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Wilson Hayward of Bonavista has never seen a ghost, but he's heard enough stories about them to believe. "Years ago, a lot of people would be telling ghost stories. There were people who saw ghosts and had encounters with ghosts."
Light on the water:
"There was a ship comin' across Bonavista Bay one night and a young girl got killed on her. I don't know what happened to her, but they threw her body overboard. "We see a light even now. It's out in the bay and it comes right down and blazes up.
"When we used to live down on the shore people used to sit down on the flake bridges at night. This one night they saw the light in the bay. There was one feller there, he was kind of a bold feller you know, not scared of anything. So he went in and got his spyglass and put the spyglass on the light and the light started to come in. "It moved in across the water and the crowd that was there told him to take the glass down. He never took the glass down. The light came on in about 200 yards from the bank. Then one feller got up and took the glass away from him. The light stopped.
"One old feller used to tell me... he told me several times... He said, 'Wilson, if we never took the light away from him, it would have come and took him right off the bank'."
The ghosts of Mockbeggar:
"Mockbeggar, that was a good place for ghosts. There was a lot of Frenchmen buried up in Mockbeggar. There was caskets everywhere up there.
"There was one old feller who told me he used to come home in the night and when he'd open his gate someone would open his door. When he closed the gate the door used to close. When he'd go in and open his door, someone would open the next door in his porch. When he closed the door the porch door would shut. He'd open the porch door and kitchen door would open. Then he'd hear someone going up the stairs.
"His wife was gone to bed one night when he come home from a meeting. He asked his wife if she'd heard anyone come up the stairs. 'Yes', she said, 'I thought it was you'. Then they'd hear footsteps going down the stairs again. "Several times that happened.
As the story goes, one day in the spring, the fellow dug beneath the house and saw one of the foundation poles was on top of a casket. He took a saw and cut the pole off and took it off the casket. He took up the stump and never heard anything after.
"There was a house in Mockbeggar. I used to go there with my girlfriend. Her father would come home in the nighttime and sit down and he used to say, 'The old lady is restin' pretty good down there tonight. She's down there sittin' in her chair tonight'. This was a lady that died there years ago. Light on in the room and she'd be rocking away in her chair."
"Seventeen miles from Bonavista there was train track," Hayward says. It was at camp 7. Where people would go for the winter to get wood to burn. There was this tree there. Several people would try to chop it down. "But when they started chopping on one side they'd hear a axe chopping on the other side. They'd get afraid and leave the tree alone. They used to get frightened to death.
"There was a man who got lost and died by the tree. This is where he used to come back when someone tried to cut the tree down." Reason for being Hayward figures there's a reason why spirits linger.
"Back then, people used to be sick a lot, and perhaps they'd have little children. Government didn't give 'em thousands of dollars then. No family allowance. Imagine a man who saw his kids going around, had nothing to give them, only what the neighbors brought them. And he knew he was going to die. "If he had any thought in this world he thought about those little children and how they was going to be hungry after he died.
"So, I always said, a man might die but his mind would never leave his family. You'd see a ghost all around his house in the night time after he died."
As far as he's concerned, this is the reason people used to see ghosts. "Something happened and they couldn't leave contented.
Today, you don't hear as much about ghosts because people knows the ones they leave behind are going to be taken care of," Hayward muses.
"I don't know if I ever heard any scary stories about ghosts. I don't know if ever anybody was hurt by a ghost or anything like that. Seemed like they was around and they minded their own business."
edit on 7/5/2013 by sled735 because: add comment
Originally posted by sled735
reply to post by Darkblade71
Thanks, DB. Glad you like it.
You can have all the haunt hunting you want!
I have enough experiences of my own without going out to look for it.
But it would be interesting to do it with a group, I suppose.... maybe.
Originally posted by Armadall
It's always nice to see fellow Newfoundlander's here on the boards, I am from St. John's myself. I've actually never been out to Bonavista myself, but I have had quite a few experiences here in town and out around the bay during my life.