and Ardine Keith of Santa Monica; a sister, Ruby Porter of Ione; 21 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Burial was at the Ione Public Cemetery.

The family asks that any contributions be made to the Amador County Tribal Council or the donor’s favorite charity.

Andrew Custino

Andrew Custino was born November 8, 1897 in Ione to Ida Chandler and a Portuguese man named Custino.

According to the 1900 Census, Andrew Custino is called Andrew Chandler and was residing with Jim Nye and Pauline Nye. Andrew Custino was 5 years old at the time and indicated a birth year of 1895.

According to the 1910 Census, Andrew Custino is called Andrew Cantella residing with his uncle Frank Miller in Township 2, Ione, of Amador County. Andrew was 15 years old and was born near Ione. Andrew was a laborer of odd jobs. According to the 1910 Census, Andrew’s father was from West Point, Calaveras County and his mother was born at Nashville, El Dorado County.

On June 5, 1918, Andrew Custino registered for the draft. According to the selective service records, Andrew was born October 28, 1896 in Ione. Andrew was employed as a farm laborer for H. H. Windmiller near Elk Grove. Andrew was described as single, medium height, stout build, black eyes and black hair. Andrew’s home was in Ione. Sometime during World War I, Andrew Custino served during World War I.

Andrew died on November 14, 1947 at the age of 50 and was buried in Grant Memorial (name has changed to Sunset Lawn Chapel of the Chimes).