Can someone give me the names of all of Frederick and Kate Batts' children?They would have been born probably from the mid 1700's to early 1800's in Edgecombe Co., N.C.
I only recently became aware of the story about Kate Batts and the Bell Witch Haunting story.I would like to correct some information that is posted on this family site.It was stated that the Bell family was haunted right after the death of Kate Batts.That is not true.The hauntings began in 1817 and Kate did not die until 1843.John Bell, the father of the Bell family, died in 1820.
Kate was the daughter of John Williams (b. unk d. 10/15/1817) and Phereby Murphree (dates unk.)She hasbeen found along with her husband, Frederick, in county documents as "Katy" and "Caty".The latter name is how I have her listed in my family records.Her given name was possibly Catherine or Katherine....I don't know.
John Bell's wife, Lucy, was a sister to Kate's father; therefore, Kate was Lucy's niece.Lucy and her brother, John, were siblings to my ancestor, Drewry Williams.Their parents were John and Mourning Williams.
The way I understand it, the "ghost" was asked by the Reverend James R. Gunn (1772-1845), "Who are you and what do you want?"The answer he got was, "I am nothing but old Kate Batt's witch, here to torment Ol' Jack Bell to his death."And this is why the spectre was named Kate.