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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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As you now know from my previous posts, our great-grandfather William McCune was murdered at age 36 in Griffin, GA, on 1 Oct 1911. Two of the three men involved were indicted and sentenced to life in prison. According to an obituary notice in the Columbus Ledger, William’s funeral was held in his mother’s home in Girard, AL, at 10 a.m. on 3 October 1911 with Rev. Charles Kneeland officiating. The pallbearers were J.E. White, J.H. Best, C.H. Latham, John Bockman, W.M. Clark, and J.M.…

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After our great-grandfather, William McCune, was declared deceased at the local hospital in Griffin, GA, his body was sent to Bass’ Undertaking Parlor and his family was notified. According to a news article in the Columbus Ledger on 2 Oct 1911, William’s family in Girard, AL, was alerted by telephone that he had been killed, but no explanation was given.[1]  I can only imagine the grief and confusion the family experienced when they got that call. His brother, Jesse, and brother-in-law, Joe Prince, traveled by…

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In my first family history blog post a year ago, I wrote about our great-grandmother, Carrie McCune, and said that I would share what information I have on the murder of our great-grandfather, William McCune, Granddaddy Bill’s father, at a later date. Well, it’s been a year and it’s about time, don’t you think? William’s story is one of those sad, tragic ones that families generally choose to forget. That’s why most of us never knew about it. Even my Dad, James McCune, knew virtually…

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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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