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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Debbie Long
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Debbie Long

This story has gone on forever, no it is not true! It is my family's cementary and someone is always bring this up and making up stuff to add to a story that is not true to start with. The Labadie is my grandmothers maiden name on my mother side and has writen rebuttles for years about this story that usually come out in a ghost story around halloween. The house was burnt down from kids from Bartlesville partying up there and setting it on fire. They died in the house from gas fumes.

Bethany Barlow
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Bethany Barlow

So strange…I have never heard of ANY of this and I am related to this family. My great-grandmother is Nita Labadie (who married Ernest "David" Brown), my grandmother was Margaret Ruth ("Ruthie") Brown, my dad is Ernest Ray "Buck" Barlow…
What on earth? This is so strange!

KELLY
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KELLY

SO IM GUESSING SINCE THIS ISNT SOMETHING JUST ANYONE CAN SIGN UP FOR OR ON- ITS BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE WROTE STUPID CRAP ON HERE-I HAVE A LOT OF THINGS/PLACES TO TALK ABOUT-BESIDES LABADIE-MULLENDORE….OSAGE COUNTY IS FULL OF GHOSTS!!! IT IS INDIAN COUNTRY…HOLLER AT ME WITH A CODE AND EMAIL AND ILL TELL YA SOME STORIES OR WHO TO SEND YOU TO WITH INFORMATION 🙂

Lott
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Lott

its a good distance off the main road – just flew over it and identified exactly where it is (previous directions are spot on) – however from the air it appears there is a large gate blocking any kind of entrace to the road – almost like its private property – the gate is just off main road (white in color) if one had permission to go past that gate it looks like you could make your way back up towards the shell of a home!

Freda Mow
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Freda Mow

The Mullendore Murder case was actually written about in a book that has been out of print for many years. My parents have lived in and around Hulah Lake for years (since the 30's) and have a copy of the book. One thing is for sure: if the story isn't juicy enough to begin with, it will be embellished until it is juicier.

jan straessle
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jan straessle

So where is it located?

D. Cagle
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D. Cagle

By the way the house has been burnt down because of people going up there!

Pete
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Pete

I was there 6 days ago still there.

D Cagle
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D Cagle

The person who wrote this story is full of sh@#! I am sorry, yes I am a descendant from this line of Labadie's! People have told this story so much that it has just grown and grown. Frank and Samantha died from asphyxiation and it was not in that house that is posted. My grandmother was a little girl (this was her grandparents) and had visited them the night before and told her parents that they were really sleepy and it was really hot in the house. She and her cousin went back home and the next morning they were… Read more »

C Smith
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C Smith

Thank you for setting it straight D Cagle. This was my granddads house (George Labadie)..My mother was Cora Jean. Spent many a summer in Pawhuska groing up and never knew anything about this place. We got to take a private tour of it in in 2011.

clct
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clct

I am curious if anyone knows of and where any Labyrinths are in this and the surrounding areas? Appreciate the info, if u have any.

jehovahshalom
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jehovahshalom

DDoes anyone know about a or any Labyrinths in the area? High energy area?

jehovahshalom
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jehovahshalom

If anyone is ever out there again and can feel spirits or energies, I have a request. Will you please say a prayer, then speak to those unrest souls as if you wld someone was alive. Tell them abt Jesus&how to receive Him in their hearts, if they haven't already. And to go toward the light if their is one. And reassure them that He will return for them one day&its ok to rest in peace or go toward the light. This may seem silly. But, It makes a difference. I promise. You can be dead and lost. Just like… Read more »

Craig
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Craig

Would you mind not putting this garbage on here? Some people just want to have a little fun. If you think that needs done, then you go out there and do it!

Erika McCarroll
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Erika McCarroll

OK, this subject really intrigues me!! However, I am a sticker for facts, and this story falls apart. I went to the archives today and looked it up on Ancestry.com checking all the census dates, and it does not check out. in 1850, we have Enos Parsons as a 3 year old in Fayette, Illinois, living with his family, while Francis Labidie Sr. is all of 23 living in Wayne, Michigan. 1860, Enos is 13 living in Macon county, Illinois, while Francis Labadie Sr is living with his wife Susan, and they have a couple of farm hands helping with… Read more »

Erika McCarroll
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Erika McCarroll

I stand corrected. They did both die on April 1, 1935, an inventory by Ruby Cranor in 1970 shows an infant grave and that the infant belonged to Frank Labadie and Samantha Miller (no dates). There are also 2 graves unknown, remember that this cemetary had to be relocated because of the dam building at Hulah Lake. So it leaves some room for speculation….. It is possible that the baby belonged to someone other than Frank, but that they were polite about it. Also in the main part of the cemetary (apart from the Labadie plot) there are 9 unknown… Read more »

Erika McCarroll
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Erika McCarroll

Ok, I am related to Samantha Labadie (Miller). Hate to put a damper on a great story, but I have an obit from 1935 saying they both were killed on the train tracks!! I love the story though!! carterscat3@gmail.com

Erika McCarroll
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Erika McCarroll

I stand corrected, wrong people, sorry! I did however do a through search on this

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wolfrunner
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Ok, ok, that's all I can stand I've been all over the web watching almost every sight that taks about the Labadie house and now I will break my silence. my family is from Osage and Washington Co. I am part Cherokee. If you have lived around there any time you will recognize these names, Codding's, Tuttle's, Silver's thats my family. my dad was a Bartlesville cop and my first cousin was the sheriff of Washington county. And any body that say's that d@mn place is not haunted is full of s#!t! I'm over 50 and am a key-holder from… Read more »

michael schwartz
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michael schwartz

hey man i would like the story because im interested in going please email in to me at schnutz_87@yahoo.com
thanks

nan
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nan

my friends took me out there last night and it didnt freak meout till i saw the house..please tellme ur story about what really goes on out there

jim
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jim

grew up in Caney,Ks. Went there in 65/66 to scare our girl freinds and when we were walking out on the front steps the piano played. We went back inside and nobody there and didn,t hear anything. Ask all our freinds next day if theygrew where there to scare us and 2 this day nobody has owned up.

janie
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janie

can i interview you about this over email this week for a essay?

davona crane
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davona crane

hi i been there like a week ago and when i walk by the baby grave i heard a cry and then we went to the brige the cry got louder!!
then we went back to the graves and we heard a yell !!!

Justine
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Justine

My last name is LaBadie, from Pennsylvania, anyone with any more info please email me @ harley1105verizon.net

Nola Ross
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Nola Ross

it is spelled Labadie. the story I grew up hearing was that the Labadies were found dead sitting up in their chairs with the clocks all stopped at the certain time. this spooky place at night was the greatest thrill of my life. I am now 64

Nola Ross
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Nola Ross

and there are their graves at the top of the hill by the road with a fence around it. there are Labadies still in Pawhuska, I know them.

Bryant
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Bryant

today two of my friends and i went to this "place" and could not find it we saw the cemetery they were burried in but could not find the mansion we walked around for hours looking. someone wanna tell us exactly where it is

gary
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gary

the mansion, whats left of it is on the hill top one mile to the south east. there is a driveway one mile south of the cemetery on the left side of the road. follow that up to the y then veer to the left the road will take you right to the house. be warned the hill is watched constantly for tresspassers and the rightful owners carry rifles.

Kerrey
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Kerrey

We went all over that hill trying to find it. We even went to the owners house to try and ask permission to see it, were we on the wrong hill? We drove down the road where the cemetery is (it was on the left side of the car) and came upon a cattle gate a little ways down the road. Is this the hill? I swear we walked around for at least 3 hours and didn’t see anything. Please give us SPECIFIC directions other than “south and southeast” and stuff. This is the 4th time we’ve gone out there

Dani
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Dani

It took my brothers friends awhile to find it they said they started walking up the hill and eventually found it. They soon realized that somehow they walked past it a couple times so apparently you've got to look really close to find it.

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