Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tragedy Strikes Our Family

NoteRelationships, such as grandmother, 2nd great, etc., are expressed from the perspective of the grandchildren of Willis Edgar and Carrie (known as) Mae (Merritt) Musgrove.

Our grandmother, Carrie Mae Merritt, was born 1 Apr 1910 in Bickley,Georgia; the last of nine children born to her parents, George and Mary, who were then 43 years old. She is counted there May 4th on the 1910 census, one month old and, strangely enough, named Lucile. No one knows why. 

When she was thirteen her older brother, Joe Cecil Merritt, married Zilpha Marie Musgrove, sister of our grandfather, Willis Edgar Musgrove. Our grandfather was thirteen at the time as well. Six years later, on the 13th of June, 1929, our grandparents wed.

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Uncle Joe and 
Aunt Zilpha Merritt
Growing up I heard Grandma Musgrove’s youngest child, Freddie, was accidentally shot and killed while playing with guns. I didn't know until my search for our family's past that the boy who shot the gun was his older double first cousin, our great aunt, Zilpha and uncle, Joe's boy, Willie.
Freddie was three weeks shy of nine years old. It was December 26th and he was shot with a shotgun his cousin Willie got for Christmas. According to my Uncle Joe, Freddie’s brother, just a few years older;

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Freddie’s grave marker at
Mount Green Cemetery 

in Ware County, Ga.

“Willie was playing a game with us to see if we could guess if the gun was loaded or not. Then he would throw up the gun and pull the trigger. Sometimes it would shoot and other times it wouldn't. I suppose he forgot it was loaded and he pointed it at Freddie and said "It's your time to die" and pulled the trigger.”

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