“....Only as sick as the Lie...”

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#22 Jun 11, 2009
does anyone remember the "goat man"...would love to hear some stories about him
JLS562

Macon, GA

#23 Jun 11, 2009
Goat man was known to travel around here, where I now live in middle georgia. He must have really got around. lol

“....Only as sick as the Lie...”

Since: Mar 08

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#24 Jun 15, 2009
staying alive....
Jack and Jill

Houston, TX

#25 Jun 15, 2009
Great stories. Fun to read.

“Heritage Not Hate”

Since: Feb 08

Jamestown

#26 Jun 15, 2009
little annie wrote:
does anyone remember the "goat man"...would love to hear some stories about him
I have read about him, I think in an old newspaper account from Putnam County. He was quite a character.

“Heritage Not Hate”

Since: Feb 08

Jamestown

#27 Jun 15, 2009
Witchcraft tales anyone? I had posted this in a thread before but it fits nicely into this one and is among my favorite stories. I bought this newspaper on Ebay, a couple years back as well as another with the same story from the same period:

Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser
Volume LX.
Wednesday Morning, August 10, 1834
Number 17,057
From he Nashville (Tenn.) Herald, of 22d July.
WITCHCRAFT.- Notwithstanding we live in a most enlightened age, the superstitions of an earlier and ruder times are not entirely eradicated, as appears from the following facts, communicated to us by a correspondent who says they are unique.
It appears that during last autumn, several young ladies residing in Fentress County, in this state, were strangely affected with jerks and trembling, and various other “ills that flesh is heir to,” which were attributed to the influence of witchcraft. After several months of suffering, all recovered except one, Miss Rebecca French, a maiden of forty. She was so much affected that frequent consultations were held amongst the witch doctors of the neighborhood who found al their skill unavailing. Amongst these doctors was Isaac Taylor and Pleasant Taylor, both celebrated for their skill in putting witches to flight; many an one had they sent sweeping through the air upon broom-sticks. They were unremitting in their attentions, but the unfortunate lady still suffered under the “malign influence” of witchcraft.
-About the January last, a man by the name of Stout went to the house of Esquire French, the father of the lady, having with him a rope made of buckeye splits. As soon as he appeared the jerks and trembling of the unfortunate Rebecca returned with great violence; she called for the buckeye rope, which at first Stout declined parting with, but being apprehensive of some personal injury if he longer refused, at length yielded to her request; the rope round the waist of Rebecca, when wonderful to tell! She obtained immediate relief! Here was proof positive that Stout was a witch, and among consultation of friends of the bewildered damsel, it was determined that if Stout could be prevailed upon to take the patient by the hand, and pronounce certain mysterious words, a cure would be effected for ninety-nine years. Stout, however , had left the house, and in order to procure his attendance, one Charles Staunton filed an account before Esquire French; a bail warrant was issued and placed in the hands of a constable, who, with a posse of five armed men, arrested Stout and took him before Esquire French for trial, where many neighbors were assembled to wait the issue. The pains of the patient increasing of the appearance of Stout, each individual in the house was requested to take Rebecca by the hand and pronounce the words-“May the Great God in Heaven, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, bless you.” The did so, but without the desired effect, Stout at the time standing near the door, absorbed in the contemplation of his own situation. Rebecca at length exclaimed,“Oh, Mr. Stout, bless me, I know you can relieve me.”- Stout stood unmoved; the father united his entreaties with those of his daughter, but all to no purpose, until several rifles were presented, and his life threatened; he then advanced, took Rebecca by the hand, and no sooner were the mystic words pronounced that the patient was herself again, to the astonishment of all present, who were firmly convinced that Stout had dealings with the “evil one.” From the circumstances , several suits were at law originated- Rebecca procured a warrant against Stout on the charge of witchcraft, and Stout took

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“Heritage Not Hate”

Since: Feb 08

Jamestown

#28 Jun 15, 2009
out a warrant against Isaac Taylor, Pleasant Taylor, Charles Staunton, and others. All parties prepared for trial. They traveled twenty-five miles to the house of a magistrate, through deep snow; the magistrate after two days patient investigation, decided that Stout, being a wizard, could be in no danger from mortal hands, but held him to bail, at the suit of Rebecca, in the sum of $2,000. Stout appeared at February term of Fentress County court, but Rebecca not appearing to prosecute, he was discharged, and at the following term it was decided that Rebecca should pay the costs, from which an appeal was taken in the nature of a writ of error to the circuit court.
At the May term of county court, Isaac Taylor appeared and filed his plea of not guilty on the complaint of Stout. The case was submitted to a jury, to whom all the facts connected with the transaction were detailed by Stout on the part of the state. J. French, Esq. Being introduced on the part of the defendant, deposed that no further violence was used toward Stout at his house, than an attempt to knock him down with a chair; that he never believed in witchcraft until his daughter had been so badly bewitched; that he now had no doubt of its reality, and there (pointing to Stout) stands the very old sinner. Pleasant Taylor, being also under examination, stated his firm belief in witchcraft, and in proof asserted that he “shot a deer with its right side towards him; that if fell at the crack of the gun, and when he examined the carcass, he found that the ball had entered on the left side, and lodged against the skin of the right side;” from this circumstance he was convinced of the influence of some evil spirit. The case being argued by learned council, the jury found Taylor guilty, from which an appeal was taken to the superior court, where the matter now rests.

“....Only as sick as the Lie...”

Since: Mar 08

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#29 Jun 16, 2009
wow...that was a cool story..i love it..i remember reading a albert hogue book with witch stories in it...thanks for sharing this...
Dude

Burbank, CA

#30 Jun 22, 2009
I also heard about that Logdston man. Myy great-grqandmother was also from Fentress county. Married a Texan she met during the Civil War. Anyway somehow she knew about it and it was talked about by my gradparents when I was a kid.

She was a Davidson and they went back to Texas ,settled on a place near Jacksboro.
Duke From Cherryfork

Burbank, CA

#31 Jun 22, 2009
These are some good stories and this is a good idea.I am going to borrow it as well as a couple of good stories and start one in Oneida. We good use a good story.

“Heritage Not Hate”

Since: Feb 08

Jamestown

#32 Jun 23, 2009
Duke From Cherryfork wrote:
These are some good stories and this is a good idea.I am going to borrow it as well as a couple of good stories and start one in Oneida. We good use a good story.
That's the idea, keep the stories alive.

Since: Mar 08

Jamestown

#33 Jun 27, 2009
This story isn't from this area (VA/WV) but I found it so neat and it is definitely old. I have been tracing my husband's family and I came across a story that was really wild and made me realize how close my husband's family came to not being here at all. I am putting it in my own words (with a little copy/paste) because there are discrepancies, one being that none of the children came back, this isn't true, two of them can be documented and one is in my husband's direct line. I will provide a couple links, of the many I read, if you want to read more and get the blood and gore details.

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hcpd/norman... Scroll to #4, This one tells how the two came back.

http://books.google.com/books... If this link doesn't work, search for "schoolcraft harrison county" (mine was about four down) and do a search for Schoolcraft. They are between pages 71-106. This one is graphic.

John Schoolcraft Sr. and his wife, Miotoka Nyeswannan, moved from NY to Fink's Run, near Buckhannon Fort, about 1774 with his family. They had 14 children. In the spring of 1779, Leonard Schoolcraft, 16 year old son of John, was captured by Indians near Buchannon Fort and carried into captivity. In Sept. of 1779, Indians attacked John's home killing his wife and eight of his children and capturing two more of his sons, Simon and Michael. In April 1781, the last three children were fired upon by Indians, as they were returning from a nearby "Pigeon Roost" on Stone Coal Creek. Matthias was killed, then John and Jacob were made prisoner. Thus within two years, this family of sixteen was entirely broken up. Nine of the children and the mother were killed and five boys swept away into captivity.

Leonard Schoolcraft turned renegade and stayed with the Indians and believed to have led many attacks on the whites, including one on his uncle in 1780 and the attack on his last three brothers. He also lead a raid against a woman he loved that scorned him and married another. Simon and Michael turned also and stayed with the Indians but no more was mentioned about them.

Since: Mar 08

Jamestown

#34 Jun 27, 2009
CONT'D

John and Jacob were held in captivity until nearly grown before they managed to escape. The boys adapted so readily to their environment that they were eventually entrusted with guns and a limited amount of ammunition for which they were required to account at the close of each day's hunt. They were able to hoard a few bullets, and charges of powder, along with some jerky, so one morning they left as if for a hunt, but started toward frontier settlements along a well worn Indian trail. Their knowledge of woodslore made their trail extremely difficult to follow and at times impossible. Once they hid in a cavern in a high cliff with a good view of the trail. Towards sundown, a small band of Indians passed in pursuit, and the following evening, the baffled warriors repassed on their return home.

That night the boys continued their flight, making a detour and striking the trail several miles ahead. When they finally approached West's Fort (near present-day Clarksburg) they were mistaken for Indians and nearly fired-upon. By holding-up their reversed guns and making signs of peace they were received without incident. They later traveled to Wappatomaka, where their father had gone after his family was destroyed.
The father, John Sr., was reportedly over joyed at the return of the prodigals, however, he indentured his son John to John Wolf in 1784 and John Wolf dropped a pending law suit against John Sr. The younger John was set at liberty from servitude to John Wolf by the Harrison County Court April 19, 1791.

I thought this story was interesting and wild. Indian attacks were common place because they were losing their land. Not only did the Indians scalp the whites, a few whites scalped the Indians. If graphics do not bother you, the second link I posted was very interesting as it gave a lot of detail. I learned a lot about the way of life in that area during that time.

Since: Mar 08

Jamestown

#35 Jun 27, 2009
I checked the links and they worked but on the second one, you will have to go back to page 71.
Black Knight

United States

#36 Jun 27, 2009
Excellant story.
JLS562

Dublin, GA

#37 Jun 30, 2009
What is the story about the old man that lived in Mt. Helen that everyone thought he was a devil worshipper? Lived out passed the Honey Creek Church on the curve, back off the road. Im not sure how long it has been since he lived there. Im guessing 25+ years.
Old Sherlock

Shanghai, China

#38 Oct 13, 2009
I enjoyed reading these, again thanks, a very good job.
Scott Co Girl

Oneida, TN

#39 Oct 14, 2009
These are great!!! I love the stories, reminds me of my childhood when I was a kid the older folks would tell stories like these, people don't tell stories anymore. My papaw used to tell us kids scary stories I have no clue if they were true or not, he told one about when he was in the army and they were doing a funeral flag draped over the casket and a black cat came out of the casket and ran off. Scared the pants off me as a 4 or 5 year old, now that i'm 31 years old I figure that was it's purpose and most likely not true. My grandma was from Jamestown and was related to Alvin C York, and after her and grandpa were married they lived in Wilder and papaw worked in the coal mines.
tnhillbilly

Cosby, TN

#40 Oct 14, 2009
JLS562 wrote:
What is the story about the old man that lived in Mt. Helen that everyone thought he was a devil worshipper? Lived out passed the Honey Creek Church on the curve, back off the road. Im not sure how long it has been since he lived there. Im guessing 25+ years.
RE:I think he is dead.He was caught with some weed one time and a lot of people thought that he just acted wicked to keep people away from his crop.He had a moon,star,and #s on his mailbox.Whether we want to admit or not many pagans settled here from Europe.I have heard a lot of stories about him but i never saw the man though i was in that area a lot when he lived there.The way i look at it is he is in the hands of a just God.The way he looks at it is maybe he has been reincarnated as a Japanese Hooker.Peace to those willing to fight for it.
hereyago

Tampa, FL

#42 Oct 14, 2009

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