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The story of finding the truth about my 3rd Great-Grandfather's murder.
When I was a little girl, Grandma Harrold always used to tell us stories about our ancestors. They were fascinating stories. Once I started getting interested in genealogy I wanted to find proof that the stories Grandma told us were true. One of the stories that I remembered was one of our ancestors being murdered by getting shot in the head. I couldnít recall the details so there was very little to use to find the truth. As I uncovered more branches of the family tree I found one person who it might have been in my Grandmaís story Ė my 3rd great-Grandfather Rondle Bruce Hussey. He died at the age of 46. I searched on GenealogyBank.com to see if there were any news articles about him or if they had his obituary. I found two newspaper articles from when he was killed in December 1872.
The story that the newspapers told was that Bruce Hussey came home from work and was under the influence of alcohol. He began to abuse his wife and possibly the children. His wife Mahala took the four children and went to her brother, John Gibsonís house. Bruce followed her and there was an altercation between John and Bruce. John then shot Bruce in the head with his rifle. John Gibson was arrested. The articles donít say what happened to Mr. Gibson after he was arrested.
It was amazing to have proof that the story my Grandma told me was true. It seems that my 3rd great-Grandfather was not a very nice man if he was abusing his wife and children. There were some details in the articles that my Grandma left out of the story when she told it to us. I am still curious to find out what happened to John Gibson. I canít imagine what it was like for his family to witness his murder.
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