The McCrary's have been farming here since before Alabama was a state and at the rate they're going, they might be here long after. Author Joseph M. Jones traces the life and fortunes of these original settlers and brings illumination to the development of the entire region in his book The Wondrous McCrarys. Jones, who spent much of his life in the country with the late kin of the original McCrarys, brought to life the history of this amazing family.
Thomas McCrary came to what is now north Alabama hoping to buy land when it was opened for settlement. Thanks in part to his tenacious spirit, he made the first steps in what would become the livelihood for generation after generation of his family. The Wondrous McCrarys might be a history book, but it's far more interesting to read than most I've encountered. Author Joseph M. Jones goes into considerable detail about not only the farm and family, but the history of Madison county and Huntsville at a tumultuous time in history. Jones covers the highs and lows in the family's farming venture and adds a personal touch with his insights to rural life.
It would have been easy to fill volumes of books in regards to this fascinating family, but author Joseph M. Jones sticks to the facts. The Wondrous McCrarys is well written and the accompanying photographs are an added bonus. Jones does a wonderful job of bringing this interesting family from remembered past to present day farmers and historians.
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ISBN 1470116049 EAN 9781470116040 Publisher Createspace Publish Date Apr 1, 2012 Copyright Date Apr 1, 2012 Binding Paperback
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- a well-researched, heart-felt account of the wondrous McCrary family
The Wondrous McCrarys tells the story of the oldest farm in Alabama, the result of patriarch Thomas McCrary’s and his progeny’s dedication to “holding onto the land.” The book follows the family from the time of Thomas’s move to Northern Alabama through current day family dynamics. It’s not only a great historical account, but a wonderful resource for those from the region where the McCrary homestead is located. It offers readers some insight into the family’s success, as well as their trials, and is the sort of historical account that offers a multitude of lessons in its very brief telling.
Author Joseph M. Jones offers up a well-researched, heart-felt account of the wondrous McCrary family, and those with an interest in North Alabama history should certainly add it to their collections.