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The Black Man in Little Falls and Old Lady in Ilion, NY


When I was little (around 2 or so and still small enough to be in a crib) my mother and I lived in an apartment in a house that had been converted to a four family home. This house was on Church Street in the small "city" of Little Falls. I used to tell my mother "the black man" was there to see me. Little Falls is a very small community and in the early 70s there were no "black" people there. I had never seen a black person in my life.

Despite the fact I was so young, I can still see this man in my mind and on a recent occasion spoke of this with my mother and fully detailed the layout of the apartment to her. We only lived there about 6 months. The day we moved out, my mother found a crucifix on the book case. She had never owned one and there was no excuse for it to be there. Years later we learned the house had a history of being an "underground railroad" in the 1800s.

Several years later when my son was about the same age I was with my "black man" experiences, he began to talk about the "black man" who would come to see him. He, also, had never seen a black person in his life. I wonder if it was the same "black man" or just a coincidence.

My son also claimed to see an "old lady" going up the stairs in a home we bought around the time he was 12 years old. Six months later we discovered the "old lady" who owned the house, two owners prior to us had died in the house and lied there for three days dead before being discovered.

Occasionally, I would hear little noises that could only be described as tiny sneezes when no-one else was in the room. The house was very old and my husband and I were trying to restore it. Whenever a man (other than my husband) would try to do repairs at the house, he would end up getting hurt. My husband and sons were the only males who could work on the house without getting hurt. It was at that point we decided to do all the work ourselves.

My son never saw the lady again and I never heard the sneezes again after that. She must have been happy with our work.

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Dadler920 (1 posts)
10 years ago (2012-04-08)
Can I ask you where your house was in Ilion?
The house I live in actually was bought and restored by a family and then sold to us. This was a long time ago, but we know that a old lady had died in our house. It used to be really old but like I said was fixed up by this family. I'm wondering if we're in your old house:o
whitebuffalo (guest)
15 years ago (2007-12-21)
Hi youmaysayimadreamer. Love that song, by the way.
It would appear to me that seeing how you had no previous connection with a "black man", he may be your Spirit Guide. For him to be in the house you described with your twelve year old, there has to be a connection with you as obviously your son was not there when you first saw this man. I do not think it was coincidence. I think perhaps as you got older you no longer saw your Guide (we often do this. Adults do not want people to think they have an imaginary friend.) and your son was able to remind you of his presence.
I believe the "Grandmother" type entity wanted to make sure that someone who would love the house was making the repairs. Perhaps that is why she prevented others from working on the home.
Thank you for this story.
youmaysayimadreamer (1 posts)
15 years ago (2007-11-01)
Thank you all for your comments. I appreciate your insight and interest in my past events. It is nice to be able to tell these things without being looked at like you are out of your mind. I run into a lot of non-believers. Peace and love to you all. God Bless.
Shane (13 stories) (1258 posts)
15 years ago (2007-10-31)
I am going to have to agree with all the comments here. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

Peace, Love, and Luck be with you.
KimSouthO (27 stories) (1960 posts)
15 years ago (2007-10-31)
Children are often able to see 'things' that we adults are not. The world has not made them indifferent to these entities as of yet.

God Bless!
ChrisB (6 stories) (1515 posts)
15 years ago (2007-10-31)
wow nice story. I guess you are right about the house repairs. The lady for sure loved it. I hope that you wiil have some peace finally. See you soon and take care
ozone_baby (2 stories) (28 posts)
15 years ago (2007-10-31)
It sounds to me like the "black man" could be your spirit guide. If he was tied to the apartment, I don't think he would follow you somewhere else. He may now be your sons guide or he could still be yours and your son at his young and innocent age was able to see him. He must not be frightening.
The old lady probably became attached to the males in your house, like a grandmother. And thought no one could do a better job than someone who loved the house as she apparently does.

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