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 Elizebeth Simpson

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Elizebeth Simpson

Birth
Death
24 Sep 1862 (aged 28)
Burial
Williamson County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID
18505329 View Source

STORY: Elizebeth Simpson was a slave who took her master's horse and tryed to run away. She was found and hanged.
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THE REAL Elizabeth Simpson bears almost no relation to the myth of "Elizebeth Simpson" (as her name is often spelled in retellings). When settlers Johnathan and Jinsy Bittick moved to the Tejas territory of Mexico, they brought their extended family. Later, Elizabeth Simpson traveled from Louisiana to join them. A complicated series of blood and marriages made her what could be called a niece-in-law to Jinsy Bittick. She died at age 30 in 1864, and was buried in the family cemetery.

As a white woman, she was not enslaved. Nor was she hung for witchcraft, or horse thievery as it is sometimes said. Additionally, she is not even buried under the gravestone. The family moved it to the front after the fifth or so time that sheriff's officers had returned it after being stolen. This, it was thought, would cut down on the amount of vandalism on the other graves, which have also suffered vandalism and theft.

Source: https://www.lhindependent.com/news/witch-s-grave-legend-destroying-family-cemetery-real-history/article_1b667b85-af25-5b5e-8405-8c113e606045.html

Courtesy contributor: Matthew Byrd (49203088)

STORY: Elizebeth Simpson was a slave who took her master's horse and tryed to run away. She was found and hanged.
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THE REAL Elizabeth Simpson bears almost no relation to the myth of "Elizebeth Simpson" (as her name is often spelled in retellings). When settlers Johnathan and Jinsy Bittick moved to the Tejas territory of Mexico, they brought their extended family. Later, Elizabeth Simpson traveled from Louisiana to join them. A complicated series of blood and marriages made her what could be called a niece-in-law to Jinsy Bittick. She died at age 30 in 1864, and was buried in the family cemetery.

As a white woman, she was not enslaved. Nor was she hung for witchcraft, or horse thievery as it is sometimes said. Additionally, she is not even buried under the gravestone. The family moved it to the front after the fifth or so time that sheriff's officers had returned it after being stolen. This, it was thought, would cut down on the amount of vandalism on the other graves, which have also suffered vandalism and theft.

Source: https://www.lhindependent.com/news/witch-s-grave-legend-destroying-family-cemetery-real-history/article_1b667b85-af25-5b5e-8405-8c113e606045.html

Courtesy contributor: Matthew Byrd (49203088)


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  • Maintained by: Deb
  • Originally Created by: AKL
  • Added: 18 Mar 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 18505329
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/18505329/elizebeth-simpson: accessed ), memorial page for Elizebeth Simpson (10 Apr 1834–24 Sep 1862), Find a Grave Memorial ID 18505329, citing Bittick Family Cemetery, Williamson County, Texas, USA; Maintained by Deb (contributor 46832182) .