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Daddy’s little girl

Editor’s Note:

“The Colletonian” is beginning an October series about local ghost stories that have yet to be told. If you would like to be considered for participation in this series, please contact writer Christie Slocum at crlatta78@yahoo.com.

 

Photo by Jorge Ruiz

Photo by Jorge Ruiz

In the early 1900s a family settled along the Colleton county banks of the Edisto River. The father found a piece of land not far from the ferry on the old Charlestowne Road. Most people know it as the old “stage coach” dirt road that runs in front of the Pon Pon Chapel of Ease. It is a quiet lonely road, but the father felt it was the perfect spot to raise his family. The hunting and fishing was plentiful and the children would enjoy working the farm. He had big dreams of farming with his sons and growing cotton, Indigo, and rice. He wanted to work hard and leave them in a good place when he was no longer around.

They built a home up off the river to get away from the mosquitoes. His three sons helped him place every board on the house. He built a big front porch for his wife to enjoy. She had just given birth to their fourth baby, a girl. The baby girl was his pride and joy. She was even built her own room in the new home. He loved seeing his wife and daughter sitting on the front porch as he and his sons walked home from the fields everyday. The thought of the girl waiting on them made his heart smile. As she grew older she begged to go with them to the fields. He knew this was dangerous and would not allow it. He decided she needed a dog, and, if he could teach the dog to stay at home so would she.

His plan worked out great. The dog did not let the girl out of his sight and most importantly out of the yard. The two spent every minute she was awake together. They grew up together and the father knew while he was away in the fields the dog would make sure his wife and daughter that were well-protected. It was not long after the girl’s second birthday she became ill. She developed a sore throat, became sick to her stomach, and had a rash all over her body. These symptoms lasted a few days and sadly she died.

The family was devastated. They held the viewing in their living room, which was common during this time period. Her dog was also sad. After they set her coffin up in the home, her devoted puppy went and lay down under where she lay. The family decided to go to bed, knowing the next day would be exhausting. In the morning when they woke, they found the dog had also died. They decided to bury the two of them together. It was not long until they realized the child had died from scarlet fever. One by one the boys died as well and then the mother. The entire family all died within a month, which was not uncommon. It is still unclear what happened to the father. Friends went to check on him one day and found the house abandoned. However, it is clear the girl and her dog had not left. They are seen frequently along the dirt road of the burnt church. It is said visiting hunters see her waving at them while playing with her dog. They assume she belongs to someone at a local hunting camp. Many times local hunters have asked, “Whose little girl is down by the road?” Most of the time those hunters don’t get an answer.

Christie Slocum (588 Posts)