Press Release


Katharine M. Jones

Telephone: 540-686-7285


 I’ve created a “press release” that I’ve sent to all the newpapers in Missippi, to appropriate blogs that I’ve found, and historical societies. Here ’tis, in case anyone wants to help me spread the word.

Previously Unpublished 1852-1912 Diary Now Available

The Diary of a Southern Lady

The previously unpublished diaries of Georgina Barrett Devlin have just been published by her great, great granddaughter, Katharine Jones.

In 1852, Georgina Barrett Devlin was a young immigrant from London with small children, living in Yazoo City, Mississippi. She began keeping a journal, at first sporadically but then consistently, almost every day for the rest of her long life. Now this diary, titled The Diary of a Southern Lady, set in Yazoo City and Winona and transcribed and edited by her great, great granddaughter, Katharine Jones, has been published by Create Space and is available on Amazon.

Early in this period of sixty years she recounts her experiences during the Civil War, when Yankee forces came to her house and she took the children to hide in the woods. After her husband’s Yazoo City store burned, the family moved to Winona, Mississippi, where they lived for several years, and then moved back to Yazoo City. In the course of her life story, the reader will read of traveling by stage, then by railroad, by trolley, and by automobile. The education of her children and grandchildren is a constant theme. They were at first taught at home or in small neighborhood schools, but were later sent away to boarding schools and colleges as far afield as Tennessee, Virginia, and even Canada. She was interested in the religious and social movements of the day, including Christian Science and Swendenborgian philosophy. And in her later years, her aches and pains and the treatments of the day became more and more important to her.

Well footnoted, this diary will be of interest to historians and students of Southern history, the Civil War and the development of rural and small town life, as well as to the general public.

The Diary of a Southern Lady is available at For a limited time, through December 31, 2011, the author is giving a 10% discount, by entering the discount codeFSC5RLVC when purchasing through The Diary is also available, or by contacting the author at: wjones146-at-comcast-dot-net.

About Katharine Jones

Originally from Mississippi, Katharine Jones, the author and publisher of The Diary of a Southern Lady, was born in Yazoo City, the town where the writer of the diaries lived most of her life. As a teenager, she was given the first volume of the diary by her grandmother. She graduated from the University of Mississippi and has had a life-long interest in her family history. After operating a bed and breakfast in Tennessee for seventeen years, she and her husband Bill now live in retirement in Winchester, Virginia.



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