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Jim and Belinda Clark; Brown Mountain lights legend
Posted by: Vance Pollock (ID *****0987) Date: October 12, 2009 at 13:06:11
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Of all the legends surrounding the Brown Mountain lights, one of the most popular involves the disappearance of a young mother name Belinda who was allegedly murdered by her husband Jim about 1855.

The closest recorded account which hints at the identity of these folks was an interview taken in 1941 with an elderly woman (of Burke County?) who states that her "Granny Clark" was the sister of Jim.

The dates are somewhat vague in various accounts and might even place the time of Belinda's disappearance as late as 1880, placing her birth somewhere between ca. 1830-1860 and marriage to Jim ca. 1850-1880.

The couple reportedly lived in a cabin on Jonas Ridge and families of both husband and wife are said to have searched for her.

The suggestion that Jim's sister was married into the Clark family is the only clue to a family surname I have.

Can anyone offer proof that this Jim and Belinda existed and identify them by their family names?

Any information on a Burke or Caldwell county woman named Belinda of this approximate age with a husband or father of her child named Jim or James would be appreciated.


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