Linnie was the 3rd child born to Henry M. GRIFFITH and his wife, Evaline HUKILL. Her father was a farmer in Ripley County, Indiana. Linnie's sister Emma was two years old when Linnie was born. Linnie never knew her sister Carrie, who had died a year before Linnie was born; Carrie died at just 16 days old. Likely Linnie was conceived by grieving parents. The younger siblings came fast: Anna, when Linnie was a year old; Harrision, when Linnie was 3; Alice, when Linnie was 4; Arthur, when Linnie was 5. Before 1891, the family moved north, to Benton County, Indiana, where there is some of the richest farmland in Indiana.
In 1891, when Linnie was 13 years old, her mother birthed twins Bernice and Bertram. Bertram died just before he was two years old, and the family mother died 18 months later, when Linnie was 16 years old. Reportedly, much of the work of caring for her younger siblings fell to Linnie. According to the 1940 census, Linnie completed three years of high school.
The father of the family died when Linnie was 22 years old, in mid-1900.
Linnie has not been found on the 1900 census. She was not in the household in Benton County with her siblings Anna (20), Alice (18), Arthur (16), and Bernice (9).
In September 1901, when Linnie was 23, she married Reuben Leroy CRAMER, an electrician who was 22. They married in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Reuben died just three-and-a-half years later, in June 1905. He died of typhoid fever.
In 1903, Linnie was living at 512 Union, Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., Indiana. That was also the address of her late husband's parents. Linnie was living at that address in 1907 also; by then, her late husband's mother also had been widowed, and the two widows lived together.
In September 1907, in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, Linnie married Miles C. TAYLOR. Linnie was 29; Miles was 34 and an electrician, like Linnie's 1st husband. Miles had an 8th grade education. Linnie and Miles first lived at 924 N. 6th, in Lafayette.
By the 1910 census, they had moved to Indianapolis, 1844 Lockwood Street. He worked as an electrician for the electric company.
In 1920, they lived at 1838 Lockwood, Indianapolis. Linnie's husband was reported as an engineer for a laundry. Likely, he was a maintenance engineer.
In 1930, they were in Benton County, IN, living in Union Township. They rented a home, and her husband worked as a truck farmer.
In 1940, they were in unincorporated Lochiel, Benton County. Her husband was 67 and no longer working.
In 1944, Linnie's husband Miles died.
Linnie sometimes was tasked with caring for the sons of her sister Bernice, during the 1920s, when Bernice was sick. Linnie was known to have been harsh with those children. And, some considered Linnie cantankerous in her dealings with others. In her old age, she lived in Fowler, Indiana, in an apartment above a "Grab It Here" store.
In her late 70s and early 80s, she corresponded regular with a grand-niece, then a young child. When Linnie died, old letters from that grand-niece were found among her possessions.
Linnie outlived all of her siblings. Her last remaining sister was Alice, who died in 1959, when Linnie was 81. For the last eight years of Linnie's life, she had no siblings and no close family. Her family connections consisted of Christmas cards from nephews.
Linnie's death certificate reports her usual occupation as "Nurse." That may mean that she cared for others in their homes. However, through the 1940 census when Linnie was 61 years old, there was no work information listed for her.
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