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October 23, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Ghosts: Money Hungry


On January 19, 1902, the Richmond Dispatch reported ghostly goings-on in Buckingham County.  The embedded racism and silliness in the report is also of historical interest.  The contributor is unnamed.


A Ghost in Buckingham County Looking for Money.

GRAVEL HILL, VA. January 18. – (Special.) The people around Buckingham Baptist Church, near Gold Hill, are very stirred up over a ghost that has been seen at and near the church.

Mr. Thomas A Whitlow and Mr. Zank Sandridge, two reliable white men, and several colored men and boys, have seen the spook, but could not make out what it was.

Mr. Whitelow (sic) and Mr. Sandridge tried a few nights since, when the ghost was last seen, to approach it, but were unable to do so.

Mrs. Sallie Williams lived near the church, about 100 years.  She has been dead several years.  Some time ago her house was burned down.  She claimed to have lost some money at the time.  It is thought this may be her spirit looking for the money, if there could be such a thing.


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  1. Joanne Yeck / Oct 23 2013 10:44 am

    Thanks to the Internet!

  2. onestitchatatime / Oct 23 2013 10:27 am

    Love that image!

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