Maternal Kin, Newspaper Articles, North Carolina

Justifiable homicide?

I am just about to have to side-eye my Rowan and Iredell County people. If my grandmother were still living, would I have the nerve to ask her about all this cutting and shooting and bootlegging?

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The Union Republican (Winston-Salem), 18 March 1920.

This is Aunt Lizzie’s husband!

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The Union Republican (Winston-Salem), 4 March 1920.

As detailed here, Margaret L.E. “Lizzie” McNeely, my grandmother’s maternal aunt, married William Watt Kilpatrick in Statesville, Iredell County, in 1900. By 1920, their marriage had gone south, and 45 year-old Watt appeared in the census that year at 17 Roanoke Street in Winston-Salem, sharing a house with 32 year-old Miss Dora Freeman. Contrary to the news article, in the census Freeman was described as the “roomer.”

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2 thoughts on “Justifiable homicide?

    • Chile, I got more bootlegger material than I know what to do with. I’m trying to space it out to lessen the impact. LOL It is what is is though and is “secret” only because the stories never got passed down, not because nobody ever knew what they were up to.

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