I happened upon a Ghost Box video on YouTube entitled A Midnight Visit to the Georgetown Cemetery. The video was uploaded on uploaded on 30 May 2010. The link follows:
The narrator of the video told a story about a witch that I had never heard. She also filmed Capt Thomas Poe’s marker. Whether filming that stone was planned or accidental or guided by forces outside the usual, it added the salt and pepper required to balance the fantasy and history of the hallowed place.
Capt Thomas Washington Poe was arguably the most ill-fated steamboat captain from Georgetown. If there is a “night shade” hovering over any stone, it would be the spirit of Capt Thomas Poe. Owned by Thomas W Poe and other partners from Georgetown, PA ,the str Georgetown was snagged on the Missouri on 12 Oct 1853, raised, and returned to service. On 11 May 1855 the str Georgetown was fatally snagged at Bellefontaine Bluffs on the Missouri in route to a military post. He was the principal owner of the str Clara Poe which was burned during the Civil War by rebel forces on 17 Apr 1865 at Eddyville on the Cumberland River; he also owned the str Amelia Poe which was a complete loss when snagged on the upper Missouri river on 24 May 1868 and salvaged by 1,500 riotous Indians; and he was the owner of the str Nick Wall which met a tragic end on the Mississippi River near Napoleon, AK on 18 Dec 1870. Here a grisly incident occurred that Mark Twain retold in “Life on the Mississippi”. Though injured himself by the falling roof, Capt Thomas W Poe attemped to save his wife trapped in a stateroom. He chopped a hole in the roof with an ax striking the unfortunate Martha Jane Poe in the head. Martha Jane Poe, fatally wounded, was returned to Georgetown for burial.
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