Elizabeth "Liz" Fausz was born on 26 May 1894 in Caseyville, Illinois, to Peter and Margaret (Dietrich) Fausz. She was their seventh known child. Her paternal grandfather had immigrated to the U.S. from France but her other grandparents had all immigrated from regions of Europe that became Germany in 1871. In 1900 Liz's father rented a farm in Caseyville, but two older brothers worked as coal miners. In 1910 Liz was 16. She lived on the farm with her parents but was no longer attending school or working.
She married widower, Robert Muir, on 26 September 1911 in St. Louis, Missouri. She had her first son, Robert Muir, Jr., on 7 January 1912 and the couple had three more children together.
For most of her married life, Liz lived at 436 North 80th Street in East St. Louis, Illinois, while, according to my grandmother, her husband traveled to coal mines up and down Appalachia, organizing miners. I have not been able to find the family in the 1920 census but their third child was born in Tralee, West Virginia, in 1920. So I assume the family lived there for some period of time.
The 1926, 1928 and 1930 city directories for East St. Louis indicated the couple maintained a home in that city, the one at 436 North 80th Street. When the 1930 census was enumerated, Liz was living there with her three daughters and mother and worked as a cook for a private family. She told the enumerator she was married but Robert Muir and his son were not included in the list of people living in the home.
When the 1940 census was taken on 29 May, Liz and her youngest daughter, Margaret, were boarders in the home of P. J. Walker, which was located near her husband's home at 473 North 80th Street. She indicated she was divorced.
Elizabeth (Fausz) Muir died at the age of 46 on 24 September 1940 at Wood River, Illinois. Her usual residence was East St. Louis, Illinois, and she was divorced from Robert Muir at the time of her death.
She was buried on 27 September 1940 in the Caseyville Cemetery, which was located in the town of her birth, Caseyville, Illinois.
1900 US Federal Census, Census Place: Caseyville, St. Clair, Illinois; Roll: 340; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0088; FHL microfilm: 1240340
1910 US Federal Census, Census Place: Caseyville, St. Clair, Illinois; Roll: T624_321; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 0099; FHL microfilm: 1374334
1930 US Federal Census, Census Place: Centerville, St. Clair, Illinois; Roll: 555; Page: 40B; Enumeration District: 34; Image: 984.0; FHL microfilm: 2340290
1940 US Federal Census, Census Place: Signal Hill, St. Clair, Illinois; Roll: T627_879; Page: 20B; Enumeration District: 82-35
Alice (Muir) Jennings' Genealogy Notebook, page 8
US, City Directories, 1821-1989, 1926 East St. Louis, IL (Muir, Liz)
US, City Directories, 1821-1989, 1928 East St. Louis, IL (Muir, Liz)
US, City Directories, 1821-1989, 1930 East St. Louis, IL (Muir, Liz)
US, Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947, 1940 Muir, Elizabeth
US, Missouri, Marriage Records, 1805-2002, 1911 Muir, Robert - Fausz, Elizabeth