“Three Girls Drowned”


Three young ladies, all Sunday School teachers, and a man named John Ash are on their way to church when they try to ford Gravel Run. The three girls are swept away and drowned, although Ash manages to survive

Historical references

  • 1849 - drowning of the three girls


  • Vernon Dalhart, "Three Drowned Sisters" (Brunswick 100, 1927) (Columbia 15126-D [as Al Craver], 1927)


  1. Laws G23, "Three Girls Drowned"
  2. Gardner/Chickering 123, "Three Girls Drowned" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. BrownII 210, "The Three Drowned Sisters" (1 text plus quotations from Gardner and Chickering)
  4. Roud #3257
  5. BI, LG23


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (recording, Vernon Dalhart)
Keywords: river death drowning
Found in: US(MA,MW,SE)