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13 Georgia Ghosts and Jeffrey by Kathryn Tucker Windham

By Kathryn Tucker Windham

Jeffrey is the mischievous “something” that has headquarters within the Windham domestic in Selma. He first made his presence identified in October 1966, and because then he has endured, at abnormal and rare durations, to clump down the corridor, slam doorways, rock in a chair, frighten the kinfolk cat (now deceased—through no fault of Jeffrey), circulation heavy items of furnishings, reason digital apparatus to malfunction, and conceal items. He usually accompanies Mrs. Windham on her travels, and stories of Jeffrey’s antics are extensively acknowledged. “Nobody has ever been petrified of Jeffrey,” Mrs. Windham says. “He is especially handy to have—we blame every thing that is going awry on him. His merely objective for latest (if that note is right) is to prod me into accumulating and keeping ‘true’ ghost tales from in the course of the South.”  

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Left England without it. Within a few weeks Josiah had arrived in Georgia and had joined the forces of General Nathaniel Greene. When the Tattnalls left Georgia, Bonaventure had been confiscated by the Patriots, but when an heir to the property returned from England to aid in their fight for independence, the Patriots returned part of the family estate, including his birthplace, to Josiah Tattnall, Jr. It was to Bonaventure that Josiah, after the Revolution, brought his bride. He told her the romantic story of the planting of the oaks, and, as he walked beneath them with his bride, he marveled at how large the trees had grown during the years he had been away.

He was nearly asleep when Miss Blon reached beneath the covers and wrapped his feet in a wool sweater she had warmed by the fire. He was asleep when Miss Blon made sure the window was tightly closed, buttoned the door, and crawled into bed beside him. The next thing Hugh knew he was wide awake. It was near dawn but sunrise was still a promise, and the room held the greyness of fading night. At first Hugh could not decide what had waked him. Miss Blon was still asleep, and there was no sound of Grandma or Grandpa Deaton stirring.

They flourished in the coastal air, and as they grew and their patterned planting became more distinct, Mary delighted in strolling about the grounds with her guests and pointing out the entwined M and T formed by the trees. , and she told them the story of the plantings. "I hope you will walk in the shade of these treesmy wedding treeswhen you are old, old men," she would tell her sons, and they would laugh at the foolishness of ever growing old as children always laugh at make believe and Page 25 pretend.

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