Georgia ghost stories are told far and wide. Even the New York times reported on Georgia ’haunts’, or ‘haints’ as they called the spirits in the old days. Haints of Berrien County include ghostly sawmill men and the Lantern Man of Ray City. From the 1850′s to the 1890′s, Georgia’s ghosts were found in the press and literature of America.
“Haunted!”said I; “Do people here [in Georgia] really believe in ghosts?”
“Yes,” said the landlord, “There are thousands, both in this state and South Carolina, who believe in them as firmly as they believe in anything. The old time people all believe in them.”
– in The Roving Editor, James Redpath, 1859
One Berrien County, GA ghost story concerns the ghost of murderer Ben W. Furlong. The Furlong story may not be specific to Ray City History, but more information on the subject would still be interesting.