It appears that my third-great grandfather died in an asylum (Kankakee State Hospital). He is listed in the 1910 census as an "inmate." I am assuming this is more akin to "inpatient" in modern parlance. His headstone shows that he died in 1910. However, his Find A Grave profile information shows a more detailed date of October 6, 1910.
I was finally able to locate his wife in the 1910 Census, and she is listed as a widow. The date on the census sheet is April 15.
So, I guess really I have two questions here:
- Does anyone know if there is anyway to find out how/why this initial profile information was entered on Find A Grave?
- Was it at all customary to presume the role of a widow after your spouse was committed?
Answers to either of these questions may help point me in the right direction. I am having a really hard time tracking down his death certificate and/or finding anything regarding his admission to the hospital. And his wife pretty much completely disappears after the 1910 census.
Any insight is much appreciated. Thanks!