(PDF DOWNLOAD) [Only a Few Bones A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy Its Aftermath] Ð John Philip Colletta
Esearch based on letters newspapers court records deeds etc enabled the author to tell the compelling story of Joe Ring s family his life in Buffalo NY and his eventual death in the Mississippi Delta The narrative detail is incredible and can serve as a model for those who would also like to write a family history Admirable work of scholarship and should be of interest to anyone interested in American history from c 1820 to c 1900 I had heard bits and pieces of this story at various genealogy conferences and the author is one of my favorite speakers a master story teller so I splurged and bought the book at my genealogy conference in Kansas City I was disappointed in it He spends way too much time giving back ground information While some it was necessary to support the various hypothesis as to what caused the fire that destroyed his ancestors store and killed five people to me much of it got in the way of a good story If ever you get the opportunity to
listen to John Philip Colletta Lecture in person I can tell you this volume is only slightly less riveting to John Philip Colletta Lecture in person I can tell you this volume is only slightly less riveting listening to the author speak Only
A Few Bones Was Impossible Few Bones was impossible put down once opened In this very concise treatise Colletta takes an old family legend and methodically peels away facts from hearsay collects evidence from multiple sources and keeps conjecture down to pragmatic level His projection of thought onto the participants where it occurs is plausible and attached to reasonable artifact and written evidence I have not been this taken with the written reconstruction of an historical event since I first read Tuchmans The Zimmerman TelegramWell done sir Author John Philip Colletta meticulously documented this. His remote country store But the case was never solved Now after 30 years of investigating the great great grandson of the slain carpetbagger reveals what re.
John Philip Colletta ´ 7 CHARACTERSAfter hearing a presentation by Dr Colletta I bought his book This is a wonderfully well researched and documented study of the pre and post Civil War history of the Delta area of Mississippi Great story well told and what a terrific example of the proper documentation of your family history a very interesting read your family history A very interesting read found the beginning a bit tedious though it may be the circumstances nder which I started but soon became fascinated I thought he added too much assumed personal details about how people would have acted as certain things happened On the other hand I did enjoy most of the background information
About The Delta And The Society Therethe Delta and the society there was completely
new to me His reconstruction of what he thinks happened the nightto me His reconstruction of what he thinks happened the night the tragedy at Rolling Fork is certainly plausible I am not however totally convinced that the logic he Bonsai from the Wild uses to dismiss the 12 theories out of hand works I don t think murderers are necessarily so logical but since the case was not solved at the time his reconstruction is as convincing as some of the theories and convincing than the majority at the very least I still believe I am going to write another family history but in narrative style this time and so I read as many family histories as I can right now This author has researched his material thoroughlysed notes instead of a bibliography and told the story in a narrative form It was set in the Mississippi Delta area which I learned much about my reading this and involved a fire in which several family members died It is a good example of research and putting family history into context This book is an excellent integration of historical context with familygenealogical history 30 years of Family lore claimed his ancestor was murdered in Mississippi Newspapers and court records said the man and four other victims were killed and incinerated in. ,
Genealogical narrative though the heavy documentation does not impede his elouent prose We learn not only the story of the
Gruesome Deaths At Rolling Forkdeaths at Rolling Fork in an 1873 fire that killed Colletta s great great grandfather but a great deal of the history of Vicksburg Mississippi and the Delta *in the decades following the Civil War This is the story of German immigrant brothers from Buffalo New * the decades following the Civil War This is the story of German immigrant brothers from Buffalo New who meet with both success and tragedy in post war Mississippi Some of my favorite chapters recount the snagging and sinking of the Jennie Howell packet on the Ohio River In additi I m just starting this book I have just finished a one week class from the author on publishing a family narrative which is what this book is I love this teacherauthor He writes just as he speaks His language is so good and his thought process is so sharp He is able to write his family history story as a mystery which engages the reader from the very beginningI m having a hard time finishing this book I m afraid as much as I love the author as a teacher his writing is difficult for me because he chose to write in the present tense He told s in class that he wouldn t do that again For me it s very hard to process I have to keep thinking about where and when this is all happening I want to like it I enjoyed this book as much as someone can when the subject matter is so serious and dark I attended school in Rolling Fork Ms all 13 years of my elementary and high school years I have always enjoyed books with familiar locales and people than others I recognized many of the places and names that were important in this story and cherish the opportunity to nderstand the culture and history of my home place. Ally happened This is a case study for how to build historical context around an ancestral event depicting graphically how family history and history converg. .