Thursday, September 30, 2010

Reading the German Written on the Three Witches Graves Near Columbiana.

I got an email today from a very nice person named Leo O'Malley.  I printed it on here so you could read it.  It is about the Three Witches Graves on Lipply Rd. near Columbiana, Ohio.  This is what I hope to accomplish by doing all the research and looking for the history of our county.  The real story is worth more because often it is better.  In this case Witches are about as far as it gets from what the true story is.  Read on:
I came across your blog recently, and it is very interesting. I liked reading about your events and looking at the photos of cemeteries I've yet to visit. I have always enjoyed photographing cemeteries and reading ghost stories, even though I am a skeptic. I noticed a post in May about the supposed "witches graves" on Lipply Road near Columbiana. I have visited this area to photograph the graves and have done some research on the cemetery there. It's called the Haller (Holler) family cemetery, and there are 4 people buried there.
There are 2 monuments and one foot stone-one in German for Katharina, and a column in English for Leah, Agnes, and Jacob Hollar. None of these people were witches. I speak German, and can tell you assuredly that Katharina was a 17 year old Lutheran preacher's wife. I appreciate how in your blog that you write these are supposedly witches and didn't automatically write that they where as other sites did. A lot of the "legends" seem to reflect ignorance-mainly by assuming that the foot stone was another grave, that only 3 people were buried here, and that just because the stone is in a foreign language, something sinister is afoot.
I would appreciate if you could copy my letter into your blog, so we can help preserve history and dispel vicious rumours.
Again, keep up the good work!
Leo O'Malley

Thank you Mr. O'Malley for writing and letting me and everyone else know some of the true story of this little cemetery.  And sharing the meaning of the words written on them!   Here is a link to the story he is referring to from this blog.
A story will be coming soon about another legend from this County that has been disputed! 


Anonymous said...

People love stories about witches. Like the witch @ bowman cem. There is no witch there. On the records there is only 1 documented case of a believed to be a witch in ohio and that was in southern ohio

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the contact information for this location. I am very certain that I know the location of the missing headstone. If someone can forward along the information of the property owners I would love to be in touch with them.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone happen to have the contact information for the property owners of this location> I am very certain that I know of the location of the missing marker stone. If someone can get this information I would be happy to contact the owners with what I know.

Kim Mitchell said...

The information I have was sent to me anonymously, so I don't know who owns the property. I will post about it and see if anyone will send the info forward, however. It would be awesome to have the stone back where it belongs!

Gabe C said...

I know the family and who owns the property. He is my neighbor and the stones are of his family

Anonymous said...

I am the property owner...if you have info on the missing stone I would appreciate it. Thank you