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Thread #43672   Message #927492
Posted By: GUEST,Q
06-Apr-03 - 07:31 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Ballad of Frankie Silver
Sharyn McCrumb appended these words to the Ballad posted by Dicho from her book.
"A rumor was prevalent in Burke County that Silver wrote some verses which were tantamount to a confession of her guilt and read them while on the scaffold to the surrounding throng just before she was executed.
"The mind of Squire Waits A. Cook, a highly respected justice of the peace in the Enola section, was a veritable storehouse of legends and events of Burke County's earlier days. He told me that the verses Frankie had allegedly written were composed by a Methodist minister whose surname was Stacy.
"Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr., in 'Burke County Courthouses and Related Matters'."

McCrumb does not mention Brown's Folk Lore of North Carolina. Randolph mentions "Henry (JAFL 45, 1932, pp. 63-65) reports a long text of "Frankie Silvers" from the Appalachians and apparently regards it as a comparatively recent song, and remarking that Frankie was supposedly hanged in 1908." Was this about someone else or applied to someone else?

Was Frankie Silver literate?