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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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The rumor that’s circulated for many years in the family is that Granddaddy Bill fudged his birth date in order to join the Army during World War I because he was under age. His Social Security Death Index, State of Georgia death certificate 1 and cemetery headstone all state 13 Jan 1898 as his birth date. His WWI service card shows that he joined the Alabama National Guard 3 Jul 1916 and stated his age as 18. 2  Proof enough that he was indeed 18…

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In the 1920-30s in the Southeast, textile mills ruled the manufacturing industry. Close on its heels were the burgeoning electric power companies lighting up the cities and rural towns. Both industries sought ways to lure workers, and one of the most popular was sponsoring commercial ball teams. In fact, according to Daddy, Granddaddy Bill McCune moved his family from Columbus to Manchester, GA, when he was recruited by the local textile mill based on his baseball skills. A bit strange to us nowadays, but they…

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Carrie Tillman McCune Baker wasn’t a victim of the raging 1918 Spanish influenza epidemic. On November 30, 1918, she died of pellagra, according to the attending physician who signed her death certificate . [1] What is pellagra, you’re asking? I’d never heard of it either so I ‘googled’ it. Wikipedia describes it as malnutrition from a vitamin deficiency resulting in the “three Ds: diarrhea, dermatitis, and dementia” and states that pellagra was once common in the poorer sections of the South . [2] I found…

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Carrie Tillman McCune Baker was about 45 in 1918. Her two husbands had died, and her two sons were fighting in a world war. She was probably very anxious to see them alive and well again. But that wasn’t to be. Suddenly, our Great-Grandmother Carrie died. The Columbus Daily Enquirer dated 1 Dec 1918 contains her obituary notice, stating that she died Saturday afternoon [30 Nov 1918] at the city hospital, and was survived by a daughter, Rossie, and two sons, Frank and Will McCune,…

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We left Carrie, her sons, Frank and Willie, and little Rossie in Griffin, GA, with little means of livelihood after William’s death. What were they to do? Not surprisingly, Carrie finds a solution. She remarries. A wedding announcement in the Columbus Ledger of 6 Feb 1912 states that Mr. James Baker and Mrs. Carrie McCune were married in her home at 1013 Patten Avenue, Girard, AL, in the presence of a few friends. [1] The 1912 Columbus city directory shows James and Carrie Baker living…

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