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, 1918Will 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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