Do Your Ancestor’s Haunt You?


Since I’m getting up there in years, I have had the unfortunate experience of seeing most of my family member’s pass on as well as some friends and coworkers.  I can’t say that I have ever seen anything or felt haunted by any of them. With that said, I have wondered about a couple of incidents that happened.

I had a clock in my house that was from my grandmother’s house.  I came home one day to find that the clock stopped a little after 12 pm.  Later that day I got a phone call that my grandmother had passed away.  My Aunt went to visit her in the nursing home around 5 pm.  As soon as she walked in, she knew my grandmother was dead.  She went to the nurse’s station and informed them.  My Aunt said that her lunch tray was still there, and it appeared that she had not touched her lunch.  Apparently, no one had checked on her since they brought her lunch.  Now I don’t know what time they brought lunch to her, but I assume it could be around 12 pm.  I have always wondered if she passed away at the time the clock stopped.  Later that night, I was in bed and could not sleep; and I thought I heard foot steps in the hallway.  I thought maybe grandma was coming to get one more look at her great-grandchildren.  After that I never heard or felt anything.  I didn’t connect the clock stopping with her death right away.  It wasn’t until someone told me when her father died, the clocks in her house stopped.  The clock never worked again.

I went to a cemetery to find my great-grandfather’s grave.  I had a hard time with this particular great-grandfather.  First I had very little information about him, so little in fact, that I thought it would be impossible to find him.  Also, he used his middle name, which everyone thought was his first name.  So I would find some records where he used his first name which no one in the family knew, or he would use his middle name which was the name everyone knew him by.  It took me years to find out if this was two individuals or one person using both names.  I went off to the cemetery to see if the mystery of the two names could be solved.  I asked a man working in the cemetery office where my great-grandfather was buried in the cemetery.  He took a big book down off a shelf and opened it up to the page that listed my great-grandfather.  We both laughed at the coincidence of opening the book to exact page.  He gave me instructions as to where to find the grave, but stated that the grave had no tombstone.  I knew right then that this was not going to help me solve the mystery.  I then asked him if he could tell me who owned the lot.  He said that was in another book and he took that one down from the shelf and opened it up.  Again, he opened to the page that listed my great-grandfather.  At this point, his eyes became huge as if he was frightened, and he looked at me and said, “Grandpa really wants you to find him.”  It turned out that the state owned the lot and great-grandpa was buried in a pauper’s grave.  So the mystery was not solved that day, but I have often thought about the coincidence of opening two books to the exact page that listed my great-grandfather.

Now I don’t know if these two incidents would be considered the haunting of ghosts or what.  I have had the experience of thinking about a person and later that day or the next day finding out that they passed on.  I have heard stories of ancestor ghosts from others.  It would be nice if some ancestors would visit me and help me solve some brick walls.

About Gail Grunst Genealogy

Gail has been researching her own family since 1979. Her research has taken her back to 1800 Belgium and 1800 England. Gail has worked in a library for the last 20 years and has answered genealogy questions for patrons and helped patrons with their research. In addition to her degree in Library Media Technology, Gail has a two degree in Basic American Genealogy Research from the National Genealogy Society. She has done volunteer work for various Genealogy Societies. Gail teaches several Classes in Genealogy for the Round Lake Area Library, and would be happy to conduct a class for your organization. If interested in a class or if you would like a one-on-one consultation, please contact Gail. Please enjoy Gail's family History Blog

2 responses »

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