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Lecoma resident

United States

#1 Sep 9, 2009
Are there any real haunted places in the Texas County area or surrounding areas?
Jokster

Wheatland, MO

#2 Sep 10, 2009
yes there is , your hankie is haunted there's a booger in it
that 1 guy

Hamilton, MO

#3 Sep 10, 2009
there is a old slave house that is haunted over by roby.
Lycan

United States

#4 Sep 10, 2009
that 1 guy wrote:
there is a old slave house that is haunted over by roby.
Cool. I heard about a haunted cemetery in Raymondville. Anything real there?
Amused

Cameron, MO

#5 Sep 10, 2009
Ask around Salem forum about Cry Baby Holler and Devils Well down past Akers Ferry on the right somewhere I haven't been since I was a teenager we were all bored and decided to backroad and my cousin took us there! Definitely the slave house by Roby go to N highway out 32 toward Success, take a right onto N highway, the about 5 or 6 miles on the left is AF highway go until you hit gravel then it is quite aways to the house it is on right hand side you'll know it when you see it!!
Cool

Sullivan, MO

#6 Sep 15, 2009
Now this is interesting. I am going to have to go take a look.
ghost hunter

Kansas City, MO

#7 Sep 16, 2009
Apologies to any descendants, but there are some ghost stories regarding the murder of the Parsons family in 1906 in Texas County near the Big Piney. Jodie Hammilton (name might be spelled wrong) was hanged for the murder. It is supposedly the last public hanging in Texas County. I don't have much more information other than someone in Texas County probably knows more about it.
historian in training

United States

#8 Sep 16, 2009
Jodie Hamilton was hung for the murder of the Parsons' family in December 1906. He had gotten into an argument over a mule with (can't think of his name!!!) Parson, and wound up killing him, his wife, and three sons. He threw the bodies into the Piney River (the place is on private property now), where they were found close to Boiling Springs a few days later.

Hamilton was the first, and last public hanging in Texas County. He is buried in an unmarked grave in Allen Cemetary, over by Raymondville. At one point, I could point the grave out, but its been a while since I've been down there I might have to do some looking.

I've also heard that Allen Cemetary is haunted...not sure how true that is, and I'm not one to find out.
ghost hunter

Kansas City, MO

#9 Sep 16, 2009
historian in training wrote:
Jodie Hamilton was hung for the murder of the Parsons' family in December 1906. He had gotten into an argument over a mule with (can't think of his name!!!) Parson, and wound up killing him, his wife, and three sons. He threw the bodies into the Piney River (the place is on private property now), where they were found close to Boiling Springs a few days later.
Hamilton was the first, and last public hanging in Texas County. He is buried in an unmarked grave in Allen Cemetary, over by Raymondville. At one point, I could point the grave out, but its been a while since I've been down there I might have to do some looking.
I've also heard that Allen Cemetary is haunted...not sure how true that is, and I'm not one to find out.
Thank you! I knew someone was bound to know the facts on this. I only heard about it as a child and it creeped me out but I did not know all the info.
historian in training

United States

#10 Sep 17, 2009
You are more than welcome!

I've heard that the area where they were killed is also haunted...then again, I don't know how true that is. It is an interesting tale. If you can find it, "Dying From Home and Lost" is a good source. I believe David Duff wrote it, but don't quote me on that. They might have a copy at the Texas County Library in Houston. Seems I used to have a couple floating around somewhere. Working on a couple different projects right now, and local history has kind of been put on the back burner.
well

Sullivan, MO

#11 Sep 24, 2009
where is allen cemetary,do people still get buried there, i like to go to old places and take pictures, some day you won't be able to see what the stones say any more
Sarahday

Greenfield, MO

#12 Sep 27, 2009
If you go to Cantrell Cemetary on Cantrell Road towards Boiling Springs, you will find the Parson's buried there. Also check with The Licking News. They seem to do a story on it every 5 years or so. I remember the last article was very informative.
laplander

United States

#13 Sep 27, 2009
historian in training wrote:
Jodie Hamilton was hung for the murder of the Parsons' family in December 1906. He had gotten into an argument over a mule with (can't think of his name!!!) Parson, and wound up killing him, his wife, and three sons. He threw the bodies into the Piney River (the place is on private property now), where they were found close to Boiling Springs a few days later.
Hamilton was the first, and last public hanging in Texas County. He is buried in an unmarked grave in Allen Cemetary, over by Raymondville. At one point, I could point the grave out, but its been a while since I've been down there I might have to do some looking.
I've also heard that Allen Cemetary is haunted...not sure how true that is, and I'm not one to find out.
Do you know of a black man that was hung on the court house lawn in Houston.When I was a kid I heard talk about it,but never any details.Has anyone else heard about this?
HoneyChild

United States

#14 Sep 28, 2009
laplander wrote:
<quoted text>Do you know of a black man that was hung on the court house lawn in Houston.When I was a kid I heard talk about it,but never any details.Has anyone else heard about this?
I've always heard that Jodie Hamilton was the black slave who got hung. The story always creeped me out.
awesome

Lawson, MO

#15 Sep 28, 2009
i would seriously love to see a real haunted house.
Sweetness

United States

#16 Sep 28, 2009
awesome wrote:
i would seriously love to see a real haunted house.
Let's go ghost hunting. It'll be fun.
whatever

Chesterfield, MO

#17 Sep 28, 2009
Hey sweetness, you wanna go hunt ghost with me?
AlaskanAngel62

Arnold, MO

#18 Sep 28, 2009
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houston,_Missour...

Houston's Only Hanging: The Jodie Hamilton Murders

On Friday, October 12, 1906, a murder occurred just outside Houston which would become part of Houston's history and a piece of local folklore. The event involved a man by the name of Joseph Hamilton (known locally as Jodie) and a sharecropper named Carney Parsons. Jodie had grown up in the Ozarks but had moved with his family to Kansas as a youth. He returned to the area in 1906 and began working for Parsons. The scuffle which would end in the death of Parsons, his wife, and children began with a trade agreement over a stolen saddle. Parsons offered to trade Hamilton twenty-five dollars cash and a single-barreled shotgun for the saddle. Hamilton agreed but later began to feel as though he had been cheated in the deal.[5]

Parsons then loaded up his family in a wagon and headed for Miller County where he had purchased some farmland. Hamilton, growing more and more furious over the deal, headed out to catch up with them less than an hour after their departure. Parsons and Hamilton had an argument resulting in Parsons heading on toward Miller County. Hamilton waited and then determined to catch up with them again. At the second meeting, Hamilton fired the shotgun he had traded for at Carney Parsons, striking him in the right knee. The gun broke into three pieces. Hamilton then took the barrel portion of the gun and struck Carney Parsons in the head. Carney's wife Minnie then tried to wrest the barrel from Hamilton and Hamilton struck her as well. Hamilton then killed two of the Parson's three sons, Frankie and Jesse, by striking them on the head with the barrel and then cutting their throats with a knife Carney had produced in the scuffle. Hamilton then returned to Minnie, who had not yet died, and struck her with an ax after covering her head with a blanket. Hamilton then dealt the final death blow to the remaining infant son of Carney and Minnie with a swing of the gun barrel.[5]

After concealing the wagon, Hamilton took one of the Parsons' mules and fit it with the saddle he had traded to Parsons and headed back into town. He then went to the home of his fiancee, Mae Thompson, and they departed to attend a revival. That night, Jodie returned alone to the crime scene with borrowed animals and pulled the wagon, containing the bodies of his victims, to the Piney River. He dumped the bodies into the river and headed back to town, planning to leave for Cabool the next day and board a train to Kansas.[5]

Fishermen discovered the bodies of Jesse and the infant Edward floating in the river on Saturday morning. Authorities immediately suspected Hamilton because of the mule he had been seen riding into town. Having determined that Hamilton had departed for Cabool, ex-Sheriff James Cantrell phoned the Cabool general store and asked they try to detain Hamilton until they could arrive to arrest him. The store owner managed to get Hamilton to stay for coffee until Cantrell arrived. Hamilton quickly confessed to the murders and assisted authorities in finding the other three bodies.[5]

Mobs immediately began to form around the Texas County jail in Houston where Hamilton was being held. Fearing mob violence, Hamilton was moved to Carthage until his trial on October 23. On Monday, November 12, Hamilton was tried for murder. Though he admitted to the crime, Jodie attempted to plead insanity due to a kick received from a mule as a child. Doctors examined Jodie and found him to be sane. He was sentenced to be executed on December 21. At 11:02 am in Houston, Jodie's execution was attempted but was unsuccessful. The rope had failed. Two minutes later, after tying another noose on the same rope, Jodie was hanged again. His death was pronounced at 11:15. The hanging was the only one ever conducted in the county. Jodie was buried outside of Raymondville.[5]
Sweetness

United States

#19 Sep 28, 2009
whatever wrote:
Hey sweetness, you wanna go hunt ghost with me?
Yeah sure!
Sweetness

United States

#20 Sep 28, 2009
I'm definitely up for some ghosts busting! Let's get a team assembled

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