By Kathryn Tucker Windham
Jeffrey is the mischievous "something" that has headquarters within the Windham domestic in Selma, Alabama. He first made his presence recognized 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, via no fault of Jeffrey), circulate heavy items of furnishings, reason digital apparatus to malfunction, and conceal gadgets. He often accompanies Mrs. Windham on her travels, and stories of Jeffrey's antics are broadly recounted.
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Unhappily, most of the tales about these places and the specters that haunt them are fragmentary and repetitious, consisting mainly of vague accounts of mysterious footsteps, slamming doors, clanking chains, or darting lights. But there are Alabama ghosts of distinction whose marvelous exploits have entertained many generations of listeners and who have become a treasured part of Southern folklore. Thirteen of these stories have been selected for use in this book. Some readers may find that the versions of tales in this collection differ from the stories they have heard.
He was buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia. When news of his death reached Cahaba, a Negro boy ringing a bell went from house to house carrying a black-bordered funeral notice. From the messenger's shoulders flowed long black streamers known as ''weepers,'' a Cahaba custom which has long since disappeared. Gone, too, are the old Pegues home, the flowering shrubs, the fountains, and the maze. A few clumps of old-fashioned yellow jonquils and some scattered piles of broken brick are all that remain to mark the scene where the strangely bright Pegues' Ghost caused such excitement more than a century ago.
In addition to the customary luxuries, the passengers were promised two bands to provide continuous music in the ballroom, glowing lanterns to decorate the entire ship at night, colorful flags and bunting draped and festooned on every deck, a calliope to play the latest tunes, and welcoming celebrations at landings all along the way. So an eager and carefree crowd of passengers was attracted aboard the Eliza Battle, bound for Mobile and the gaiety of that port city. At Columbus they began to assemble.
13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey by Kathryn Tucker Windham