HAUNTED MICHIGAN: The Ghost of Minnie Quay
The Hauntings of Minnie Quay are famous throughout Michigan's thumb area and is one of the more well-known & favorite spots of paranormal investigators.
Minnie was born in May 1861. The Quays lived in Forester, a Michigan port town that hosted many sailors who put ashore. Minnie, only 14 years old at the time, fell in love with one of those sailor boys and immediately fell out of favor with the local townsfolk. They - along with her parents - did not approve of the carryings-on between a hometown girl and a man who's reputed to have a "girl in every port."
Her father forbid her to see this young man ever again, but in the back of her mind she was not about to quit...she would definitely sneak out to be with him the next time he came to port.
However, in the spring of 1876, the news hit the town of Forester that the ship her young sailor had been on got caught in a bad storm and sank to the bottom of Lake Huron. Minnie was shattered, her heart crushed, even more so that she didn't get a chance to tell him goodbye the last time he shipped out, most likely prevented by her father to see him off. A few days later, on Apr. 27, 1876 she killed herself by going to the town pier and jumping off into the cold water and drowning. She was only a month shy of turning 15.
An 1876 newspaper article reported the story:
"A young girl named Minnie Quay, about fifteen years of age, committed suicide by throwing herself into the lake from Smith's dock, at Forester, one afternoon last week. She was seen in the act of jumping by her little brother, who was on shore. A quick alarm was given, and men commenced at once to grapple for the body, but it was an hour before it was discovered. Her father is a mechanic in Smith's mill, and is highly respected. No cause is assigned for this rash act."
Buried in the Forester Cemetery, overlooking Lake Huron, the legend says Minnie has not rested in peace since. Her ghost has been seen walking the shoreline...her mournful cries of sorrow have been heard coming from the cemetery late at night as she still waits for her lover who will never come back....young women from Forester claim that they've seen the apparition of Minnie beckoning them to the waters as if inviting them to join her at the bottom; one girl went so far as drowning herself after saying she saw the ghost of Minnie drawing her into the water.
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Visit this paranormal paradise...there are other hauntings in the Forester/Carsonville area as well. The thumb area is FULL of haunted tales & legends!
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The cemetery address has been listed as 2631 N. Lakeshore Rd in both Forester and Carsonville, even though it's right there at Forester.