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About Jerry David Alsup
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.
--Judd and Kathryn Allsop-Zillah, WA
What a magnificent book. I had no idea your were producing a work of this magnitude. It is beyond my most sanguine expectations.
--Benjamin P. Alsop Warthen-Attorney-At-Law-Richmond, Virginia
Jerry Alsup is a genealogist without peer. His good nature and devotion to his craft are contagious, one might even say "Inspiring."The members of this family lineage are going to enjoy reading this author's book. It is scholarly, thorough, and yet very readable.
--Jerry W. Owen, President, Tippah Co., MS Historical and Genealogical Society
As an avid Alsop researcher and history buff, I have found the most valuable sources for information on this family are the books of Jerry Alsup. He provides the family migration patterns, history, marriages, and wonderful stories of people, and he ties them, when appropriate, with historical events. He has the unique knack of narration that makes me feel like I am actually there when family events happened.
--David Alsup-Long Beach, CA
Two different week long trips to Wake and Franklin Counties, North Carolina and Surry and Brunswick Counties, Virginia to delve into the ancestral history of this particular family have produced interesting and factual information. Edward Freeman died in North Carolina and left a will which is still extant and which helps us to better understand the story of his heirs and their offspring.
The research compiled for this special family provides a thorough basis for the comprehension of the intricate family patterns discovered. This book should be interesting and informative for the most inquisitive family members or anyone who appreciates thorough and true research.