This story is rare because it originates from an old folk ballad titled The Suffolk Miracle (a 17th century English folk ballad). The prose version of this story is said to be based upon the ballad and has been retold with many different variations over the years.
Once there was a couple that had a beautiful daughter, and they thought she was about the finest thing in the whole world. They took her to the city often and saw that she got to meet important people. They were sure that someday she would marry a rich man. This family was pretty well-to-do and had a big house in the country, with lots of people working on their estate, and they own the finest riding horses.
There was a young man working for them who was a good horseman. He could ride any horse on the place. Well, they got this young man to teach their daughter how to ride. They say she got so that she could ride just about as well as any man.
One day the girl came in home looking happy and laughing. And she said to her father, "Daddy, you know I like Jim." (The young man's name was Jim.) Well, they knew right away that the two young people fallen in love. So the father and mother talked it over, and they decided it would be a good thing to send the girls of the city to go to school and live with her uncle so that she would get over feeling for this farmer boy. The girl didn't want to go, but finally she had to give in. The city where the uncle lived was 300 miles away, and she was expected to stay there for at least a year.
When Jim Berg about it you thought he couldn't stand it, for he loved her so much he said he'd rather die than live without her. When he told her goodbye, he said he wished she had something to give her so that she would always think of him. "Just give me your handkerchief," she told him, "And always carry it with me." He gave her his best handkerchief, and as she was leaving she waved to him with it.
Well, after she left you grieve so much that he took sick and had to go to bed. There was nothing they could do for him that would get him out of that bed. In about two weeks he died. The people all around said that he died of a broken heart.
The girl went to her uncle's house, but she wasn't very happy because she was still in love with Jim. Many times she uses handkerchief to hold her tears. A year passed and she never heard anything from him. Then one night there was a knock at the door, and when she went to the door, there stood Jim. He told her that her father had sent him to fetch her back home. She hurried up and got ready to go, and he took her on the horse behind him. They rode almost as fast as the wind, and she held on to him. After a while he said, "I've got an awful headache." "Here, let and type his handkerchief around your head," she said. And she tied around his head the handkerchief that he'd given her. Then he turned around to her, and she kissed his lips. "My, Jim," she said, "Your lips are cold or than the clay."
He never said a word, but road on faster than ever, until before long they were back at the house of her parents. She got off and knocked on the door. When her father came to the door she put her arms around his neck and thanked him for Cindy her lover to fetch her back home. "Your lover!" The father exclaimed, "Why, that man has been dead for a year!"
They looked around, but her lover but disappeared. They found the horse standing near the grave where Jim was buried. The father went to the judge of the district and got permission to open the grave, and there they found Jim's corpse with the handkerchief tied around his head.
It wasn't long then till the girl took sick and died. They buried her in the graveyard beside Jim, just as she asked them to do before she died.
Works Cited: "Dean Gitter - The Suffolk Miracle." YouTube. YouTube, 2011. Web. 16 July 2016. Gainer, Patrick Ward. Witches, Ghosts, and Signs: Folklore of the Southern Appalachians. Grantsville, W. Va.: Seneca, 1975. Print.