Octavia <I>Smith</I> Hatcher

Octavia Smith Hatcher

Birth
Pike County, Kentucky, USA
Death 2 May 1891 (aged 21)
Pikeville, Pike County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Pikeville, Pike County, Kentucky, USA
Plot can't miss it - there's a statue of her
Memorial ID 12149411 · View Source
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My uncle has been researching our family, and just visited Pikeville Cemetery, only to discover a statue of my great great aunt, Octavia Smith-Hatcher. We put her name into Google and were amazed to discover that there is a legend attached to her death. The legend goes that she was accidentally buried alive and her ghost is said to haunt the cemetery to this day. You can read her legend here: https://www.americanhauntingsink.com/octavia

There's also a great debunking here:
http://dreamingcasuallypoetry.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-true-story-of-octavia-hatcher.html

But legends are fun, right? And it's neat that she's "famous."

I am told her birth place was Mouth of Pond Creek in Pike County, but there's no option for that town here on Find A Grave.

I hope Great Great Aunt Octavia rests in peace, and I look forward to learning more about our family.


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  • Created by: IndigoJoy
  • Added: 24 Oct 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 12149411
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Octavia Smith Hatcher (21 May 1869–2 May 1891), Find a Grave Memorial no. 12149411, citing Pikeville Cemetery, Pikeville, Pike County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by IndigoJoy (contributor 46759964) .