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 Caroline Tracy “Aunt Caroline” Dye

Caroline Tracy “Aunt Caroline” Dye

Birth
Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
Death 26 Sep 1918
Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 45489151 · View Source
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Caroline (Tracy) Dye,
better known as:
"Aunt Caroline,"
was a well known seer.

Her name was recognized
in Arkansas and the Mid-South
in the early 20th Century.

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Caroline Tracy was born
into slavery, about 1843.
William Tracy'
(her family's slave owner)
had died and his widow,
Nancy moved to Arkansas.

Caroline Tracy had a baby
daughter, Hannah, before the
death of Nancy Tracy in 1861.
All of the slaves were the
part of the 'Tracy Estate'
until after the Civil War.

Caroline Tracy became a seer
or a soothsayer -
someone who can
forsee-the-future,
while still a young child.

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CAROLINE TRACY was WIFE to
HUSBAND - Martin Dye

They were on June 16, 1867

She was MOTHER to one child
DAUGHTER - Mary
(died at 11 months)
The couple reared several children.

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Dye never claimed to be a
'fortune teller.' So many
people came to visit and
confer with her in Newport,
Ark. from Memphis, Tenn.,
one train was known locally
as the "Caroline Dye Special."

Both black and white clients
came to her. Dye got dozens
of letters daily that were
stuffed with money for her
services. She sold meals to
clients as they waited for the
opportunity to council with her.

She invested in property. Dye
also purchased Liberty Loan Bonds
to support the war effort.

During her 'reading', Dye used
a deck of cards. Shenever gave
readings regarding: love or the
World War I battles; Dye would
tell the location of missing
livestock - often giving directions.
She helped people locate missing
jewelry. Caroline could forsee the
future and provided advice on
missing persons.

Not all Dye's predictions proved
to come true.
* Halley's Comet in 1910, was making
news headlines. She thought the star's
tail would strike the Earth.
IT DID NOT HAPPEN
* A tornado was supposed to destroy
several communities in 1915;
IT DID NOT HAPPEN

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Following Dye's demise, a great deal
of cash was supposedly in her home.

Dye's fame lives on in 2 songs by
Memphis bluesman, W. C. Handy.
He said the gypsy mentioned in:
(1) - "St. Louis Blues" (1914)
(2) - "Sundown Blues" (1923)
Handy named the fortune teller
in his lyrics: 'Aunt Caroline Dye'.

As the years have passed,
Caroline Dye's story has been
misconstrued with her being
described as a "hoodoo" woman
or a "two-headed doctor".

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"WORDS OF SOLACE"

"There are secret ties,
there are sympathies,
by the sweet relationship
of which souls that are well matched
attach themselves to each other,
and are affected by I know not what,
which cannot be explained"

BY - Pierre Corneille.

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This biography is
humbly presented by
Audrey Burtrum-Stanley / Arkansas

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 45489151
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Caroline Tracy “Aunt Caroline” Dye (unknown–26 Sep 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 45489151, citing Gum Grove Cemetery, Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .