There are nine main rumors and facts about the
Tennessee Witch, a poltergeist who haunted the family of John and Lucy Bell from 1817 to 1821. Bell
Here are the details about Rumor #8 of 9:
Rumor #1: Almost all of the archives (in courthouses, libraries, and genealogical records) state that Cate Williams Batts was the wife of Frederick Batts.
Fact: This is true. Cate Williams married Frederick Batts; thus, her married name was Cate Williams Batts.
I spent two years of my life researching the story of the Tennessee Bell Witch. One author, who interviewed many of the same people I did, erroneously wrote in his book rendition about the Tennessee Bell Witch that Cate was married to one of Frederick's brothers - Benjamin.
Rumor #2: Many archives state the Cate Williams Batts was a widow when the haunting of the
family took place. Bell
Fact: Cate was never a widow. She died 13 years after the 1820 death of John Bell and one year before the 1834 death of her husband, Frederick Batts.
Rumor #3: Many archives give the impression that none of Cate's children lived long enough to have children of their own.
Fact: Most of the archives indicate that Cate Batts had two sons and one daughter, none of whom lived to have children of their own. It turns out that those three were actually her nephews and niece by an In-Law.
On my second research trip to
, I personally met three of her direct descendants. The wife of a fourth direct descendant never admitted her connection; however, she was the one who hooked me up with one of those three who introduced me to the other two. I found out that Cate Batts actually had five daughters and one son who lived into their majority. Think about it. If your mother was accused of witchcraft back in the early 1800s, what chance did you have to make a good marriage or any kind of marriage at all? Adams, Tennessee
Her oldest daughter, Rebecca Batts, was the 2nd wife of Solomon James. She married before all this business of the false accusations and superstition got started. She either had 12 or 13 children by Solomon. It was difficult to know for certain the exact number of her children as all three of his wives had the first name of Rebecca. Cate’s youngest daughter, Nancy Batts, never married nor had children. Cate’s other three daughters, Mary, Sarah, and Rhoda, had several out-of-wedlock children between them. Eventually, Sarah married a man 39 years her senior. Mary and Rhoda never wed at all. Cate’s son, John, moved to
when he became an adult, disassociating himself totally from the entire dramatic, traumatic situation. Illinois
Rumor #4: The poltergeist, often called Kate (with a K) or the Bell Witch, was a female entity. Many people even wrongly feel that the niece of Lucy Williams Bell, Cate Williams Batts, was the culprit. For full details of how this happened, read my book.
Fact: The three poltergeists, who frequently acted as one composite energy, were all three male. They simply chose to use a feminine-sounding voice to keep John Bell from ever figuring out their true identities. Read my book titled “The Bell Witch Unveiled At Last! The True Story Of A Poltergeist” written under my pen name of DJ Lyons to find out the full details of their identities, motivations, and strategies.