Coleman and Emma went to New York for their honeymoon and she lost her
diamond ring in the Hudson River. She pointed at something and it fell
off. Also, she lost her second diamond ring in Tennessee in the grass
and it was never found.
At the R.C. Carlisle home, the back room had a rope bed. When a summer
storm came up, all the children would gather on this bed since there were
no metal springs. Grandma Emma would tell the children ghost stories to
help keep their minds off the thunder and lightning.
One childhood memory of Margaret Kennedy Blakely, is of eight to ten hoes
standing beside the fence idle because it was Sabbath. She was told that
it was a sin to lift a hoe on the Sabbath Day.
Skeletons....On the floor of one of the buildings behind the R.C. Carlisle
home, were parts of three skeletons. We were told they were the bones of
slaves. Uncle Jimmy Washington Renwick used them. One other rumor was the
Uncle Marcellus Renwick brought one skeleton back from Paris, France.
Perhaps some truth in both.
Emma's father, John Simpson Renwick's will states, "It is my will and desire
that all my pictures in frames shall be allowed to remain in the parlor
as long as any one of my descendants shall own the house."
Emma's wedding dress was made of cream colored alpaca. Her dress is still
in the family.