Days Gone By - stories from the past

The ghost of Salem cemetery – he didn’t stop running

The Ghost of Salem cemetery
by

Shannon Hollon

My Great grandfather Robert Bearden (Pawpaw) was an avid coon-hunter.


Robert Bearden 1898-1984Robert Bearden 1898-1984

One fall night he had been out hunting and had lost his hounds, so he headed home on his way he walked thru the old Salem cemetery, as he crested the hill he heard the rustling dry autumn leaves which immediately got him thinking of the ghost stories he had heard as a child about the cemetery.

Salem cemetery Est. 1803Salem cemetery Est. 1803

As he looked down he was standing at the foot of his grandfathers Alfred’s grave.

Salem cemeterySalem cemetery

Unknowing to him because he was preoccupied with the thoughts of spooks one of his hounds had caught up with him and jumped up on his back to greet him…Pawpaw said “he threw his carbide light in the air and didn’t stop running until he got to the house”….with the hound on his heels.

Salem cemetery2Salem cemetery

WHERE DO I START? Hints and Tips for Beginning Genealogists with On-line resources

WHERE DO I START? Hints and Tips for Beginning Genealogists with On-line resources (Kindle Edition)


By (author):  Donna R Causey

List Price:Price Not Listed
Kindle Edition:Check Amazon for Pricing Digital Only
buy now

About Shannon Hollon

Shannon Hollon lives in McCalla Alabama graduated from McAdory High School and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Served 9 years in the US Navy Seabees with one tour in Afghanistan.Currently employed with US Steel and serving on the board of directors for the West Jefferson County Historical Society. http://wjchs.com/

Liked it? Take a second to support Alabama Pioneers on Patreon!
Tags:

9 comments

  1. Shannon, which Bearden line are you connected to? My 2nd great grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Riley married Passy Jane Goode. Her first husband, William Bearden 1839 – 1862, served the CSA in Co D of the 28th Alabama Regiment, died and is buried at St. Joseph’s Cemetery at Bardstown, KY. His death happened just after the fight at Munfordville, KY during Gen’l Bragg’s Kentucky Campaign. Passy and William had a son, Robert William Bearden 1861 – 1937, who was a half brother to my great grandfather, Joseph Wesley Riley. All of these except William Bearden are buried at Union Hill Cemetery, Homewood, Alabama. Many of the Bearden family are connected to Union Hill Cemetery as another Bearden CSA veteran is buried there, Christopher Columbus Bearden.

  2. Peggy Pate

    Is this Old Salem Cemetery in Perry, County? I’m not sure if I really remember what I think I do or if it’s just old stories I remember my Granny and Pawpaw Hartley telling me about the family down there!!!!

    1. Alabama Pioneers

      I’m not sure where it is. You could try contacting Shannon, the author, through the link in his bio. at the bottom of the page.

  3. Mark Trotter

    got a good laugh out of that story..!!!

  4. Richard Davis

    Shannon, another great story! Please keep the Bearden stories coming! Allen Bearden Sr.
    Cyrus H. Bearden

  5. Cyrus H. Bearden

    LOL….Hell hounds on my heels…an ole Robert Johnson song….lol
    Great Story…. thanks for sharing

  6. Sara Edwards Mclain

    All my McLain relatives there

  7. Did not say if he had to clean his shorts out after he finally made it home. I know I would have probably had to, if that had been me.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.