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Friday, May 7, 2010

Cross Creek and my Granddaddy.....


With my Gradaddy being sick I have spent sometime reminiscing in our family history and wanted to share our "fifteen minutes of fame"
Back when my Grandaddy was a very little boy our family owned a house in Cross Creek Fla. Next door lived a woman named Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
She was an author of the fairly well known books Cross Creek and The
Yearling.
She was what we would consider a pioneer woman... living alone in the untame swamp off the river Styx where the water is tar black from the cypress trees.
I have been to Cross Creek several times. This is where we buried my Mom, my Grandmother and very soon my Grandfather. In her book Cross Creek she mentions a man named Boss Brice, who just so happened to be my great great? granfather.
In 1983 Mary Steenburgen starred as Marjorie in the movie Cross Creek I remember watching this movie as a child and thinking how cool it was that we had association with her.
Very soon now we will be traveling to Fla to wish my Granddaddy a peaceful passage to Heaven. We will be visiting the cemetary in Cross Creek and I am sure we will spend the day talking of our family's brush with fame.





Majorie's property is now a National historic landmark maintained by The Friends of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings




This is me at the cemetary in Cross Creek circa 2000



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