Born With a Veil: A True Ghost Story

Updated on May 18, 2016
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Jules Corriere is a playwright and theater director, having written over 40 plays, one of them performing at the Kennedy Center in D.C.

A True Ghostly Tale From Northeast Georgia

One day, while gathering stories in northeast Georgia, in a town called Lavonia, I met a woman named Linda Barnes. She's a leader in her church and community, and I was hearing stories from those areas of her life when suddenly she stopped, looked at me for a long moment, and said, "You are someone I can tell this to." A change came over her, she softened from her strong leader voice into a more hushed, even reverent tone, and she opened up to me about her life, and being raised by her grandmother. Her grandmother, whom we would refer to as a midwife today, was known then as the medicine woman. Her grandmother was gifted in many ways, and Linda went on to tell me about one mysterious day when she, herself, discovered a gift she shared with her grandmother. A gift they would not speak about for many years, and only, in special circumstances, does Linda even talk of it today. I count myself privileged to have heard, and been given permission by her to tell, this true story.

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I Was Born With A Veil On My Face

That's what my Grandma called it.

She's the one who raised me. She was a kind of a medicine woman. She took care of folks—black and white. I went with her all over these parts. It was on one of these visits that she told me about the veil. We were walking home, and she got ahead of me. I saw something: a lady, a real fancy dresser. My mother was a fancy dresser too, so I thought it was her walking down the road, so I ran to her and called out to her,

"Mama! Mama! Over here!"

I called out her name, but she kept going. Then my Grandma turned around.


"I'm going to meet Mama!"

"No, Fanny! Come here now."

I knew by the sound of Grandma's voice that I needed to come back. All of the sudden, the fancy dresser turned and disappeared. Grandma and I walked a long time, maybe a mile, before talking. Then she says, "Let's rest our feet here."

And I ask her, "Grandma, why wouldn't you let me go to her?"

"She isn't who you think she was. And this is not the right time of day to be walking with spirits."

"You mean she wasn't real?"

"Oh, she's very real. As real as you and me.

"She once walked and talked on this earth, like we're doing right here. But she's on the other side of the veil now. Most times, they just want to be remembered. They show themselves and that's that. Sometimes, they need to pass on some news to people on this side. But every once in a while, there's one that wants something more. That lady probably just wanted to be remembered. But I don't want you walking with a spirit when the time's not right. She shoulda known better. That's why I called you back."

I thought about this, and then asked Grandma, "How did she know I'd see her?"

And Grandma tells me, "You were born with a veil on your face. I was, too. You were born with a half veil. That means you can see things—people and ideas that used to be. I was born with a full veil. That means I see things toward the future."

And some things that I used to wonder about started making sense. "So that's how you know if someone you're helping is gonna get well or die, like you said Mrs. Jones probably isn't gonna make it."

And Grandma is quick to correct me.

"No, honey. Only God knows those things—what I see is more patterns and pictures.

"Take Mrs. Jones. If the pattern stays the same, if the weather stays damp and cold, and the cracks in her floor aren't covered, then that cough is gonna settle in her lungs. She'll be too cold to get up and move it out of her lungs, and then the pneumonia's gonna take her. Now, if that pattern changes, she's got a chance. But when we tended her, I saw her in her wedding dress. There's only two occasions a woman wears that dress- when she gets married and when she gets buried. And Mrs. Jones is already married."

"Will I see the future, too?"

"No. The half veil sees the present and the people from our past."

"Too bad. I wish I could see the future."

My grandmother hugged me. It was my signal to know she was done talking. We'd walk that road together many times over the years to come. We'd walk it for Mrs. Jones' funeral. We'd walk it after grandma delivered a set of twins, and I got to help. I've seen a lot of things going down that road, though I never saw the fancy dresser again. One of these days, I'm sure I will.

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      Arnelious Arland Hanson 2 months ago

      I was born with a Vail over my face as a baby and my mom told me when I got older in life and I see thing and can fill when spirits are around me

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      Joseph 2 months ago

      I to was born with a veil over my face. I seen many things as a very young kid. Most was plain evil. At 54 years old,I don't see things like that now,but,I have a very strong feeling of something bad is gonna happen. Or,I see things in my dreams which is as bad.

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      4 months ago

      Yes,it widely in my family on my grandmother side and my grandfather side,all my kids and grandkids too! My mother and grandmother always told me I was born with a veil over my eyes, we'll I've seen so much over the years I don't know where to start. I even dreamed my husband death a week before it happen. Also my mother's death,and grandmothers.its really fascinating and scarey at same time

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      R Hart 5 months ago

      I was at the Oak Ally Plantation in Vacherie, La touring the the big house. While touring, i asked the tour guide where are their slave quarters and she replied that they were torn up in a hurricane. I said ok. At the end of the tour i was the last one to exit, but i turned around for one last look at the beauty if the house and i saw a girl dressed in clothes that looked like slave clothes and she said, "Did they show you the slave room, i said no, she then becked for me to see it. We entered into a small room that had list of names in a frame, even my family name frim Iberville parish, not far from there. I told her that and reached out to touch her, but she drew back so i didn't. I thanked her but i have to go. When i git outside i told the lady who was selling lemonade what i saw and she saud no way because there are no black people working in the big house. She then called one of the tour guides to confirm what she told me and the quide confirmed. I always wanted to go back but no one would go with me.

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      Steven Bradshaw 5 months ago

      I am 69 years old and was always told by my mother, that I was born with a veil over my face,and that I could see things that others couldn't see. All my life I have been able to know when people were going to die, saw Ghost, could know the future, but until about a year ago,I really didn't think to much about it, I decided to look up the meaning of being born with a veil over my face. Now I understand more clearly about events in my life, Finally I am able to come to understand what being born with a veil over my face really means.

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      wro56wro 19 months ago

      I was born with a veil covering my face. and I have had precognition all my life.

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      cindy 2 years ago

      I to was born with a veil, as was my great grandmother, grandmother, mother, myself, and my oldest daughter I'm sure it goes further back that's just all I've been told. We are/were very intuitive, and have a sort of dejavu for lack of better explanation. My family (on my mother's side) originated from Ireland

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      InnaLeigh 2 years ago

      My maternal family roots go back to Fort Valley, Georgia... And my Great Aunt was the first person to tell me about people that were born with a veil, and how those who were could see spirits, were highly intuitive and very spiritual beings. This has proven this Southern superstition to be factual, as I have always knew. The more people share, the more we know.

      Great article and stories.

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      Claudette Floyd 2 years ago

      I was born with a full veil. This was what my mother told me. I have seen spirits and felt the future being changes. I also had a great grandmother who was a midwife. These ESP powers came from my Mother side of her family. I do not understand them ,but these power do exist in me.I would love to talk to other who understand this power.This is true story.

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      dyernecessities 3 years ago

      My father was born in 1931 at home in Scott County, Virginia. One of a set of fraternal twins. He was born with a veil and it is true that he could see the future.

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      atte37 4 years ago

      i have had a few moments with spirit in my life but one of the strangest was when my husband and i were house hunting, and we found this cute but older home so we decided to have a peek in the window we got out of the car and went on the porch to look in and the door was opened by just a crack, so my husband said lets just go in and look see if we like it,well we did and it was nice but needed some work. keep in mind the house is empty nothing inside at all and i went to the living room i could feel the presence of an elderly lady just sitting in a chair looking at me wondering why i was in her home and she seem to follow me to every room just a few paces behind me and i could feel her question "why are you in my home" but when i got to a back bedroom the feeling turned into a get out feeling and so we did. we left and i said it needed too much work for me to like it.i didn't say anything to my husband and i just kept thinking of her for about a month and then i said to him remember that house we went in and he said yes i said do you know why i didn't want it and as cool as a cucumber he says: was it the old lady in the chair? i flipped out and said you seen her? he said she was strongly wanting us out of her home. i just couldn't believe he had seen it too,so i did some digging and did find out there was a woman that lived in the house alone for a long time and did die there. just amazing because i know she is still there even if it is in spirit. also the house still remains empty with no for sale or rent signs. just sitting there. i hope she is happy she seemed at peace she just wanted to know why we were there.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      In my late teens and early 20's, several other people and myself saw weird, hairy, monkey-like hands or paws or whatever you want to call them, scrabbling beneath the space between the floor and the bottom of the door that lead down to the basement of our family home. That is where my bedroom, my brother's bedroom, a games room and a bathroom was. We lived in North Battleford Saskatchewan at the time...definitely not a tropical area as Saskatchewan is smack in the middle of Canada and our winters are long and freezing cold. It is a small prairie city without zoos of any kind. This phenomenon was seen on more than one occasion and always witnessed by several others. I remember it occurring in the summer or early fall. It would be in early to mid evening, never really late at night. The hands were small, like a spider monkey's would be but somehow different... dark brown to black hair/fur with long jointed humanoid fingers and long dark nails. The small arms were visible from just below where the elbow would be...the forearms of the creatures I guess. They would reach under the bottom of the door and scrabble back and forth across the floor. There appeared to be two of them. They moved back and forth very quickly making scratching noises. It scared the hell out of everyone but when I would open the door nothing would be there. I know there were at least two creatures. Both times I saw them others people did too. Once it was me and three of my girlfriends and another time me, my little brother and three cousins. I was always the one to open the door. It took every ounce of courage I could muster to do so. Everyone would be screaming and freaking out. I felt compelled to calm them down even though I too was terrified. There was never any evidence of wild animals being in the house. No scat or destruction that would have occurred had wild animals invaded our premises. We had a dog and cat that most certainly would have reacted if wild animals were there. The creatures I saw...well, partially saw, felt "wrong". The experience was extremely frightening and had a sense of evil attached to it. I am wondering if anyone else out there has ever had a similar sighting . I am totally baffled by what we witnessed and know without a shadow of a doubt they were not wild animals.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      When I was 13, I had a crush on the eldest son of some old family friends. His name was Jose, and in my 13th year, he came to stay with our family for about 3 months. At 19, he'd fallen on hard times and was between jobs. He'd been on his own for a while and to a tender 13 year old, he was so much the adult. I don't think he ever knew I had the crush; despite our friendship I was always very shy, and he was a good guy. Anyway, he eventually moved on, or so I thought. On Halloween night when I was 18, I had to catch two buses to get home after work, and just had a creepy feeling. I didn't know why; Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! When I made it to the bus stop for the second bus, I was just scared for some unknown reason. I'm at that stop everyday, and its fine! But this night it didn't feel fine. I finally got on the rather crowded bus, and at the very next stop, My old crush Jose got on. I was never so happy to see someone but oddly enough...and in hindsight, we never touched. I was sitting in an aisle seat and he sat across from me, also in the aisle seat. We talked updating each other on our families since we've lost touch. He told me of his mothers illness, sister's pregnancy and brothers young marriage. Just before my stop, he got off. Three weeks later I was talking to my sisters and one mentioned running into Maria, Jose's sister. She started telling me updates on their family, and I said I knew all that; I said I ran inti Jose on the bus a few weeks ago. My sisters both looked at me like I had two heads, and my eldest sister said "Tonya, Jose's dead." I was shocked and asked what happened! She said he's been dead for five years; he was killed in a fight a few months after leaving our home. I'll always be gratefully to him for being there for me when I was frightened that night, but now I wonder what the other bus riders thought of me talking to myself.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      EeI was born with a veil and since a child Ive been able to see the furture slightly meaning some yrs ago I kept having visions of a car accident.I could hand on the dashboard and glass shattering but the outer figures of glass and hands.well I constantly had the same vision until one day two cars hit me and it was then that I knew it was my accident. The visions stopped after. I constantly have bad dreams, something or someone killing everybody and now I'm running For my life.I wake up heart beating fast in tears as if it was real life. My dreams r dark and sometimes non remembered after wakin

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was born with a half veil as well. Too many stories to tell here.


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      MariePalmer LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for sharing! Very interesting and I'm glad you use your gift in praise of God.

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      MariePalmer LM 4 years ago

      As a teen, I lived in a house that had evil spirits and ghostly images. I've seen many spirits since then but not as bothersome as the house when I was a teen. I recently read on an Indian sight that people with o- negative blood type have a tendency to see spirits or communicate with extra-terrestrial beings . Has anyone else heard this before? I am interested in more on that.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am 34 years old and for those that thik this is just an old folk tale or the untruth, then I am a livin witness that this is so. I am from Blakely, GA and I can tell you , coming up as a child I use to see things and wished I had not because I didn't understand my gift from God. It wasn't until I became a youg adult that my mom & grandma told me I was born with a full veil. I tell you one thing , its no joke, I honestly have to sometime aske God to certain situations around. I see things and I don't boast about it or make it known. I am a nurse and attend a Pentacostal Church and when I tell you I have had people that were dying I knew and I would calll that family in to spend time . I was even asked a couple of times, how did I know & i just couldn't explain it because people would think I was crazy. I can go on & on & on but I have learned to give God alll the glory and accept this gift he has blessed me with & patiently waiting for him to show me what he need me to do with it. So I know exactly what she is saying. My grandmother was also born with a full veil. I can say not everything we see be for he good because evil spirits do present itself.

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      @anonymous: Wow. What an amazing story! I'm so glad you shared it with me. There truly are mysteries out there.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am always having strange dreams, when I wake up I seem to know names places and even know what my dreams mean, this was my dream only last night which I relayed to my best friend when I woke this morning.

      It was not day but wasn't night and I enetered my best friends house we said our hellos and her son was standing there with a baby girl so I went over and said, well introduce me then! he told me her name and I held her and said the usual hello baby talk, then in the strange light the babys face (lower cheeks) was covered in calligraphy writing it looked like tattoo ink, at this point I knew that I was the only one that could see the writing, I could make out some which said in loving memory. When I woke up I knew and I don't know how I know but this little baby girl was born with a veil on her face and the scary thing is I will be meeting this baby for the first on the next visit to my friends.

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      anaisfraiche 5 years ago

      Yes I have encountered a ghost/spirit when I was in my teens and I think I gonna write a lens about it :)

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      thank goodness i have not but i felt my grandma touch me.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      A few friends and family members have told me about seeing a ghost. They are all creditable people and I believe they are telling the truth. I have never seen a ghost myself but at times I thought I felt something there.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I've not had that experience but members of my family have felt the presence or seen someone who's gone. Quite interesting.

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      reasonablerobby 5 years ago

      I live in a housing development that was once the Nottingham (UK) Lunatic Asylum. Not far away is the old Roman Road the Fosse Way (now the A46). People have seen Roman Legion marching up the road. Also in the community you feel the presence of the inmates long gone.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      I have a ghost story or two from the city of York if you care to pass by that lens, but what I'd like to say is that my sister was born with a veil - I had no idea that it was significant.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      There was once my colleague was possessed by spirits, she know nothing about Japanese language but yet she can speak fluently in Japanese when she was possessed. It is hard to believe but it was real.

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      Joyce T. Mann 5 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      I loved this story. I have often experienced the presence of lost loved ones. THank you. Beautifully written.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very interesting and very spooky. Thanks for sharing.

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      yayas 5 years ago

      I have heard the expression many times that someone was born with a veil on their face. I've also known several people who have been told they were born with a veil on their face. In the south, it's an expression that is often un'erstood an' highly respected.

      I so appreciated your comment on my Levi Strauss Makes Pants page. I will always feel that I have succeeded in sharing the real story because of what you said. Thank you so much for that an' for your kind Angel Blessing.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I've felt a presence now and then, but never seen a spirit. This is a fascinating story and so well written.

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      helpmeetingneeds 5 years ago

      I was told that I was born with a veil, I have been searching for an understanding of what this is, for nowhere in the bible mentions it. Please if you have information I will like to hear more. I enjoyed this lens, thanks.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      I often feel I have seen something that can't be truly explained ... you have a great knack for story telling in a compelling manner that draws your reader inward.

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      LizRobertson 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this great tale. And happy International Women's Day!

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      I have never seen a ghost, but I have felt something I thought must be a spirit. It wasn't creepy at the time, but it was later, if that make sense. When my SIL was a teenager she saw an accident happen, in her mind like a vision, and then later they drove by it. It has always scared her.

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      N Beaulieu 5 years ago

      I'm glad you shared this story with us. One of my old college roommates swears her grandmother's ghost lived in her first apartment with her. She wasn't scared, she was comforted.

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      MariePalmer LM 5 years ago

      I love your lens. I had a friend who's father was born with a veil on his face. This is the only other time I've heard this saying being born with a veil on their face.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      You're a wonderful story teller...and I love ghost stories! :)

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      TravelDiaries 5 years ago

      Wow.....fascinating! Super cool lens!

      I have seen a "ghost" before. Also I have a friend that sees them constantly and she tells me I am surrounded by "kids" all the time.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      interesting ghost story; need more.....

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      arperinos 5 years ago

      wow ! Please post more stories like this one. excellent !

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Fascinating ghost story; enjoyed it very much! What an awesome gift this woman has!

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      David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      I've seen ghosts, and I believe they are with and around us all the time, just not always available to us in our limited three dimensions. Not available does not mean not effective.

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      Aquavel 6 years ago

      Fascinating lens! I believe your storyteller. I've been told a great many stories. Once in a while I know one to be true.

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      Great story. That is the first time I had heard the expression, "born with a veil". I have a few stories of my own, and from others, on my lens "Haunted Hawaii-Spirits of the Pacific". *Squid Angel Blessed* This lens has also been added to My Squid Angel Blessings 2012 to the "Holidays & Celebrations » Halloween » Halloween Magazine" neighborhood.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Nice story. As a spiritual person with memory of my reincarnation spirits are quite possible but then again there is always something we need to know that the one Spirit of the Universe might be trying to show us. In that case we see it the way we expect to.

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      SunnyDLite 6 years ago

      Wow! This story was amazing! Growing up I lived in a haunted house, but then I was too young to realize what was truly happening. Once I became an adult, I was given the gift of seeing "spirits." I sometimes see "spirits" right before someone in my life passes away. At other times, I simply feel a presence of a spirit. Hearing the term veil over one's face was very intriguing to me. Great story! Thanks for providing such interesting reading material!