Sorry for the delayed reply. I'm currently looking for a write-up on Susan Gilbert Edmundson that I stumbled upon not long ago. No luck so far, but one of my distant Edmundson cousins will know where it is.
Susan was quite a woman based on all the stories I've heard. One of her descendants who still lives very close to where Susan and her husband Joseph Edmundson told me several wonderful stories about her that have been passed down through the years. Now you know how those stories go though, so you have to take them with a grain of salt.
The one dealt with a little trip she made during the Civil War. Apparently one of her sons was shot during the Battle of Chickamauga, and was recovering near Chattanooga. The war was raging at that time, but she decided he needed to be cared for at home, and if no one would bring him to her, she would just go get him herself. And that's exactly what she did. In the middle of this war, she got in a wagon with one of her male slaves, and armed with a pistol, made her way all the way across southern Tennessee to retrieve her son. As I understand it, the pistol is still in the hands of the family. This story was documented in a newspaper article which is what I'm trying to locate.
Also during the war, because the troops often pillaged for food and valuables. When they heards troops were heading their way, the Edmundsons buried their gold outside, hid their silver under the floorboards in front of the fireplace in the bedroom, and put all their smoked meat in the ceiling in the living. When the Union troops showed up and couldn't find anything, they were furious, and Susan and Joseph refused to talk. They ended up hanging Joseph outside the smokehouse. As soon as the troops were out of sight, Susan went out and managed to cut him down. He survived. Rumor has it to this day, that the grease spots in the ceiling are still visible.
And this one is a stretch, but here's the story...
Remember how I said they had hid their silver under the floorboards? Legend has it that Susan died with the silver still hidden there. (Now keep in mind that she died some 25 years after the war, but it's the story that counts.) Anyway, Susan was apparently so distraught that the silver would remain hidden under the floorboards forever, that she haunted the house. As the story goes, family after family moved into the house and moved right back out because they couldn't take the strange things that happened. To make a long story short, one night Susan's ghost ripped the bedcovers off a sleeping woman in the room where the silver was and "told her" that there was something under the floorboards. The woman wanted no part of it, and soon thereafter mooved out, but not after having told people about the incident. Again as legend has it, one of Susan's descendants heard the story, went into the house, and recovered the sliver. The house hasn't been haunted since.
It's a fun story if nothing else. : )
Please see the following post for a list of Susan and Joseph's children. I know at least two of their sons were physicians (Ezra and Joseph Smith), but I think there were more.
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