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The Lost Children of the Alleghenies

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In April of 1856 seven year old Joseph Cox and five year old George Cox wandered away from their parents home in Spruce Hollow, Pennsylvania and perished due to exposure. A few nights later Jacob Dybert, a farmer living on the other side of Blue Knob Mountain, had the the first of three identical dreams. For three nights in a row he dreamt that he was walking through an unfamiliar section of forest and found the bodies of the boys at the foot of a tree. Compelled by his dream Jacob and his brother in law retraced the steps that Jacob had taken in his dream. Remarkably they found the boy’s bodies where they lay huddled beneath a tree.
In 1901 local residents erected a memorial in the forest where the children were found. Some people say they can sometimes hear the sound of children playing in the woods near the Cox Monument in Pavia.

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