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Ghost Hunt Part 4: More Orbs at South Yard Cemetery


It took about 5 minutes to find South Yard Cemetery upon leaving Vale End in the small town of Wilton, NH (for the last three stops click here, here, and here).  The back roads were dark and winding, and for a few minutes there, we were pretty sure we had missed it.  But suddenly, there it was, on the left, high on a hill.  We pulled in, ascending the hill.  The gravestones were plentiful and were lined right up next to the pathway.  In the dark they flashed a bright white in the headlights, like columns of dead soldiers standing at attention.  We parked in the back.  Mrs. Blackjack, going against the Ray Stantz grain, did not want to leave the car.  She had had enough of the ghost hunt.  After Vale End she was spent.  And the dark was upon us.  I had to remind her that in horror movies the person who’s left alone either goes missing or is found dead.  As a result she came along.

I’m such a good husband.

South Yard doesn’t have the rich history that the others do.  Nevertheless, it is, like the others, quite old and said to be haunted.  After all, if it wasn’t, we wouldn’t be there.  A little background:

The South Yard Burial Ground in Wilton, NH dates back to the late 1700’s or early 1800’s. It is not known when the South Yard Burial Ground was established, but the oldest date is on the stone marking the grave of Jonathan Livermore as having died July 20, 1809.

Two sisters, Ida and Ella, were murdered in 1875 by Ida’s husband, Ellis Willis Major, who poisoned them with strychnine. Ida was 20 years old and expecting her fifth child. Two other children died shortly after birth and Major is suspected of murdering them as well. Ella was also pregnant, supposedly by Major, a fact discovered after her body was exhumed for testing during the trial of Ellis Willis Major. After two trials, he was found guilty and executed. The graves of Ida and Ella Lovejoy, as well as Ellis Willis Major, reside midway and to the right in the burial ground.

Using your EVP recorder and saying, “Ella and Ida” a female voice can be heard saying “yup”.   Saying their last name “Lovejoy”, the same female voice is heard saying “yup”.

It had gotten to the point where we needed flashlights.  This being my first ghost hunt, I had forgotten to bring one.  Mr. BananaClapper (Venkman) was nice enough to buy one at a local gas station.  A woman even forcefully berated him for spending so much on batteries when he could have just gone to Walmart.  Which just goes to prove:

The dead are preferable to the living.

The one flashlight made searching for the Lovejoys’ graves more difficult.  This was compounded by the sheer quantity of headstones in this cemetery-far greater than all the others-and the need for Mrs. Blackjack to get the hell out of there.  But while she found solace in her cellphone, we searched the premises and took our pictures.

We never found the Lovejoys’ gravestones before we had to go, but we did find more of those pesky orbs.  Not quite the quality of the one at Vale End, mind you, but there nevertheless.

And here are some right next to my freaking head.  Yikes!

South Yard’s experience doesn’t translate too well here.  After all, there aren’t a lot of ghost stories from the place and we didn’t stay for long.  But out of the four locations thus far, it was easily the spookiest, due mostly to the ink black sky and the great preponderance of graves.  If you’re looking for some late night creeps, you could do far worse than South Yard.

It was now time to head back to civilization and stop by at our last locale:  The Country Tavern in Nashua, NH, where supposedly the ghost of a woman murdered by her sea captain husband haunts the upper floors.  Did we find her?

Stay tuned!

–Cap’n Blackjack, aka Dr. Winston Zedemore

Related Article: Souhegan Paranormal Investigators

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  1. Mrs. Blackjack
    November 4, 2010 at 11:14 am

    C’mon now, anyone would be afraid of vengeful orb spirits trying to enter the body of their soon-to-be-born fetus! I was just protecting our little Baby BlackJack!

  1. November 9, 2010 at 10:46 am

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