Granny Coxey was a witch. At least, that was what some people in her "neck
of the woods" in the Missouri Ozarks thought. It could have been her
appearance, it could have been her laugh, or it could have been ----- well,
Catherine McCoy Wilson was walking home from a neighbor's and just before
reaching her house, Granny Coxey's dogs came from nowhere, attacking
Catherine, biting her severely. Jacob Nelson heard his wife's screams, and
came running. He chased the dogs away, took Catherine to the house, and
helped her treat her wounds. He then got his gun, and went to Granny's. He
shot and killed the dogs that had done such vicious harm to his wife.
Granny Coxey shook a finger at him, and replied, "You'll be sorry you did
A couple of days later, Jacob Nelson went to the barn to get his team to do
some work on the farm. The mare would not come out of the stall. He tried
coaxing, she didn't budge. He tried force to no avail. She wouldn't come
out, and, further, wouldn't eat. This went on for three days.
On the third day, Jacob Nelson was again trying to get the mare out of her
stall, when from behind him he heard Granny say, "I can get her out". Jacob
told her to try.
Granny went up to the mare, whispered something in her ear, and out of the
stall she came. She went straight down to the pond, got a drink, and fell
Granny gave her piercing laugh "Hee-hee-hee", and off she went.
He knew he would be in trouble but neither he nor Tom minded a spanking from
her. Suddenly his Dad grabbed him with one hand and took his little rope in
the other and gave him a spanking he would not forget. He said he never
again sassed his Mother without first looking to see if Pa was around!