Thursday, July 19, 2012

More Research Into The Billy Amos Ghost Story

One of my favorite stories from Columbiana County is the ghostly tale Billy Amos.  You might ask why and I will tell you because it is based on a true story!  You can find his grave, and his parents are buried there.
For anyone who does not know it, little Billy Amos was born in 1919 and died in 1925 of a congenital heart defect.  He was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery.  For years afterward it was reported that he haunted the cemetery as a shadow person and was seen playing hide and go seek among the cemetery stones.  Some even claimed to have seen him trying to cross the road to get back home, where his family lived on Ashbaugh Lane.
The grave stone of William and Agnes Amos
the parents of Billy Amos.
This haunting activity went on until 1954, when his mother, Agnes, finally died. It is believed that once she died, she went to Spring Grove to get her son and take him with her when she crossed over.

 While I was able to determine that the family did not live on Ashbaugh Lane at the time of Billy's death, they did move there about 10 years later. By the time Agnes passed,  they did in fact live on Ashbaugh Lane and could see the cemetery from their home. 
When I took this pic,I was standing on
the porch of the home that Billy's
parents lived in at one time.  The
current owners would prefer not'
to have their address known at this time.

In this picture I can see the Amos house from
 the cemetery....

I was also able to find the actual address of the Amos Family at the time of Billy's life, and death.  It is almost certain that he died at home.

A little deeper searching and I found that Billy was born on Ogden Street, overlooking the city of East Liverpool.  His address was 313 Ogden Street.  Since I found the Ashbaugh Lane address to be in tact, I was hopeful that the Ogden Street Address would  be also. Sadly, it was not. The house is long gone. 
Ogden Road. On the right is where
Billy's house, 313 Ogden Street,once stood.

  I walked around, hoping to find some remnants of the house that was once there,but not much is left. I was hoping to see if Billy haunted the house he was born and probably died in.  While I would still like to investigate the area, I need to find out who owns it and get permission first.  I am looking into that.

The probably site of 313 Ogden street, the home of Billy Amos.
Sometimes, legends are based on fact.  In this case, being able to trace where the Legend, Billy Amos, actually lived, makes this job just awesome!


After hearing the rumor that there was severe vandalism at Bowman's Cemetery, a few crew members and I went out to investigate.  I had heard it was pretty bad and we wanted to see how hard it would be to repair it. 
Thankfully, it was not as bad as we first heard.  The larger stones were knocked over, so I think we can rule out the wind.  there was also a few of the wooden crosses that were broken.  But all very fixable and that is a relief.

It will take more than a few of us to pick up some of the stones knocked over, though.  One of the stones weighs close to 1000 lbs and it makes me wonder how anyone even moved it, much less knock it over.
We have a few crosses to use to replace the broken ones, and hopefully Sunday, we will venture out there and try to pick up the large stones now sitting on the ground.  I hope no one was injured when these things were knocked over!  
Please try to remember that cemeteries are sacred places that we trust are safe for our loved ones to Rest In Peace.  Even when our relatives are gone, who take care of our resting place, it is up to us to continue with that.  What if it was someone you knew and loved who was buried here?  You would want this place protected.   
I can not make people respect this little cemetery.  It is common sense to do that.  Be professional and help to protect this little cemetery.  :\