Boo! Bells and Coffins

05 Oct

Did you know that around 1829, they had bells attached to coffins?  I didn’t either until I stated doing some research.  You’ll never believe what those little bells were for.  Evil snort.  People in this time often got smallpox, diphtheria and cholera and doctors hastily pronounced they were dead and signed death certificates.  Sometimes they did this without even seeing the bodies themselves – just by the word of family.  Medical procedures were nothing like they are today.  Often with such, people were buried and and would wake up in a casket – shivers – the fear of that!  Patents were put out on caskets that had a hole drilled the coffin through which a chord was run that would be attached to a bell that was mounted above the grave.  The chord handle was placed in the ‘dead’ person’s hand just in case they ‘woke up’ from the dead.  They could ring the bell in hopes that someone would hear above and dig them back up.  It was an unfortunate time to live through, you think?


Posted by on 10/05/2017 in 31 Days of Spook, Bacon


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24 responses to “Boo! Bells and Coffins

  1. Mae Clair

    10/05/2017 at 12:45 pm

    I’ve heard of this before in some of the research I’ve done.
    Horrid times. Makes me shudder just thinking about it!

    • Piglove

      10/05/2017 at 1:49 pm

      I know! Thank goodness we are in a time where we don’t have to worry about these things. Well I hope so anyway – LOL XOXO – Bacon

  2. Tails Around the Ranch

    10/05/2017 at 12:56 pm

    Gotta wonder how many folks were literally saved by the bell?

    • Piglove

      10/05/2017 at 1:49 pm

      Oh snorts! You are right though. Can you imagine?! XOXO – Bacon

  3. speedyrabbit

    10/05/2017 at 1:13 pm

    eeek gruesome,xx Speedy

    • Piglove

      10/05/2017 at 1:50 pm

      I just can’t imagine back during this time and this happening to someone. Shivers. XOXO – Bacon

  4. Kinley Westie

    10/05/2017 at 2:28 pm

    Momma had heard about dat before.

    • Piglove

      10/05/2017 at 5:07 pm

      Scary isn’t it my friend? XOXO – Bacon

  5. Amy

    10/05/2017 at 2:43 pm

    *shudder* I have always had what I felt was an unreasonable fear of being buried alive. That’s why I want to be cremated.

    • Piglove

      10/05/2017 at 5:08 pm

      Oh my goodness yes! Mom wants the same. I shiver just thinking about it as well. XOXO – Bacon

  6. Sheila Englehart

    10/05/2017 at 4:21 pm

    I wonder how many people they actually dug back up. And if they punched the guy with the shovel after he opened the lid.

    • Piglove

      10/05/2017 at 5:11 pm

      OMP – I could just see someone doing that too. I just can’t even imagine being buried alive. Oinks and snorts! XOXO – Bacon

  7. katsrus

    10/05/2017 at 7:05 pm

    That is too creepy.

    • Piglove

      10/06/2017 at 10:13 am

      It really is. I’m so glad we don’t live back in those days. XOXO – Bacon

  8. CarolMaeWY

    10/06/2017 at 1:02 am

    Oh my dog, how awful. I’m glad I live in a more enlightened age.

    • Piglove

      10/06/2017 at 10:15 am

      Amen to that my friend. XOXO – Bacon

  9. tmezpoetry

    10/06/2017 at 1:34 am

    It’s horrible that I’m chuckling about that. Nervous laughter about the thought up waking up in a coffin? Perhaps. It is really interesting to read though.

    • Piglove

      10/06/2017 at 11:15 am

      This is so true. Back in the day, it would have been a horrible experience to go through. We look at those days with such mystery. We would never think of it happening to us today. So strange… Snorts nervously as well with you. XOXO – Bacon

      • tmezpoetry

        10/06/2017 at 11:20 am

        Well today it is people who woke up at the morgue. In some cultures without embalming procedures… at their own funeral.

      • Piglove

        10/06/2017 at 1:22 pm

        OMP! Can you imagine?! Will you do me a favor dear friend. At my funeral, will you stand at my casket and sing Pop Goes the Weasel? Come on, I know you laughed and you want to, right? XOXO – Bacon

      • tmezpoetry

        10/06/2017 at 3:03 pm

        Lmao ……you go it 🙂

  10. Nylabluesmum

    10/06/2017 at 1:28 pm

    Mee-yow what a story Unccle Bacon! Fank Buudha Kat sumone came uppy with thee bell idea!!!Scary timess fur sure….. **shivurrsss**
    **paw patsss** neffkitty Siddhartha Henry xXx

    • Piglove

      10/06/2017 at 1:31 pm

      I know! Can you imagine how many people that didn’t have the bell to ring? Shivers. XOXO – Bacon

      • Nylabluesmum

        10/07/2017 at 12:33 pm

        LadyMum sayss many peepull suffycated inn coffinss!! Berry pawfull way to die Unccle…


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