One relative fell out of the barn loft, another shot his mother, and a third died only a few feet from home.

United States
May 13, 2017 1:20pm CST
Some of these are true... while others are not strictly untrue. I did have an ancestor that supposedly fell out of a barn loft... He was close enough to have relatives living now that can account for stories being told about it, but he's been gone long enough for the stories to be blurry... The one that shot his mother? closer in relation than the fella above, but I can't recall exactly. I've talked about it here before. The poor sod was trying to catch his wife who was adultress but instead caught his poor mama who was only coming over to tend to her boy... I'd hate to be that man for the rest of his life. The two above are true, though perhaps somewhat fabricated over time. I have relatives that can attest to either hearing the story itself, or have met the relative themselves, or at the very least, seen him. The third story is untrue... I did say above that some stories are NOT strictly untrue, and this is the story that I was referring to. This is for an entirely different side of the family... My fifth grandfather on my father's side (or was it the fourth?) had supposedly witnessed his boy coming home from the war when he suddenly keeled over dead. This is untrue, atleast in the sense that the boy died... While his father might have seen him coming home, the boy did not die. The boy was my third grandfather down the line, or my great great grandfather. I would not be here today had he not survived. A bonus story... The man who supposedly witnessed his son's death? He was a preacher... While I can't verify this either, I am more apt to believe it. It is said that he died whilst giving a sermon. He was a guest preacher at a church and had gotten up to speak when he died of a heart attack or stroke... The last story had been recorded in his family bible... so I believe it more so than the story about his son... Meanwhile, the only exciting thing going on in my life today is that a relative locked his self out of the car and had to walk about two miles to his sister's to be given assistance...
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@Courtlynn (66133)
• United States
13 May 17
Oh wow. Lol. Yes stories can get mixed up over time..
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• United States
14 May 17
Mixed up, or deliberately elaborated upon...For instance, the barn loft could have been set against a hillside and thus the fall might have only been a few feet...
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
13 May 17
A little less dramatic than falling out of the barn.
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• United States
14 May 17
Atleast it can be said they didn't fall into manure... though I suppose that wouldn't be something anyone would want to brag about..
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
14 May 17
@ScribbledAdNauseum - It would have broken the fall, though.
@jstory07 (67162)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 May 17
Those are really nice stories for you to share
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@shebish (791)
• Egypt
13 May 17
Nothing too exciting in my family tree, apart from one of my ancestors is supposed to have been a highwayman who was hanged for his crimes ,but so far unproven, although my brother continues to look for evidence.
• United States
14 May 17
Oh wow!! That is an exciting prospect! I hope he'll be able to find out whether it is true or not.
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@shebish (791)
• Egypt
14 May 17
It would be nice to find out either way for sure @ScribbledAdNauseum
@Corbin5 (106593)
• United States
13 May 17
Those stories do fall victim to elaboration over time. We have stories that are a bit suspect in our family too.
• United States
14 May 17
They are still quite fun to hear about it. It is like that game school children play where you whisper secrets to one another but are meant to elaborate / lie to each subsequent person.
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