I'm hoping that I can find some sources via help on here for my grandfather, Ernest Hornback. His daughter, my grandma, is still alive, as are multiple of her siblings, but the events surrounding his death are somewhat emotional for anyone I can ask. I WILL be interviewing a bit more intently but for now, I do not want to bring up bad memories. However, I cannot find anything regarding the events other than his SS death info. Here are the details I know:
DoB: 11 May 1912 - probably in Larue County, KY
DoD: 28 Jun 1962 - Lexington/Fayette County, KY (but he lived in Sonora, KY at the time)
Father: Edward or Edgar Warren Hornback (1870-1944)
Mother: Lucy Oiler (1887-1929)
Spouse: Jesse Florence Salmon (1921-1998)
Marriage: 23 Jul 1937 or 1938
The drama surrounding him is that he apparently committed suicide in Lexington, KY, because Grandma Jesse had left him. However, very quiet family stories apparently say that he had been in Lexington in order to gain revenge as well as ending his life. Supposedly Grandma Jesse had not just wanted to end the marriage, but was in love with someone else, and they were together in Lexington. According to the stories, he shot my grandma in the head, but she survived, and various versions claim that he killed the other man while others say that the other man was her next husband, Thomas Devore.
Despite this sounding worthy of at least a blurb in some newspaper, I've not found anything. I have not seen any sort of hint or clue either when searching records online or when attempting to remember anything that would clarify the situation.
If anyone has any additional info on this death, or any other info on the rest of the names involved, I'd be extremely grateful.
Thanks for taking the time to look at this, and I hope that some light will finally be shed on this without having to drag my family members back into painful memories.