Pennsylvania Hex

Isabella Panasko and DeJon Wiggins

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When you think of Halloween what do you think of? Ghosts, Vampires, Zombies,Candy, Pumpkins, how about Witches or Hexes?

In 1884 two women, Margaret Matson and Mrs. Gethro Henderson, were claimed to have set hexes on people and their livestock. Margaret Matson and her husband( Neels) were Swedish- Finnish settlers, they spoke very little English.  The couple lived on a farm near Ridley Creek in suburban Philadelphia , some settlers claimed Margaret hexed their cattle and livestock. The cattle stopped producing milk and livestock started to die off, farmers claimed it was some sort of witchcraft. People such as John Blymire believed the cause of his illnesses were because he was hexed. He needed help so he contacted Marietta River for help, he was told she could lift the curse but there were two things he had to do. First he had to find the book  Long Lost Friends and burn it. The second thing he had to do was take the hexer’s hair and bury it 6 ft under ground. Blymire and two teens broke into Rehmeyer’s house and demanded the copy of Long Lost Friends and demanded the hex be undone. The intruders beat him, then tied him to a chair and caught the house on fire. The house didn’t burn, only that one room; this was proof of occult forces at work.

There are tours of this house open now and his great grandson Ricky Ebaugh lives there now. The next time that you doubt the supernatural, beware that even you or your ancestors could be hexers!

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