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Posted by daytonparanormal on October 11, 2009 at 12:27 AM Comments comments (8)

Photo of the grave of Johnny Morehouse taken by Brenton Buckner on October 10th, 2009.





In the 1860s there was a boy, Johnny Morehouse, the youngest son of John and Mory, who lived with them in the back of his father?s shoe repair shop. One day the five-year-old was playing near his home by the edge of the Miami & Erie Canal (which used to run along the present Patterson Blvd. in downtown Dayton near the library).


The boy accidentally fell into the canal water. His dog, playing by him, jumped into the water and tried to save him. He pulled the boy out, but not in time to save his life. The boy drowned and was buried in Woodland Cemetery. Legend has it that, several days after the burial, the dog appeared next to the boy?s grave staying by it morning, noon, and night. Visitors to the cemetery saw him and began to worry about his health. Some began leaving him bits of food. Passersby still bring small toys and other trinkets to decorate the grave marker to express their spontaneous outpourings of sympathy.


It is said that Johnny and his dog were reunited in the afterlife and their ghosts continue to roam the grounds of Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.


The cemetery shares a border with the campus of The University of Dayton. There is little more than a fence separating the cemetery from student apartments in many places. Over the years, many students have reported seeing the ghost of a little boy playing with a dog. Many more have reported hearing a dog barking from inside the cemetery. Legend says that one man was actually so sure he saw a little boy inside the cemetery that he actually called the police and they conducted a search of the grounds, but found nothing.


Is the ghost of Johnny Morehouse real or is this another urban myth? Are the multitude of sightings of the ghost of a little boy and a dog because the legend of Johnny Morehouse is already well established in the Dayton community or was the legend established because of the many sightings?


This is a fascinating story because Johnny was a real person and his story was indeed very tragic. He also had strong ties to his dog, family and toys. These would seem to be the kind of circumstances that most people believe could cause a spirit to linger on the earth.


Have you had an experience with Johnny Morehouse or his dog? Please tell us about it! I would love to hear from those of you who have lived near the cemetery.