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The Story of Alice Flagg and Lost Love

Alice Flagg is a heartbroken ghost who wanders around looking for her dead fiancée. What happened to cause her to walk eternally?

Alice Belin Flagg

Alice Belin Flagg


Imagine being an impressionable young girl living in the 1800's, member of a wealthy plantation family, falling in love with a young man who is well beneath your station in life.

Imagine being torn between your true love and your family.

This is the tragic story of a lost, forbidden love in it's saddest form.

Whether you believe in spirits or not, this story will surely touch your heart.

It is a story of a young woman who is spending her afterlife wandering her home and gravesite looking for a lost engagement ring given to her by her one love.

This is the story of Alice Belin Flagg.

Alice Flagg's home

Alice Flagg's home

Alice Belin Flagg

Alice was a beautiful young lady brought up in a wealthy plantation family. Her birth on November 19,1822 brought much joy to the family. Her parents, Ebenezer and Margaret Elizabeth Belin Flagg took great pains to assure that she and her bothers and sisters were brought up in the most proper manner.

When Alice was still a young girl her father passed away. In 1849, her brother, Dr. Allard Flagg, opened his home and offered his protection to his mother and sister so she could continue her training as a future bride of a wealthy plantation owner. At the age of 16, she was being groomed to bring more wealth and prestige to her family.

At the time of her move to her brother's home, the Hermitage in Murrell's Point, South Carolina, she was reported to be a beautiful girl with auburn hair and sparkling brown eyes. She seemed to be a curious combination of a headstrong girl and a young lady who was well schooled in what was expected of her. She truly loved her family and knew what her duty was to them but she also wanted what she wanted.

Meeting her true love....

There are a few different stories of how Alice and her unsuitable love met, I will tell you about my favorite ones.

The first tale of their meeting says that one day Alice was out riding in the woods by herself when she came across a lumberman. They got to talking and one thing led to another and they planned a second meeting.

Alice knowing that her family would not approve, kept the meeting secret.

They other story that is popular is that she was in town shopping when she met her lumberman. Again, they seemed to click, so to speak, and arranged another private meeting.

Either way it appears that her true love was a lumberman. Unfortunately for both of them this is not what her family had in mind as a suitable future husband for Alice.

One meeting led to another, and another, and another. Soon these two people were deeply in love.

Alice, wanting to share her happiness with her family and believing that they loved her enough to allow this love match, arranged for her young man to call on her formally at her home.

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That's when things started to take an ugly turn.

The formal calling...

After meeting in secret for several months, and falling deeply in love, the lovers decided now was the time for formal call.

Somehow Alice's brother, Allard, got wind of it and met the young man out in the garden. Speaking to him briefly, Allard turned him away, and would not allow him to call on Alice.

Infuriated with the behavior of her brother and his treatment of her love, she continued to meet him in secret.

The couple soon became engaged and Alice accepted his rind and wore it on a ribbon tied around her neck. She knew her family who be furious with her if they found out, so she kept it hidden.

Off to boarding school...

Allard was furious at the thought of his sister loving a lumberman. He simply could not let this union happen. So, he gave it some serious thought and decided to sent Alice off to boarding school with her mother's blessing. The thought of Alice bringing a lumberman into the family was unthinkable.

The next thing she knew Alice was being shipped of to boarding school in Charleston, S.C. She was miserable. She pinned for her lumberman.

She tried to do the right things, go to balls, join clubs, meet the right people, but her heart wasn't in it. She grew pale and listless and soon became ill with a fatal illness.

The head of the boarding school got in touch with her brother with this alarming news. He traveled to the school and made arrangements for her to be transported home.

The trip home was damp and cold, adding to the severity of her illness. By the time she was home, she had fallen into a coma.

The lumberman...

There is barely any information about the young lumberman that stole Alice's heart.

It is said that his name was John Braddock.

It was also said that he was so stricken with grief that he could no longer live in the area that held so many memories of Alice.

He was not at the funeral and was never seen again.

He was a romantic kind of guy. It is said that he had a saying engraved inside the ring he gave to his love.

"Love never fails, John".

Finding the ring...

As we all knew would happen, Allard found the ring. The story about the finding of the ring has a few versions. As with the meeting I will tell you of two of the versions.

The first version had Allard finding the ring when her was treating her illness. He ripped it from her neck and threw it into the marsh.

Alice woke briefly from her coma. She clutched her neck expecting to find her ring and it was gone. She fell back into a come while begging for her ring to be returned. She never recovered after that, dying still tying to find her ring at her neck.

The other story has Allard finding the ring as they prepare Alice's body for burial. He snatched it off of her neck and threw it in the marsh.

Either way it is sad that she was buried without this ring that was so important to her.

She died in January 1839 at the tender age of 16.

The gravestone of Alice Flagg

The gravestone of Alice Flagg

The burial...

Alice was buried in a grave with a stone that only contained her first name Alice. Her brother was reportedly so angry at her for disgracing the family that her ordered that her first name and nothing else be etched on her stone.

Her first burial site is reported to be at the Hermitage. It was to be there temporarily until her mother could return form a visit to the mountains in North Carolina.

After her mother's return she was moved to the cemetery at the All Saints Church.

The ground around this plain tombstone of Alice's is bare. It is said that if you circle her gravestone backwards thirteen times you can summon her ghost.

On her gravestone you will often find flowers, coins, rings, and other little trinkets that people leave.

Soon after her death there began reported sightings of a beautiful young woman wandering in the graveyard looking down as thought looking for something she had lost. .The ghost is seen as a young woman clutching her neck as though reaching for her ring tied by a ribbon. She is wearing a white dress and seems to be searching for her ring.

There have been many reported sighting at the Hermitage on the stirs and in her room.

I hope someday she finds her ring.

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© 2013 Susan Hazelton


Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on November 26, 2015:

@peachpurple love isn't what it used to be, or so it seems. It was so romantic back then.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on November 26, 2015:

@tobusiness I love these stories too. I think that it's partly because they happened so long ago.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 25, 2014:

Wow a beautiful touching stoey, she really loved john, even after death

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 01, 2014:

This is really heart wrenchingly. I love these types of stories. I hope Alice will one day find her ring, so she can finally rest in peace. Beautiful and very touching tale.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on June 23, 2014:

Jackie Lynnley, mine too. I love reading about the lost love type of ghost story.

DreamerMeg I know what you mean. How sad that her true love was lost.

LeslieAdrienne I enjoy doing this type of article. I'm glad you enjoyed reading it.

Leslie A. Shields from Georgia on June 22, 2014:

Thanks.... for the great read!

God Bless you....

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on June 22, 2014:

Poor Alice! Nice hub :)

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 22, 2014:

What a great story! My kind of reading. Thanks for the entertainment.

Rebecca O'Reilly from California on January 27, 2014:

Loved it. Now I want to research and learn more. This is sort of an American Romeo and Juliet kind of story, isn't it?

oldiesmusic from United States on January 27, 2014:

How heartbreaking. :(

Whatever version this story has, in the end Alice died unhappy. I must say that her family is the reason for her death, somehow. They only thought of money and prestige than Alice's happiness. I hope the ghost of Alice finds the ring so that somehow her soul would really rest in peace. I wonder about the later life of her lover after her death. Really interesting piece. :)

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on January 26, 2014:

What a great story! I really enjoyed reading it.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on January 20, 2014:

FlourishAnyway, I like to leave no stone unturned when relating a ghost story. I often find there is more than one version.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 18, 2014:

Great story. I like that you've mentioned alternate parts of this sad legend. I would like to believe she is now at rest and happy in the everafter with him but she just wants her moment back. That lumberjack was a sentimental guy with that inscription. Sharing and pinning this. Voted up+++ too.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 31, 2013:

LastRoseofSummer2, I think she would have know. Hope she finds peace.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 31, 2013:

DexisView, it is sad. Hope the ring is found by her.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 31, 2013:

aviannovice, it does make you wonder. I too hope she gets help finding the ring.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 25, 2013:

Nell Rose, I like reading about these lose love ghost stories. As you said they usually have a few variations.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 22, 2013:

Eddy, thanks. I was captured by it's sadness.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 22, 2013:

DDE, I thought it was a sad romantic story. Poor Alice.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 22, 2013:

drbj, I found the story interesting but I really disliked Allard.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 19, 2013:

An interesting story of Alice Flagg and Lost Love how beautifully thought of and you did it so well.

LastRoseofSummer2 from Arizona on August 12, 2013:

This story is very sad and beautiful. Maybe John found the ring at some point...but then again I suppose Alice would somehow know this and would be at peace.

Thanks for a great Hub!

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 12, 2013:

Karen, it was the romantic in me that attracted me to this story.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 12, 2013:

always exploring, it is sad. Unfortunately, that was the way it was back then. Now that I think of it, it is still that way with some people.

Dexi from New England on August 10, 2013:

What a tragic love story. Rings exchanged between lovers are very symbolic of that love.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on August 10, 2013:

Amazingly, even the Royal Family has allowed common sense to prevail, and not allow petty family "values" to get in the way of love. I hope someone can make it to the gravesite to assist Alice in her quest to find her ring. Things like these cause the dead to wander forever, betwixt and between rest that never comes. Well done!

Nell Rose from England on August 09, 2013:

Love this story, a good ghost story always seems to get a couple of variations on the theme, but its still sad, hope she finds her ring, voted up and shared across!

Eiddwen from Wales on August 09, 2013:

Interesting and haunting Peggy I loved it and voting up.

Enjoy your day.


Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 09, 2013:

Alice Flagg and Lost Love very interesting and definitely something I had less knowledge of you approached this hub with great effort.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on August 08, 2013:

A popular ghost story with a semi-sweet love affair included - that's like a twofer - two for one, Sue. But I liked Alice; hated Allard.

Karen Hellier from Georgia on August 07, 2013:

Oh this is a very sad story. As a hopeless romantic I had been imagining a happier ending. Thanks for sharing though. It's nice to know true love has existed down through the ages.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 07, 2013:

Oh my, I loved this story, although it was soo sad. What a shame, putting prestige before true love. I would love to visit her grave site. Thank you for a most interesting story,,,,

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