Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Haunted homestead on Kinney Road...




One old homestead once located on Kinney Road, along the Irish Creek, was a scene for many strange events and tragedies. The house and barns were built by a Mr. William Cuningham (*not Cunningham) and his wife Ellin in the 1850's. The couple claimed to have migrated from Ireland like many who settled in the area, but didn't really fit the mold for many reasons. Either way, they were eccentric, kept to themselves, and remained in the area raising 5 daughters on their farm. Four of the girls moved out at the earliest age they could survive, not really saying why. Bridgit was the only one who stayed and was not seen in public after some point, no one ever knew what happened to the girl. Mr Cuningham passed away not too long after his wife supposedly did, and the daughter who was inheriting his property already had plans to sell the creepy farm... The McGinnis brothers signed a purchase agreement at the same time as his death. The men moved in, and soon moved out, reporting they could hear the sounds of crying and felt like they were living in the house with some unseen evil force. While the lot was vacant, passers by reported a ball of light in the window on occasion. Later the home was passed to a granddaughter who again leased the farm, this time to Frank O'Donnell and his new bride. The couple laughed at the rumors of a haunting. Soon they were hearing the cries of a girl or woman, seeing unexplained lights, hearing noisy footsteps from no visible person, and after Mr. O'Donnell saw a dark shadowy figure in the kitchen disappear before his very eyes, they were packing their bags. Mr. & Mrs. O'Donnell were able to get some of the money back after a court hearing at the local JP office. Again the house was vacant and later re -leased to a family. The young mother went insane shortly after and eventually she committed suicide in the home... and after that a murder took place on the farm. Eventually the old homestead and barns were tore down. Nowadays there is nothing left but an old well on the property and restless wandering spirits. There was always speculation as to what happened to Bridgit. No one really knows if she was the mysterious presence haunting the homestead on Kinney Road or could it have been something or someone else.