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Friday, July 21, 2017

Espy Ghost Tales

Last year my brother Miles and his partner Romy went on a ghost tour in Savannah, Georgia.  One of the mansions on the tour is one that was built by a relative of ours named Carl Espy (Sr.), who was a wealthy cotton merchant, a federal judge and maybe even a bootlegger during the Prohibition era.  He was born in Abbeville, AL (Henry County), and moved to Savannah to build his little empire.  An unfortunate tragedy occurred at this home, and the rumor is that it's now haunted.  Click here for a synopsis of the misfortune that occurred.  And here's another.  Below the images I explain the link to my family.  When I find a photo of Carl, I will add it.

Carl's grandparents were Robert Marion Espy, Sr. and Elizabeth Watt Espy, who are buried on an old plantation just north of the Henry County (AL) line, near Lawrenceville.  Robert and Elizabeth would be my great-great-great-grandparents.  One of their children was Thomas Marion Espy, who was the father of John Jolly Espy, Sr., who of course was the father of Headland's Major Watt Espy, Sr.   Robert and Elizabeth also were the parents of Professor Joseph S. Espy of Abbeville.  Joseph was the father of Carl Espy, Sr., who's featured in this blog post.  One of Carl's siblings was Alabama State Senator James Buhrman Espy.  You can see Robert Marion and Elizabeth Watt Espy's headstones here.  And for those studying the life of death penalty historian Watt Espy (Major Watt Espy, Jr.), it was obviously Elizabeth's family line which brought in the name Watt.

1 comment:

theonegirl said...

Wesley Espy - aka the ghost - was my grandfather's first cousin. His name was James Espy Daniel, and his mother was Lula Mae Espy Daniel, who moved from Abbeville to Americus, Georgia when she married. She was Carl's sister. My father has memories of his rich great uncle Carl driving around in a fancy car and being rather a mean, Gatsby-like personality. My grandfather worked for the Espy cotton company for a bit.