Month: March 2016

Wandering man, hobo, tramp, traveler, knight of the road, renegade, vagrant, transient, bum, drifter, homeless, rail rider. These are some of the terms that could describe the life of one of our ancestors, Great Uncle Frank McCune (1897-1946). Frank was Granddaddy Bill’s older brother, the first son of William and Carrie McCune. We know very little about him, and I’ve found no pictures of him. For reasons we can only speculate about, Frank roamed afar, mostly by catching rides on freight cars, and drifted back…

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Memories of Easters Past                     Cousins, do you have favorite Easter photos to share? Please do so we can all reminisce about our wonderful family memories!! Happy Easter to you all!! I welcome your comments on each post.

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In genealogy, a brick wall is a term that refers to a person or item that stops you dead in your research tracks. One of my most aggravating brick walls on the McCune line is William and Frances McCune, our 3x great-grandparents, who lived in Alabama in the mid-1800s. I’ve searched for many, many years for their correct dates and places of birth and their dates and places of death. I don’t know who their parents were or the names of any of their siblings,…

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A couple of years ago, I had a DNA test through Ancestry.com to learn my ethnic origins and try to find distant cousins who might have additional information for our family tree. My results showed 70% Great Britain, 13% Western Europe, and 9% Ireland with the remaining 8% in Scandinavia, Iberian Peninsula, and Eastern Europe. I forwarded my DNA raw data from Ancestry to familytreedna.com to see what their test results would show: 75% British Isles (includes Ireland), 17% Scandinavia, 5% Eastern Europe, and 3%…

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These are just a few of my childhood memories when Granddaddy and Grandmother McCune lived on 19th Street in Columbus, GA: I remember……. Grandmother’s buttermilk and lard biscuits running with melted butter. fried grouper and flounder, caught by Granddaddy in Destin, FL, cooked in a black iron skillet on the kitchen stove. No outdoor deep fryer for grandmother! heavy quilts on the fold-down sofa bed on cold winter nights. gas space heaters to fight off the chill. the creaking of the front porch swing and…

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It was a distinct honor for Colonel William P. Screws and his 167th Infantry to be part of the Army of Occupation in Germany following World War I. After unimaginable hardships in the final offensive assaults of the war in the fall of 1918, the men immediately began their march across Europe to Germany. They were greeted by cheering crowds and bands playing popular American songs in their trek through Belgium and Luxembourg. On 3 Dec 1918, they reached the Rhine River in Germany and…

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Corporal Willie H. McCune arrived in France as an 18-year-old tenderfoot soldier from Alabama in November 1917. To better understand his experience while there, I researched several books and websites that recreated the movements of the 167th Infantry, part of the 42nd Rainbow Division stationed on the Western Front in World War I. I had no idea that the 42nd Rainbow Division played a significant role in the outcome of the war until I began reading more about it. For a broad look at the…

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I never knew. I don’t think most of us did during Granddaddy’s lifetime. Many years after his death, I learned that Granddaddy had fought in France in World War I when my Dad showed me some of his WWI memorabilia. I’ve begun piecing together more of his service over the past few years but have recently had my eyes truly opened. I never knew or appreciated what Granddaddy experienced. I wish I could have told him thank you. Granddaddy Bill was allegedly only 17 when…

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