Sarah Mariah Cornell
DESCRIPTION: Reverend Avery seduces and then murders Sarah. He flees from justice, but is recaptured. Sarah's ghost (?) pleads for justice, warns girls not to be decieved by men, and asks for the listeners' prayers.
EARLIEST DATE: 1845 (Journal from the Sharon)
KEYWORDS: homicide clergy seduction betrayal trial escape
FOUND IN: US(MA)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 156-158, "Sarah Mariah Cornell" (1 text)
Thompson-Pioneer 66, "Sarah Maria Cornell" (1 text)
Cohen-AFS1, pp. 63-66, "Sarah Maria Cornell" (1 text plus a photo of a broadside with two pieces about her)
NOTES [41 words]: Huntington can find no other versions of this song, which I usually take to indicate that it is not traditional. But I feel sure I've seen it somewhere else. And it wasn't from the version in Cohen, which had not been published at the time. - RBW
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