was Esther Bell Porter
who witnessed the terrifying apparition of the “witch family” bouncing on
saplings in the field across from her home.
in Halifax County, North Carolina, Esther
was the eldest of John and Lucy Bell’s two daughters
and spent her childhood at the Bell farm on Red River.
was the first of John Bell’s children to wed, marrying Alexander
Bennett Porter in July of 1817.
the 1836-1840 period, the Porters moved to Panola County, Mississippi, settling
near the present-day town of Oakland. They had 12 children, several of
which died at birth or very young ages.
Porter died in 1859, and is allegedly buried in Union Hill Cemetery