Woman Who Returned from the Dead

{Robert Bailey – Roane County Historian}

A local story told in Rockwood was the death of Aunt Susan Brown and her return from the dead. As the story goes, it was reported that she had died and arrangements were made in her house with the body placed in her coffin. All of her family and friends gathered for the “sitting up with dead” which was a common practice. Food was prepared to feed the gatherers, and the table was spread with food except for cabbage. Aunt Susan was apparently aroused from a deep sleep by the smell of the cabbage cooking on the stove. She came into the kitchen and commented on how good the cabbage smelled. Needless to say, all of the gatherers scrambled out the doors and windows. After all of the confusion was settled, Aunt Susan was left to enjoy the cabbage. Since she didn’t need the use of the coffin at that time she used it to store seeds and other things for several years. She died in January 1920, many years after her “supposed” death, and was buried in the Post Oak Cemetery. Her obituary that appeared in “The Rockwood Times” confirms this story.

Originally Written for the Roane County Newsletter to the Community, July 2014.