This investigation was a lot of fun for us. It had lots of activity claims and I got to do a LOT of historical and genealogy research.
I managed to track the land records back to 1887 (I plan to go farther for a repeat investigation, but there was a hindrance in the records that kept me from getting further before the investigation date).
Winder is a town in Georgia that has gone by a several names. It was first a Creek Indian village known as Snodon. When the whites settled it in 1793 it became known as The Jug and in 1803, with a population of 37 people, it was renamed Jug Tavern. In 1894, this small city situated in not one but three different counties, it was renamed to Winder, and it would be another 20 years before a new county was formed that incorporated the entire town.
George Daniel attended medical school at the Chattanooga Medical College in TN, and took his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1892 before coming to Winder, where his family lived, to become a town physician. In 1901 Dr. Daniel married Minnie Perry. Minnie was from a very prominent family the next town over and was one of 11 students that comprised the first graduating class of Perry-Rainey college in 1896. They lived in a modest cottage in the main part of town and in 1905 they welcomed the birth of their only child, Lucille. In October of 1907, at the age of 39, Dr. Daniel died and as of this date, the cause is unknown. I cannot locate an obituary and Georgia did not issue death certificates at the time. As you will read in the EVP transcriptions, George insists his death was the result of a train accident but that he was no where near a train when it happened, which has us stumped (if he is relating the circumstances correctly). There were several incidents involving trains in Winder in the months leading up to his death and it makes us wonder if he, being the town doctor, was somehow affected by treating the victims of any of these accidents, leading to his demise, until I can locate someone that has knowledge of his death, this will remain a mystery.
In 1909 Minnie and her mother, Martha J. Perry, secured funds to improve the structure on the property, and as you can see by the pictures it was a very large improvement. Census records show that Minnie and Martha ran a boarding house until they sold the property in 1920 and moved in with one of Martha’s other daughters down the street. In the following years the home was run as a funeral home by two different families, the Sammons and the Wises, until about 1974 when it became a private residence again.
We knew before the investigation that there had been two different houses on the property, but records did not indicate exactly when the large home had been built, we had a photograph taken in 1912 that showed current house and mentioned the previous cottage. During the investigation George had insisted he had not lived in the current structure. After the investigation, we were finally able to find a photograph, taken in 1908, that showed the smaller home, proving that George was indeed correct and it was the structure standing when he died in 1907.
The current owner purchased the home in 2013 and began renovations immediately. Just as immediately, she started noticing strange occurrences. Objects were disappearing and being found in another location, strange noises, and seeing movement our of the corner of her eye (actually, this was reported by several people that had been in the home). After we arrived for the investigation, activity started almost right away. Twelve minutes in, we captured this class A EVP that still gives me ghostbumps (my term for activity related goose bumps) every time I hear it. Dave was leaving the room and I ask him where he is going. That’s when we get a voice saying “He left me here”
George is not what we would call a negative spirit, but he IS very grumpy, and did not like me at all. He really only wanted to speak with Dave and the homeowner, but he did begrudgingly answer some of my questions. The night before the investigation, I broke my toe and we tried to use this to our advantage in communicating with the Doctor by asking him to examine it, he wanted no part in it, until Dave asked him if he could help me because he was worried about me, and he says Yes.
We had taken some of my antique medical equipment to use as trigger objects, and Dave picked up the syringe and asked if he should give me a shot, to which the good Doctor replies “Oh Yes”
He seems extremely protective over the homeowner and at one point indicated she was like a daughter to him. We know he likes to leave the house and go grocery shopping with her to remind her of things she has mentioned she needed to get. There was one trip where she had stated in the house that she need to buy a magic eraser for some cleaning and when she passed them in the aisle at the grocery store, one flew off the shelf at her. One of the reports of activity had been someone walking down the stairs every morning at 6 am, this happened for quite awhile until one of the residents had had enough of the disturbance and sternly told them to stop. I brought this up during one session and as you can hear, he sounded truly repentant when he says sorry after I told him that was rude..
When the homeowner asks if George likes the person that told him to stop walking up/down the stairs, he replies “Yes”
At one point the homeowner had some unexpected visitors and we had to take a break. During this time we left the room we were in and went outside. We left the SB7 and voice recorder going. As you can hear, George was happy to let us know he was still in the room waiting for us by saying “I’m Here”.
During the investigation we communicated with 3 different spirits. Along with George, there is a woman who identified herself as Frances, and a child who’s name we did not get, but George was the most outspoken. The evidence we collected was clearly of the intelligent type, but there was no malevolence in any way.
Here George is telling us his name (twice)
And here is Frances revealing herself
And here she appears to be having fun with us. I thought I saw the bag containing the SB7 move, and when I ask about it she tells us “Maybe”
Here, we are questioning George about his manner of death
Here he says yes when I ask if he is sure it was a train
Here he tells us “Nope” when I asked if he was run over by a train
And here, he tells us “No” when I asked if he fell off a train
One very interesting thing happened, that while we cannot claim it is paranormal, it was strange enough to make note of it. At one point we asked George to knock on the wall or close a door to show us his presence. Immediately following that, there was a very loud bang, followed shortly by another. It turns out the door to the outside balcony had slammed against the frame both times, hard enough to shake the floor. When I went over the weather conditions for the evening and compared them with the timing of this incident, it was strange that this happened the way it did. There was one hour during the entire evening where the wind had picked up to a speed of 6.9 mph with gusts of 16.1 mph (it was calm before and after that) and this happened at the tail end of that hour.
We heard a knock on the one in one of the upstairs rooms, and when we asked the person to show us where they were, we got the interesting response of “Help”
At one point we heard someone speaking and ask them to tell us their name, to which they replied “I did”