The "Bell Witch" story is one of the most chilling and documented accounts of a poltergeist haunting of a family in early America.
During this time furniture is said to have moved by itself, loud knocking on the walls were heard, and children's toys were said to have been thrown around and to have been too hot to the touch when picked up. A police officer signed an affidavit to affirm that she saw a chair moving.
Earthbound spirits, commonly known as ghosts, are deceased souls who remain attached to the earthly realm after dying. When the body expires, the spirit of a person usually moves into the astral realm (via their astral body) to begin a new existence.