Ghouls, witches or vampires? How will you celebrate Halloween on WikiTree?

+34 votes

In the churchyard of the village of Dent, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales in northern England, is the grave of George Hodgson, a reputed vampire. He died in 1715 at the great age of 94.

George had lived an uneventful life, but after his death ugly rumours began to emerge about his peculiar tastes and habits. One of the villagers claimed George had enjoyed a regular glass of animal’s blood. And a local farmer recalled how he had seen a black hare—or witch’s familiar—and blasted it with his shotgun. He followed the injured creature's trail of blood to George's house and, peering through a window, eyed him treating a gunshot wound.

Folklore says the concerned citizens of Dent resolved to exhume George’s body—supposedly to check he was dead. His coffin was dug up and opened, to find George’s remains still inside. But to make sure he couldn’t get up to any mischief, he was reburied in a fresh grave at the door of St Andrew’s church—with a brass stake driven through his body!

George is nowadays celebrated as a local legend—as the Vampire of Dent.

He is one of the spooky, creepy and eccentric characters we will be celebrating when the England Project goes Halloween next weekend!

On Friday October 30th, England Project members will begin our Halloween Challenge—as we divide into teams to create, source and connect WikiTree profiles for a selection of witches, ghosts and other folks connected to paranormal activity in England.

It will be a weekend of creepy stories, teamwork and fun!

How will you be celebrating Halloween on WikiTree this year?

WikiTree profile: George Hodgson
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16 Answers

+18 votes
This sounds awesome! I’d love to lend a small hand...
by Robin Helstrom G2G6 Mach 1 (14.3k points)

Thanks Robin! All England Project members are welcome to join the challenge. The more the merrier. smiley


+13 votes
Count me out, I stay away from such.

Have fun doing your thing!
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
It's not that scary Marion. I promise it won't give you nightmares :-)

+17 votes
Possibly working on a profile in the witchcraft project If they need help.
by Ellen Gustafson G2G6 Mach 2 (24.9k points)

Thank you Ellen. Thanks too for reminding us about the Witch Trials Project. Lately, I've also been reading about English reverse witch trials—where people were prosecuted for attacking older women who they claimed had cursed (or "hagged") them.

New England also has a fantastic history of witchcraft—a visit to Salem very much brought that alive to me.

+13 votes
What a crazy story. Brilliant idea! I'd love to take part :-)
by Susie MacLeod G2G6 Pilot (262k points)
+13 votes
In the area where I was born and also in the area where I live now, Halloween is even taken note of, let alone celebrated.
Until 10 years ago, I didn't even know what it was exactly.
When I still went to school, it was a Christian holiday (Reformation Day) and we went to church instead of school.
Today it is a day like any other.
by Dieter Lewerenz G2G Astronaut (2.6m points)
+11 votes
What an amazing idea!! I'll jump in to help connect ;)
by Frances Weidman G2G6 Mach 4 (44.5k points)
+12 votes
Count me in please  as we can't trick or treat this year
by Anon Sharkey G2G6 Mach 6 (60.9k points)
+12 votes
I can’t wait! It’s going to be such a fun weekend :-)
by Lizzie Griffiths G2G6 Pilot (120k points)
+12 votes
Sounds intriguing... I'm in!
by Alison Palmer G2G6 Mach 2 (25.8k points)
+13 votes
Count me in will be working over the weekend but will have a go. One of the supposed signs of a witch is an extra finger. My husband was born with an extra finger, he had retinitis pigmentosa which is a form of blindness. So maybe these so called witches had to use their other senses to get around.
by Heather Brannon G2G6 Mach 1 (18.8k points)
+10 votes
oooooohhhhhh   count me in. You know I love these mini connecting challenges.
by Dave Welburn G2G6 Pilot (132k points)
+7 votes

I am in for this ghoulish event

by Janet Wild G2G6 Pilot (275k points)
+7 votes
I'd stake my claim to sourcing a few. Yorkshire is a new region for me
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (753k points)
Thanks Carol. It will be painstaking work, ;-)  It won't just be Yorkshire—we will have a selection of creepy (and not so creepy) characters from Northumberland to Cornwall.
I'd be up for Cornwall and Devon! It's where my peeps mainly came from! Speaking of spooky...I am the 9th great grand niece of Mary Bliss, who was accused of Witchcraft in New England in 1656:
+8 votes
Sounds like fun, I’d love to take part
by Julie Laxton G2G6 (7.1k points)

Hi Julie, you're most welcome to join us for the challenge. Watch out for Friday's announcement on the England Project's Google Group. You can also stay up-to-date about the England Project's latest challenges on the England Project Challenges page.

If you have any questions (either before or during the challenge), please let me know.


+6 votes

Count me in! Mwa ha ha ha ha!devil

by Elizabeth Viney G2G6 Mach 4 (47.5k points)
+3 votes
I'd love to join this Halloween challenge. Not only because Halloween is my birthday, but I do have an ancestor who was a magistrate in the witch trials. I love to see what else I can find out about him.
by Valora Frazier G2G3 (3.7k points)

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