Grancer Harrison

William "Grancer" Harrison (1789–1860), aka The Dancing Ghost of Grancer Harrison, is the subject of several ghost stories about his alleged spirit seen dancing at his grave-site near Kinston, Alabama. The story was featured in the book 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey. Originally covered by a large wood-frame grave shelter, the tomb has been vandalized and rebuilt several times in the last 50 years, with the most recent vandalism at the cemetery in 2010. The tomb itself was last reconstructed in 2005. Harrison was born in the old Ninety-Six District, Edgefield County, South Carolina circa 1789. He came to Coffee County, Alabama sometime in the 1830s and established a large plantation near the junction of Cripple Creek and Pea River in an area just out outside of what is now Kinston, Alabama. The Harrisons' plantation was built on a high bank overlooking Pea River. Grancer and wife Nancy had several children. They included Elizabeth, Mary, Charlotte, James M., Frances, Sarah, John A., William A., Moses M., & Martha Jane. Grancer was a successful cotton planter and is said to have owned the largest number of slaves in the county.

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1860 at age of 71


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