Something We Don’t Know?

30 Jul

The Squire has been doing a lot of genealogy work recently, and finding out all sorts of unusual bits.  He has some very interesting ancestors!

One thing he has known for years is that he is descended from the only male survivor of what is known as “the Sodom Laurel Massacre”. Sodom Laurel (No, he doesn’t know why they named it that.) was a hamlet in North Carolina. During the Civil War, a group of Confederate soldiers came through (reports vary as to whether they were Mosby’s men or McKeithley’s), rounded up every male in town and shot them, on the off chance there might be a Yankee sympathizer in the group. The Squire’s ancestor was William Bell Shelton, a then eight-year old boy who was gathering eggs, and had the good sense to climb into the hayloft and stay put. Just to see if the place still existed, he put it into Google Earth. The map spun around, and landed in Washington, D.C. At the Capitol Building.

We have since discovered that the Post Office renamed the place “Revere”.

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2 Responses to “Something We Don’t Know?”

  1. Grandmommy July 31, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    Shot up the whole town! How scary! I guess the men in neighboring towns made a beeline over there to pick out a wife!

    • thisendoftheswamp August 1, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

      The only men in town where either in their seventies or children. It made no difference; the rebs mowed them all down. Let’s just say that if they weren’t Union sympathizers before, they were after.

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