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