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Family of Sylvester Treat VESEY and Edna E GRUNER

Married1523 1886 Mar 171523 at Coldwater, Branch Co., MI1523.

Sylvester was a farmer in Milford Township, Lagrange Co., Indiana.

Following the February, 1909, death of his first wife, Edna, Sylvester became despondent4610. Fearing that he would attempt to take his own life, the family stayed close by Sylvester. Early in the morning of Feb 21, 1909, Sylvester and his brother-in-law, Charles Sears (husband of his sister Margaret), went to Charles' barn. Charles was called back to the house. Later, when Sylvester did not return to the house, the family became concerned and Charles hurried to the barn to find Sylvester in the haymow. Sylvester had ingested carbolic acid and was found unconscious.

Though his suicide attempt had left him in critical condition, Sylvester recovered. In May, 1909, Sylvester was named administrator4614 of the estate of Lydia C Vesey-Howard, his aunt. The estate had an estimated worth of $35,000 to $40,000. The administration was somewhat contentious as there was a codicil to the will, beneficiaries to whom the codicil was not favorable made a showing, the codicil was not probated, and the beneficiaries of that codicil were not notified of the probate.

In October, 1909, a judge ordered4616 the codicil to be probated. The will proper had distributed about $20,000 to a number of persons, and bequeathed 160 acres of land to Horace J, Benjamin W, and John B Vesey. The codicil modified that bequeathal to provide that the land was to go to Horace J Vesey, and, following his death, it was to go to William H and Amanda Day. The codicil also named several beneficiaries to receive $1000 apiece.

Edna's maiden name is listed in daughter Lottie's marriage record to Vern Cline. Edna's death certificate states she was never a resident in the city (Chicago) and lists her place and time of death as 'Illinois Theatre Bldg' at about 8:40PM; cause of death: organic heart disease. She died at the age of 45y 4m 5d. A death notice4615 state that she and Sylvester, while enroute from Lagrange to Minnesota, had gone to the Illinois Theatre in Chicago to see a performance of "Seven Days." Soon after the couple was seated, Mrs Vesey was stricken with heart failure and died within 20 minutes. Other unreferenced stories (on the web) state she was running for a streetcar when she collapsed and died.

Edna's birthplace was provided by information in the death certificate4612 of her son Wenzel Vesey, for which the informant was Wenzel's wife, Mabel Vesey.

Children of Sylvester Treat VESEY and Edna E GRUNER:

1. Wenzel Gruner VESEY2055 b. 1887 Oct 222055 at South Milford, IN221. d. 1926 Sep 94612 at 16587 Linwood Ave, Detroit, MI4612. bd. Greenwood Cem., Lagrange, IN840.
md. Mabel E VESEY
2. (male) VESEY2055 b. 1889 Feb 232055 at Lagrange Co., IN2055. d. 1889 Mar 222056 at Lagrange Co., IN2056. bd. Greenwood Cem., Lagrange, IN840.
3. Sylvester Treat Jr VESEY2055 b. 1890 Sep 172055 at Lagrange Co., IN2055. d. 1903 Jan 212056 at Lagrange Co., IN2056. bd. Greenwood Cem., Lagrange, IN840.
4. Lottie Emily VESEY2055 b. 1895 Jul 262055 at Lagrange Co., IN2055.
5. Horace J VESEY2205 b. 1898 Feb 11221 at Indiana2205. d. 1958840. bd. Cicero Cem., Cicero, IN840.
md. Esther Leoffie BURTON


221. WW I Draft Registration Card; www.ancestry.com, familysearch.org
840. Gravestone inscriptions - www.findagrave.com
1523. Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925, 1822-1995, 1811-1959; familysearch.org
2055. Indiana, LaGrange County Birth Records, 1882-1920; www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlagran
2056. Indiana, LaGrange County Index to Death Records, 1882-1924; www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlagran
2061. 1870 Fed Census IN, LaGrange Co., Milford; www.ancestry.com
2062. 1880 Fed Census IN, LaGrange Co., Milford; www.ancestry.com
2205. 1900 Fed Census IN, Lagrange Co., Milford; www.ancestry.com
2206. 1910 Fed Census IN, Lagrange Co., Milford; www.ancestry.com
2207. 1880 Fed Census MI, Branch Co., Coldwater; www.ancestry.com
2208. 1920 Fed Census IN, Lagrange Co., Milford; www.ancestry.com
4610. Vesey, S P, attempts suicide after wife's funeral, The Fort Wayne (IN) News, Mon, Feb 21, 1910; newspapers.com
4612. Vesey, Wenzel G, death certificate; seekingmichigan.org
4614. Vesey-Howard, Mrs Lydia C, will filed for probate, Goshen (IN) Democrat, Mon, May 3, 1909; newspaperarchive.com
4615. Obit - Vesey, Mrs Sylvester J(sic), Goshen (IN) Daily Democrat, Feb 26, 1910; newspaperarchive.com
4616. Vesey-Howard, Mrs Lydia, codicil to will ordered probated, Goshen (IN) Daily Democrat, Oct 2, 1909; newspaperarchive.com