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Visit a couple of Bartlett's Spookiest Cemeteries

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Do you know where to find ghosts in Bartlett? 

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Elizabeth Bartlett and her three children's graves attract attention at Bartlett-Ellendale.

The Short Life of Elizabeth Bartlett

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Elizabeth Bartlett wanted to be a mother very, very badly. In the winter of 1847 she had a son, John. His passing would come the next year only 15 days after his first birthday. Soon she was with child again and it was another boy, no name was given, he was born and died on August 4, 1850. Living only a day. Elizabeth's heart was once again broken. Elizabeth was determined and became pregnant again, as soon as possible. It was too soon. This time she gave birth to a baby girl. But the cost - her own life. Twelve days after giving birth to her daughter Anna, Elizabeth passed away. Elizabeth was only 22 years old when she died in 1851 and left her husband with a baby girl, in misery and grief. They say G.M. Bartlett was inconsolable at the loss of his wife. Then less than two years later he lost his baby Anna. Not one of Elizabeth's and G.M.'s three children ever made it past 2 years old. Elizabeth and her three children were among the first people buried at what was once called Pisgah Cemetery. It has since been renamed Bartlett-Ellendale Cemetery and people are still buried there today quite frequently. But if you listen, if you ever get a chance to stop by there sometime, all alone, and it's quiet, they say you can hear crying. Muffled sobs in the distance. Perhaps something like those of a mother grieving over the children she never got to see grow. The mournful crying, they say, belongs to Elizabeth.

Bartlett's Tollgate Cemetery - History for the living and the dead

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The Tollgate cemetery has never been known as a haunted cemetery, although many of its occupants died untimely deaths. One even perished in the Civil War. However, one occupant has been known to pull practical jokes. Minnie Gregory, the 5 year old may have shown us her sense of humor last year when we went to Tollgate with Memphis Paranormal Investigators. MPI uses a VHS recorder to tape any activity to ensure there is no tampering with their evidence. Last year we were all at the top of the hill at Tollgate and the VHS recorder was recording at the bottom. The lens cover was left hanging from the camera. From no where, it started to swing. Not a breeze was blowing, no wind at all. Mike, the lead investigator trudged down the hill and stopped it from swinging. As he headed back up the hill, it began to swing again. This time a little faster. When we called to Mike to turn around and look, it stopped for a moment and started again, this time swinging from the different direction. I have to tell you, it kind of creeped me out. Especially when Mike made the comment, "It's about the same height of a small child knocking it back and forth."

I also took a few pictures at Tollgate last year. Some odd things kept showing up. Next to a tree there was an image that resembled a woman wearing a black cape and white dress standing next to a little girl in a white dress. This year I've gone back to Tollgate and taken more shots. A few people have looked at a picture of Minnie Gregory's grave and noticed what appears to be a kneeling woman in the background. I've circled it for you. Yes, she looks like she might be praying. Her hair pulled into a bun and hands folded. I don't know what to think about the images I've captured on film. But I know what I witnessed. I believe Minnie was there the night the camera lens cover was swinging. I believe she was there and getting quite a laugh at us.

Some of your neighbors are quite ready for Halloween!

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Some folks really know how to make their homes the epitome of Halloween. That's what these houses in Bartlett have become during the spooky season. Get your treat bags ready and make sure you stop by! If you know of someone who has gone all out for Halloween give me a call at 606-3836 and I'll do my best to run by and get a picture.


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