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Welcome to my family history blog on the ancestry line of the McCune and Cousins families of Georgia and Alabama. My genealogy research and stories begin with my grandparents, Willie H. McCune and Mable Cousins of Girard, Alabama, and Columbus, Georgia, and go up our family tree to include the lives, loves, joys and sorrows of our ancestors who founded their homes in the American South. These are our front porch stories.

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Just in time for Veterans Day 2016, I’m posting the last blog in my Civil War series to commemorate one of our many ancestors who were U.S. war veterans. My blog series on our Civil War ancestors is ending with this story of our great-great-grandfather, Eli Fletcher Williams. Eli was the maternal grandfather of our grandmother Mable Cousins McCune and the father of our great-grandmother, Susie Elizabeth Williams Cousins. Born on 23 March 1838 in Russell County, AL, to Eli and Mary Hollingsworth (Truesdale) Williams,…

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After a summer break from my family history blog while I moved, traveled, and pursued my art interests, I’m finishing up the series on our McCune and Cousins ancestors who served in the Civil War with the next two posts. Today’s blog post features the Tillman men of Upson County, GA. I last wrote about the Civil War service of Andrew J. “Frank” McCune, Granddaddy Bill’s paternal grandfather. The Tillman men were from Granddaddy Bill’s maternal side of the family. His great-grandfather, George Taylor Tillman…

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Hello, family and friends!  As I explained by email to many of you last month, I’ve had some extenuating circumstances that limited my time here on the McCune & Cousins family history site. I’ve now moved and mostly settled and just returned from a wonderful trip to Scotland. Anna, Dusty and Ava have moved to New York, but, unfortunately, are not settled in their home yet. They’re making do, so to speak. This summer has been very busy! I hope to begin my genealogy research…

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The Civil War officially ended with Confederate President Jefferson Davis’s capture on 10 May 1865. Our Great-great-grandfather, Andrew J. “Frank” McCune, had been discharged from the Confederate Army on 15 Apr 1865, after three years of service, following Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, VA, on 9 Apr 1865. He returned to his home in war-ravaged Georgia to recover from war wounds and struggle through the years of Reconstruction. Based on my research, I believe he immediately went back to the fields as a…

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Our Great-great-grandfather, Andrew J. “Frank” McCune, spent about three years in the Confederate Army and fought in two major battles, according to his Confederate pension application[1] filed in 1894 in Russell County, AL. We know that he was in the Battle of Chickamauga in Tennessee and north Georgia and the Battle of Jonesboro in Georgia. Did he walk away from both with no injuries? According to the pension application, Andrew was in the 30th Georgia Regiment, Company G, and enlisted on 10 Aug 1860 in…

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The Civil War was a controversial war that divided our nation for many years. Even though it’s not one of my favorite reading topics, learning about our ancestors is. The McCune and Cousins families sent five young men to fight in this war, and I wanted to find out more about them. Did they volunteer as supporters of the South’s secession or march off reluctantly? We may never know the answers to that, but we can know a bit more about their experiences. Since I’ve…

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Happy Mother’s Day to all our McCune and Cousins women!  Here’s a photo  tribute to our Mothers who are no longer with us. We love them every one.   Mable Cousins McCune (4 Sept 1899 – 1 Sept 1983) Mother of Frances, Billy, Lucille, Evelyn, and James                   Frances McCune Dykes (1 Nov 1920 – 20 Aug 1992) Mother of Jeff, Donna, and Jan                   Lucille McCune Richards (4…

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Yum-yum! Fish fries in the deep South when everyone gathers around in the backyard at picnic tables and lawn chairs, waiting for Dad to serve up hot fresh catfish fillets from the spattering, gurgling deep fryer, along with all the ‘fixins,’ are a Southern ritual. Manning the cooker is almost a right of passage for the Southern male. But back in the day, in the 1950s-60s, the fish were fried indoors in the hot, humid Southern kitchens by the matriarchs of the family. Who doesn’t…

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I haven’t been able to trace Frank’s travels very well due to a limited paper trail. Did he stay primarily in the Southeast or go wherever the train tracks and his inclination took him? How did he survive on a daily basis? Begging, borrowing, or stealing? Did he live in hobo jungles, or campsites, near the rail tracks? Did he suffer the hurt and humility of being thrown off a car by the railroad security known as bulls? I found a telling news article about…

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Frank McCune allegedly returned home to America in 1919 after serving overseas as a World War I soldier. I haven’t found him in the 1920 U.S. census databases on Ancestry or Family Search. There are a lot of Frank McCunes, but not one who seems to be ours. He’s also not listed in the Columbus City Directories for 1921, 1923, 1925, 1927, and 1931. I’m assuming he was mostly on the road during the 1920s. He does show up in the 1928 Columbus City Directory…

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