Thursday, January 31, 2008

'Missed His Mistress' Myth Dismissed

A grave in Hornsey, England, is said to contain the remains of Harriet Long and her servant Jacob Walker.

A folk tale tells that after Harriet's death in 1841 "an old black servant she brought with her from Virginia was found dead on her grave a day or two after her funeral, so the grave was opened that he might be buried with his mistress".
But an English Heritage report dismisses the old myth about Jacob's romantic passing saying his death certificate records he died of smallpox after vaccination. [Link]

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