Labadie Mansion

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City/Town: Copan
Location Class: Residential
Year Built: N/A
Year Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Johnny Fletcher

The story of Frank and Samantha Labadie is as ironic as it is haunting. The tale takes place in Copan, Oklahoma. We are not for sure when they were wed but considering the seven year age difference between the two, we are guessing in the early 1880s. But since there are no more Labadie relatives, we are not 100% sure. The story goes like this… Ever since the Labadies had been married they could not have a child. Both were heart broken but more so, Frank. Living with them was Enos Parsons, a loyal black slave who did not want freedom even after the civil war. The story goes in the winter of 1892, when Parsons was 46, he and Samantha Labadie had an affair which ended in Samantha being pregnant. By about April of 1893, Samantha began to show that she was with child. Frank rejoiced not knowing that the baby was not his. When the baby was born it was obviously black. In the end, Parsons admitted to the affair which caused Frank into a fury. Frank shot his 44 Henry Rifle one time killing Parsons. Frank dumped the body in a creek nearby. Some say the body never floated but sank right to the bottom of the creek, there where it lies today. When he returned to the house that night he told Samantha that he would send the baby down the creek. Then in the spring of 1935, Frank began to go absolutely crazy, saying that he was being haunted by the ghost of Enos Parsons. On April 1, 1935 Frank took out his colt house pistol, shot Samantha four times killing her and then killed himself with one shot. When the bodies were found, the sixth bullet was missing from the gun. When the house was searched, the 44 Henry rifle which he used to kill Parsons was never found. Now if anyone goes out near the Labadie mansion, people say they are haunted by the Labadie family and Enos Parsons. The ghosts of both Frank and Samantha haunt the mansion. Frank has been known to be very aggressive towards anyone who enters his home. Enos Parsons haunts the woods and the creek to which he was thrown, still holding the gun that was used to kill him. Shots have also been heard in the woods which cause the birds to strangely hover in the air above where the shot was. And if you look into the creek, you may just catch a glimpse of the Labadie baby that still haunts it.

UPDATE:
While researching this I did find an interesting site. It lists all cemeteries in washington county, and also lists the names of the buried. If you scroll down, you will see that Enos Parsons is listed, but classified as “believed to be buried here”. If a state run site states this, I think that it adds to the mystery. It truly is one of the best mysteries in the state.

Labadie Cemetery Site

And this is an interesting site regarding Frank Labadie’s family tree.

Frank Labadie Family Tree

UPDATE 2:
I found this information on Frank Labadie.

Coming to Oklahoma in territorial days, Frank Labadie has witnessed the marvelous growth of the state as its vast resources have been exploited, and in the work of development and improvement he has borne his full share through his operations as a farmer and lumberman and also in the oil fields. He was born in Miami County, Kansas, September 3, 1860, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Labadie, the former of whom was of French Canadian descent and spoke the French language fluently. In 1871 the family came to Indian Territory, establishing their home in the northeastern part of Osage County, where the father devoted his attention to farming, conducting his operations on an extensive scale. He was a native of Detroit, Michigan, and in 1851 crossed the plains to California, where he successfully followed mining, later returning to Kansas, in which state he devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits. During the Civil war he engaged in the bakery and confectionery business, in which he also won a large measure of success, and his demise occurred in 1892. He was a man of marked business ability and executive force, in whose vocabulary there was no such word as fail, while the methods which he employed were such as would at all times bear the closest investigation and scrutiny.
His son, Frank Labadie, was educated at the Osage Mission and on starting out in life independently he took up the occupation of farming, devoting his attention to the further cultivation and improvement of the home place of fifteen hundred acres, situated in Osage County. This he continued to operate until 1891 but is now concentrating his attention largely upon the lumber business, dealing in hardwood timber, although he still owns the original homestead, receiving large royalties from oil wells located on the property, while he also owns a twenty-acre truck farm near Big-heart, in Osage County. t He has inherited much of his father’s business ability and his interests are most capably conducted.
In 1884 Mr. Labadie was united in marriage to Miss Samantha Ellen Miller, a native of Illinois, and they have become the parents of four children: Lola, the eldest, is now the wife of A. M. Thurman and they have a daughter, Geneva; John P., who is thirty-four years of age, married Mary Margaret Lunney of Ohio, by whom he has three children: John Frank, Helen Vivian and George Sherman; George V. is a graduate of the law department of the State University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, having the distinction of being the only member of the Osage tribe to graduate in law with all of the degrees, and he is now following his profession at Pawhuska, in Osage County. He married Bessie Bruce and they have two children, G. V. and Cora Jean; Paul F., who completes the family, is also married and is now residing in California. All of the sons have attained the thirty-second degree in Masonry and are exemplary representatives of the craft, while the father is identified with the Elks lodge.
For fifty years Mr. Labadie has resided in Oklahoma and personal experience has made him familiar with the hardships and privations of life on the frontier. While living in Kansas in 1867 all goods were freighted in from Kansas City, and he often relates many interesting experiences of the early days, his memory forming a connecting link between the primitive past and the progressive present. The spirit of the father has descended to the son and the vital and forceful personality which energized his nature is kept alive in the subject of this review, who has lived up to worthy standards and carried on his activities along progressive lines.

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lynjo
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lynjo

well there are Labadie's that live in Pawhuska.Why do u guys go ask them? And stop all the guess work?

logan
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logan

I need the people's # who own the mansion, or their email. My team and i want to do get some evidence their as our first attempt. My email is medwards25@uco.edu

gary
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gary

I grew up in copan and went to the mansion several times. if youre looking for paranormal activity you wont find it. Im writing a book on the labadie house that covers the legend and my own personal experiences there.should be with some luck be in print next year.

Logan
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Logan

I would love to checkout the Pretty Boy Floyd hideout… Is there any spirit activity there?

joe
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joe

my team and i are going to get our own evidenceB)

gary
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gary

you and your team wont find anything but an old house and a barn. be careful though there have been reported sightings of horses in the area. been there countless times, and have never seen paranormal activity.it was though an interesting place in the eighties. good luck happy halloween

Kathy
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Kathy

I went to Labadie house last night with a group of 8 of my friends…We all died.

Jim Bob Joe
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Jim Bob Joe

Interesting!

Mason
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Mason

If you like this you should check out cry baby bridge, the bridge is over the creek where the baby was rumored to be dumped. If you go out on the bridge and chant, "cry baby cry." You can hear the baby crying. I myself have personally heard the baby cry twice.

Chuck Reading
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Chuck Reading

We have a booklet titled AMERICANISM and written by G.V. Labadie in 1943. The booklet also mentions a Lt. G.V. Labadie, Jr. stationed at Ft. Bliss, TX just prior to transferring overseas. Do you know if these Labadies are related to the Labadies of the mansion? If they are, do you know where we might learn more about them? Thank you for your consideration of our request.

Kayla and Ryan
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Kayla and Ryan

In another note to what BartlesvilleCouplein30s said about the cemetary on the way to Barnsdall that is in fact called Jesse Creek Cemetary there is a sign right out front stating this because the headstones that are surrounded by concrete with stairs leading to them are there. Kris is right the Labadie mansion is on the 2 mile right before you hit Copan. And the Labadie's headstones are located in a small family cemetary just a little ways north of the hill that you have to walk that leads up to the mansion. Names, Dates and all the proof without… Read more »

Logan edwards
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Logan edwards

I would love directions to the labadie mansion and a number, if you know, for the people that own it… I want my team to go there and stay the evening. Thanks

jeff
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jeff

my name is jeff, i live in ca. last night i had a dream about franks land in oklahoma, i googled you to find it. i did not know this existed till this moment. there was also something about three thousand six hundred some odd dollars.

Kris Johnson
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Kris Johnson

To clear up the error made by "BartlesvilleCouplein30s", the Labadie Mansion is NOT located west of Bartlesville going toward Barnsdall. Yet it is not it Copan, Copan is the closest town nearby. The mansion is located in Osage county, not far from the Mullendore Cross-Bell ranch off US Highway 10 going west toward Hulah lake from Copan. I would probably refute the fact that they gained actual evidence of paranormal activity from a place that they have absolutely no idea where it is located.

logan
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logan

I and my team would love to go there and stay the evening. Could you give me some better locations? Thanks oh and if you know the owners we'd like their number/email so as to ask them if we can do this.

Stacy
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Stacy

Would love to go asap. Kris please email me asap at EmoOnyx@yahoo.com

Cody
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Cody

i can get my hands on some pictures if they still exist from about 8 or 9 years ago from the mansion that show real paranormal activity up there. contact me if you have permission to visit the mansion during the day. playinnthemud@yahoo.com

dannie
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dannie

what kind of pictures and where? i went there last night and someone followed us up the trail and back down

Kris Johnson
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Kris Johnson

I have found who owns the property and have wanted to conduct a paranormal investigation there for a while. I am from the area and have been to the house several times. Anyone who is interested contact me at Kris4491@aol.com

Angela
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Kris,
I tried sending you an email to let you know that our team would be intrested in investigating this property but it didnt go through!But if you would contact us through our website (www.topic1.webs.com) or send us an email(topic_ghosthunters@yahoo.com) with another way to contact you, we would greatly appreciate it and we would love to set up an investigation of this property,Thank You!

Stacy
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Stacy

Kris,

I just moved to Dewey, OK from Florida

I was looking up haunts around here and I’m curious if you ever got to do an investigation I am very interested in seeing this place you can email me at doreme23@aol.com put Labadie Mansion in the title so I don’t accidentally delete it. Thanks, Stacy

Lott
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Lott

sent you an email asking if it is still possbile to access it past the road site (white) gate – i wouldnt mind getting up near it to see – we live up near Independence and camp around Copan occasionally – is it private property?

Stacy
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Stacy

I would like to know whom to talk to in order to get a permit to go up to the mansion to investigate it myself with a group to get evidance for ourselfs.

brandon
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brandon

is the mansion avalible for visiting with out the ride in a police car??

Kari Hosar
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Kari Hosar

I have researched this place for years. I discovered that at some point in time the family released a statement disspelling the “haunted” rumors. Apparently, the mansion in question was owned by Frank and Samantha’s son. They never resided there. It’s burning was an unrelated incident. Officially, Frank and Samantha Labadie paseed in their own seperate home from carbon monoxide poisoning. The link below contains this story as well as a few other local ledgends.

http://mix96tulsa.com/info/tulsahaunts.html#

Wolf
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Wolf

this link goes nowhere! ur a joke.

Zack
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Zack

The house that is currently on the property is very much haunted. I lived there for approximately two years. I will never return to that evil place. My Dog wimpers histerically in that house. Ive seen people, heard voices, footsteps, screams, objects moved, doors opened, slammed, lights… you name it. Thats only the house. The old "Mansion" is far from the house. I used to shoot at cans and things there. I never thought it was very exciting. The picture of the Labadie family that was taken in the twentys, okwueagle.com/…/Urban%20Legends/family-500.jpg In the backround you can see the porch. My… Read more »

dannie
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dannie

is there more buildings behind the mansion?i went there and i was followed and felt someone breathing heavily behind me on the way down?do you have pics of the house when it was more complete?

Roxanne
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Roxanne

Hi Zack,

I am compiling a book with hauntings thruout the west ( on the lines of Haunted Heartland). i would love to get more information on your experience that you had while living in the house.

Thanks
R.Stout

Kris Johnson
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Kris Johnson

I have since been to the Bartlesville Library and have searched the obituary archives. I don't see anything that goes back as far as Enos' death. If he was indeed an African Slave, his death might not have been recorded. But I have conducted extensive research at the library and have not found any proof of this person "Enos Parsons" ever living here. There surely would have been something that mentioned him if he was involved with Frank Jr. and Samantha Labadie, being that they died in 1935. I am trying to get a paranormal investigation of the place staged… Read more »

Kris Johnson
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Kris Johnson

Do you not think that it is possible that Enos Parsons, if he did in fact exist; might have been a slave for Susan Labadie? Their deaths (if Enos' is accurate), are not that many years apart.

AbandonedOK Team
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AbandonedOK Team

Yeah, I think that is much more probable. See if you can't take another trip to the library and see what if anything you can find.

Kris Johnson
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Kris Johnson

I'm going into Tulsa tomorrow…I will see if I can find anything on Enos Parsons. I doubt there will be any definitive information on his relation to the Labadie family, but I would be able to maybe find out where he is buried, cause of death, and actual year of death. Until next time…the mystery continues.

AbandonedOK Team
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AbandonedOK Team

lol….yes, the mystery continues!

gary
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gary

the civil war ended in 1865. if mr. parsons did pass away in 1893 that would mean he was still enslaved for twenty eight years after slavery was abolished.the us house of represenatives passed the 13th ammendment on jan 31st 1865. that doesnt prove he didnt work for francis and susan labadie it just proves he wasnt a slave. i grew up in copan and this legend. enos parsons name has been associated with the labadie house. what you must remember is back in the 1800s not all graves were marked so enos could very well be buried there.what suprises… Read more »

Kris Johnson
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Kris Johnson

I upon reviewing the Cemeteries database, I found the record of "Enos Parsons" who was believed to be buried there. There is no positive proof that he is actually buried in this cemetery unless there is a marked headstone. It also lists his death in 1893, which was 42 years before Frank and Samantha died in 1935. This would make it very hard for Mr. Parsons to shoot and kill Frank and Samantha. Enos might have been Susan's slave. Susan Labadie was Frank's mother. This would have been more probable. My Grandfather lives on the border of Washington and Osage… Read more »

AbandonedOK Team
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AbandonedOK Team

While researching this I did find an interesting site. It lists all cemeteries in washington county, and also lists the names of the buried. If you scroll down, you will see that Enos Parsons is listed, but classified as "believed to be buried here". If a state run site states this, I think that it adds to the mystery. It truly is one of the best mysteries in the state.
Labadie Cemetery Site

And this is an interesting site regarding Frank Labadie's family tree.
Frank Labadie Family Tree

Fiend
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Fiend

Thanks for the extra history on the place Kris. I never knew there were still some living relatives…

BartlesvilleCouplein
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BartlesvilleCouplein

So, first of all, this place is not in Copan. It is on the west side of Bartlesville on the road to Barnsdall. My husband and I had a hard time finding it. We had a TON of personal experiences, as well as video with sound effects only that are proved not to be animal. The pictuers we took are so WOW. I can't explain. some spirits are reflections of the past, but there is one little boy fully aware that I was there. The series of pictures show them clearly. A little girl under a tree, two kids sitting… Read more »

gary
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gary

the remainsof the house referred to as the labadie mansion reside nine miles west of copan. straight south of the crossbell { mullendore} ranch

ashlee
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ashlee

Hi, i am from dewey ok, and i constantly visit copan. I have seen the labadie mansion countless times. Now a friend of mine is believe it or not…possessed. The police have called the school to warn the kids to avoid going up there. But that never stopped him. I know it sounds crazy…but something terrible is happening up there. I firmly believe that we have awoken Frank Labadie. If u have any more information please contact me. Thanks – Ashlee

Friend
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Friend

She is totally right. I live in Copan and have ben out to the house millions of times. There is a crazy old man who lives out there and shoots at crazy teens who think the place is haunted. I have seen some wierd things out there and have heard some odd noises. But some people add on to the story, it is a scary place to go though. There are 3 unmarked headstones and they are still unknown today of whom is buried there.

tyler
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tyler

I have grew up around here and the crazy man is not crazy i know him very well he just dont like kids going up there and throwing trash everywhere and tearing everything up if people was respectfull he wouldnt care and he would not harm anyone and its not a public place its private property.

kathie
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kathie

Hi Tyler… does the gentleman who lives out there have a phone number that I could contact him to get permission to take some pics of the house. I do photography and would like to go out during the day and take some shots of it.

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