Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Author: Erika Griffin
The legend of The Jersey Devil is about a woman who was pregnant with her 13th child. While she was pregnant, she said,”May this child be the devil!” Little did she know what would ensue after she gave birth. “…the Jersey Devil is said to have the head of a horse, the torso of a man, the wings of a bat, the legs and hooves of a goat, and a long serpentine tail.” (Jersey Devil)
One version of the legend states that it was born to Jane Leeds, who was married to Daniel Leeds. They lived along the Mullica River in the Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey. They had a large family of twelve children and when Jane was pregnant with her 13th child, she said “"Lord, I hope this one is not a child. Let this one be a devil!" (Jersey Devil)
This image portrays the Jersey Devil being caught on a deer cam on someone’s hunting grounds. This legend is very wide-spread throughout Southern New Jersey and surrounding states. There is a group of people who get together and try to hunt down the best (In the Wilds of New Jersey).
"Jersey Devil." Encyclopedia of New Jersey. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2004. Credo Reference. Web. 12 October 2012.
Barry, Dan. "In the Wilds of New Jersey, a Legend Inspires a Hunt." New York Times (1923-Current file): 1. Sep 08 2008. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times (1851-2008). Web. 17 Oct. 2012 .