Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Daniel Benton Homestead


Last night, I was watching one of my favorite programs
on the Biography channel, called "Haunted History."
It's one of my favorites because it involves two of my
keenest interests: history and the paranormal :)

Last night's special was on Haunted New England,
and featured a story that really intrigued me:

In Tolland, Connecticut, during the Revolutionary War,
a young man named Elisha Benton, and a local girl, Jemima Barrows, were deeply in love with one another but, for unfounded reasons, forbidden to wed. Presumably heart-stricken over this,
Elisha went off and joined with the Continental Army.
A year into his service, he got captured by the British,
and became infected with Smallpox; in fear of contagion,
he was sent back home and quarantined.
Jemima, after hearing this news, immediately ran to her beloved's side and insisted on caring for him (regardless of the fatal consequences). She proceeded to nurse him for three weeks then,
until his death.


On account of this direct care, Jemima herself contracted the disease, and died shortly after. She was one month shy of her 18th birthday.

The Benton family consented to her being buried near Elisha, but since they were unmarried, she had to be placed a few yards away.
To this day, they remain apart.

 Jemima's grave

 And Elisha's.

has had many reports of ghostly occurrences over the years.
Some have claimed to hear the sound of a woman weeping;
The woman is thought to be Jemima Barrows.
Her said apparition is often seen as well,
wearing either a wedding gown, or late colonial garb. 
Witnesses say she appears to be searching for something, or someone...

So, are these accounts the results of a wild imagination,
or is Jemima still mourning the loss of her love?

I leave that for you to decide.


11 comments:

  1. This is a great story. You should post that other eerie story from Massachusetts with the murdered girl whose grave we saw near Mt. Wachusett.

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  2. i believe in haunted places. my house was built in 1874. when we first moved in, i saw shadows of 3 people all the time. we redid the whole house and eventually i quit seeing them.

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  3. How interesting..thank you so much for sharing this with us. I love to read and hear all these stories. Amazing life isn't it?? I guess all things are possible....

    xoxo Gert

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  4. Erin, this is my second try to leave a comment. Kept getting error notices.

    I love this story. You need to travel to Maine and go on one of the summer history ghost walks they have in various towns. We really enjoyed them

    Cheers!

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  5. Oh that's so sad that in the end they couldn't be together.

    Manuela

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  6. Wow...this is a great story! It would make an awesome movie...a Romeo and Juliet of sorts with a eerie mysterious aftermath.
    Thanks for sharing!! :)

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  7. My husband would have loved to see that Haunted in New England. He's addicted to those shows.
    Loved that you showed the Gris. I used to work there a thousand years ago. I have fond memories of that time!
    Thanks for stopping by!
    xxx

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  8. I love stories of Haunted New England. I didn't know there was a show about it. Will have to check it out

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  9. We love Ghost Tours! I will have to see if I can find that program, TFS. I guess when you love visiting historical places that kind of goes with the territory. Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog, I am so happy to be back and to be able to check out all my favorite blogs. I am really loving all your posts about the B&B's. I am thinking of looking into a few of them for a future getaway for hubs and I. Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs, Dee

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  10. Oh, i love a good ghostly tale! And this is a classic one. What a pretty house as well! I hope these two can be together in the great beyond some day!~

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Thanks for your thoughts!

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