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Old 12-16-2017, 12:38 PM
 
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I found a news story that had my great grandfather witnessing a murder in progress in 1917 and doing nothing to intervene.


He was driving by, saw a minister struggling with an assailant in Camden NJ, but kept on driving and did not stop. He had other people in his car with him, so he wasn't alone. Kind of disappointing. The minister, Reverend J. M.T. Childrey of Haddonfield, was murdered on his way to perform a marriage.


Of course today I would never venture into Camden at night, and I certainly would not stop my car or get out. But in 1917 Camden was a middle class residential town, and not the crime-ridden hellhole it is today. I guess I've never been the type to just look away and keep going if someone is in danger. I'm a woman, and I even pulled over once in Trenton to stop a mugging. I can't understand why this able-bodied man, with other adults in his car, did not stop and try to intervene.
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Old 12-16-2017, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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found out that one of my ancestors in England was drawn and quartered for treason. That wasn't too pleasant.
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Old 12-17-2017, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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That Miles Standish was one of my ancestors.. because I always thought he was not a very nice person in all of the accounts I have read, especially that whole thing about luring the Indians to Wessagusset and murdering them for no reason. Kind of a dick move, imo.
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Old 12-17-2017, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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That my grandfather on my mother's side was actually in all likelihood my great-uncle.
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Old 12-19-2017, 07:21 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I found a news story that had my great grandfather witnessing a murder in progress in 1917 and doing nothing to intervene.


He was driving by, saw a minister struggling with an assailant in Camden NJ, but kept on driving and did not stop. He had other people in his car with him, so he wasn't alone. Kind of disappointing. The minister, Reverend J. M.T. Childrey of Haddonfield, was murdered on his way to perform a marriage.


Of course today I would never venture into Camden at night, and I certainly would not stop my car or get out. But in 1917 Camden was a middle class residential town, and not the crime-ridden hellhole it is today. I guess I've never been the type to just look away and keep going if someone is in danger. I'm a woman, and I even pulled over once in Trenton to stop a mugging. I can't understand why this able-bodied man, with other adults in his car, did not stop and try to intervene.
You're right, Camden was way different then, so was Plainfield, Elizabeth, Newark and Trenton.

It's probably something in your genes that makes you the type to stop while it's probably in his genes to mind his own business. I'm like you, I will say something.

For anyone interested, Promethease is doing free health reports until the end of the month. There is a thread with all of the details. I uploaded ours, gonna take a few weeks to read thru them all. I see my hub has the warrior Gene.
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Old 12-19-2017, 05:11 PM
 
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I had this ancestor in my tree for a while, I just never worked on filling out his life info until recently.This direct English ancestor was on the side of the Tories during the American Revolutionary War. He was hanged by the Patriots near the end of the war. At an earlier time in his life, he lost most of his family (wife and children) in an Indian raid in Virginia colony. Only he and 1 son survived the attack.
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