While most ghosts are thought of as being human, a number of them are animals. Most often, they are beloved pets who are too attached to their living owners to leave for the afterlife.
Douglass Cemetery, Douglass, Kansas, USA | Female
Bessie Fuller, the daughter of Dr. Ira Fuller, was buried in the northwestern portion of the Douglass Cemetery. In her obituary, it was mentioned that only a few people attended her funeral “due to the circumstances” (which is believed to have something to do with the weather, as the funeral was in November). Visitors have heard her laughing and have seen her looking for someone to play with.
Cahaba, Alabama, USA | Unknown – 1860 | Male
The ghost of Colonel C.C. Pegues has been seen as a strange orb of light floating through the cedar groves behind his former home in Cahaba, Alabama. From 1820 to 1826, his home served as a jail, but he purchased it and converted it into a house in 1830. He lived there until 1860, when he died. Some speculate that the orb may not be Pegues, rather a prisoner from the old jail.
Pegasus Stables, England, EU | January 11th, 1857 – November 8th, 1886 | Male
Successful jockey Frederick James “Fred” Archer was described as being the “best all-round jockey that turf had ever seen” during his career. His life took a downward spiral that ultimately led him to suicide.
Ghost Train Woman
Eudora, Kansas, USA | Female
Rumor has it that a woman committed suicide by jumping in front of a train because her boyfriend was killed in action during World War II. Her identity is unknown, but her apparition has been seen by the train tracks.
Algeria, Africa | Male
There have been several paranormal experiences involving “Itchy” in an undisclosed location in Algeria. He has been known to scratch the walls, induce the sensation of being watched, and move objects.
One of the boys who lived in the house kept teddy bears on the radiator in his room, and no one ever moved them. One night, Itchy moved two bears by the bedroom door, and was seemingly playing with one of them, as it floated in the air. The source of the haunting is unknown.
Katherine Donahue (“The Swamp Bride”)
Woods in Maureene Circle – East Greenwich, Rhode Island, USA | Female
During August, c.1810, there was a woman named Katherine Donahue who was in love with Jonathan Cuttle, and they planned to wed in September. She lived a near-perfect life, which exception of a neighboring man named David Jones who was obsessed with Katherine.
Lady Dorothy Walpole (“The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall”)
Raynham Hall – Norfolk England, England, EU | 1686 – 1726 | Female
The “Brown Lady of Raynham Hall” became one of the most famous hauntings when an image of her was taken by photographers for the Country Life magazine in 1936. At the time, they were taking a picture of the staircase for publication, but the spirit appeared. She was dubbed the “Brown Lady” because of the fact she was seen in a brown dress. Her identity is actually Lady Dorothy Walpole, who lived from 1686 to 1726. She was sister to Prime Minister of Great Britain Robert Walpole.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA| Female
A ghost known as “La Llorona” (which means “the cry”; also known as “El Aroyro”) is the spirit of a mother of a child who drowned in a drainage ditch. At night, she is seen walking along it, crying while searching for her only child. It is unknown if the story or true or not, as some believe it to be merely legend.
Laurie May Maumsey (“The Ozark Madonna”)
Ozark Mountains, Missouri, USA| Female
The ghost of who is believed to be Laurie May Maumsey has been seen barefoot holding a baby in the ridges of the Ozark Mountains. Maumsey lived in a cabin in the foothills during the 1930s. Sometime during the decade, her drunk threatened to beat the baby unless she gave him money.
They struggled and fought, which caused the infant to slip from her grasp and die on impact from a concussion after hitting the stone floor. Not long after, Laurie May Maumsey committed suicide. Now, her ghost wanders the mountains with her baby in her arms.
Mary de Wanda
St. Simons Island, Georgia, USA | Female
The true identity of this ghost is not known, but she has been dubbed “Mary the Wanderer” (Mary de Wanda). She has been seen wandering along the coastal roads of Georgia’s St. Simons Island, seemingly looking for her drowned husband.
Covington, Kentucky | Female
Mary Wheeldon has been sighted in the countryside near Covington, Kentucky with her stallion, Hussar’s Gold. In the 1890s, she owned Corbett Acres, a horse breeding farm, but the family had problems that caused her to lose the farm and everything she owned. After losing the farm, she and her horse escaped into the forest and lived there.
Two men from Lexington discovered her after she had lived there for twelve years. People and relatives started to visit her, but she wanted her privacy. The rest of her forest-surrounded life was spent with Hussar’s Gold. Now, many people have seen her ghost and the horse’s ghost. It is said that she is wearing a calico dress and walks slowly alongside the horse.
Auburn University Chapel, Auburn, Alabama, USA | Unknown – c. 1860s | Male
Sydney Grimlett was a British Civil War volunteer fighting for the Confederates. In 1864, he was struck by cannon shrapnel in the leg. By the time he had arrived at the hospital (now the Auburn University Chapel), his leg had already become gangrenous. During the operation to amputate his leg, he bled to death.
No hauntings were reported until the Auburn Players (the university’s theater group) began to perform at the chapel. It is theorized that Grimlett was brought back due to the amount of emotional energy produced by the Auburn Players. The first noted hauntings included items being moved, odd whistling in the attic, the sound of someone tapping one foot, and strange, floating lights.
William “Grancer” Harrison
Harrison Cemetery/Grancer Harrison’s Dance Hall, Kinston, Alabama, USA | 1789 – 1860 | Male
William “Grancer” Harrison (1789-1860) is still seen at the Harrison Cemetery, as well as his old dance hall. He came to Alabama in the 1830s and built a large plantation. He and his wife, Nancy, had several children; Elizabeth, Mary, Charlotte, James M., Frances, Sarah, John A., William A., Moses M., and Martha Jane.
Grancer was very successful when it came to cotton planting and selling, and it said that he owned the most slaves in the county. Those slaves had nicknamed him “Grand-sir”, which eventually became “Grancer” overtime. Grancer hosted barbeques, dances, and horse races on every Saturday that he possibly could, and eventually had his slaves build a dance hall for the parties.
As time passed, Grancer made some final arrangements since he was getting old. His burial site was to be near the dance hall. Grancer died in 1860. The dance hall and the Saturday parties failed terribly without the happy Grancer Harrison to lead them. However, Grancer was not completely gone…many saw him playing his fiddle and dancing in the cemetery.
Little Boy & Girl with Black Eyes
Beloit, Kansas, USA
The ghosts of two little children, a boy and a girl, are seen at the Oglala Lakota College Center in the Loghouse. They have been known to crawl quickly along the ground, and they hide beneath tables and wave at you. The children have also been known to tickle legs and run up and down the stairs. Reports of the children appearing at the Old Arcade/Laundry have been made.
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