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We Southerners are a unique breed. Pride of place, manners bred into us from birth, the foods we eat, our bond with the land and our relationship with our family and friends make us who we are. Most practice true religion. For most of us football is nearly a religious experience.

Southern-style began as a genealogy website. It expanded to become a general interest website (generally anything I am interested in). Those interests evolved with the discovery that not only did this born and bred southerner have ancestors on the Mayflower and in Jamestown, but among those Native Americans who originally inhabited these lands through both my mother's Vann line (Powhatan - Cleopatra and Opechancanough) but also through my father's Pettus line (Powhatan-Pocahontas and Kocoum).

You will see that history intrigues me, particularly the people and area in which I grew up, Southeast Alabama. Folks greet each other asking, "How's your mom an 'em?" Wondering how all those folks were related led me to doing lots of genealogy that many of you may find interesting. The same was true for Wilcox county, Alabama, my father's old stomping grounds and Escambia County, Alabama, where my mother was born. Of course, all of that took me back many generations and into the history and founding of this nation and those from which those ancestors came. This tapestry has threads that lead to fascinating people and their stories.

The discovery of my Native American heritage led to my novels, Swimming with Serpents and In Pursuit, published by Mercer University Press. The Mayan DNA led to Mayans, Muscadine and Murder, one of my Mint Julep Mysteries. The Mint Julep Mysteries are set on a plantation inspired by my grandparents' home, Wakefield Plantation, in Furman, Wilcox County, Alabama now owned by my sister, cardiologist, Dr. Sylvia Burson Rushing and her husband Col. Tom Rushing.

I grew up in a privileged home, the daughter of a small town doctor and a stay at home mother who met my father after a World War in which my father served in the Philippines and my mother served as a nurse and earned a battle ribbon at the Battle of the Bulge. Mattie Martin, the black housekeeper who helped them raise their children, did much more than cook and keep house. She supported our parents in teaching us manners, morals and values and our place in the world. She was also the very best cook in town. The profound impact she made on me influenced my view of the world and the books I have written, including Mint Juleps and Murder, the second in the Mint Julep Mysteries.

If you have a wedding coming up you might enjoy reading about our daughter Brooke's home spun wedding. The Wedding Raising was a lot of fun! The "how to" might give you some ideas. I also share the Mother of the Groom perspective on a wedding as well.

As I write this, my kitchen is getting bedazzled with new Jenn Air appliances just in time for my renewed efforts toward writing a cookbook, co-authored with my sister, Sylvia, titled Wakefield Plantation: history and cookbook of one Southern family. I hope to share with you more recipes and menus from my own Southern experience.

I also threw in a few short stories you might enjoy.

Welcome to this very personal view of the South. I hope you enjoy your visit.

Sharman Ramsey
Roll Tide!

By the way, my novels Swimming with Serpents and In Pursuit are available through KOBO, Independent Book Stores, Barnes and Noble, Mercer University Press, and Amazon.

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Swimming with Serpents
and In Pursuit, both published by Mercer University Press, are now available through KOBO as well as Amazon, Books A Million, and Barnes and Noble. If you enjoy historical fiction (keywords romance, Creek Indian history, genealogy, Fort Mims, Creek Indian War, First Seminole War, pirates, treasure, Gasparilla history and tales, Andrew Jackson, British involvement in American history: Arbuthnot, Armbrister, Woodbine, Nicholls) you will surely enjoy these novels.

The Mint Julep Mysteries are also now available.
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Destinations Porch overlooking the New River  
Foods, Recipes and Confections  
Restaurants of Acclaim    
History Mission San Luis  
Art Porter Thrower  
Photojournalism Sam Gellerstedt  
Southern Furniture Makers Reid Bed  
Inspiration William Hampton Flowers  
Houston County Alabama History Dothan High School 1916  
Short Stories Alliwishus    
Wilcox County, Alabama History Wakefield      

Copyright 1996. The genealogy file are my own working files and should be considered only as a starting place for your own research.