McCASLIN, Margaret (Maggie)

Date of Death: 20 Jun 1918

Source: Franklin Evening Star, Franklin, IN, Friday, Jun 21, 1918

    Margaret McCaslin a Suicide.
   Miss  Margaret    McCaslin    ended
her    life    sometime   Thursday   by 
hanging herself in the attic at her 
farm home three miles southwest of 
Franklin.    Her body    was    discov-
ered late Thursday evening by Gil-
bert     Luyster.    her    cousin  and
guardian, who went to the McCaslin 
home after receiving a strange let-
ter written  by  Miss  McCaslin  last 
Sunday.    In the    letter    Miss Mc-
Caslin said that she was planning 
to end her life.   She spoke of hav-
ing cleaned up the house, gave in-
structions regarding some personal 
effects, asked that her chickens be 
cared for and closed with the re-
quest that Mr. Luyster come to the 
house as soon as he received the 
letter.   The letter was dated June 
16. but Mr. Luyster did not receive 
it until Thursday evening.   He hur-
ried immediately to   the   McCaslin 
farm and after making a thorough 
search through the house, which he 
found immaculately clean, he went 
to the attic and discovered the life-
less body hanging from a rafter.
   Inquiry among the neighbors 
disclosed the fact that a boy had
seen Miss McCaslin early Thursday 
morning, which indicates that she 
either postponed mailing her letter 
or had misdated it. She had been in 
an impaired mental condition for 
several years and recently, accord
-ing to the neighbors, had acted 
strangely.
   Dr. Carl Payne, who was called, 
said the body probably had been 
dead ten or eleven hours. Dr. L. C. 
Bice, county coroner, also was no-
tified and his investigation showed 
she had died by hanging herself.
   Miss McCaslin was forty-three 
years old and was born on the farm 
where she died. She was the 
daughter of Gilbert and Anna Mc-
Caslin, both of whom are dead. Her 
mother died seven years ago, since 
when she had lived as a recluse 
on the farm. She was a niece of the 
late John Ditmars and one of his 
principal heirs. Two years ago 
Gilbert Luyster was appointed as 
guardian for her and last winter 
she was at his home for several 
weeks but grew restless and insisted 
on returning to her own home to 
live alone. She raised many chick-
ens and kept them in her own house 
during the winter and early spring 
months; She was eccentric but truly 
kind hearted in every way.
   She is survived by an aunt, Mrs.
Hattie Luyster, who is now living in
Chattanooga, Tenn.	
   The funeral services will be held 
Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock at 
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert 
Luyster and the services being con-
ducted by the Rev. R. P. Jones of 
the Franklin Presbyterian church, 
of which Miss McCaslin was a mem-
ber.  Burial will be at Greenlawn 
cemetery.

Second News Article

Source: Franklin Evening Star, Franklin, IN, Tuesday, Jun 25, 1918

Will of Maggie L. McCaslin.
   The will of Miss Maggie L. Mc-
Caslin, who ended her life by hang
-ing herself last week, has been filed 
for probate. By the terms of the 
will, which was executed Sept. 24, 
1915, the estate, valued at $25,000, 
is to be divided equally between 
Mrs. Hattie Luyster, her aunt, who 
is to receive one-half, and the child
-ren of a deceased aunt. Alma Mc-
Caslin VanNuys, who are to share 
the other half. The latter heirs are 
Lowery VanNuys, James L. Van-
Nuys, Ezra VanNuys, Olive VanNuys 
Oliver and Mary VanNuys Foster. 
The Union Trust company is named 
as executor of the estate.

Note: The people identified in the will are Harriet Ditmars McCaslin Luyster, 
and the children of her sister, Mary Alma McCaslin VanNuys, who are Walter Lowery 
VanNuys, James Edward VanNuys, Ezra Allen VanNuys, Alice VanNuys Oliver, 
and Mary VanNuys Fisher. The paper got some of the names wrong.

Submitted by Lois Johnson

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