Jerry David Alsup was born 5 June 1933 in Memphis, Tennessee during the early part of the "great depression." The son of Sam and Lottie (Potts) Alsup, he is a tenth generation descendant of this specific branch of the family tree (name formerly spelled Alsop) whose original emigrant ancestor came to this country in the 1600's from Derbyshire, England and landed in Virginia. Jerry played minor league professional baseball in the St. Louis Cardinal farm system before becoming a teacher and coach in the Memphis area. He retired as a school administrator which he had combined for many years with a secondary vocation of professional genealogist. Jerry has researched and written about a dozen family histories, one of which is entitled "The Skidmore Family" and is the story of the maternal lineage of John Grisham, Jr., the author.