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 endured, at abnormal and rare durations, to clump down the corridor, slam doorways, rock in a chair, frighten the relations cat (now deceased—through no fault of Jeffrey), flow 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 commonly stated. “Nobody has ever been fearful of Jeffrey,” Mrs. Windham says. “He is particularly handy to have—we blame every thing that is going awry on him. His in simple terms function for current (if that note is right) is to prod me into gathering and maintaining ‘true’ ghost tales from during the South.”
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He carried Miss Blon's books and their lunch pail when they walked to school in the early mornings. In the wintertime he took out the ashes and helped build a fire in the iron stove that heated the schoolroom. After he had warmed his hands and his feet, Hugh would take the water bucket from the shelf near the window and go to the well to get fresh drinking water for the day. He never volunteered to help Miss Blon with the sweeping, but occasionally after school, after all the other children had left, Hugh would volunteer to wash the blackboard.
The site is still called Bonaventure, but another word has been addedcemetery. Bonaventure Cemetery. Here buried in their family plot are Mr. and Mrs. , his great-grandfather's namesake, who was almost four, and Baby Sally, six months old. Page 33 Here in the family plot are the Tattnall graves. And here at Bonaventure people passing late at night still hear distinctly the sounds of a dinner party in progress: the clatter of dishes, the tinkle of silverware, the voices and laughter of guests, and then the shattering of crystal glasses.
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. Hugh was frightened. "Blon! " he called as he shook his sister's shoulder. " "What is it, Hugh? " Blon asked sleepily. Then, seeing the look on his face, she said, "You saw the dog, didn't you? " Hugh replied. " But when he looked, the dog was gone. The window was still closed, the door still buttoned.
13 Georgia Ghosts and Jeffrey by Kathryn Tucker Windham