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  • Joseph Benjamin Ivey (1864 - 1958)
    Joseph Benjamin Ivey, merchant and churchman, the fifth child of George Washington and Selina Neal Ivey, was born in Shelby of English and German ancestry. He was the brother of George Franks Ivey. H...
  • Jacob Rhett Motte (1811 - 1868)
    Jacob Rhett Motte (1811–1868) was a U.S. Army surgeon during the Seminole Wars of the early nineteenth-century. He later worked in private practice in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1836, 24-year-old...
  • Donald Hall (1928 - 2018)
    Donald Hall is considered one of the major American poets of his generation. Biography Donald Andrew Hall Jr. (September 20, 1928 – June 23, 2018) was an American poet, writer, editor and literar...
  • Maj. Gen. Beaumont Bonaparte Buck (1860 - 1950)
    Beaumont Buck graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1885. He served in World War I. He retied as a U.S. Army Major General. The United States in the First World War: An...
  • Sir Michael Blundell KBE (1907 - 1993)
    Sir Michael Blundell KBE (7 April 1907 – 1 February 1993) was a Kenyan farmer and politician who served as a member of the Legislative Council from 1948 until 1963, and as Minister of Agriculture in ...

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Writing a life story is "the invention of me" - and an unreliable source for genealogists.

"A memoir," says Gore Vidal, "is how one remembers one's own life, while an autobiography is history, requiring research, dates, facts double-checked. In a memoir it isn't the end of the world if your memory tricks you and your dates are off by a week or a month as long as you honestly try to tell the truth" (Palimpsest: A Memoir, 1995).

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