Since I have been an active volunteer at the Madison County Historical Society, I have heard versions of this story several times.
We have had a couple of people come into the office trying to verify this story over the years, but as far as I know they have been unable to come up with any definite facts.
One version of the story that I have heard was that the mother went to the "spring" to fetch the buttermilk and that she was murdered by a Negro man who lived in the area and was mentally unstable. Another version is that the Negro man had found the buttermilk and was most likely drinking it when she came to the spring. I believe someone even knew the name of the man and thought that he might have been hanged.
I'll see if anyone left any documents at the office about this story.
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