Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for John GINN

Residences & events:

1820 Campbell Co, KY. He was living in the neighboring county to the rest of the Ginn family in Bracken.

Shelby Co, IL. He served on the first petit jury along with John Purvis.

1840 Shelby Co, IL was where the census taker found him, listing in the household: 1 male under 5, 1 at 5-10, John was 20-30, and 1 female also 20-30. Next door was nephew Thomas Purvis, on the other side was nephew John Golsby, and Thomas Wiley was 4 doors down. John was the only Ginn in the county.

1841 John's name appeard in court case files as the plaintiff in a suit against Thomas Wiley for debt. Then in 1842 Thomas sued John for debt. Wonder what that was all about?

Moultire Co, IL. He received 80.26 acres located at S02 T13N R06E of railroad property according to land records. $0.00 and unknown current address was also recorded.

9/24/1850 Moultrie Co, IL was his address at census time but no township was recorded. John was 35, wife Jane was 38. John had no occupation but did have $500 in real estate. Children were Robert, 16, Mary Ann, 6, Eliza J, 3, Charles, 8, and Linsey, 4. A Martha Williams, 45, born VA, lived with them but the relationship was not stated. Charles and Linsey were listed out of order with the rest of the children and so were probably nephews rather than their own children.

1860 Sullivan Twp, Moultrie Co, IL. In the census, John, a 50 year old farmer, was counted among the county's more fortunate men with property valued at $12,800/4600. His family consisted of wife Jane, 50, and children Robert, 25, Mary A, 15, Elia J, 12, and Hattie C, 9. His 44 year old insane niece, Eliza Jane Johnson, was living with them but listed as Jane Linn. Next door was a George McFarland and sisters, all born in Ireland, and 2 doors down the other way was William Wiley, also from Ireland, and possibly the son of the Thomas Wiley who went to court with John in Shelby Co.

An incident connected with the Lincoln-Douglas debate in local history:

"John Ginn, a farmer living a few miles east of Sullivan, attended the Charleston meeting, and on Sunday brought Senator Douglas in his carriage from Charleston to his home, where the Senator remained until Monday morning. Judge James Elder met Mr. Lincoln at Mattoon and conveyed him to his farm home, which has since been enlarged and is now one of the good homes on East Jackson Street."

4/17/1861 Moultrie Co, IL. His current address was recorded as unknown when he bought 40 acres of railroad property located at S34 T14N R06E for $10/acre.

11/8/1866 He bought another 160 acres at the same location for $10/acre. Current address was still unknown.

County history recorded that he was allowed 42 cents for returning poll books to the clerk of the commissioners court.

8/31/1868 Coles Co, IL. Land records still did not capture his current address when he purchased 2 plots of 40 acres each of railroad land located at S30 T14N R07E for $9/acre.

12/31/1868 Coles Co. He purchased 2 more pieces of ground at the same address as before, one containing 40 acres and the other with 45.08 acres, all at $9/acre. Again it was railroad property.

1869 N Okaw Twp, Coles Co, IL. He owned a farm of 255.22 acres there according to the county plat map. By the time the next map was published in 1893 it was in the possession of son, Robert.

7/19/1870 E Nelson Twp, Moultrie Co, IL. The census recorded John as a very rich man with property totalling $48,000/15,000. He was a 59 year old farmer and living with him were Robert, 36, Mary, 25, Lizzie, 21, Hattie, 19, as well as Robert Gates, 24, and Thomas Henry, 17, both farm hands.

11/29/1873 He continued adding to his estate by buying another 45.2 acres located as the same address for $9/acre. Interestingly, his current address still was unknown.

In the 1860 census he was 50, making his birth year 1810.

There is one huge stone with only the word "Ginn" on it plus 2 tiny stones with "Father 1807-1874" and "Mother 1808-1869" on either side. Children are buried with matching small stones and inscriptions.

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