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Published:October 28th, 2012 17:05 EST
 The Haunted House of Samuel May Williams (1795-1858) in Galveston Island Is the REAL DEAL!

The Haunted House of Samuel May Williams (1795-1858) in Galveston Island Is the REAL DEAL!

By John G. Kays

With the most frightening FrankenStorm,  Sandy, brushing up against the Eastern Atlantic coast, and a national election just around the bend, that better resembles Hagerstown Turnpike (otherwise known as Bloody Lane) at Antietam; a, oh yea, Halloween is just a few days away, so ghostly spirits are stirred up to a maximum! In October of 2005, I visited Galveston Island, a town already haunted by the memory of pirates (Jean Lafitte) who hid-out there, and by the horrible hurricane of 1900, I dared to pay a visit to the spooky home of Samuel May Williams (1795-1858).

I studied up as much as I could on the history of the house and on the life of Samuel May Williams and his family, such as his wife, Sarah and their 6 children (who have interesting stories as well). I took a good number of photographs during my visit, but as the Captain`s Curse would have it, these ghostly pics are gathering mold in my Public Storage unit. That`s okay with me; that way they can`t scare the dickens out of me anymore! No matter, Wikipedia has a nice shot (in commons) that I`ll share with you, along with an image of Samuel May (may be a daguerreotype?), which can couple a visage with a rampage of spirit, that still whispers and echoes his secretive doings in Texas (he`s more alive now than ever!). 

Well, I don`t mean to be spinning cotton-candy, ala lying about seeing a ghost at this old house (they begun building it in 1839), but the more I thought about my visit during the Witching Season of 2005, the more I was convinced, this was a Real Spook House, not a fake haunted house. Some very dark energy trickles forth from this strange abode. I stood directly in front of the house, and could feel the negative field of energy wafting through my body with hot air of  `say bye bye boy!` I mean, I`m being metaphorical, I didn`t literally feel hot air, just more of a negativity generating forth. That`s no ghost sighting, I`ll admit!

This morning I boned up on what information is available on the internet, regarding this little known founding father of Texas. Biographical data on Samuel May Williams is a bit sketchy, but what we can learn on the history of the house he built is impressive and much more comprehensive. You`ll have to learn as much as you can on the house, which I will suggest, was practically built with becoming a future haunted house in mind! As for Samuel, or his myth that has been passed on to us, I might suggest, was couched in a grey area of shipping mercantilism, that would probably be illegal today. This is just a hunch, but I suspect some smuggling is implied here. 

Not that Williams was a pirate, or anything, but he seemed to have a monopoly on a portion of the trade that came his way; was the one to start the first bank in Texas, and may have been guilty of an age old deadly sin: GREED! He`s especially known for his parsimoniousness (stingy is probably a better word for him), which resulted in ungodly cruelty, where his bank would foreclose on anyone who faltered on a mortgage loan payment. I will suggest, the bad vibe emanating from the half Creole-plantation abode (the other half is a New England style architecture), was probably due to the grumpy and greedy, disgruntled (Samuel wants more and more money) spirit of a sea captain`s son, who`s ghost screams for more!

While I didn`t see any actual ghosts myself, you can read up on several paranormal incidents in a book by Alan Brown, The Big Book of Texas Ghost Stories, which has a small section on SMW and his (obviously) haunted house. On one occasion, even a psychic experienced fear in entering the house, since the energy was just too negative. I felt a presence of EVIL there, when experiencing the house in 2005. I betcha, the Galveston Historical Foundation was glad to get out from under it in 2007, since not that many visitors would dare pay to enter this spook house. SMW`s reputation as `The Most Hated Man in Texas` is probably the reason why! It`s the only Real Haunted House I`ve encountered in my life.