GENEALOGY CAN REVEAL SHOCKING FAMILY SECRETS
When you delve into genealogy, let me warn you, you need to be prepared to find out things that might shock you. Everything you find won’t be happy. When doing my own research, I found out some very shocking news! Not only shocking but sad!
My great grandfather was very prominent and well known in the county back in the 1900s. He owned a sawmill, lots of land, and was the first person to own a car in the county when cars first became available for sale.
He, along with his wife and children, lived in a small shack in the sawmill camp along side the other shacks where his employees lived. His wife and children could have had luxuries but he was a miser and saw no need to spend his money on a nice home. His only extravagant purchases were the car and a gold pocket watch! The watch now belongs to my son.
His wife died when my grandfather was only 2 years old. She died at the hands of her husband! Everyone in the county knew this, especially the locals in the sawmill camp. However, he was never arrested for her death!
My great grandmother had just given birth and was extremely weak after having delivered my grandfather’s new baby sister. Her husband came home from work one evening to find her in bed and there was no hot supper waiting for him.
Knowing his wife had been bedridden since the birth of their new baby, what did he do? He went to the bedroom, jerked her frail body up out of bed, and led her to the kitchen as he demanded supper!
When she told him she was too weak to stand, he began punching and slapping her. After she fell to the floor he kicked her until she was dead! Neighbors could hear her crying for help and could hear him cussing her. Some even viewed the scene through the window. No one dared to go and help her!
How can such a thing happen? Well, things like that happened in small towns and communities back then with corrupt mayors and police, even today corrupt places are able to keep secrets. He was known to be an angry and hostile person at times, so no one wanted to make him mad or take a chance of losing their job by reporting him. How sad, how very sad is that?
I think my grandfather might have witnessed his mother’s death as a toddler. As a middle aged man and grandfather, I have seen him have fits. He could be working in the garden, mowing the grass, or just sitting on the front porch when all of a sudden he would start to cuss and kick at the air. After a couple minutes it would be over.
Him and my grandmother were the best grandparents ever! When Pops would have the fits, if Grams witnessed them, she’d usher me away from him and tell me to let Pops be alone for a few minutes. I never questioned his fits and no explanation was given to me. Only after I was an adult and became interested in genealogy and started researching, did I find out this shocking news about his mother’s death!
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