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My Brother's House


My brother, Jeremy, used to live in a house near the center of my hometown, which is quite small. He lived there with a roommate, who we all called Goat because he would eat anything. Jeremy and his baby mamma (now his wife as of a year ago) weren't together at this point; she was living with her family and did not live in the house with Jeremy and Goat. My nephew JJ would stay every other week with my brother.

The house was very small. I think it's important to note that I never spent any extended time there, and don't know the layout very well. But there was one bedroom there that made me (and my dad and Jeremy) very uncomfortable. Goat lived in this bedroom. He never said anything good or bad about it. My brother started having small experiences around the house, I don't know the specifics of it, but it was things like objects being in different places than where you left them and just little things. Well, then my nephew started saying weird things, keep in mind he was quite young, 2 or 3 years old. He would say things about a man in the house. This happened multiple times. Again, I don't know exactly what was said but I know it was unusual things for a 2 or 3 year old to be saying. Things that sometimes coincided with the experiences my brother was having.

It's also important to note at this point that there is a headstone of a 2 year old girl behind my brother's house. It's Fanny M. Clifton, and the death date is from the 1800s. The Clifton family is documented in another graveyard near the house, just a minute or two drive really; it's a private graveyard for a husband (a Mr. Clifton) wife and their two beloved mules. Other than that I don't know anything about the Clifton family.

About half a year before my brother moved out of the house, he was dating this girl he had met while he was in the National Guard. He met her at training before he was sent to basic. He was giving her a tour of the house and then came to Goats room. The girl freaked out saying she could NOT go in that room, saying that something evil was in that bedroom. She then told him she was a medium, and hadn't wanted to tell him before. She told him not to let my nephew sleep in that bedroom or play in the yard by the headstone. And especially not to let my nephew lay down in the grass near that headstone; otherwise very bad things would happen to him.

She continued saying that there was an old woman who was protecting my brother and my nephew and that she would sit on my brother's bed at night stroking my brother's legs until he fell asleep. Jeremy then pulled out a photo of him and our great grandma with her sisters. All are dead now. Jeremy did not tell her who was who. But the girl pointed out one of the aunts. The girl proceeded to say, your aunt wants you to know she is protecting you and that she thinks you need to redecorate and clean up. As they walked past the bathroom into the living room my brother's towel fell on the floor. Jeremy is VERY particular about his towels, he hangs them straight and even so that they dry and don't get wrinkly. This incident bothered my brother very much.

A few days later, my brother brought the photo over to my dad's house and told him the story. My dad proceeded to tell Jeremy and me that the particular Aunt, when Jeremy would visit her, would always rub his legs while they were sitting on the couch until Jeremy fell asleep. Jeremy did not know this story beforehand, so the girl he was dating wouldn't have known before she told Jeremy. (This was enough proof for me; I was terrified and never went back to Jeremy's house) Dad also mentioned that one night while staying over at Jeremy's (sleeping in the evil bedroom) he'd felt really uncomfortable and watched the whole night.

My brother got married to his son's mother a year ago and moved out of the house into one that isn't haunted. Nothing has happened since.

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geetha50 (15 stories) (986 posts)
12 years ago (2012-08-17)

I think that's why these type of sites exist. This way we learn from each other because a single person doesn't know everything about everything. That's sad that your brother isn't talking with the family. I have a large family myself and many times they drive me crazy to the point where I would love to kill them but I wouldn't have anyone else because I know in a time of need they will be there for in their own way. I hope your brother and the rest of the family get back together!
shamby (15 stories) (100 posts)
12 years ago (2012-08-16)
Geetha, I've tried to do some research on the house and couldn't find anything. And no online records of the child... I'm not sure where else to look. But that's really interesting about the being buried away from the rest of the family, I'd never heard that before! I love learning new things! It will be hard to get any information out of my brother anymore because he's had a falling out with the entire family. But I'd really love to talk to you if you could email me! My email is on my profile!
geetha50 (15 stories) (986 posts)
12 years ago (2012-08-16)
I enjoyed this story, especially, when your brother found out that your aunt was protecting your brother and nephew. The evil thing in Goat's room sent chills down my spine. Did you or your brother ever find out what was in that room? I think it didn't effect Goat like the rest of you (considering he didn't say anything about the room) because he didn't believe or experience anything like your family. The flip side is that he experienced the same thing as all of you and was to scared to admit it. Did he move out the same time as your brother?

When you mentioned about the headstone of the little girl, I initially thought that it was weird place to mark a grave. But then you mentioned the year and I realized that from that time period to know the setting of the houses and landscape could have changed. Also, something else got me thinking. You mentioned in your story that Mr. And Mrs. Clifton and their two mules were buried about a two minute drive away from the house. I don't remember where I learnt this from but there is a saying that people who killed themselves, murdered, or died of unnatural causes were buried separately from the rest of the family because it was considered a sin and that the spirit wouldn't go to heaven. My thinking is that something must have happened to that young kid and s/he died prematurely and the evil entity in Goat's room might have something to do with it. But you would never know what really happened.

Like some of the other posters have mentioned, I would love to know what the history of the house is/was but I know it would be difficult for you and your brother now because your brother doesn't live there anymore.
CountryGirl400 (17 posts)
13 years ago (2011-03-12)
That was a very wonderful story, Shamby (well, the part where you find out your Aunt is protecting your lil nephew!) and if you ever decide to research the Clifton family, I think a lot of people would love to hear about them. I have several stories I would like to share with you guys as well and they will be up within 1-2 weeks. Thanks for sharing your story! 😊 ❤ 😊
Petersspirit (4 stories) (144 posts)
13 years ago (2011-03-05)
Hey Shambi,

Much enjoyed reading your sharing which gave me some goosebumps now and again! When you spoke of a particular room which felt uneasy to you and your family but seemingly not to your brothers friend Goat, I had to think back on the days when we used to have a store in a very old house down town Antwerp. There was one person we allowed to live there and he picked out the room we all did have an uneasy feeling about. I thought your aunt visiting your brother was beautiful!

shamby (15 stories) (100 posts)
13 years ago (2011-03-04)
Goat never noticed anything as far as any of the rest of us know. He and my brother are no longer friends and do not speak. But what ever lived in the house was defiantly attached to the house. It didn't follow my brother into his new home. I also don't think Goat really believed in that sort of thing, my brother for sure does and always has. He and his step brother (Phil) (I have a very complicated family lol) and our sister Danielle used to play with the Ouija board that I've talked about before in my story Dad's Ouija.

I'm going to try and find out more about the Clifton family when I'm home for the summer.
DARKNESS (3 stories) (2022 posts)
13 years ago (2011-03-04)
shamby: Interesting story, would be good to find out more info on the Clifton family I think they play a part in these experiences somehow. It is nice to know that your Auntie was watching over your brother and your nephew. So Goat never experienced anything am I right? Is it possible something may have been attached to him at all? 😕.

Thanks for sharing.

shamby (15 stories) (100 posts)
13 years ago (2011-03-04)
I don't think my nephew ever really realized what was going on since he was so young. It scared me to death knowing something evil was in that house and knowing it could hurt my sweet little nephew. He is my whole world, I would do anything for that little guy. I was so happy that our Aunt was protecting them, I never met her but I'm sure she was a very loving person.

Aiafaith1, I'd love to hear more about the terrier lady and your sister!

Thanks for all the comments! I love talkin about my ghostie stories!
aiafaith1 (guest)
13 years ago (2011-03-03)
I think it's sweet that your Aunt was protecting your brother.:) I've been told that an older lady with a boston terrier dog protects my lil sis.
PestilentPixie (4 stories) (52 posts)
13 years ago (2011-03-03)
I think that its great that your story is heartwarming. To know that your Aunt was protecting your brother and his son must have been a great comfort to them both.

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