“Stratton Mountain Tragedy”


A young woman and her baby are trapped in a cold blizzard. When they are found, the mother is dead but the baby alive; the mother had wrapped it in her cloak

Historical references

  • 1821- Death of Lucy Blake and her daughter Rebecca, whose fate is believed to have inspired this ballad


  1. Laws G18, "Stratton Mountain Tragedy"
  2. Flanders/Brown, pp. 27-28, "Stratton Mountain Tragedy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. DT 638, STRATMTN*
  4. Roud #5442
  5. BI, LG18


Author: Seba Smith (? -1843)
Earliest date: broadside (1843)
Keywords: mother baby death
Found in: US(NE)