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Isn't that the way it always is? You go looking for one thing, and find another instead?

I went to see my folks yesterday. While I was there, we were talking about how it can sometimes be difficult to separate family lore from family history.

My step-mom mentioned that her family had disagreed on the occupation of one of her great grand uncles, George Washington Hayslip. Some said he had owned a cannery in Adams Co., OH. I told her I would do some digging around and look through some of the historic newspaper databases to see if I could find advertising for a cannery there.

Imagine my surprise when my search for Hayslip in Adams Co., OH brought up several articles like this one, which ran in the 10 Aug 1897 edition of the Maysville KY, Evening Bulletin:

So now, I am on a quest to see how that ended. Found another article in the 18 Oct 1897 Marietta (GA) Democrat that said the trial had been postponed to the January 1898 session of the court.

John Hayslip was George Washington Hayslip's brother.

And as far as I can tell, George was a farmer until he died in 1924.

ETA: I have now found an article that says the victim's name was Mac E Gordley. Source: 11 Aug 1897 edition of the Elkhart Weekly Review.

Date: 2010-12-21 03:17 pm (UTC)
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Lots of family secrets are coming to life with all these old newspapers being digitized. Amazing who's turning up after years of being "forgotten".

Date: 2010-12-21 04:47 pm (UTC)
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Good heavens. Family does have a way of susprising one.

I wonder what sparked the quarrel?

Date: 2010-12-21 04:58 pm (UTC)
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Do not know. Of all the articles, I've found so far (five), one says that there was drinking involved and they quarreled. Another one says the drinking buddy drew first, but the others contradict that, and say Mace Gordley was unarmed.

Date: 2010-12-21 04:59 pm (UTC)
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My good land. Well, please tell us how it ends, if you ever find out!


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