The Bell Witch was(or is?) an entity that gained fame for its hauntings of the Bell family of Robertson County,Tenneessee primarily in the time period between 1817 to 1821.The female ghost(witch?) seemed to center her hate on the family head John and daughter Betsy.The worst of the hauntings seems to have occured until Johns death in 1820,but sightings happened off and on for some years.The best thing I have found on this,so far is a site called The Bell Witch “Keeping the story real.” by Pat Fitzhugh.I have not perused the site fully,but it looks very nice and informative.I have lived in Southern Kentucky for many years but I had not heard reference to this entity, but when I did I thought at once of haunted stories from my mom and others and several seemed to follow the general story of the witch.I’m not suprised of course,since oral histories seem to grow and are embellished by numerous tellings.In those times all travelers,peddalers,etc,told these stories to folks and they grew.What I have not run into yet is the origin of the witch its self.Had she died of a broken heart?She was very harsh in her tormentings toward Betsy,one of Johns daughters and drove her to break her engagment to Joshua Gardner.Or had she been a casualty of Indian raids in earlier times.Her own history would make a good spooker maybe,if known.And one more thing on Pat Fitzhugh.He has a book on the Bell story and then a book on Southern hauntings and tales that really looks awesome.Check out his site at bellwitch.org.Happy Halloween all.If anybody would care to write a short history on Samhain it would nice.Garry in Kentucky.
Good day all.Just a note for everyone out there.Just finishing my latest read….Ruth Downey’s books about Ruso,a roman medicus who finds himself becoming a detective.Set in the times of Hadrian,in Britain,its entertaining,good cases,and Ruso’s wonderful British wife Tilla who keeps Ruso and the action going in a humourous vein.Good stuff.Weather is beautiful here in Kentucky for October.Got to get out!Write soon and lots.Garry in Kentucky. P.S.On my next post I want share with you the blogs I try to follow and will take any ideas on ones to check out.
Of course you are right and I thank you for taking time to goad me.I do have things to say,and or to comment on.I am going to begin by commenting of a series of books I have just reread and hope others will try them.They are a set of books by Sharon Shinn about her land of Gillengaria and its trials and tribulations.They are wonderful.Well written,believable(for fiction)without the assembly line of todays modern fiction.I am also getting ready to reread the trilogy by Lynn Flewelling.A great story of a chagneling child and his/her rise to Queen of the land as was foretold.Another fine series apart from the same stuff being published today.CJ Cherryh’s Fortress stories are also top notch.If you notice I love great fantasy fiction,and history,and current events.American Civil War,and anceint history pre-1000 B.C.But I am open to any subject Of interest…just have to try me.Garry in Kentucky.P.S.And thanks again Bill.