Halloween and ghost folklore in October are a favorite among the local residents who live along the Erie Canal towns in our area and whose legends are handed down from past generations. In our “mist,” we have a well-known “ghost writer” who has written two books and is working on her third of more haunting legends for readers who enjoy the supernatural happenings in the area.“Spooky,” the famous ghost writer, grew up in this Erie Canal town, and when she writes a tale of a haunted house or specific places, she does not always reveal the names or the exact location of her stories in respect for the people'sprivacy. In Spooky's book, “Ghosts Along the Erie,” written in 1995, the story of “No Name Cemetery” became of great interest to me.
In doing “family ties” for families from Virginia and Florida, I found this cemetery had some of their distant relatives buried there. After searching, I located the cemetery listing off the Internet.This is a rural cemetery that lies on the boundary lines of Mentz and Montezuma and is on private property. My ghost writer friend, Spooky, does investigate and study each story that she hears about, but it is up to the readers and their imaginations to believe or not to believe in the supernatural.
I have been given permission to print the story of “No Name Cemetery” by the author.
If anyone is interestedin
learning more historical facts and other locations of “ghostly
spirits,” please feel free to contact me or buy one of the two books
that are available at my store on Main Street in Port Byron.
Some of the ghostly locations have been printed along with a history of our famous ghost writer.
Thank you, “Spooky,” for
letting me print this story. I did some history of the people buried
there and was so pleased to learn the history connection to the
families I did research for.
It is a thrill for a historian to be able to connect the “dots” for other people looking for their family ties in this area.
Penny Helzer is historian for the village of Port Byron. She can be reached at 776-5300 or e-mail CraftyPenny@tds.net
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