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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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I became intrigued by the life of William (March 1875 – 1 Oct 1911) and Carrie McCune, Granddaddy Bill’s parents, when I found out that our great-grandfather, Will, was murdered in Griffin, GA, in October 1911. You may have first heard of this shocking, sad event at our family reunion in Thomaston several years ago; and I’ll share many more details with you soon in a future post. Yes, it’s a sensitive subject for any family to discuss, but the elephant  in the room can…

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A dark-haired, young woman, wearing a high-necked, long-sleeved dress of the late 1800s, stares off into the distance with large, hopeful eyes. Typical of the photos of that time period, she’s not smiling. Her hand rests casually on the arm of an ornate chair. This is the first photograph I’ve ever seen of our great-grandmother, Carrie Tillman McCune (26 Jan 1873? – 30 Nov 1918), mother of Granddaddy Bill McCune. Someone in our family had sent me copies of two old photos of Carrie several…

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