College president; professor; administrator. Born– December 30, 1881, Bellevue, Alabama.  Parents– James M. and Mary Henley (Spencer) Jack. Married– Alice Searcy Ashley, November 9, 1910. Children– Two. Education– University of Alabama, A.B., 1902, A.M., 1903; Harvard University, A.M., 1908; University of Chicago, Ph.D., 1915. Taught at Sewanee Grammar School at the University of the South, 1903-06;  Tulane University, Harvard University, University of Chicago; alumni professor at Southern University, 1906-1916; Emory University, 1916-1933, where he served as dean of the Graduate School, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and vice president of the university; president, Randolph Macon Women’s College, 1933-1952.  Member of Southern Historical Association, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (president, 1926-27), and other professional organizations; a member of the National Council of Phi Beta Kappa and the National Commission  on Accrediting, which was established in 1949 by five educational organizations. Awarded honorary doctoral degrees by several institutions, including Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Alabama, the University of Chicago, Emory University, Tulane University, Wofford College, George Washington University, and Lynchburg College.  Awarded status of president emeritus on his retirement from Randolph-Macon in 1952.  Randolph-Macon’s annual literary magazine is named “The Jack” in honor of Dr. Jack’s support for the writing program at the college. The Theodore H. Jack chair in the history department was established in his honor. Died September 20, 1964.


Cornelius, Roberta D.  The History of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, from The Founding in 1891 through the Year of 1949-1950.  Chapel Hill; UNC Press, 1951.

Hurt, Melissa Dearing Jack.  Alabama Bound: Family Sketches of a Long Line of Storytellers.  Copple House Books, 1988.

Who Was Who in America, Vol. 4.


Sectionalism and Party Politics in Alabama (1816-1842). Menasha, Wis.; George Banta Pub. Co., 1919.


(with Smith Burnham). America Our Country. Chicago; John C. Winston Co., 1934.

(with Smith Burnham). The Story of America for Young Americans. Philadelphia; John C. Winston Co., 1932-.


A collection of papers of Theodore Henley Jack’s service at Emory University (1911-1933) is held by the special collections library at Emory University.



Attorney. Born– June 6, 1914, Clio. Parents– William Alto and Lula Jane (Loftin) Jackson. Married– Emma Pearl Norton, March 28, 1941. Children– Four. Education– University of Alabama, B.S., 1935, J.D. 1937. Admitted to the bar, 1937, and practiced law in Clio, 1937-1939 and after 1945; served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate  Division, 1942-1945; taught at Troy University, 1967-2004.  Served as Deputy Directory, Troy University Fort Rucker branch.  Member of  town council of Clio, 1948-1952; member and chair, Barbour County Board of Education. Member; Farrah Law Society, Wiregrass Historical Society, Alpha Kappa Psi, Methodist Church. One of the founders of the Amariah B. Stubbs Sr. Historical Association. Awarded emeritus status at Troy University, 2004.  An endowed scholarship was created in his honor at the University of Alabama.  Died July 16, 2011.


Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1975.

Obituary, Troy Messenger, July 20, 2011.


Clio, Alabama; a History. Clio, Ala.; Author, 1979.

A Chronicle of My Remembering.  1997

Reflections.  2002.


So Mourns the Dove; Letters of a Confederate Infantryman and His Family. New York; Exposition Press, 1965.

Updated 2011-08-03.



Historian; college professor. Born– January 15, 1933, Sand Mountain, Blount County. Parents– Luther H. and Winnie (Forrester) Jackson. Married– Patricia Dow, 1954. Children– Four. Education– Birmingham Southern College, B.A., M.A., 1959; University of Georgia, Ph.D., 1963; graduate study at Exeter College of Oxford University, 1966.  Served in the U.S. Air Force, 1951-1954.  Reporter for the Birmingham Post Herald, 1956-1957; taught in the Birmingham public schools, 1957-1959; taught at Western Kentucky University, 1961-2001. Fulbright lecturer, University of Bangalore, India and Quad-e-Azam University, Pakistan; visiting professor at William and Mary, Tufts University, University of Graz (Austria), and University of Maryland’s overseas program at Upper Hayford A.F.B. in England. A University Distinguished Professor at WKU, 1996-2001. First “Honorable Mace” at WKU, named a Kentucky Colonel.  Awarded the status of  Distinguished Professor Emeritus on his retirement in 2001.  Died February 10, 2014.


Contemporary Authors online; obituary online, February 13, 2014.

The Dreadful Month.


Child of the Sit-Downs:  The Revolutionary Life of Genora Dollinger.  Kent State University Press, 2008.

The Dreadful Month. Bowling Green, Ohio; Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1982.

Forgotten Tragedy:  The Sinking of HMT Rohna.  Annapolis:  Naval Institute Press, 1997.

The Great Lili. Harrisburg, Penn.; Stackpole, 1978.

Hattie; the Life of Hattie McDaniel. Lanham, Md.; Madison Books, 1990.

Hounds of the Road. Bowling Green, Ohio; Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1984.

J. I. Rodale; Apostle of Nonconformity. New York; Pyramid Press, 1974.

P.S. I Love You.  Lexington:  University Press of Kentucky, 2007.

Presidential Vetoes, 1792-1945. Athens, Ga.; University of Georgia Press, 1967

Who Will Take Our Children. New York; Methuen, 1985

Zane Grey. Boston; Twayne, 1973.


Challenge to Change. River Forest, Ill.; Laidlaw Bros., 1973.

Foundation of Freedom. River Forest, Ill.; Laidlaw Bros., 1973.

Kentucky Outlaw Man:  A Novel Based on the Life of George Al Edwards.  Bell Buckle TN:  Iris Press, 1994.

Two Centuries of Progress. River Forest, Ill.; Laidlaw Bros., 1974.


Dickens, Monica.  Befriending:  The American Samaritans.  Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1996.

Grey, Zane.  George Washington, Frontiersman.  Lexington:  University Press of Kentucky, 1994.


The papers of Carlton Luther Jackson are held by the Special Collections Library at Western Kentucky University.




Secretary; court reporter; businesswoman; writer. Born– February 19, 1911, Hamburg, Iowa. Parents– Henry Oliver and Mattie (Landreth) Greenlee. Married– Fred Knox Jackson, October 3, 1944. Legal secretary, Auburn, Nebraska, 1927-1929; secretary, Kansas City, Mo., 1929-1933; correspondent, Washington, 1933-1936, and Kansas City, 1936-1940; freelance court and contract reporter, St. Louis, 1940-1944, and Prattville, Ala.; for the Alabama Public Service Commission; co-owner and operator of Prattville Quick Freeze, 1948-1963; owner of Quiet Acre, Cottonwood, Ala., 1968-1973. Member; National League of American Pen Women; Birmingham Opera Guild; Alabama Writers Conclave; and other state organizations. Governor’s Award winner, Conference on Volunteerism, 1989. Died June 12, 1997.


Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1975.


Fallen Leaves. Philadelphia; Dorrance, 1968.

Poody; Story of a Cat-Nothing But a Cat. S.l.; s.n., 1970.


Research 1970; an Annotated List of Research and Demonstration Grants, 1955-1969. Washington, D.C.; U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1970.

Research 1971: An Annotated List of Social and Rehabilitation Service Research and Demonstration Grants, 1955-1971. Washington, D.C.; U.S. Social and Rehabilitation Service, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1971.



Ethnomusicologist, linguist, college professor. Born– August 20, 1874, Monson, Maine (moved to Birmingham as a child). Parents– George Frederick and Ann Jane (Pullen) Jackson. Married– Inez Emeline Wright, December 23, 1906 (died 1918).  Children–two. Married– Lois Diantha Barnes, December 18, 1926 (died 1939). Education– Royal Conservatory of Music, Dresden, 1897-1898; Vanderbilt University, 1900-1901; University of Chicago, Ph.B., 1904, Ph.D., 1911; postgraduate work, University of Chicago, University of Munich, University of Bonn. Employed by his father’s company, Huston Biscuit Co., Birmingham, 1895-1900; taught German at Kansas State Agricultural College; Case School of Applied Science; University of Chicago; Oberlin College; Northwestern University; University of North Dakota; Vanderbilt University, 1918-1943. President, University Philharmonic Society, Grand Fork, North Dakota; founder of Nashville Symphony Orchestra; founder of Tennessee Music Teachers Association; founder of Old Harp Singers of Nashville and other shaped note singing groups; member, board of advisors to the editors of Southern Folklore Quarterly; member and president, South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Died January 19, 1953.


“George Pullen Jackson, An Appreciation,” Southern Folklore Quarterly, XVII (March 1953).

Marquis Who’s Who Online.


Another Sheaf of White Spirituals. Gainesville, Fla.; University of Florida Press, 1952.

Down East Spirituals. New York; J.J. Augustin, 1943.

Spiritual Folksongs of Early America. New York; J. J. Augustin, 1937.

Story of the Sacred Harp. Nashville; Vanderbilt University Press, 1944.

White and Negro Spirituals. New York; J. J. Augustin, 1943.

White Spirituals in the Southern Uplands. Chapel Hill, N.C.; University of North Carolina Press, 1933.


American Folk Music for High School and Other Choral Groups. Boston; C. C. Burchard, 1947.


The Special Collections Department at the Heard Library at Vanderbilt University holds an extensive collection of papers and other materials of George Pullen Jackson. A collection of George Pullen Jackson’s books and papers is held by the library at UCLA.

Updated 09/21/2011



Gerontologist; researcher; professor of sociology. Born– February 24, 1932, Winston Salem, N.C.; grew up in Tuskegee.  Parents– James A. and Beulah Naomi (Crosby) Johnson. Married- Frederick A.S.Clarke, August 26, 1953. Married – Murphy Jackson, May 15, 1962.  Children–one.  Education– University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.S., 1953, M.S., 1955; Ohio State University, Ph.D., 1960; further study at Tuskegee Institute, University of Colorado, Duke University, University of North Carolina. Taught sociology at Philander Smith College, 1954-1955; Southern University, 1959-1962; Jackson State University, 1962-1964; Howard University, 1964-1966; Duke University Medical Center, 1968-98; additional special annual appointment at Howard University, 1978-85; taught at St. Augustine’s College, Raleigh, after retirement at Duke.  Awarded fellowships from the John Hay Whitney, Ford, and National Science Foundations, and the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Has lectured and participated in colloquia, seminars or workshops at more than 175 colleges and universities in the U.S., 1965-1984; presented papers at several international Gerontological Association meetings. Associate editor and editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Journal of Minority Aging, Social Problems, International Journal of Aging and Human Development, and Journal of Social Service Research. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Sociological Association; Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists; and other professional organizations. Contributed articles to numerous periodicals and chapters to several books. Received emerita status at Duke on her retirement in 1998. Received the President’s Award from the Association of Homes for the Aging, 1972; Black Women in Education Award, Clark College, 1975; Simon Fuller Award from the American Psychiatric Association, 1978; Pioneer Award, National Black Aging Network, 1990. Died January 28, 2004.


Jacquelyne Johnson Jackson, Durham, N.C.; Marquis Who’s Who online


Minorities and Aging. Belmont, Calif.; Wadsworth, 1980.

These Rights They Seek. Washington, D.C.; Public Affairs Press, 1962.


Aging Black Women. Washington, D.C.; National Caucus on the Black Aged, 1975.



Librarian, library administrator. Born– October 7, 1933, Brewton. Married–Mary Barrows. Education– Samford University, B.A., 1954; Peabody College, M.A.L.S., 1955; Vanderbilt University, Ph. D. . Employed by University of Alabama libraries as a cataloger, 1955-1963, as head of the science library, 1963-1969, acting dean of libraries, 1969-1972; University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, director of Libraries, 1973-1994. Member; Alabama Library Association; Southeastern Library Association; American Library Association, Phi Delta Kappa, Beta Phi Mu.  With his wife, Professor Mary B. Jackson, was honored as Phi Delta Kappa Educators of the Year and Chattanooga’s Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year, 2010.  Died September 16, 2011.


Who’s Who in Library and Information Services, 1982; obituary.


Masonry in Alabama; a Sesquicentennial History, 1821-1971. Montgomery, Ala.; Brown Printing Co., 1970.



Playwright; theatre director; university professor of dramatic arts. Born– February 25, 1941, Helena, Ark. Parents– Howard L. and Edna (Warren) Jackson. Education– Memphis State University, B.S., 1963; Kent State University, M.A., 1964; Southern Illinois University, Ph.D., 1971. Taught high school in Antwerp, Ohio, 1964-1965; taught at Wisconsin State University in Eau Claire, 1967-1968; San Francisco State University, 1968-1970; University of South Alabama, 1971-2003, chair, Department of Dramatic Arts, 1978-2003.  Author and director of many local and university theater productions. Member, American Alliance of Theatre and Education; Association for Theatre in Higher Education; Dramatists Guild; Alabama Theatre League.  Awards:  Pioneer Drama Service national award, 1979, 1980; first alternate, O’Neill Playwriting Contest, 1973; Arts and Sciences Faculty Award, University of South Alabama, 1992-93.


Contemporary Authors online.

University of South Alabama website.

Publications (Plays):

The Adventures of Peter Cottontail. Denver; Pioneer Drama Service, 1981.

Animal Krackers. Denver; Pioneer Drama Service, 1983.

Amazing Grace and her Jellybean Tree.  I. E. Clark, 1995.

Arnold.  Pioneer Drama Service, 1985.

Babes in Toyland.  I. E. Clark, 1987.

Boogie Man Rock.  Baker’s Plays, 1984.

The Brave Little Tailor.  Pioneer Drama Service, 1991.

Brer Rabbit’s Big Secret.  Pioneer Drama Service, 1979.

Christmas Crisis at Mistletoe Mesa.  Pioneer Drama Service, 1987.

Christmas with the Three Bears.  I. E. Clark, 1990.

Coffee Pott and the Wolf Man. Schulenberg, Tex.; I. E. Clark, 1982.

The Crazy Paper Caper. Elgin, Ill.; Performance Publishing, 1976.

The Creepy Castle Hassle. Elgin, Ill.; Performance Publishing, 1975.

The Creepy Crawlers.  Franklin, OH:  Eldridge Publishing Co., 1994.

The Dancing Snowman. Denver; Pioneer Drama Service, 1989.

Eight Plays for Youth. New York; P. Lang, 1991.

Ferdinand and the Dirty Knight. Denver; Pioneer Drama Service, 1968.

A Golden Fleecing. Denver; Pioneer Drama Service, 1980.

Goofus and Doofus.  Eldridge Publishing Company, 1995.

The Hatfields and the McFangs.  Performance Publishing, 1982.

Hospital Hijinx.  Eldridge Publishing Company, 1994.

The Hunting of the Snark.  I. E. Clark, 1987.

The Inn-Spectre. Elgin, Ill.; Performance Publishing, 1983.

The Invasion of the Killer Carrotts. Elgin, Ill.; Performance Publishing, 1983.

Lindy.  Performance Publishing, 1981.

Little Red Riding Wolf. Schulenberg, Tex.; I. E. Clark, 1973.

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. Denver; Pioneer Drama Services, 1988.

The Little Mermaid.  Pioneer Drama Service, 1991.

Peter and the Wolf.  I. E. Clark, 1993.

Peter Pan in Neverland.  I. E. Clark, 1991.

Pinocchio; a 2-Act Musical Play. Schulenburg, Tex.; I. E. Clark, 1985.

Popeye the Sailor.  Pioneer Drama Service, 1984.

The Princess and the Goblin. Schulenberg, Tex.; I. E. Clark, 1983.

Rag Dolls. Schulenberg, Tex.; I. E. Clark, 1981.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Santa.  I. E. Clark, 1990.

Rumpelstiltskin is My Name. Schulenberg, Tex.; I. E. Clark, 1977.

Secret Garden.  I. E. Clark, 1992.

School for Nerds. Denver; Pioneer Drama Services, 1989.

The Sleeping Beauty. Denver; Pioneer Drama Service, 1976.

Snowballs and Grapevines.  Published in Dekalb Literary Journal, 1976.

Snowhite and the Space Gwarfs.  Pioneer Drama Service, 1980.

Song of Hiawatha. Schulenberg, Tex.; I. E. Clark, 1988.

Superkid. Schulenberg, Tex.; I. E. Clark, 1980.

Switcheroo.  Eldridge Publishing Company, 1995.

Triple Play. Chicago; Dramatic Publishing, 1974.

Unidentified Flying Reject. Schulenberg, Tex.; I. E. Clark, 1982.

Who Can Fix the Dragon’s Wagon. Schulenberg, Tex.; I. E. Clark, 1973.

Wild Pecos Bill.  Eldridge Publishing Company, 1995.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; a Two-Act Play. Schulenberg, Tex.; I. E. Clark, 1977.

You’re a Grand Old Flag.  I. E. Clark, 1992.

Joint author;

Bumper Snickers.  I. E. Clark, 1978.



Businessman, columnist. Born– August 19, 1901, Glenwood. Parents– Abner Dozier and Telitha Cumi (Henderson) Jackson. Married– Myra Petrey, March 7, 1924. Children– Three. Married– Allie Carroll Murphree, September 28, 1968. Education– Glenwood Public School; University of Alabama. Employed by the W.L. Petrey Wholesale Co., 1924-. His book is a selection of columns published over a twenty year period in the Luverne Journal, Luverne, Ala.  Died July 26, 1986.


Sid Jackson, Sr., Petrey, Ala.


Here & There. S.l.; s.n., 1982.



Teacher, educational administrator. Born– March 5, 1898, Kentucky. Parents– Dave and Katherine Mahan Jackson.  Married– Anna Bell Seymour. Children– Three. Education– Georgetown College, Kentucky, A.B.; Columbia University, M.A. Major, U. S. Army, WWII. Worked for Selma public schools, 1920-1942; principal of Selma Junior and Selma Senior High School; acting superintendent of education, 1937; superintendent, 1938;  superintendent of schools, Decatur, Ala., 1946-1956. Member; Alabama Education Association; instrumental in establishing Alabama State Teachers Retirement system, served on its board. One of the founders of the North Alabama Historical Association. Died March 14, 1956.


Files at the Alabama Department of Archives and History; Alabama’s First United States Vice-President; The Story of Selma.


Alabama’s First United States Vice-President; William Rufus King. Decatur, Ala.; Decatur Printing Co., 1952.

The First Hundred Years; a History of the Selma Baptist Church of Christ, commonly known as the First Baptist Church of Selma. Selma, Ala.; s.n., 1942.

History of Alabama for Junior High Schools. Montgomery, Ala.; Dixie Book Co., 1938.

The Story of Selma. Birmingham, Ala.; s.n., 1954.



Businessman; civic and political leader. Born– July 30, 1873, Lebanon, Ala. Parents– Thomas Reed and Lucinda Jennie (Baxter) Jacoway.   Married–Minnie Mae Moody, 1897.  Children–three. Education–  Winchester Normal College, Tenn.; graduated 1894. Taught school several years; served as assistant postmaster and then postmaster at Fort Payne.  Owned department store, Jacoway & Hamilton’s, 1926-1960. Member; Fort Payne City Council; chairman, Dekalb County Democratic Party. Founder, Dekalb County Fiddler’s Convention; member, Civitan Club. His “A Brief History…” was first published in the Fort Payne Times-Journal in August, 1925. Died September 7, 1967.


“Introduction” to Early History of Northeast Alabama and Incidentally of Northwest Georgia.  Ed.  W. Stanley Hoole and Addie S. Hoole.  University, AL: Confederate Publishing Co., 1979.


“A History of Dekalb County, 1836-1925,” in Early History of Northeast Alabama, and Incidentally of Northwest Georgia. University, Ala.; Confederate Pub. Co., 1979.


See– Sterne, Emma Gelder



College president; Baptist clergyman, teacher. Born– December 29, 1880, Virginia. Parents; Fleet H. and Harriet Elizabeth Kelly James. Married– Jessie Jenkins Truett (daughter of prominent Baptist minister George W. Truett). Children– Three. Practiced law in Virginia before entering the clergy. Education– Seminary in Alabama, graduated 1913. Pastor of churches in Selma; Dallas, Tex.; Nashville, Tenn.; Lynchburg, Va.; and First Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, Ala. (1933-44); taught English Bible, University of Alabama; served as president, Bethel College, Hendersonville, Ky., 1944 .  Editor, Kappa Alpha Journal; member, Board of Trustees of Baptist Bible Institute, New Orleans, La.  Died December 10, 1956.


Files at Alabama Department of Archives and History.

R.L. Guffin, Legacy of Love, History of First Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, available on church website.


Fifty Years of Baylor University Hospital. Dallas?; s.n., 1953.

George W. Truett, a Biography. New York; Macmillan, 1939.

Reasons for Christian Education. Waco, Tex.; Education Board, Baptist General Convention of Texas, 1915.


The George W. Truett Library. 4 vols. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Baker Book House, 1980.

Updated 2011-07-06



Teacher, botanist, historian. Born– March 2, 1897, near Russellville. Parents– Aaron A. and Ollie Virginia (Bendall) James. Education– Florence State Teachers College, 1929.  Public school teacher. Contributed articles on botany to numerous periodicals, particularly on the occurrence and growth of the Carolina hemlock in the Southeast. The material on which his book Colbertians is based was originally printed in the Alabama Historical Quarterly in 1945. The plant genus Jamesianthus was named for him in honor of his botanical work. Died January 22, 1977.


Collier Library, University of North Alabama; files at Alabama Department of Archives and History.

James, R. L. “The Carolina Hemlock–Wild and Cultivated,” Castanea; Journal of the Southern  Appalachian Botanical Society, vol. 24, no. 3 (Sept. 1959), 112-134.


Colbertians; a History of Colbert County, Alabama and Some of Its Pioneer Citizens Before 1875. Florence, Ala.; Natchez Trace Genealogical Society, 1980.

Distinguished Men, Women, and Families of Franklin County, Alabama.  Russellville, AL; R. L. James, 1928.



Poet, composer. Born– England. Parents– Francis and Amelia (Wheeler) Webb. Married– Charles B. Jaynes. Children–one.  Lived in Alabama after her marriage. Education– acquired in Chicago. Wrote music, lyrics, and poems, which were published in standard magazines and papers. One of the founders of the Alabama Poetry Society, 1929. Died June 16, 1944.


Anthology of Alabama Poetry, 1928.


Alabama Writers Clubs; a Brief History with Membership. Birmingham, Ala.; Author, 1937.



Geographer; University professor of geography. Born– June 12, 1945, DeRidder, La. Parents– Gilmer B. and Lillian Marie Jeane. Married– Karen Lee, November 27, 1971. Children– Two. Education– Louisiana State University, B.A., 1968, Ph.D., 1974; graduate study, University of Georgia. Taught, Auburn University Geography Department, 1974-1989;  Samford University, 1989-2007.  Built the geography program into a formal department at both schools. Honors– Certificate of commendation from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for contributions in cultural resources management in the Mobile District, 1981; certificate of commendation from the American Association for State and Local History for research and writing in architectural legacy.


Dr. Gregory Jeane, Auburn, Ala.


Archival and Field Study of McCosh’s Mill, West Point Lake, Alabama.  Auburn University, 1979.

The Red River Valley Exploration of 1852.  Claitor’s Publishing, 2013.


History of the Mobile District Corps of Engineers, 1815-1985.  Mobile: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2002.


The Architectural Legacy of the Lower Chattahoochee Valley in Alabama and Georgia. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1978.

Inventory and Evaluation of Engineering Cultural Resources; Montgomery to Gadsden, Alabama, Coosa River, Alabama. Mobile, Ala.; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, 1981.


Cemeteries and Gravemarkers:  Voices of American Culture.  Logan, Uta:  Utah State University Press, 1992.



Accountant, business manager, local historian. Born December 18, 1884, near Cheaha Creek in Talladega County. Parents– Robert Mims and Mary C. (Howard) Jemison. Education– Talladega schools; business college. Worked for Talladega National Bank; Talladega Fertilizer Company; administrator, Citizens Hospital; cashier and office manager, Samoset Cotton Mills; accountant, Bemis Brothers Bag Company.   A founder of Talladega County Historical Association and the Talladega Businesswomen’s club; active in DAR and the Alabama Historical Association.  Award of Merit from Alabama Historical Commission, 1978.  Died November 18, 1980.


Obituary, Anniston Star, December 12, 1980.

Grove’s Library of Alabama Lives.


Historic Tales of Talladega. Montgomery, Ala.; Paragon Press, 1959.



Clergyman, college professor of Bible; organizer of tours to Bible lands. Born– January 3, 1936, Huntsville. Parents– B. M. and Vera (Mann) Jenkins. Married– Elizabeth A. Williams, December 16, 1954. Children– Two. Education– Florida College, A.A., 1957; Harding Graduate School of Religion, M.A., 1971. Church of Christ minister, St. Louis, Mo., 1958-1962; Bowling Green, Ky., 1962-1964; Indianapolis, Ind., 1965-1966; Akron, Ohio, 1966-1967; professor and Chair of the Department of Biblical Studies, Florida College in Temple Terrace, FL, 1969-1984 and 1991-2001; editor and member of the board of directors, Cogdill Foundation publishing company, 1969-. Member; Evangelical Theological Society; American Schools of Oriental Research; Near East Archaeological Society. Contributed to periodicals; edited Evidence Quarterly, 1960-62. Led study groups to the Middle East after 1967.


Contemporary Authors online


The Early Church.  Jenkins, 1999.

Introduction to Christian Evidences.  Guardian of Truth, 1981.

The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation. Fairmount, Ind.; Cogdill Foundation, 1973.

The Theme of the Bible. Fairmount, Ind.; Cogdill Foundation, 1969.


The New Smith’s Bible Dictionary.  Doubleday, 1966.

The Restoration Heritage in America.  Cogdill Foundation, 1976.

Resurrection. C.E.I. Publishing, 1974.



Businesswoman. Born– May 21, 1904, Selma. Parents– R.A.P. and Ernestine (Blue) Smith. Married– George Lewis Jenkins, II, November 8, 1921. Children– Two. Assisted her husband for twenty years in running a game preserve on the old James plantation at Letohatchee, Ala., and wrote a dozen stories during this time which were published in Field and Stream and later collected into a book. After her husband’s death, became a field underwriter for New York Life Insurance Co. Member; board of directors, Montgomery Association of Life Underwriters; secretary, Montgomery Estate Planning Council; member, Central Alabama Chapter, American Society of Chartered Life Underwriters. Died March 31, 1998.


Files at Birmingham Public Library.


Dog Stories. New York; Vantage, 1967.



Philosopher, university professor. Born– August 12, 1909, Blue Ridge Summit, Md. Parents– James Iredell and Mary (Dobie) Jenkins. Married– Isabel Lawson Cook, December 27, 1934. Children– Two. Education– University of Virginia, A.B., 1933, A.M., 1934, Ph.D., 1937. Taught philosophy at Tulane University, 1937-1946; Yale University, 1946-1949; University of Alabama, 1949-78, where he served as chair of the Department of Philosophy; served as philosopher in residence, Yale School of Medicine, 1971; American Council of Learned Societies fellow, 1952-1953; Hill Family Foundation Lecturer at Macalester College and Hamline University, 1955; senior fellow in law and behavioral sciences, University of Chicago Law School, 1959-1960; visiting professor, Northwestern University, 1964-1965; lecturer, National Law Institute, University of Notre Dame, 1973. Rockefeller Foundation Research Grant, 1957-1958. Member; American Philosophical Association; American Society of Aesthetics; Metaphysical Society of America; other American and international philosophical societies. Contributed to periodicals and anthologies. The Department of Philosophy at the University of Alabama set up the Iredell Jenkins Endowed Memorial Scholarship, given each year to the outstanding student in philosophy, in his honor. Died April 9, 1988.


Directory of American Scholars, 1974; Marquis Who’s Who online


Art and Human Enterprise. Cambridge, Mass.; Harvard University Press, 1958.

Social Order and the Limits of Law, a Theoretical Essay. Princeton, N.J.; Princeton University Press, 1980.



Teacher, educational administrator; genealogist. Born– 1894, Old Morrisville in Calhoun County. Parents– Elbert Green Morris, Jr., and Jennie (Yarbrough) Morris. Married– Bertram Andrew Jenkins of Emelle, Ala., June 29, 1923. Children– Two. Education– Jacksonville State College, 1915; University of Alabama. Taught at St Clair County High School; Choctaw County High School; principal of Elementary and Junior High School in Panola; Elementary and Junior High School at Emelle; vice-chairman, Sumter County Board of Pensions and Security. Honorary life member of the Tuscaloosa Presbyterial Board of the Presbyterian Church; member, National League of American Pen Women; Alabama Writers’ Conclave; Alabama Genealogical Society, and other historical and genealogical societies.


Grove’s Library of Alabama Lives.


Abstracts From Orphans’ Minutes Book #1, 1833-1839, Sumter County, Alabama, Vol. 1. Emelle, Ala.; typescript, 1961.

Marengo County, Alabama; Marriages, 1818-1828. Pass Christian, Miss.; Willo Institute of Genealogy, 1967.

Morris Genealogy, 1605-1959. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Willo Pub. Co., 1961.

Pioneer Families of Sumter County, Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Willo Pub. Co., 1961.



Teacher, educational administrator, legislator. Born– May 29, 1905, Decatur, Ala. Parents– George Luckey and Myrtis (Schuessler) Jenkins. Married– Margaret Payne, September 15, 1933. Children– Four. Education– Birmingham Southern College, A.B., 1927; Emory University, M.S., 1931. Taught at Selma High School, 1931-1937; principal, Waverly School, 1937-1941; principal, Greensboro Schools, 1941-1948; principal, Decatur High School, 1948- ; legislator from Chambers County, 1938-1942. Member; Pi Kappa Alpha; Omicron Delta Kappa; Kappa Phi Kappa; Rotary Club; Masonic Order; Democratic Party; Methodist Church.  Died December 10, 1981.


Grove’s Library of Alabama Lives.


The Story of Decatur, Alabama. Decatur, Ala.; Mayor and Council of Decatur, 1970.


See– Hunt, Mary Fassett



Homemaker. Born– August 13, 1922, Opelika, Ala. Parents– Richard Lewis and Ione (Barnes) Samford. Married– Charles H. Jernigan, October 5, 1940. Children– Two. Died January 28, 2014.


Mrs. Charles Jernigan, Opelika, Ala. Obituary, January 30, 2014.


Good! Good! Good!; Selected Recipes for Party People, Collected, Tried, and Found Good, Good, Good. Auburn, Ala.; Printer’s Pride, 1977.



Author, chiefly of children’s books.  Born– November 7, 1896, Richmond, Ala. Parents– Joseph Dill and Annie Hearst Alison. Married– Carl Christian Johansen, May 1, 1923. Education– Converse College, 1912-14;  University of Alabama, 1918; Columbia University,  1922.   Collaborated with her sister, Alice Alison Lide, on many of her books, and wrote a series of books for boys under the pseudonym Hugh McAlister. Member Delta Delta Delta and Theta Sigma Phi. President of the Austin, Texas, Quill Club.  Died December 28, 1959.


Barns, Florence Alberta.  Texas Writers of Today.  Dallas:  Tardy Publishing Company, 1935.

Owen’s The Story of Alabama; Authors of Books for Young People; Birmingham News, January 15, 1939.

Who’s Who of American Women, 2nd edition (1961).


From Sea to Shining Sea; How Americans Have Lived. New York; Washburn, 1960.

Hawk of Hawk Clan. New York; Longmans Green, 1941.

Voyagers West. New York; Washburn, 1959.


Dark Possession. New York; Appleton Century, 1934.

History of St. Paul’s Parish, Carlowville, Alabama. S.l.; s.n., 1924.

Lapland Drum. New York; Abingdon Press, 1955.

Magic Words for Elin. New York; Abingdon Press, 1955.

Mystery of the Mahteb. New York; Longmans Green, 1942.

Ood-le-uk the Wanderer. Boston; Little Brown, 1930.

Pearls of Fortune. Boston; Little Brown, 1931.

Secret of the Circle. New York; Longmans Green, 1937.

Thord Firetooth. Boston; Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1937.

Wooden Locket. New York; Viking Press, 1953.


Conqueror of the High Road. Akron, Ohio; Saalfield Pub. Co., 1930.

Flaming River. Akron, Ohio; Saalfield Pub. Co., 1930.

Flight of the Silver Ship. Akron, Ohio; Saalfield Pub. Co., 1930.

Sea Gold. Akron, Ohio; Saalfield Pub. Co., 1931.

Stand By. Akron, Ohio; Saalfield Pub. Co., 1930.

Steve Holworth of the Oldham Works. Akron, Ohio; Saalfield Pub. Co., 1930.

That Boy at Roaring Brook Farm. Akron, Ohio; Saalfield Pub. Co., 1931.

Viking of the Sky. Akron, Ohio; Saalfield Pub. Co., 1930.

JOHNS, JOHN EDWIN, 1921-2007.


College president; administrator;  professor.  Born– November 25, 1921, Ozark, Ala. Parents– Thomas Maxwell and Susan (Spires) Johns. Married– Martha Mauney, August 23, 1947. Children– Three. Education– Furman University, A.B., 1947; University of North Carolina, M.A., 1948, Ph.D., 1959. U.S. Army Air Force, 1942-1945; received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, and three Battle Stars. Professor of history, Stetson University, DeLand, Florida, 1948-63; business manager, 1963-68; vice-president, 1968-70; president, 1970-76. President, Furman University, Greenville, SC, 1976-1994. Member; Florida Historical Society; Southern Historical Association; Southern Association of College Business Officers; Southern Baptist Educational Commission (member and chair), and other civic and professional organizations.  Received honorary doctoral degrees from Stetson University, William Jewell College, Rollins College, and Limestone College.  Awarded the Order of the Palmetto and the Order of the Silver Crescent by the State of South Carolina.  Died September 27, 2007.


Contemporary Authors online;  Marquis Who’s Who online.


Florida During the Civil War. Gainesville, Fla.; University of Florida Press, 1963.


Papers related to Dr. Johns’ tenure as president of Furman University are held in the special collections department of the James Buchanan Duke Library at Furman.  Stetson University Library holds papers of his tenure at Stetson.




Writer.  Born–June 18, 1961, Tuskegee.  Parents– Arthur and Truzetta Johnson.  Education–Kent State.  Child development worker, VISTA,  Ravenna, Ohio; freelance writer of children’s books, after 1989.  Member Authors Guild, Authors League of America. Winner of many awards including the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, 1991; Coretta Scott King Honor Book designation, 1991,1998; Coretta Scott King Author Award, 1993, 1998, 2004; Michael J. Printz Award, 2004.


Something about the Author; Contemporary Authors online


All Different Now.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 2014.

The Aunt in Our House.  New York:  Orchard Books, 1996.

Bird.  New York:  Dial Books, 2004.

A Certain October.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 2012.

A Cool Moonlight.  New York:  Dial Books, 2003.

Daddy Calls Me Man.  New York:  Orchard Books, 1997.

The Day Ray Got Away.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 2010.

Do Like Kyla.  New York:  Orchard Books, 1990.

Down the Winding Road.  DK Ink, 2000.

The First Part Last.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 2003.

The Girl Who Wore Snakes.  New York:  Orchard Books, 1993.

Gone from Home:  Short Takes.  New York: Dell, 2001.

Heaven.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 1998.

Humming Whispers.  New York:  Orchard Books, 1995.

I Dream of Trains.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 2003.

Joshua by the Sea.  New York:  Orchard Books, 1994.

Joshua’s Night Whispers.  New York:  Orchard Books, 1994.

Julius.  New York:  Orchard Books, 1993.

Just Like Josh Gibson.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 2003.

The Leaving Morning.  New York:  Orchard Books, 1992.

Lily Brown’s Paintings.  New York: Orchard Books, 2007.

Looking for Red.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 2002.

Lottie Paris and the Best Place.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 2013′

Lottie Paris Lives Here.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 2011.

Mama Bird, Baby Birds.  New York:  Orchard Books, 1994.

Maniac Monkeys on Magnolia Street.  New York:  Random House, 1999.

One of Three.  New York:  Orchard Books, 1991.

The Other Side: Shorter Poems.  New York:  Orchard Books, 1998.

Rain Feet.  New York:  Orchard Books, 1994.

The Rolling Store.  New York:  Orchard Books, 1997.

Running Back to Ludie.  New York:  Orchard Books, 2002.

Shoes Like Miss Alice’s.  New York:  Orchard Books, 1995.

Songs of Faith.  New York:  Orchard Books, 1998.

Sweet, Hereafter.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 2010.

A Sweet Smell of Roses.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Tell Me a Story, Mama.  New York:  Orchard Books, 1989.

Those Building Men.  New York: Scholastic, 1999.

Toning the Sweep.  New York: Orchard Books, 1993; rpt., 2003.

Violet’s Music.  New York:  Dial Books, 2004.

The Wedding.  New York:  Orchard Books, 1999.

When I Am Old with You.  New York:  Orchard Books, 1990.

When Mules Flew on Magnolia Street.  New York: Random House, 1999.

Wind Flyers.  New York:  Simon &Schuster, 2007.






Mathematician, engineer; professor. Born– August 16, 1927, Chatham, La. Parents– Dave Ernest and Bessie (Morris) Johnson. Married– Frances White, 1959. Children– Four. Education– Louisiana Technical University, B.S. and B.A., Auburn University, M.S., 1952, Ph.D., 1958. Draftsman, Louisiana Power and Light Co., 1949-1950; mathematician, National Bureau of Standards, 1952; taught in the Electrical Engineering Department, Louisiana State University, 1954-1983; National Science Foundation faculty fellow, Stanford University, 1961-1962; Birmingham Southern College, 1984-1995.  Died September 4, 2008.


American Men and Women of Science, 1982; obituary.


Introduction to Filter Theory. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice-Hall, 1976.


Basic Electric Circuit Analysis. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice-Hall, 1978.

Digital Circuits and Microcomputers. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice-Hall, 1979.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House. New York; Beaufort Books, 1983.

Graph Theory with Engineering Applications. New York; Ronald Press, 1972.

A Handbook of Active Filters. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice-Hall, 1980.

Mathematical Methods in Engineering and Physics. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice-Hall, 1965.

Operational Amplifier Circuits Design and Applications. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice-Hall, 1982.



Executive secretary; genealogist.  Born– February 21, 1931, Putnam County, Mo.  Parents–  Clark Scott and Dulcie Mildred Ward Scott.  Married– Walter H. Johnson, November 30, 1963.  Children–Two.  Education– Wichita Business College; University of Alabama in Huntsville.  Held executive secretarial positions with oil, insurance, and aerospace firms in Wichita;  owner and operator, Johnson Historical Publications.  Editor, Valley Leaves (quarterly of the Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society) for six years.


Dorothy Scott Johnson, September 1985.


Cemeteries of Madison County, Alabama; a Record of the Tombstone Inscriptions in all Known White Cemeteries in the West Half of Madison County. Huntsville, AL; Johnson Historical Publications, 1971.

Cemeteries of Madison County, Alabama; a Record of the Tombstone Inscriptions in all Known White Cemeteries in the Northeast Portion of Madison County….  Huntsville, AL:  Johnson Historical Publications, 1978.

What Would Peace Do?  Orlando, FL; Peace Publishers, 1976.


1896 Confederate Census; Limestone, Morgan, & Madison Counties, Alabama.  Huntsville, AL; Johnson Historical Publications, 1981.

1907 Confederate Census:  Limestone, Morgan, and Madison Counties, Alabama.  Johnson Historical Publications, 1981.

Madison County, Alabama Deed Books; A, B, C, D, E, 1810-1819. Johnson Historical Publications, s.d.

Madison County, Alabama, Orphans Court Minutes, 1810-1817.  Johnson Historical Publications, 1972.



Illustrator; painter; violinist.  Born– Birmingham, July 6, 1916. Parents–James and Ida Wade Johnson.  Married– Mildred Anita Daniels.  Children– three.  Married– Sahira Tamira Malik. Education– Birmingham schools; studied music and art in France at the Studio of Gene Paul Lawrence and at the Academie Julian; studied at the Art Institute of Chicago; Pratt Institute; and the National Academy School of Fine Arts in New York. Worked as an assistant to Beauford and Joseph Delaney, who painted WPA murals in New York City during the Great Depression.  Served in US Army Special Services, WWII.  Began his career as a violinist; performed internationally in Europe and Africa.  After he injured his wrist in a horseback riding accident, he turned to art as a career;  worked as an illustrator and comic-strip artist; illustrated more than 200 books and has paintings hung in museums and galleries.  Contributed articles to many journals and books. Lived in Africa the latter part of his life; after 1993 concentrated on painting historic events of Oman.  Granted Omani citizenship. Died March 18, 2016.


Illustrators of Books for Young People, 2nd ed.

Something about the Author online.

Pulp Artists website


Kenny.  New York:  Holt, 1957.

Piankhy the Great.  Nashville:  T. Nelson, 1962.



Teacher.  Born– June 17, 1915, Joppa, Al.  Parents– Samuel and Alice (Humphries) Watson.  Married– Kermit A. Johnson, March 21, 1932.  One child.  University of Alabama, B. S., 1950; M.A., 1958.  Teacher in elementary schools of Garden City and Mountain Brook, Al., and at Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, Grant, Al.  Critic teacher (supervisor of practice teachers) at University of Alabama Laboratory School.  First lady of the University of Montevallo during her husband’s tenure as president, 1968-1986.  Researcher and advocate for the restoration of  Kingswood House, built in 1823 by Edmund King and now a visitor center on the campus of the University of Montevallo.  Member Delta Kappa Gamma education honorary; president, Mountain Brook Educational Association.  Alabama Mother of the Year, 1979; received the Award of Merit of the Alabama Historical Commission for her efforts to save Kingswood.  Died April 15, 1999.




The Lives and Times of Kingswood in Alabama, 1817-1890.  University of Montevallo, 1976.



Writer, illustrator. Born– May, 1922, Fort Payne, Ala. Parents– James Andres and Vera Sue (Small) Johnson. Married– Burdetta Faye Beebe, October 11, 1961. Education– Howard College, B.S., 1943. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1943-1945; field executive for the Boy Scouts of America in Anniston, Ala., 1946-1951; U.S. Marine Corps, 1951-1964; retired as major, 1964, and devoted full time to writing and illustration; lived in Santa Fe, N.M. He and his wife, who wrote under the name of B. F. Beebe, collaborated on many wildlife and adventure books for young people. Died July 20, 1997.


Something About the Author, Vol. 1; Contemporary Authors online; Writer’s Directory, 1984.


Advanced Camping Techniques. New York; McKay, 1967.

American Bears. New York; McKay, 1965.

Animal Paradise. New York; McKay, 1969.

Animals and Their Food. New York; McKay, 1972.

Anyone Can Backpack in Comfort. New York; McKay, 1965.

Anyone Can Camp in Comfort. New York; McKay, 1964.

Anyone Can Live Off the Land. New York; McKay, 1961.

Best Photos of the Civil War. New York; Fawcett, 1961.

Blackie, the Gorilla. New York; McKay, 1968.

Everglades Adventure. New York; McKay, 1970.

Horsemen Blue and Gray. New York; Oxford University Press, 1960.

The Last Passenger. New York; Macmillan, 1956.

Little Red. New York; McKay, 1966.

Lost on Hawk Mountain. New York; Follett, 1954.

Moses’ Band of Chimpanzees. New York; McKay, 1969.

Mountain Bobcat. New York; Follett, 1953.

Pepper, a Puerto Rican Mongoose. New York; McKay, 1967.

Photography for Young People. New York; McKay, 1971.

Ringtail. New York; McKay, 1968.

Secret World, the Southern Swamps. New York; McKay, 1970.

Utah Lion. New York; Follett, 1962.

The Wolf Cub. New York; McKay, 1966.

Zoos of Today. New York; McKay, 1971.


American Wild Horses. New York; McKay, 1964.

Big Cypress Buck. Chicago; Big Cypress Buck, 1957.

Camels West. New York; McKay, 1964.

Wild Venture. New York; Follett, 1961.

Illustrator; African Apes. New York; McKay, 1969.

African Elephants. New York; McKay, 1968.

American Desert Animals. New York; McKay, 1966.

American Lions and Cats. New York; Mckay, 1963.

American Wolves, Coyotes, and Foxes. New York; McKay, 1964.

Animals South of the Border. New York; McKay, 1968.

Appalachian Elk. New York; McKay, 1962.

Assateague Deer. New York; McKay, 1965.

Chesnut Cub. New York; McKay, 1963.

Coyote for Keeps. New York; Follett, 1965.

Little Dickens, Jaguar Cub. New York; McKay, 1970.

Ocelot. New York; McKay, 1966.

Run, Light Buck, Run! New York; McKay, 1962.

Yucatan Monkey. New York; McKay, 1967.



Clergyman. Born– July 2, 1921, Georgiana, Ala. Education– Howard College; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor of many Baptist churches in Alabama, including those in Aliceville, Warrior, Ozark, Abbeville, Jacksonville, and Pine Apple. Head of Howard College’s Extension Division for North Alabama.


Files at the Alabama Public Library Service.


A Saint, A Sinner, and A Savior. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Printing Co., 1942.

The Sin of Being 50. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Baker Book House, 1964.



Engineer; university professor. Born– December 29, 1929, Chatham, La. Parents– Dave Ernest and Bessie Pauline (Morris) Johnson. Married– Betty Ann Moore, October 21, 1960. Children– Three. Education– Louisiana Technical Institute, B.S.; Auburn University, M.S., 1953, Ph.D., 1959. Electronic engineer for Pitman-Dunn Laboratories, Frankfort Arsenal, 1953-1954; U.S. Army, 1954-1956; taught at Louisiana Technical Institute, 1958-1962; Appalachian State College, 1962-1963; Louisiana State University, 1963-1983; University of North Alabama, 1984-95. Member IEEE.  Retired as professor emeritus. Received Centennial Medal, IEEE.   Died November 15, 2015


American Men and Women of Science, 1982; Who’s Who in America, 1982; obituary


Introductory Electric Circuit Analysis. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice-Hall, 1981.

Linear Systems Analysis. Melbourne, Fla.; Krieger, 1975.


Auditing; Concepts, Standards, Procedures. Houston, Texas; Dame Publications, 1983.

Basic Electrical Circuit Analysis. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice-Hall, 1978.

Electric Circuit Analysis. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1989.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House. New York; Beaufort Books, 1983.

Graph Theory With Engineering Applications. New York; Ronald Press, 1972.

A Handbook of Active Filters. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice-Hall, 1980.

Introduction to Digital Signaling Process. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1989.

Mathematical Methods in Engineering and Physics. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice-Hall, 1965.



Teacher; pioneer of the progressive education movement. Born–October 8, 1864, St. Paul, Minn. Parents– Clarence D. and Rhoda Matilda (Morton) Pierce. Married– John Franklin Johnson, June 6, 1897. Children– Two. Education– State Normal School, St. Cloud, Minn., graduated 1885. Critic and model teacher, St. Paul Teachers’ Training School, 1890-1892; critic teacher and department supervisor, Moorhead State Teachers College, 1892-1895; department supervisor, State Teachers College, Mankato, 1896-1899. Moved to Alabama, 1902, and founded the School of Organic Education, Fairhope, 1907; director until 1938; director, Edgewood School, Greenwich, Conn. and conducted summer schools there and in Fairhope, Ala. Based her pedagogy on a concept of “organic education,” influenced by the theories of Nathaniel Oppenheim, John Dewey, and Frederich Froebel. Founder and honorary vice-president, Progressive Education Association. Died December 23, 1938.


Biographical Dictionary of American Authors.


The Child, the Parent, and the Teacher.  New York: John Day, 1929.

Teaching without Failure.  Fairhope, 1996.

Thirty Years With an Idea. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1974.



Writer, editor. Born– September 5, 1944, Brewton, Ala. Parents– James Wallace and Helen Louise (Pearson) Johnson. Education– University of Alabama, B.S., 1966, M.S., 1970. Writer for Simplicity Pattern Co., 1970-1971; editor, Coats & Clark, Inc., 1972-1973; associate editor, Reader’s Digest General Books, 1973-1975; senior editor, Oxmoor House, 1976-1979; editor in chief, Decorating and Craft Ideas Magazine, 1979-.


Who’s Who in America, 1982.


Country Quilt Patterns. Birmingham, Ala.; Oxmoor House, 1977.

A Garden of Quilts. Birmingham, Ala.; Oxmoor House, 1976.

Mississippi Quilts.  University Press of Mississippi, 2001.

Pillows, Designs, Patterns, Projects. Birmingham, Ala.; Oxmoor House, 1978.

Prize Country Quilts; Designs, Patterns, Projects. Birmingham, Ala.; Oxmoor House, 1977.


Naturecrafts; Seasonal Projects from Natural Materials. Birmingham, Ala.; Oxmoor House, 1980.

Needlecraft Designs From Our Best Quilts; 20 Favorite Quilt Designs Graphed for Needlework. Birmingham, Ala.; Oxmoor House, 1979.

Rugs; Designs, Patterns, Projects. Birmingham, Ala.; Oxmoor House, 1979.


Times Down Home; 75 Years with Progressive Farmer. Birmingham, Ala.; Oxmoor House, 1978.



Journalist; columnist. Born–November 10, 1953, Colquitt, Ga.; grew up in Montgomery. Married– Jimmy Johnson; Don Grierson. Education–Auburn University, B.A., 1977. Reporter for Memphis Commercial-Appeal and Scripps-Howard News Service, 1980-1994; for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1994-2001. Writes a syndicated column for King Features. Winner of many awards for her writing:  1974-75 Pacemaker Award; the 1982 American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Distinguished Writing Award;  1984 Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for outstanding human interest writing; 1985 National Headliner Award; 1986 inducted into the Scripps-Howard Newspaper Hall of Fame; 2010 Clarence Cason Award for Non-Fiction Writing from the University of Alabama School of Communications.  One of three finalists for the Pulitzer Award, 1991.


NewSouth website


The Dogs Buried over the Bridge:  A Memoir in Dog Years.  NewSouth, 2016.

Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming: A Memoir.  NewSouth Books, 2010.

Good Grief:  The Story of Charles Schulz.  New York:  Pharos Books, 1989.

Hank Hung the Moon…and Warmed our Cold Cold Hearts.  NewSouth Books, 2012.

Poor Man’s Provence:  Finding Myself in Cajun Louisiana.  NewSouth, 2008.


Echoes of Robert E. Lee High School, The First Decade, 1955-65.  NewSouth, 2015.

They Didn’t Put That on the Huntley-Brinkley!:  A Vagabond Reporter Encounters the New South.  Athens:  University of Georgia Press, 1993.




Historian, university professor of history. Born– February 3, 1923, Coos Bay, Or. Parents– Franz Oscar and Agnes (Sandquist) Johnson. Married– Vivian Ellis, December 19, 1959. Education– University of Oregon, B.A., 1951, M.A., 1953; Claremont Graduate School, Ph.D., 1956. U.S. Coast Guard, 1941-1946; active duty U.S. Naval Reserve, 1951-1952. Taught history at the University of Alabama, 1956-1993. Member; American Historical Association; Society for Nautical Research; Naval Historical Foundation; United States Naval Institute; Phi Beta Kappa.  Died January 28, 2008.


Contemporary Authors online; Obituary, Tuscaloosa News.


Bering Sea Escort:  Life Aboard a Coast Guard Cutter in World War II.  Annapolis:  Naval Institute Press, 1992.

Coast Guard-manned Naval Vessels in World War II.  Washington DC:  Coast Guard Historian’s Office, 1993.

Far China Station; the U.S. Navy in Asian Waters, 1800-1898. Annapolis, Md.; Naval Institute Press, 1979.

Guardians of the Sea; History of the United States Coast Guard, 1915 to the Present. Annapolis, Md.; Naval Institute Press, 1987.

Rear Admiral John Rodgers, 1812-1882. Annapolis, Md.; U.S. Naval Institute, 1967.

Thence Round Cape Horn; the Story of the United States Naval Forces on Pacific Station, 1818-1923. Annapolis, Md.; U.S. Naval Institute, 1963.



Clergyman. Born– August 16, 1909, Tyne Dock, Durham, England. Parents– Samuel and Florence Ann (Woody) Johnson. Emigrated to the United States, 1912; naturalized, 1930. Married– Alice Martha Dunan, November 11, 1935. Children– Three. Education– Carleton University, B.A., 1930; Andover Newton Theological School, B.D., 1933; ordained, Congregational Church, 1933. Minister, Salem, Mass., 1933-1941; Chicago, Ill., 1941-1951; Detroit, Mich., 1951-1960; Kokomo, Ind., 1960-1965; Pilgrim Congregational Church, Birmingham, Ala.; 1965-1974. Member; Board of Directors, Ministry to University of Alabama in Birmingham; Board of Directors, United Community Services. Honorary D.D., Piedmont College, 1954. Died September 11, 1978.


Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1976.


Captain Ducky & Other Children’s Sermons. Nashville; Abingdon, 1976.

Cats and Dogs Together, and Other Children’s Sermons. Nashville; Abingdon, 1975.

The Cross-Eyed Bear and Other Children’s Sermons. Nashville; Abingdon, 1978.

The Mouse’s Tale and Other Children’s Sermons. Nashville; Abingdon, 1978.

The Pig’s Brother and Other Children’s Sermons. Nashville; Abingdon, 1970.

The Squirrel’s Bank Account, and Other Children’s Sermons. Nashville; Abingdon, 1972.



Professor of speech.  Born– May 18, 1904, Ouachita Parish, La. Parents–Edward Eugene and Mabel Roberts Johnson.  Married–Mary Taylor.  Children–one. Education– University of Wisconsin, Madison, M.A., 1945. Taught, University of Alabama, 1928-1969, first chairman of the Dept. of Speech, 1931-1969. Director, Blackfriars, University of Alabama; Member; executive council, Speech Association of America; editorial board, Journal of Speech. Died June 22, 1996.


Files at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.


Introductory Phonetics. University, Ala.; s.n., 1941.



Attorney.  Member of Alabama State Bar.  Served in Air Force JAG Corps. Deputy campaign manager in Perry Hooper Sr.’s race for chief justice, 1994.  Currently works for the Administrative Office of Courts for the State of Alabama.


Book jacket, Courting Votes in Alabama.


Courting Votes in Alabama.  Lafayette, LA: Prescott Press, 1999.



University professor; poet; publisher.  Born– September 8, 1907, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Parents– George Doherty and Eleanor (McCorvey) Johnston. Married– Mary Tabb Lancaster, 1936. Children– Four. Education– University of Alabama, B.A., 1929, M.A., 1930; Columbia University, Ph.D., 1943. Taught, University of Alabama, 1935-1941, 1946-1950; U.S. Army, 1941-1946, then served in the reserves, retiring as lieutenant colonel; taught, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1930-1933, 1950-1974. Founder of White Rhinoceros Press. Member; Modern Language Association; Shakespeare Association of America. Received the Whitney Memorial Prize; Keats Memorial Sonnet Prize; Duff Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of Virginia. Died January 1, 1995.


Contemporary Authors online


Academic Verse.  White Rhinoceros, 1962.

Banked Fire, Poems, 1929-1976. Blacksburg, Va.; White Rhinocerous Press, 1976.

Ben Jonson; Poet. New York; Columbia University Press, 1945.

Jonson folio and other poems.  Blacksburg, Va., 1962.

Reflections. Blacksburg, Va.; White Rhinocerous Press, 1965.

Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On. Blacksburg, Va.; White Rhinocerous Press, 1965.

Thomas Chalmers McCorvey: Teacher, Poet, Historian.  N.P., 1965.

The Unbelievable Birthday. Blacksburg, Va.; White Rhinocerous Press, 1981.


Alabama Historical Sketches.  University Press of Virginia, 1960.

Poems by William Camden. Chapel Hill, N.C.; University of North Carolina Press, 1975.

Poems of Ben Jonson. New York; Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1954.


A collection of the papers of George Burke Johnston is held by the special collections library at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.



Physician, poet. Born– November 1, 1873, Selma, Ala. Parents– William H. and Kathleen (Gage) Johnston. Married– Helen Eugenia Lewis. Children– Six. Education– University of Alabama, A.B., 1893; University of Virginia, M.D., 1895; interned at Bellevue Hospital, New York. Physician, 1st Alabama Volunteer Regiment,  Spanish-American War Practiced medicine in Birmingham, 1899-1950. Died April 17, 1950.


Poems, by Hardee Johnston.


Poems. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Publishing Co., 1952?



Journalist, broadcaster; genealogist. Born– January 26, 1908, Uniontown. Parents– Charles Poellnitz, Jr. and Eloise Simms (White) Johnston. Married– Margaret Louise Feagin, December 26, 1948. Children– Two. Education– Culver Military Academy; Washington and Lee University, A.B., 1929. President and publisher, Huntsville Times; Vice-President and local advertising manager, Birmingham News-Age Herald; Managing Director, WSGN; Executive Vice-President, Birmingham News Co.; President, Alabama Broadcasting System, Inc.; Managing Director, WAPI, WAFM, WABT-TV; President, Alabama Telecasting Corp. Active in civic and welfare organizations; member, advisory committee of Voice of America, fourteen years. Member; National Press Club; Rotary Club; Society of Cincinnati; Sons of American Revolution; and others. His hobby interest in genealogy inspired several of his books. Died February 1985.


Grove’s Library of Alabama Lives.


Around the World in Forty-Two Days. Birmingham, Ala.; Featon Press, 1967.

The Gentle Johnstons and Their Kin. Birmingham, Ala.; Featon Press, 1966.

Little Acorns from the Mighty Oak. Birmingham, Ala.; Featon Press, 1962.

Me and My Gals. Birmingham, Ala.; Featon Press, 1970.

Pioneers in Their Own Rights. Birmingham, Ala.; Featon Press, 1964.



Physician. Born– January 16, 1874, Oakman, Ala. Parents– Allen H. and Mariah Louisa (Thompson) Johnston. Education– Florence Normal College, graduated, 1900; Nashville Medical College, M.D., 1906; University of Louisville Medical School; post-graduate work in New York City, at University of Pennsylvania Medical School, and at the University of Vienna. Worked as a teacher in local schools in the 1890’s; practiced medicine in Oakman and Bessemer, Ala.; served in France in the U.S. Army during World War I; Walter Reed General Hospital; in private practice as an eye, ear, nose, and throat specialist in Orlando, Fla., 1922-1957. Died March 9, 1967.


Salmagundi; ancestry.com


Salmagundi, a Century and a Half. S.l.; Glade House, 1957.



Journalist. Born– August 7, 1917, Birmingham, Ala. Parents– Robert C. and Marguerite (Spradling) Johnston. Married– Charles Wynn Barnes, August 31, 1946. Children– Four. Education– Birmingham Southern College, A.B., 1938. Reporter, Birmingham News, 1939-1945; Washington correspondent, Birmingham News, Birmingham Age-Herald, London Daily Mirror, 1945-1946; editor and columnist, Houston Post, 1947-85. Received Theta Sigma Phi Woman of the Year in Journalism award, 1954; Houston Committee of Alcoholism Award of Merit, 1955; American Society of Safety Engineers, Gulf Coast Chapter, Certificate of Merit; Agnes Carter Nelms Award, Planned Parenthood; School Bell Award, Texas State Teachers Association. Member Houston Municipal Arts Commission; Texas Bill of Rights Foundation; Philosophical Society of Texas.   Died December 13, 2005.


Marquis who’s who online


A Happy Worldly Abode; Christ Church Cathedral, 1839-1964. Houston; Cathedral Press, 1964.

Houston:  The Unknown City, 1836-1946. Texas A & M University Press, 1991.


A collection of the papers of Marguerite Spradling Johnston is held by the Fondren Library at Rice University in Houston.

JOHNSTON, MARY, 1870-1936


Writer. Born–November 21, 1870, Buchanan, Boutetort County, Va. Parents– John William and Elizabeth Dixon (Alexander) Johnston. Education– largely self-taught; read widely on her own; attended Atlanta Female Institute for a few months in 1887. Moved to Birmingham, Ala. about 1886; took charge of the household at her mother’s death in 1889; accompanied her father on European trips in 1890 and 1893. Wrote her first historical romance, Prisoners of Hope, in 1898 to bolster the family fortunes. Wrote a total of 23 novels, two long narrative poems, and one play during her lifetime;  became one of the most popular novelists of her day. Novel To Have and to Hold was a tremendous popular success.  An advocate for women’s rights; her novel Hagar is considered one of the first feminist novels.  Member Equal Suffrage League of Virginia. Died May 9, 1936.


American Authors and Books; online Encyclopedia of Virginia.


Audrey. Boston; Houghton-Mifflin, 1902.

By Order of the Company. London; Constable, 1900.

Cease Firing. Boston; Houghton-Mifflin, 1912.

Croatan. Boston; Little Brown, 1923.

The Exile. New York; Harper & Bros., 1927.

Foes. New York; Harper & Row, 1918.

The Fortunes of Garin. Boston; Houghton-Mifflin, 1915.

1492. Boston; Little Brown, 1922.

The Goddess of Reason. Boston; Houghton-Mifflin, 1907.

The Great Valley. Boston; Little Brown, 1926.

Hagar. Boston; Houghton-Mifflin, 1913.

The Laird of Glenfernie. London; Constable, 1919.

Lewis Rand. Boston; Houghton-Mifflin, 1908.

The Long Roll. Boston; Houghton-Mifflin, 1911.

Michael Forth. New York; Harper & Bros., 1919.

Pioneers of the Old South; a Chronicle of English Colonial Beginnings. New Haven, Conn.; Yale University Press, 1921.

Prisoners of Hope; a Tale of Colonial Virginia. Boston; Houghton-Mifflin, 1926.

The Reason Why. National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1909.

Silver Cross. Boston; Little Brown, 1922.

Sir Mortimer. London; Constable, 1904.

The Slave Ship. Boston; Little Brown, 1924.

Sweet Rocket. New York; Harper, 1920.

To Have and to Hold. Boston; Houghton-Mifflin, 1928.

The Wanderers. Boston; Houghton-Mifflin, 1917.

The Witch. Boston; Houghton-Mifflin, 1914.



Dance teacher, writer; civic leader.  Born– August 19, 1906, Mobile, Ala. Parents– Arthur Warren and Kathleen Hughes (Williamson) Yerger. Married– Henry Inge Johnstone, June 24, 1930. Children– Three. Education– Mississippi State College for Women, B.A.; Columbia University; Denishawn School of Dance; Art Students League of New York. Taught dance at Lausanne School, Memphis, Tenn., 1928-1929; Arlington Hall, Arlington, Va., 1929-1930. Member; Board of the Mobile Public Library; Board of the Council of Social Agencies; Board of the Community Chest; American Malacological Union; Audubon Society; Alabama Ornithological Society; Historic Mobile Preservation Society; Friends of the Mobile Public Library; Junior League of Mobile; Colonial Dames. Died June 19, 1996.


Contemporary Authors online


Collecting Seashells. New York; Grossett & Dunlap, 1970.

Sea Treasure; a Guide to Shell Collecting. Boston; Houghton Mifflin, 1957.



Political scientist, university professor. Born– August 30, 1944, Paducah, Ky. Parents–Harry B. and Dorothy Mason Joiner. Married–Suzanne Brauchi, July 10, 1968. Children– four. Education– DePauw University, B.A., 1965; University of Kentucky, M.A., 1966, Ph.D., 1971; Institute for International Studies, graduated, 1969. Taught at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, 1970-1971; Athens State College, 1969-. Member Academy of International Business Educators; International Studies Association; Alabama Political Science Association.


Contemporary Authors online


Alabama, Then and Now. Athens, Ala.; Southern Textbook, 1986.

Alabama’s History; the Past and the Present. Athens, Ala.; Southern Textbook Publishers, 1980.

American Foreign Policy; the Kissinger Era. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode Publishers, 1977.

Communism Today. Athens, Ala.; Southern Textbook Publishers, 1981.

Tennessee Then and Now.  Athens:  Southern Textbook Publishers, 1986.



Poet. Born– December 1932, Ozark. Married– Eddie K. Jones. Children– Three. Education– Alabama State University, B.S., 1953. Teacher, Pike County Elementary School, 1953-. Member; Alabama Education Association; Civil Women of Troy; Gamma Lambda Chapter of the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority.


Files at Alabama Public Library Service.


Where I Have Walked. Philadelphia; Dorrance, 1974.