Writer. Born– May 21, 1889, in Somerville, Tenn.; grew up in Corinth, MS  Parents– Paul Tudor and Annie (Smith) Jones. Married– Rice Gaither, April 25, 1912.   Education–   Mississippi State College for Women, B.A., 1909. Taught briefly in Corinth and lived in Mobile and Fairhope after her marriage; moved to New York City in 1929 and worked as a free lance writer. Published many short stories and reviews in various periodicals;  wrote children’s books during the 1930s; adult fiction in the 1940s. Double Muscadine was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, 1949.  Died October 28, 1955.


Bain’s Southern Writers; a Biographical Dictionary, 1979.


Double Muscadine. New York; Macmillan, 1949,

The Fatal River, the Life and Death of LaSalle. New York; H. Holt Co., 1931.

Follow the Drinking Gourd. New York; Macmillan, 1940.

Little Miss Cappo. New York; Macmillan, 1937.

The Pageant of Columbus with a Masques of I.I.&C. Columbus, Miss.; Mississippi Industrial Institute and College, 1915.

The Painted Arrow. New York; Macmillan, 1937.

The Red Cock Crows. New York; Macmillan, 1944.

The Scarlet Coat. New York; Macmillan, 1934.

The Shadow of the Builder. Charlottesville, Va.; Arundel Co. Inc., 1921.

Shores of Happiness; a Pageant . Charlottesville, Va.; F.J.O. Gaither, 1919.


A collection of papers of Frances Ormond Gaither and Rice Gaither is held by the Manuscripts and Archives Department of the New York Public Library.