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SUBMITTED BY:  Sandra White Hinton

Lyman Abbott White, my grandfather, was well known around Salemburg and Roseboro as a great storyteller. When I was a little girl, he would set me on his knee and tell me about Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Fox. I loved my grandfather’s stories, except one, and I never forgot it. The story goes that toward the end of the Civil War his family had been warned that the Yankees were coming, so they rounded up all their valuables, put them in a trunk and sunk it in Little Coharie Creek. When the Yankees arrived, they hanged his father, Frank, by his thumbs to make him tell where the family’s silver was hidden, but he didn’t tell. I think I was five when I first heard it, and I was horrified. All my life I doubted that that story was true.

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