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New Duties and Old Memories

Bertram Wyatt-Brown

in The House of Percy

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780195109825
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854240 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109825.003.0016
New Duties and Old Memories

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After having lived with his parents for the greater part of his life, Will Percy wanted to fill the rambling place with young voices, perhaps to help him banish some of the ghosts and memories of earlier times. Percy put his proposal before Mattie Sue Percy, his first cousin's wife. Mattie Sue accepted the invitation, and the family moved to Greenville in the late summer of 1930. The newcomers were soon made very welcome in the commodious, rambling house. Her role as mother to three boys must have been compromised in her dependency upon a provider who was neither husband, lover, step-father to her children, nor blood kin to her. After Mattie Sue died due to a car accident, Will Percy ably responded to loss and became thereafter both mother and father to the boys: Phinizy, aged ten; LeRoy, fourteen; and Walker, sixteen.

Keywords: Will Percy; Walker Percy; Phinizy Percy; LeRoy Percy

Chapter.  7615 words. 

Subjects: Local and Family History

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