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 periods, 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 gear to malfunction, and conceal items. He often accompanies Mrs. Windham on her travels, and stories of Jeffrey's antics are greatly recounted.
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It was decided, therefore, that her burial should be postponed until spring so that her last wishes could be fulfilled. Page 60 In those days there were no embalmers anywhere near Gaineswood. To preserve her body, Evelyn's casket was placed in a heavy pine box which was sealed airtight with rosin. This box was stored under the stairs in the cellar until good weather and the return of Evelyn's father would make it possible to have a proper funeral in her own family's Virginia burying ground. She did not like being sealed in that box and kept in the cold, dark cellar.
Cochrane finished her story, Mary and Nimmo exchanged glances. Then, to the amazement of the audience, they named the house and the very room where the incident had occurred: the downstairs front parlor in the old Drish Place. The Drish home is now part of the educational building of the Southside Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa. This latest change in ownership should have exorcised the ghosts. But on some nights there still appear to be lights in the tower room, the kind of lights cast by flickering candles.
Behind them came their personal maids, and behind the maids came burly porters carrying trunks and valises and hatboxes. On the wharf the men, plantation owners all, supervised the loading of their bales of cotton. Taking the cotton down to Mobile to sell provided their excuse for the trip. Carriages came from plantations throughout the area, and each group of new arrivals sparked fresh merriment as friends and relatives who had not seen each other in many months were reunited aboard the Eliza Battle.
13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey by Kathryn Tucker Windham