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Subject: [DALTON-L] Elizabeth Shockley wife of Reuben Dalton
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 17:11:17 EST


Elizabeth Shockley was my great-great-great-great grandmother.

Elizabeth Shockley, it is whispered, was a witch. Quite possibly, Elizabeth
got her
reputation because she was a healer, having knowledge of home made remedies,
herbs and potions. It was a skill much in demand during the early years of
settlement when a doctor was seldom nearby. However, the rumors, about
Elizabeth from nearly two hundred years ago still surface now and again.

In was in the summer of 1976 that a descendant of Reuben and Elizabeth, who
was living in Ohio came back to Grainger county, looking for their grave site.
Since Reuben and Elizabeth were not buried in a regular cemetery, he had asked
the pastor of a local church to help him in locating their graves. The pastor
had spoken with member of his congregation and discovered that several of them
knew where they were buried and were willing to lead the visitor to the
graves. So, on a nice Sunday afternoon after services at the church were
completed, the visitor, the pastor and four members of the congregation set
out to find the graves.

After leaving the church they drove down a two lane blacktop road, turned off
on an old dirt road, and followed it until they reached a point at the bottom
of a mountain. After unloading and a few minutes of discussion on the precise
location of the graves, they began the accent of the mountain. The climb was
complicated by the fact that no real path existed and the visitor was elderly
and leaned heavily on a cane. With a lot of assistance for the visitor the
party arrived at the top of the mountain and declared that this was the final
resting place of Reuben and Elizabeth Dalton. After resting and talking for a
spell, the party was preparing to descend the mountain, when one of the ladies
suggested that since they were there, perhaps they should gather around the
graves, hold hands and say a prayer. They agreed that this was a good idea
and the preacher began to lead the group in prayer. As soon as he started
praying a woman's scream shattered the afternoon quiet. Those present later
claimed that the scream appeared to come from the center of their circle and
was so loud that they immediately covered their ears. It appeared that an
instantly decision was made by everyone that this was not the place they
wanted to be. There was no amen said to end the prayer as a headlong race
down the side
of the mountain began. The visitor left his cane at the top of the mountain
and although he did not request or receive any assistance was the first to
reach the road. The preacher finished a close second.

Don Hadrick

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