The central figure in the infamous "Greenbrier Ghost" legend, Elva Zona Heaster was born probably in 1873, though her tombstone says 1876. In the June 1880 Greenbrier County census she is listed as Elva Z., age seven, a schoolgirl, adding at least three more years to her life. The records of Greenbrier County indicate that she was twenty-two on November 29, 1895, when she bore an illegitimate male child, whose supposed father was an unskilled laborer named George Woldridge (Book 1, p.230, line 310). It appears that people guessed at ages, rather than keeping accurate account. From the dates on Zonaís tombstone, 1876-1897, it appears that she was twenty-one at the time of her death, not twenty-two, as her death certificate reads. Actually she was probably twenty-four.
Father: Jacob Hedges HEASTER b: 15 Oct 1847
Mother: Mary Jane ROBINSON b: 15 Dec 1849
Marriage 1 George WOLDRIDGE
Marriage 2 Erasmus Stribbling Trout SHUE b: ABT 1861 in Augusta County, Virginia
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