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Notes for Robert GINN

Residences & events:

From is a Lincoln history which includes:

"Lincoln’s final visit to Moultrie County precipitated a memorable riot on the Sullivan square during his unsuccessful Senatorial campaign against Stephen Douglas.
On Monday morning Sept. 20, 1858, Ben D. Hamlin got on his horse and started to school near what is now Coles Station. He was soon overtaken by a crowd of people.
Some of the people knew him and called “Ben, go to Sullivan and hear Douglas and Lincoln.” He had seen Douglas and Lincoln at Charleston when they debated, but not knowing when he would see such great men again, he joined the procession.
Farther down the road Abraham Lincoln was riding in Cunningham’s carriage with John Will True driving the fine, cream-colored, matched team with white manes and tails. Cunningham’s son, John, was riding in the carriage with Lincoln.
The mile-long procession which Ben had joined, consisted of wagons, the Bowling Green, Ind. brass band, and horsemen with banners and flags waving. They crossed the river at Nelson Ford, passed the Charles Shuman farm and came into town on the same road that the Lincoln family had taken when they came to Illinois in 1830. Lincoln was taken directly to the home of Judge James A. Elder, 1/2 mile east of town, where the Tim Singiser residence is now. (None of the Elders residing in the county now are direct descendants of this family, but the News-Progress has learned that the late Art Palmer’s mother was an Elder.)
Judge Douglas came to Sullivan that day along the Charleston road which passed Old Julian and near what is now the Illinois Masonic Home. His procession was headed by a band, followed by a delegation of ladies on horseback with their colored scarves and bright hued flags waving. Next came Douglas, the charming Mrs. Douglas, Mr. Merrick and Bob and Lizzie Ginn riding in a fine carriage which Bob Ginn had purchased in Chicago for the occasion."

7/19/1870 At age 36 and a farmer, Robert still lived at home with his father. However, he himself had personal property worth $10,000.

1880 E Nelson Twp, Moultrie Co, IL. Recorded as a farmer in the census, Robert was head of the house with sisters, Mary and Lizzie, and cousin, Eliza Johnson, 50, living with him as well as a Charles Higgby, 30, farm laborer. He had no wife at that time.

The 6/25/1891 Decatur newspaper, in reporting on the Seass trial, listed jurors and their occupations. About Robert it said: "Robert Ginn, a wealthy and good looking bachelor, one of the jurors examined, was born and raised in this county. He as modestly as a woman evaded the questions as to his age and time he has lived in the county. Everybody knows Bob, and his efforts to keep the public from finding how long he had been living here caused considerable merriment."

2/25/1892 Results of an auction published in the paper says Amelia, a brown mare, eight years old, was sold to Robert Ginn, Sullivan for $175.

2/27/1892 At another auction he bought Edward Hyde, sorrel gelding, 3 year old for $100.

1893 N Okaw Twp, Coles Co, IL. He apparently inherited his father's 255 acre farm. The county plat map recorded him as the current owner.

1900 E Nelson Twp, Moultrie Co, IL. He probably never moved at all because the census taker found him back at the same place as before. Apparently he never married but rather kept the sisters Mary and Liz who still lived with him. Charles Higby, 50, and Eliza Johnson, 65, were still there as well but listed as boarders.

4/27/1906 Decatur Daily Review carried the following story under bold headlines:

Robert Ginn Hopes to Get Line Through Cooks Mills

Robert Ginn was called to Mattoon Thursady to meet with the officers of the Decatur Sullivan and Mattoon Traction company. Mr. Ginn is working for the route via Cooks Mills which will give him an outlet from his fine farm six miles east of Sullivan.

12/8/1909 The Decatur newspaper reported: "Robert Ginn of east of here returned home from Chicago Monday afternoon where he has been attending the Fat Stock show. Mr. Ginn has some fancy cattle on exhibition there."

1913 N Okaw Twp, Coles Co, IL. The next plat map showed he still owned the same piece of ground.

10/28/1913 At the second annual Moultrie County horse show, Robert's percheron colt, grade 8 months and under, won $10 for second place.

He birthdate as posted is engraved on his headstone. However, the 1880 census listed him as 43 yrs old, making his birthdate 1837 and the 1900 census recorded 9/1846. Just what is it?? If he were born in Ireland as all census have said, one would lean toward the earlier date before the family arrived in IL.

His obituary in the 8/16/1915 newspaper said:


Robert Ginn, one of the wealthiest land owners in Johnathan Creek township, died at his home this morning of acute indigestion after an illness which only lasted a few hours. He became ill Sunday evening.
Mr. Ginn was in Sullivan, Saturday, looking after his interest in the Bean case, he being one of the creditors. He held a note for $1, 032.
At that time he seemed in perfect health. Mr. Ginn and his sister, Miss Lizzie Ginn have lived together at the old home place for a number of years. he never married. no arrangements have been made for the funeral.

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