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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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