The Mysterious Death of William Richardson: Kinship, Female Vulnerability, and the Myth of Supernaturalism in the Southern Backcountry

Moore, Peter N.
July 2003
North Carolina Historical Review;Jul2003, Vol. 80 Issue 3, p279
Academic Journal
Discusses kinship, female vulnerability and the myth of supernaturalism in South Carolina in relation to the mysterious death of Reverend William Richardson of the Waxhaws, a Scots-Irish settlement in the Carolina Piedmont, in 1771. Background on the Waxhaw settlement located in the Catawba River Valley along the North Carolina-South Carolina border; Speculation that his wife Agnes Richardson was the one who committed the crime; Reputation of the reverend.


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