Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Elizabeth "Lizzie" GINN

She was listed as housekeeper in the 1880 census, probably for brother Robert who was head of the house.

Her travels were documented by the newspapers:

7/10/1891 In the "People You Know" column of the Decatur Morning Review was "Miss Lizzie Ginn, of Sullivan, was in the city yesterday."

10/22/1892 "Miss Lizzie Ginn visited her sister, Mrs. John S Cunningham, at Mattoon last week."

1/7/1905 "Miss Lizzie Ginn returned Friday from a three weeks' visit with her niece, Mrs. Clyde Bailey."

1/10/1920 E Nelson Twp, Moultrie Co, IL. Elizabeth, 69, was head of the house and living with her were Eliza Johnson, 86, and 28 year old servant Florence Gieker (sp?). Elizabeth's inheritance most likely supported them.

And from the 12/4/1927 Decatur Review is: "For a number of years Mrs Runyan, who was a widow, made her home with Miss Elizabeth Ginn, a spinster of about her own age, resideing east of town. Her (Mrs Runyan) only surviving relatives are nieces and nephews."

Lizzie died intestate and the total estate of $52,283.18 went to sole heir, niece Harriette Bailey with inheritance tax of $3742.65 which was paid from the estate in 1935. Ten years later a will was found at the home of deceased Sullivan attorney, Frank Harbaugh, with charitable bequests totaling $33,000 which were not subject to taxes. Harriette then filed a claim for excess taxes of $2615.66 and was awarded that amount 1 year later.

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