None dared stop overnight at the Betts house

Posted by | December 9, 2016

The Charleston Daily Mail
Dec. 27, 1925

Grantsville, Calhoun County, W. Va., March 24, 1886. The following history of the haunted house, situated on the bank of Little Kanawha river, about three miles from this place, is presented to the scientist for explanation. The skeptical reader is frankly and honestly referred to any one of the persons named herein for verification of their share of the history.

Although it is one of the strangest and most unaccountable stories written on this subject within a quarter of a century, every detail is well authenticated. A solution of the mysteries connected with this history will be received with gratitude and pleasure by hundreds of the respectable and honest citizens of Calhoun, Ritchie and Wirt counties. But to the history:

Grantsville, WV in 1918.

Grantsville, WV in 1918.


About three miles from the county seat of Calhoun county there resided, and still resides, Mr. Collins Betts, a farmer, who is well known throughout this section of the country. His house is a one-story, rambling affair, close to the banks of the stream and but a short distance from the highway. But for the reputation of the house it would be a frequent stopping place for the wayfaring; as it is, there are now but few men, in a country famed for its nervy and physical giants, who would dare to stop over night at Betts house.

The reputation of the house as being haunted was acquired some years since. By some – many in fact – it is ascribed to the disappearance of a peddler in the neighborhood and never to be heard of more. It is whisperingly surmised by the most cautious that the peddler was known to have had over $1,000 in his possession at the time; and was probably murdered in the vicinity. Others say his horse had been left and no one ever came for it. Be this as it may, from that time forward Collins’ house has borne the reputation of being haunted.

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2 Responses

  • Granny Sue says:

    I’ve visited the site of this story, talked with locals and even found Mr. Betts grave. It’s one of the stories I tell, and it is certainly a faascinating tale. I did some genealogy research and discovered that Mr. Betts was the grandfather of Hovah Underwood, who was twice the First Lady of West Virginia, married to Cecil Underwood.

  • David Betts says:

    The haunting was actually performed by the brothers,
    Someone would be under the bed and pull the sheets tight. for more info.
    LFBetts is my great great grandfather. I was given my grandmother’s genealogy research a few years back and came across a letter to her describing the antics in addition correspondence between my Grandmother Naomi Betts and Hovah Underwood.

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