I, too, am a grandchild of Bertha Borders-Doolin. I heard a different story about my Grandfather, Crabtree Doolin. His brother, John Lee Doolin told my father and us boys (Leon and Don) this story( We were 10 years old at this time. We are twins:
My grandfather met a black fella on a bridge that only one person could cross at a time. Uncle John Lee said our Grandfather "had it out" with the fella on the bridge and killed him. I have what Uncle John Lee said was the murder weapon (a night stick with lead poured in it). There's another story,too, which belongs in the family. Anyhow, Our grandfather, who was being pursued by law officials, came up with a plan. He declared himself dead.
He had his name placed in the obituary section of the paper and fled Kentucky. He came to Salem MI where he assumed a totally new identity. He married another lady,
and fathered two children, Raymond and I believe the other was Dorothy. My father, Oscar heard that he was alive and was living in Salem MI. He and my mother Hettie moved to
Michigan from Ky. in search of him. They were able to locate him and lived with them. At some point, our grandfather had a major stroke that paralyzed him from the neck down. He lived in a nursing home for 5 years before he died. My father remained close to him until his death.
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