about 1929, Memories of a Long Life
is a vignette of life
in North Carolina
from about 1840 to 1929.
Lucy Jane Williams, (1840-1934) was born
in Chatham County North Carolina, a daughter of Albert Jean (Gean) and Cynthia
Harmon. "I do want to write a little of my life..." she writes.
The pages published here were
transcribed in November 2005 by Mary Jane Sparks, from 2nd or 3rd generation photocopies
transmitted to me by Melinda Harman Mathis, the amiable hostess at
and the "Kousins"
research site. Melinda received a photocopy of "Memories" in 1991 from
Merry Alpha Gean (Gardner)-(Downs), a grand-daughter of Lucy's brother,
William Polk Gean. A source for an original printing is presently
unknown. Perhaps, with this publication, one can be located, and the holder will
have other valuable historical information to share. The pagination is identical
to the original, but line space and typeface are not.
Scans of the photocopies are posted
at Our Special Net Images:
Lucy Jane Gean Williams
Also at that location are some personal
letters written by Lucy.
Lucy was the sister of Ann Cornelia
Gean, who married Jefferson B. Mansfield. Perhaps complementary to Lucy's
book, are the Civil War letters of Ann and J.B. Mansfield, re-published
on Our Special Net:
Jefferson B. Mansfield Letters were printed in
1995-1996, and used with the permission of the publisher.
History of the Mount Zion M.E. Church, South written
in 1928, is a valuable adjunct to Memories.
To the best of our knowledge,
"Memories of a Long Life" is "common domain" material-- no copyrights
have been located and the original author is no longer with us, but please do
not use this commercially. The general content and presentation on this website
IS protected, and much of the material is copyrighted, and used by permission.
Images from the photocopied frontispiece
and last pages.
Michael Gean Sparks