People/Characters: Ellen Smith

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Death in North Carolina's Piedmont: Tales of Murder, Suicide and Causes Unknown by Frances H. Casstevens
Folk-songs of the southern United States (Folk-songs du Midi des Etats-Unis) by Josiah Henry Combs
Folksongs of Mississippi and their background by Arthur Palmer Hudson
Hear My Sad Story: The True Tales That Inspired "Stagolee," "John Henry," and Other Traditional American Folk Songs by Richard Polenberg
Native American balladry, a descriptive study and a bibliographical syllabus by G. Malcolm Laws
Old-Time String Band Songbook by Hally Wood Stephenson
Sang Branch Settlers (Publications of the American Folklore Society) by Leonard W. Roberts

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Ellen Smith: Murder victim in two different ballads, often known as "Ellen Smith" and "Poor Ellen Smith." The murder took place near Mount Airy, North Carolina; Peter Degraph (or De Graff) was convicted of the murder in 1893.


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