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Sometimes we find some pretty "colorful" characters in our family history searches. Are there outlaws in your family tree? And would you want to know? Read about this Kentucky story and the researchers who found some familiar names!

 

Skeletons in the Closet?

We've all got 'em somewhere...it's only a question of time & digging until we stumble over them. Fortunately, if they're remote enough in time, we can chuckle about our

If they're far enough back in time, we usually find them entertaining. If they're more recent, we don't laugh too much. Fortunately, this old story about Kentucky desperadoes hunting each other through the mountains was waaaayy back in 1885. 

The moonshine must've been running and the bullets would've been flying!

I received several replies from folks on the HALL GenForum board where I'd left a note about having posted the old news story. I don't often have time to do that, but I'm glad I had time for this one!

Bob Hall wrote to say that one of the outlaws in the story, Talt Hall, was the son of David Hall, born in 1850 in Letcher County, KY. He met his fate in a Virginia noose in 1892, having reportedly killed between 7 and 99 men.  Bob tells us that Talt Hall was the first man to be hung in Wise County, Virginia. Hmmm....too bad they didn't catch him & hang him sooner! 

Anita Spears added that Talt Hall was her g-g-g-uncle. Tell us more, Anita!

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