Inheritance

Inheritance
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The name Doc Holliday conjures images of the Wild West and the shootout at the OK Corral, but before he was a Western legend he was a Southern son, born in the last days of the Old South with family links to Gone With the Wind.  Now this amazing story is told for the first time in a trilogy of novels entitled Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday.

The story begins with Inheritance, set during the turbulent times of the American Civil War, as young John Henry Holliday welcomes home his heroic father and learns a terrible secret about his beloved mother.  His only confidant is his cousin Mattie, the childhood sweetheart who shares his memories of plantation life and better days before the War.  But Mattie isn’t around to comfort him when tragedy strikes and John Henry’s young hero-worship turns to bitter anger.  

As the Confederacy falls, John Henry becomes a troubled teenager and joins in with a gang of vigilantes trying to chase the Reconstruction Yankees out of their small Georgia town.  But when a murderous plot brings threats of military prison, he vows to change his reckless ways and leaves Georgia to attend dental school in Philadelphia, hoping to come home as a respected professional man worthy of asking for his cousin Mattie’s hand.

But as he returns from two years in the Yankee north to begin dental practice in Atlanta, he finds his courtship beset with challenges.  There are family intrigues, lies and revelations, rivals for Mattie’s affections, and a violent encounter that changes everything.

Inheritance is the first novel in an epic tale of heroes and villains, dreams lost and found, families broken and reconciled, of sin and recompense and the redeeming power of love.

Inheritance

Discover the World of Inheritance

Cast of Characters Maps Reading Group Questions
Photo Album The Music of Inheritance Discover Your Own Family History
Family Tree For Further Reading  

Cast of Characters

Inheritance Cast of Characters Meet the people of Inheritance

(Photo: John Henry Holliday b. August 14, 1851)

Photo Album

Doc Holliday Valdosta Holliday House See the places in Inheritance

Family Tree

Doc Holliday Family Tree Trace Doc Holliday’s family connections

Maps

Doc Holliday Maps Doc Holliday’s Georgia, 1870’s
Scarlett O’ Hara’s Atlanta, 1860’s The world of Gone With the Wind was also Doc Holliday’s world.

The Music of Inheritance

The story of Inheritance is full of references to the music of the time.  Some of those songs are listed below.   Although the images on these YouTube videos are not mine, the songs evoke the spirit and story of Doc Holliday’s world. Enjoy!

Dixie
The Water is Wide
Amazing Grace
Liebestraume” (Song of Love)
Abide With Me

 
For Further Reading

While my own background reading filled entire bookcases, I can recommend the following for those interested in reading more about John Henry Holliday and the world of Inheritance.

Doc Holliday: The Life and Legend, Dr. Gary L. Roberts, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005

In Search of the Hollidays: The Story of Doc Holliday and his Holliday and McKey Families, Albert S. Pendleton, Jr. and Susan McKey Thomas, Lowndes County (Georgia) Historical Society, 2008

The Irish Roots of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind, David O’Connell, Claves & Petry, Ltd., 1996

Road to Tara: The Life of Margaret Mitchell, Anne Edwards, Dell Publishing, 1984

Southern Honor: Ethics & Behavior in the Old South, Bertram Wyatt Brown, Oxford University Press, 1982