posted on Apr, 15 2015 @ 11:22 PM
Seeing ghosts isnt something Ive ever enjoyed. Mainly because it isnt just disembodied people that you run into. Anyway, I know a lot of people like a
good ghost story, so I thought I would share one of mine. And hopefully you will share one of yours. This is about unfinished business, and how it
does really matter in the after life.
Back in 2010, I was sensing a very tall male figure in my home. I wasnt afraid, and I have found through the years that if you ignore them, they will
go away. I dont really think its my job to fix their problem, so I dont get involved in their drama.
So, the ghost would stand in my doorway and I would have to push through him when I entered a room, and he would stand like on my shoes close to me
and it would just be a totally thick dark matter, that I would have to sludge through, he also lit a couple of candles which isnt at all cool. This
went on for a few weeks. He wasnt threatening or trying to scare me, so I just kept ignoring him.
Im a genealogist and one day, I was in the middle of researching some family roots, and I could feel him behind me. He leaned around me and grabbed my
laptop. It started scrolling and clicking on names, then zap, it was burned out. Im like, its "on", Mother #%##$. I wasnt at all happy. I called my
niece and complained about the dark matter that was pestering me. I knew I was going to have to open myself up to find out why he was haunting me.
A few days later, I checked my email (I also have a desk top) and I got the following message. Im letting the rest of the story be told from the
actual emails. Our personal family related information is edited out. They tell the story, in sequence.
I believe I may be a descendant of John xxxxx . My father's name on his birth certificate is Dixie. His father is Herbert and his mother is Edna. We
do not know anything about Herbert as my father has not seen him since he was five years old. We do know that Herbert was born in 1916 in Llano, TX.
If you know anything about Herbert or his family, I would very much appreciate any information that you have. I am trying to put together a family
tree and it is very difficult as I don't have any relatives from my father's family to ask.
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 20:54:24 GMT
I am the granddaughter of the John from your email. I am forwarding a 1920 census record that shows Herbert and Katherine as living with their Aunt.
I also show Iva as their mother and Willie or William. I did a couple of quick searches on your Herbert and I think this is probably the right one.
So, basically I think your Herbert is my fathers 1st cousin. I would search early Texas marriages and look under William, if there is a record of who
he married. Maybe Herbert was born in Llano county and not the town of LLano. Also, I think William died in 1931. I hope this is helpful.
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 22:07:24 -0700
Thank you so much for the information you provided. I was actually trying to find out if this Herbert is indeed my grandfather. Herbert is named the
father on my dad's birth certificate. It says he was born in Llano, TX. He was married to Edna (my dad's mother). This is all we know about Herbert
because when my dad was 5 years old, on April 11, 1948 Herbert shot my grandmother to death. He went to prison for a few years (we don't know how
long). My dad never saw him again. Herbert came to see my dad when he got out of prison (when my dad was around 15), but my dad was still bitter and
refused to see him. My dad was raised by his mother's sister and the family refused to ever talk about Herbert, so my dad never learned anything
about his father. I guess I need to search for marriage records for my grandmother and grandfather to see if I can learn more about him that way.
Again, thank you for your help. I've just started researching my family tree, so any other helpful tips you have would be very much appreciated.
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 15:01:29 GMT
This has been a mystery to me also, at first I thought my grandpa had been married before, but I realize that because of the dates of birth, it
I am wondering, where Edna was living when she was shot? I found an Edna Who died the same day, as your Edna, living in Kern.
My note: That night, I was awakened at 3:30 am. the ghost would turn the light on, and I would turn it off, this went on for several minutes, until I
said, what the ^&%$ do you want? He told me to please go to the computer, and he led me to find some newspaper articles about the murder of his wife.
He had also killed an innocent bystander in a busy cafe at the same time. I did not provide links to the newspaper articles, because they contain
personal information. I can provide them to a moderator if necessary. And I can share the full original emails with a moderator if needed.
My reply again:
I found a 1948 Bee news clipping of the shooting. From the article, I learned that your dad was in McFarland to kill Coyotes. My dad also lived in
McFarland, as a professional tapper that worked for the state of California killing Coyotes. I have older siblings who were born in McFarland in the
late 40s. I will call my mom and older sisters and see what they remember. Dont get your hopes up, mom is 82 and doesnt always remember what she wants
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010 15:15:20 -0700
It sounds like we are indeed talking about the same Herbert. How did you find the article in the Bee? Did you find it on an archives website? I would
like to see that.
Subject: RE: Herbert
I called my mom, she is 84, (I asked her age) and she does remember Herbert. She said she doesnt remember Dixie, but when Herbert came by he was very
upset about his son. Which matches what the paper said about the reason he shot her. She said he was much taller than most of us, and was a really
large man. And that when she met him he was on the run from the law in Texas.
I saved the newspaper clippings, census records, death certs that I have found on the ancestry page I sent to you. My mom said she thought Herbert was
Uncle Willie's son. Which also fits with what I have found in the census records. I havent heard from my sis about the old pics she might have. I am
going to go out to moms to look through her old box. I will let you know if I find anything.
I was awakened at 3:30 this morning, and was compelled to look for the newspaper article.
My note: at this point that was all the explanation I was going to give her, but Herbert is standing over me and telling me to tell her that he woke
me up at 3:30, Im sitting there arguing with him and telling him that, I dont want to tell her that a freeking ghost woke me up in the middle of the
night and made me look for newspapers. Ive never met this women, I dont want her to think Im nuts", but he kept pressing me to tell her the truth,
then he started to grab the computer, so Im like STOP, ok you win, and this is how I finished the email:
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