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 persevered, at abnormal and rare durations, to clump down the corridor, slam doorways, rock in a chair, frighten the relatives cat (now deceased—through no fault of Jeffrey), movement heavy items of furnishings, reason digital apparatus to malfunction, and conceal items. He often accompanies Mrs. Windham on her travels, and stories of Jeffrey’s antics are greatly stated. “Nobody has ever been fearful of Jeffrey,” Mrs. Windham says. “He is particularly handy to have—we blame every little thing that is going awry on him. His basically objective for latest (if that be aware is right) is to prod me into accumulating and holding ‘true’ ghost tales from in the course of the South.”
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Hugh looked over the edge of the bed, and there sitting on his haunches and looking right at him was a dog, a big white collie. The boy instinctively reached out to pat the dog, to run his fingers through his fur. The dog licked Hugh's hand. Suddenly Hugh felt uneasy. Something was wrong. Grandma and Grandpa Deaton did not have a dog; in all his Page 16 visits to Scataway he had never seen a dog at their home. And how had the animal gotten into the room? The window was still closed, the door was buttoned.
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.
Although he had not taken up arms on the side of the British, his Patriot neighbors knew where his sympathies lay, and Page 26 they distrusted and reviled him. The feeling against the Tory Tattnalls grew so rapidly and became so bitter that Josiah Tattnall felt it wise to make speedy arrangements to take his family to England for safety. , entered the book-lined room and said firmly, "Father, I am not going to England. Georgia is my home. I will stay here and join the Patriots and fight for freedom.
13 Georgia Ghosts and Jeffrey by Kathryn Tucker Windham