Indiana McCaslins

James W UnderwoodAge: 33 years18841917

Name
James W Underwood
Birth March 19, 1884 38 36
Census 1900 (Age 15 years)
MarriageRubye E LetyView this family
about 1904 (Age 19 years)

Birth of a child
#1
Unknown Underwood
after 1904 (Age 19 years)

Birth of a daughter
#2
Dorotha Underwood
about 1907 (Age 22 years)
Death of a childUnknown Underwood
before 1910 (Age 25 years)

Census 1910 (Age 25 years)
Death of a motherMary Elizabeth McCaslin (McCasland)
March 25, 1913 (Age 29 years)

Source: Find a Grave
Burial of a motherMary Elizabeth McCaslin (McCasland)
after March 25, 1913 (Age 29 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Baptist Cemetery, Lot 43 (Find A Grave Memorial# 34186214)
Death September 30, 1917 (Age 33 years)
Burial October 31, 1917 (31 days after death)

Note: Washburn Cemetery
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: November 1, 1866, Jefferson, Indiana
2 years
elder sister
2 years
elder brother
2 years
elder brother
3 years
elder brother
3 years
elder brother
4 years
elder sister
5 years
himself
Family with Rubye E Lety - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: about 1904
1 year
child
4 years
daughter

Burial
Washburn Cemetery
Shared note
In the 1900 US Federal Census for Linn, Woodford, Illinois, 55-year-old Indiana-born farmer John and his 53-year-old Indiana-born wife Mary E [McCaslin] Underwood have been married for 33 years. Mary has borne nine children, seven are living. They have in their household their youngest Indiana-born children, 21-year-old elocutionist Cora M and 15-year-old James W who has attended school eight months of the past year. Also in their household is a 21-year-old Minnesota-born hired man, Issac [sic] Davis. John is farming rented land. Everyone can read, write and speak English. John's father was born in Kentucky and his mother in Virginia [sic], Mary's and the children's parents were born in Indiana; Isaac's father was born in New York and his mother in Missouri. Living next door are two of John's sons, Curtis and Eddie [sic] Underwood and their families. In the 1910 US Federal Census for Bell Plain, Marshall, Illinois, 26-year-old Indiana-born farmer James W and his 26-year-old Illinois-born wife Rubye [Lety] Underwood have been married six years. Rubye has borne two children but only one is living. This Illinois-born child is 3-year-old Dorotha E [sic]. James is doing general farming on rented land. Both adults can read, write and speak English. James' parents were born in Indiana, Ruby's father was born in Indiana and her mother in Pennsylvania. Dortha's father was born in Indiana and her mother in Illinois. James W Underwood died on 30 Sep 1917 in Wyoming, Stark, Illinois. From the Metamora Herald, Vol. 65 No. 5, Woodford County, Illinois, 5 Oct 1917, page 1 column 1: MURDERS, THEN SUICIDES James Underwood of Washburn Shoots down Paramour BOTH DIED INSTANTLY Shooting Took Place at Wyoming Sunday Morning, to Which Place Underwood Followed Woman and Male Companion James Underwood, who deserted his wife and child in Washburn for the illicit love of other women, brought his career to a close last Sunday morning in Wyoming, Ill., by killing Mrs. Myrtle Suydam, the woman he had allowed to lure him on to a point of desperation, and then firing a bullet into his own brain. Back of the tragedy is a story of infidelity that made retribution inevitable. Underwood was until several years ago a respected resident of Washburn. He leaves a wife there, Mrs. Ruby E Underwood, and a daughter Dorothea, aged 11 years. It is said that he received money many times from his wife since he became estranged three years ago. A Washburn woman is named as the cause of the separation and a suit is now pending in the circuit court of this county by Mrs. Underwood against the woman mentioned for alienation of affections. Mrs. Underwood is suing for $10,000 damages. After his separation Underwood went to Peoria and engaged in the live stock business there. He met Mrs. Suydam, a married woman and became infatuated with her. According to report they were in each other's company much and Underwood became extremely jealous of the woman. Last spring another man, one Ira Snow, entered upon the scene and paid attention to the Suydam woman. Underwood informed the woman that if she did not remain true to him he would kill her. Sunday morning Snow and Mrs. Suydam, who had attended the implement show together on Saturday and were shadowed by Underwood, left Peoria for Wyoming. Underwood boarded the same train and sat in the coach a few seats away from the pair. He followed them from the train at Wyoming and just as he alighted on the platform he drew a revolver and said: "Now I've got you old girl." He fired two bullets into her body. Snow fled. The woman sank to the platform. Standing over her body, Underwood fired a third bullet, which grazed the woman's temple. The murderer then rushed through the knot of terrified people gathered at the station and placing the revolver to his right temple fired a bullet into his brain. He too fell dead. The body of Mrs. Suydam was claimed by her husband, a Kewanee Laborer. She leaves two daughters, 13 and 10 years old. Edward Underwood, brother of James, took the body of the latter to Washburn, where a private funeral was held Tuesday from the home of the deceased's mother-in-law. In the clothing of Underwood was found the following unsigned note, addressed to his wife and daughter: "Dear Ruby and Dot" "Oh God forgive me I am broke and destitute I am going to take the one who has wounded me for a year and myself. "Don't think I love her for I do not. She has recked [sic] me tis not murder forgive meet me on the other side. "I love you both but am despondent. "Take care of my baby." Transcribed by Lois Johnson, with no corrections.