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John Bells New Life in Middle Tennessee

The Witch laughed at the funeral, and sang songs. The Witch told Lucy Bell it would return in seven years, which it did, and held long conversations with John Bell Jr., then promised to return in 17 years.

Several months after John Bell's death, Betsy Bell broke off her engagement to marry her childhood sweetheart, Joshua Gardner, because the Witch strongly opposed the relationship (Norfleet, 2005). Encounters with the Bell Witch decreased after Betsy broke off her engage ent to Gardner(The Bell, 2005). In 1824, Betsy married her former tutor, Richard Powell, apparently without any opposition from the Witch. Richard Powell supposedly was a frequent visitor to the Bell house during the Witch visitations, and some believe he kept a journal containing information about this strange phenomenon. A book was published in 1997 by Brent Monahan about the Witch, based largely on Powell's journal, but Monahan says his work is entirely fictional.

The Bell Witch haunting. (2004). Retrieved May 4, 2005 from:

Norfleet, P. C. (2005). Bell Witch of Tennessee. Retrieved May 4, 2005 from:

The slave trade began in America in 1619 when a Dutch slaver

brought his cargo to Jamestown for food (Becker, 1999). The Africans became indentured slaves, and held a similar legal position to poor Englishmen who traded several years labor for their passage to America. Legends show the first blacks in Virginia were indentured servants, but there are no records prior to 1656, when statutes defining the status of blacks began to appear in the status of white indentured servants. The word slavery entered Southern vocabulary as a technical word in trade, law and politics. With the success of tobacco growing in Virginia and Maryland, African slaves and Englishwomen were brought in to farm the crops, and African slavery was legalized in the two states.


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