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Notes for Gilley Jane POWELL

Both the family Bible and institution records recorded her name as Gilby. However, she was probably named after her mother who signed her name Gilley.

4/26/1869 She was declared insane and admitted to the State Hospital per the following:

"In the matter of Gilly Jane Spurgin, alleged to be Insane.

Whereas Jesse K. Spurgin of the County aforesaid has duly filed in the County Court of said County a statement that Gilly Jane Spurgin of the County and State aforesaid is Insane and that said Jesse K. Spurgin believes that said Gilly Jane Spurgin for her benefit and for the safety of the community, ought to be committed to the Illinois State Hospital for the Insane and the facts of her case can be proven by Dr. E. Penwell, a regular physician and by William Mears both of whom reside in said County.
It is therefore hereby ordered by the Court that the clerk of said Court issue a (unreadable) under the seal of said Court directed to the Sheriff requiring the said person alleged to be Insane to be brought before the judge of said Court at the office of the clerk of said Court in Shelbyville in said County at 1 1/2 oclock P.M. this day (April 26th 1869) which time and place are appointed for the hearing of said (unreadable).
And the above order of the Court having been complied with, comes now the Sheriff into Court with the body of said Gilly Jane Spurgin alleged to be Insane and notice of this proceeding having been duly served upon the said Gilly Jane Spurgin as required by law.
Whereupon comes a jury to wit: W.G. Wilson, M.D.; James Goodwin; R.B. Miller; G.E. Guion; J.T. Nelson and William Myers, who being duly elected tried and sworn according to law, and having heard the evidence for verdict say:
' We the undersigned Jury in the case of Gilly Janes Spurgin alleged to be Insane having heard the evidence in the case are satisfied that said Gilly Jane Spurgin is Insane, and is fit person to be sent to the Illinois State Hospital for the Insane; that she is a resident of the State of Illinois and County of Shelby, that her age is 35 years, that her disease is of about 15 months duration; that the cause is unknown - but follows a fever attended with sore eyes, that the disease is with her not hereditary; that she is not subject to Epilepsy, and that she is free from vermin; or any infectious disease, and that she is a pauper.
It is therefore ordered by the Court that said Gilly Janes Spurgin be conveyed by the sheriff to the Illinois State Hospital for the Insane at Jacksonville to be treated for her said disease, &c.' "

6/4/1873 Shelby Co, IL. Gilly, her daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth, and son, Nelson, were all admitted to the Shelby County Infirmary (Almshouse) because of Pauperism caused by the family being "deserted by husband and father."

3/1874 She was discharged from the almshouse and admitted to the asylum at age 48.

5/11/1879 She was returned from the "asylym" and readmitted to the almshouse.

1880 Shelby Co, IL. Gilly and daughter, Sarah, were listed in the census in the almshouse as "paupers." The other two children had joined relatives elsewhere.

Her daughter Sarah Louise was also an inmate there at the time of her death.

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