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I (Summer) did some research today - started out at the Natchez Visitor's Center, then on to the Courthouse, which led to the Historic Natchez Foundation - I have a lot of interesting things to share, but more to look into. The land was deeded to Prosper King in1794, then sold to his brother Richard in 1796. He applied for a tavern license in 1798 - there was no building on the site prior to then, so claims that the building dates to 1789 are false- this is backed up by tax records, which I have copies of. I've got a couple of leads that I have to follow up on tonight regarding the skeletons that were supposedly unearthed in the flooring of the tavern in the 1930's - I've got the number for a brick mason whose father worked on the restorations of the tavern, the historian I spoke with said if there's any truth to the legend, then he will know. Also, as far as Madeleine is concerned - there is no way to prove or disprove this. Record-keeping in that era was haphazard and if the legend is true, then there will be no death certificate as she was murdered then hidden away to be found half a century later. There will likely be no birth certificate either; if she did in fact exist, we must consider that the tavern was on the Trace, and she may not have even been from the area, and if she was, we have no last name to go by. The legend concerning the outlaw Big Harpe can be corroborated to a certain extent - he did exist, and he did operate in and around the Natchez area - however, his base was located in Vicksburg, and he wasn't here long before returning to Kentucky where he was captured and executed. He was one of the worst, his crimes among the most atrocious, and he could have stopped in the tavern - but there's no way to prove he did. There's no way to prove he didn't, either. I still have more to look into, as I said, but hopefully this is a good start.