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About the author:
Katharine M. Jones, the editor of "The Diary of a Southern Lady," was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi, and now lives in Winchester, Virginia. She is a direct descendant of Georgina B. Devlin, the author of the diary. When still in high school, she became interested in her great, great-grandmother's diary when she was given a volume of it by her grandmother. Katharine graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1961, majoring in English and French.
She continues to have a fascination with genealogy and through it with American history and culture. Of special interest is how family history can demonstrate the westward settlement of the country.
She is married to Bill Jones - a history major. Their children have inherited their parents' interest in history and the lives of their ancestors. Their daughter, Kathy Jones, has a master's degree in history from the University of Virginia, lives in Washington, D.C., and served as consulting editor for this book. Their son Davis and his wife Charo live in Virginia with their daughter Julia, who at 17 is an aspiring writer as well.
Her great grandfather and Confederate soldier, Capt. William V. Davis, also kept a diary in Mrs. Jones' possession. Capt. Davis' diary was previously published under the title of "Oh, For Dixie!", edited by Joe and Lavonne Ashley.
The Diary of a Southern Lady
Georgina Francis Barrett Devlin, 1852-1912
Katharine M. Jones
In 1852 Georgina F. Devlin was a young English immigrant with two small children when she began to keep a record of her life. She continued until 1912, when she was a great grandmother living with her widowed daughter and her family.
She noted both items of historic interest and of everyday happenings within her large family. She recorded the Civil War swirling around the home in Yazoo County, Mississippi, when she and the children hid in the woods and her husband's cotton was burned. She visited her brothers in Canada and saw the famous tight-rope walker "Blondin" cross Niagara Falls. She went from traveling in a stage coach, to riding on a streetcar, to riding in her son-in-law's automobile.
This well footnoted diary will be of interest to anyone with a particularly interest in Southern history, the Civil War, and the developments of rural and small town life during this period.
- Publication Date:
- Oct 17 2011
- 1463796536 / 9781463796532
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- History / United States / 19th Century