[NH] Hollis – Blood Cemetery & Abel Blood

The mysterious tale of Abel Blood’s ghost

Abel Blood's headstone
Abel Blood’s headstone (middle).

Abel Blood was buried at Pine Hill Road Cemetery in Hollis, New Hampshire, in 1867. His wife Betsy is with him. I’ve researched his personal history and found no obvious reason for him to haunt the cemetery. In the history books, there are no references that suggest the occult connections mentioned in local legends.

Abel Blood’s genealogy and the town’s history suggest that he was a very Christian man and lived a good, law-abiding life.

It’s possible that he haunts the cemetery… but, in my experience and from my research, it’s unlikely.

However, according to local legends, Mr. Blood’s headstone changes after dark. The finger on the stone that points heavenward during the daylight hours, moves. When the ghosts walk at night, the finger on the stone points towards the ground.

In fact, one of our Hollow Hill investigators led us to this cemetery, to see it in the daylight. He had been there once before, late one Halloween night, and he’d seen the famous headstone.

His response in the daylight was amazement, because he’d believed that Abel’s finger always pointed downward.

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The photos, above, are a simulation of what happens at Abel Blood’s headstone. (Illustration only. NOT a real photo.)

Note: The finger on the headstone was actually chipped off years ago. If you visit the cemetery, the outline of where the finger was–and part of the base–remains. However, this is old vandalism. You can tell by the lichen on the chipped-off area.

I visited the cemetery twice on 11 Oct 1999, taking a few photos for this website, not to capture anomalies.  I took 20 photos during the day and later at dusk, with a Kodak Advantix AF camera, using Fuji Advanced film, 200 ASA.

The photo below was taken at dusk. It has an orb towards the upper left corner of the photo.  The orb is faint, but it’s there.  (Click on the photo to see a larger version.)

I wasn’t using a flash with the camera, so that’s not a reflection from dust or moisture.  (It was a dry evening, anyway.)

Blood cemetery graves, Hollis, NH

Here’s my report from 11 Oct 1999:

The photo was taken at 6:30 pm. It was dusk and the sun had just set, behind me, but it was still light enough not to need a flash camera.

The cemetery is surrounded by farmland, currently an almost fully-harvested field of pumpkins. There was nothing in the area to reflect the scant remaining light of the day, or to create a reflection or lens flare.

This photo shows the oldest gravestones in the cemetery, mostly from the late 18th century and early 19th. I saw no orbs in real life, and only took the photos as an afterthought when something “felt odd” among those gravestones.

4 thoughts on “[NH] Hollis – Blood Cemetery & Abel Blood”

    1. To “a person”: Do you want sympathy or applause? Personally, I have traced my family tree back to the 1500s, and a few of them may be haunting (or revisiting) the sites that they enjoyed during their lives on earth. I rather like the idea that, in the next plane of existence, we can return to check on places and people we feel close to. If someone interprets that as a “haunting”… well, that’s one way to look at it.

      I choose not to buy into the commercial representation of ghosts and hauntings. When I work outside those confines, it seems very comforting that people (as ghosts or spirits) can return for a visit, now and then.

  1. I payed blood cemetery a visit tonight. i took several pictures over abel bloods grave. my friend was in them. nothing unusual in most of the pics. but the second pic i took had a little white glowing spot in it just to the right of abels grave. Me nor my 2 friends can debunk it for anything. its not dust on the lens. no reflection from the flash. There for i personally believe it was the spirit of abel blood. which i think is really cool!!!!!:p

  2. I visited the graveyard yesterday, February 24, 2019. My friend and I were able to find Able’s wife’s tombstone but Ables was missing, most likely by vandals. Someone has it stashed in their living room. Such a shame, but an interesting conversation piece to say the least!

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