Legacy's Promise

Legacy's Promise

    A work of Historical Fiction but based on historical fact and the actual lives of the author's ancestors. A most interesting look into plantation life as it was in Colonial America. Told by a Master Storyteller.

 

    Finding a husband in mid-eighteenth century Maryland was simple, but finding true love tested the resolve and resilience of young women. Women like Mary Ann and Sarah faced vindictive and cruel attacks from unexpected sources that challenged their will to survive and to find happiness. These are their stories…this is their legacy. Mary Ann’s story begins in the churchyard of St. Paul’s Parish, Baltimore County, Maryland, at the freshly dug grave of her husband, Philip Johnson, where she and her three-year-old son William grieve alone. The overwhelming sense of loss and hopelessness that enveloped the young widowed mother threatened her very existence and that of her son. She felt empty and defeated, and the future held no hope. It was then, at her darkest moment that John Hayes, a wealthy, but unpredictable, and sometimes volatile older man, came to her rescue. She was fearful of his motives, but felt helpless to resist. Over time, her life at the Mt. Hayes plantation became routine, if not always comfortable, when unexplained and sinister events disturbed any sense of tranquility. The uneasiness increased dramatically when Mary Ann accepted Hayes’ proposal of marriage and faced resentment and open hostility from his daughter, Avarilla. The hatred Avarilla felt toward Mary Ann became even more extreme after the death of Hayes. Newly widowed Mary Ann was embarrassed that she had for some time, felt an attraction to a handsome widower who lived nearby. Thomas Harris had purchased land from Hayes and had provided assistance to her with her son’s education. Despite her persistent feelings of guilt regarding feelings for the dashing neighbor, she couldn’t help embracing the fact that life held promise after all.

    Sarah, youngest daughter of the widower Thomas Harris first met William Johnson when he came to their plantation to attend sessions with her brothers and their tutor. Overtime their friendship developed into love and the two were married. After receiving Mt. Hayes as a wedding present the couple soon found that an evil presence had once again taken up residence in the manor house. That presence not only frightened the residents, but also threatened and carried out murderous acts. These attacks eventually caused Sarah to fear not only for her life and that of her family, but also to question her own sanity. Through the efforts of her older sister, Rachel, Sarah was able to find comfort and peace in a new found faith. Yet, there seemed to be no end to the sinister presence that appeared when least expected and without warning. It was, however, the unexpected revolt by her eldest son, Will that caused the greatest pain. But as in most situations, resilience, perseverance and time will heal all wounds.

 

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