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Posted By: Richie
27-Jun-12 - 11:13 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 3
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 3
Moving on to US & Canada Versions of 87. Prince Robert.

There appears to be one version although it's legitimacy is questionable. "Harry Saunders" in the DT is from the singing of a Mrs. Nan Wilson of Nicholas County, West Virginia as it appears in Patrick Gainer's Folk Songs from the West Virginia Hills (Seneca Books, 1975).

In 1924 the exact same text was "collected" by one of Gainer's friends, Carey Woofter and shortly thereafter published by Combs. the first and same "Harry Saunders" text was attributed to F. C. Gainer; Tanner, Gilmer County, West Virginia. F.C. Gainer was doubtless Francis C. Gainer, the grandfather of Patrick Gainer. Yet in 1975 Patrick no longer attributes the song to his grandfather.

According to Wilgus, "Harry Saunders" was contributed by F. C. Gainer; Tanner, Gilmer county, West Virginia. Wilgus adds probably contributed by Carey Woofter in 1924.

The only reported US traditonal text of a child ballad is a remarkable find. I'm not sure what to make of this.