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Southern Family:  People, Place, Purpose



Foreward                                                       1-2               

Chapter 1: Wakefield 3-16

History and pictures of the Plantation House and the Bursons in Wilcox County

Fried Chicken

Braised Rabbit in Wine Sauce

Larded Venison Roast

Nanny's Soup

Nanny and Pawpaw Gravy

Venison Roast Marinated in Buttermilk

Venison Haunch

Stewed Venison

Barbecue Squirrel

Roast Rabbit

Barbecued Rabbit

Stewed Rabbit

Wild Turkey

Stewed Brains

Brains and Eggs

Brunswick Stew 1

Brunswick Stew 2

Brunswick Stew 3

Gumbo 1

Gumbo 2

How to Smoke Meat

Eliece’s Pickle Recipe

Grandma Lucy Watson Knight’s Fruit Cake

Speech given by Elkanah Burson at Confederate Memorial Day Event 

Chapter 2:  Historical Memoranda  17-22

Co. C., 44th Alabama, Confederate States of America Interspersed with quotes from a letter from Dr. Thomas Lee to Dr. William Gulley from Camp 7 miles north of Winchester, October 12, 1862 with information on the personal perspective of the War and Elkanah Burson’s (as soldier in the 44thAlabama)experience.
(Spelled as written)               

Chapter 3  World War II Remembered   23-31 The story and personal photographs of Jean Bronson Gillis Burson.  The experiences of an Army Nurse in World War II are related as told to her daughter

Chapter 4 Downhome Dothan  32-48

History and pictures of Dothan Bursons and their family

Downhome Recipes

Muddin's Prune Cake

Mother's Meat Loaf 

Jean Burson's Chicken Pie

Aunt Pat’s Lemon Cheese Cake

Lemon Cheese Filling

Lemon white icing

Chicken Wiggle

Mammy's Tea Cakes

Apricot Delight Salad

Apricot Jell-O Topping

Black Cherry Salad

Tea Cakes

Delicate Tea Cakes

A Delicate Cake for Tea

Naomi’s Spiced Tea

Naomi’s Butter Nut Cake

Lula Pearl’s Frosted Meat Loaf

Mexican Corn Bread

Muddin's Chocolate Fudge Icing

Muddin's Favorite Pound Cake

Muddin's Coconut Cake

Muddin's Prune Whip Cake

Prune Whip Frosting

Muddin's Perfection Salad

Muddin's Sour Cream Cake

Never Fail Sponge Cake

Muddin's Egg Custard

Naomi's Buttermilk Cake

Mammy’s Lane Cake

Coconut Frosting

Sybil Mitchell's Fudge Pie

Rosemary's Coconut Pie

Jean's Chocolate Cake

Elkanah’s Favorite Devil Food Cake

Cold Fruit Soup

Easy Cranberry Salad

Sybil’s Open House Perka-A-Punch

Honey Almond Cranberry Bread

Cranberry Relish

Mulled Cranberry Cocktail


Chapter 6:  Beach      


At the Beach a family can come together.

Fourth of July Ice Cream

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Sherry Corn Chowder

Crab Cakes
Debbie’s Seafood Gumbo

Debbie’s West Indies Salad

Oysters Mosca

Barbecue Shrimp


Chapter 7:  Plant What will Bloom         61-74

Even a garden has a genealogy.  Ramsey home and family in Dothan

She Crab Soup

Judge Crespi's Famous Flan

 Chapter 8:  Children

“Home is where the Mother is,” according to Mother Theresa.

Gingerbread Boy Christmas Ornament

Gingerbread Boys and Girls 

Gingerbread Frosting Paint

Brooke's Bodacious Brownies

Hilda’s Blonde Brownies

“Just the Best" Cookies Cocoa Kiss Cookies

Lillian Ann's Lemon Chess Bars

Angels’ Cookies

 Chapter 9:  Ramseys and Recipes       83-105

Ramsey family notes
Ramsey Recipes
Ramsey website
Ramsey pictures
Ramsey Links
Ramsey DNA project

The history of the Ramsey family of Dothan, Alabama. Pictures of Dowling, Hawthorne, Lindsay, Hawkins, Oates, and Adams.

Lemon Ice Box Pie             

Shrimp Salad

Hilda Ramsey’s Charlotte

Shrimp in Lemon Butter

Angie's Taters
Broiled Scallops

Broccoli-Rice Casserole

Asparagus Casserole
Earthquake Cake

Black Russian Cake
Cucumber mix for Cucumber Sandwiches

Marinade for ribs, steak, pretty much any meats.
Mama E.'s Pecan Pie
Marinated Carrots or Copper Coins
Squash Casserole
Julia's Chicken
Mama E.'s Pound Cake
Georgia Caviar
The Best Cornbread Dressing
Frozen Fruit Salad
Sherried Fruit
Pat Ramsey's Bean Salad
Pat Ramsey's Cabbage and Sausage Soup
Grandmother's Chocolate Cake
Grandmother Ramsey's Other Chocolate Cake

Grandmother Ramsey's Chocolate Pie

Oatmeal Cookies
Bob Ramsey's Favorite Cookies
Peanut Butter Pie

Aunt Cassie's Milk Punch
Pat and Phil's Wedding Punch
Tuna Casserole
Big Mama’s Cheese Topped Stuffed Potatoes

Big Mama’s Stuffed Devilled Crab

Grandma Dowling’s Pot Roast

Mimi’s Beef Patties

Kitty McMullen’s Lemon Jell-o® Cake

Mimi’s Cocktail Meat Bal

Mimi’s Cold Brandy Soufflé

Mimi’s Easy Corn Pudding

Mimi’s Macaroni and Cheese

Mimi’s Party Tenderloin
Mimi’s Pot de Crème Chocolat

Mimi’s Spinach Casserole

Lucie Weber’s Rich Chocolate Cookies (Teri’s Favorite!)

Lucie Weber’s Brown Sugar Cookies

Anna Wagner’s Coffee Cake

Old Time Egg Custard

Aunt Sara’s Spoon Bread

Adams Wine Recipe

Resipee for Cukin Kon-Feel Pees


Chapter 10:  Bloom Where You Are Planted                      


“Endeavor to make your house a home to each other.”

The poetry of James Nott Gillis is shared. Pictures of Jernigan, Odom, Cotton, Black, Bronson and Gillis


Chapter 12:  Herb Gardening          118-124


Once enchanted, they will enhance your life and touch those you love.” Luke Cooley


Nasturtium Sauce

Mint Sauce

Lemon Verbena Tea

Scuppernong Wine

Grape Wine

Blackberry Wine

Blackberry Wine

Sweet Watermelon Pickles

Watermelon Pickles

Candied Flowers from herbs 

Nasturtium Vinegar

Pear Preserves

Fig Preserves

Pear Honey

Pear Preserves

Apple/Geranium Jelly

Crab Apple Jelly

Chapter 13:Ten Lunch Bunch and Lunch Bunch Recipes 125

A group of ladies meet for 43 years and inspire others with their gift of friendship

·        Bread                  


Apricot Bread

Banana Nut Bread

Biscuits 1

Biscuits 2

Biscuits 3

Bread Sticks

Broccoli Cornbread

Cornbread Dressing

Country Club Muffins

Country Cornbread

Sour Cream Biscuits

Southern Cornbread Dressing

Spoon Bread

·         Appetizers           

Artichoke Dip

Baked Grapefruit

Black Olive Dip

Blintz Hors D-oeuvre

·         Beverages            

Cheese Log

Cheese Ring

Stuffed Celery

7 Up Cake

Apple Cake

12 Layer Cake Filling /icing

12 Layer Chocolate Cake

Bananas Foster

Chess Pie


Chocolate Delight

Chocolate Peanut Candy

Chocolate Pie

Cocoa Kiss Cookies

Crackle Top Cookies

 Date Balls

 Date Pie

Easy Dessert

Esther Hardin's Pineapple Pound Cake

Pineapple Glaze

Frozen Strawberry Crunch

Ginger Snaps

Golden Lemon Bars

Hummingbird Cake

Lee Jewell's Lemon Cheese Cake

Lemon Squares

Lillian Ann's Lemon Chess Bars

Meringue Filling

Meringue Shells

Mile High Pie

Milky Way Cake

Mitford Orange Marmalade Cake

Mitford Orange Marmalade Cake Frosting

Mixed Nut Turtles

My Friend's Yummy Cake

My Friend's Yummy Cake

Pat's Graham Squares

Peach Noodle Kugel

Peanut Pie

Pecan Pie with Chilled Vanilla Custard

Pots de Crème

  Sour Cream Coffee Cake

  Sour Cream Pound Cake

Strawberry Pie

Sweet Potato Pecan Balls

Triple Decker Fudge

Vanilla Kiss Cookies

White Chocolate Cheesecake

7 Up Frosting

Apricot Jell-O Topping

Carrot Cake Frosting

Chocolate Syrup

Easy Icing

Hummingbird Cake Icing


Ann’s Favorite Chicken Divine

Brisket Beef

Cheezy Chicken Roll Ups

Chicken a la King

Chicken and Rice Casserole

Chicken Casserole

Creamed Ham and Mushrooms

Elizabeth's Chicken Casserole

Egg Cheese Grits

Guerry’s Shrimp Casserole

Hot Crabmeat Sandwiches

Indonesian Pork Roast

Lokshen Kugel (noodle)

Erma's Lo Cal Cowboy Stew

Pizza Casserole

Pork and Rice Casserole

Pressed Chicken

Salmon Croquettes

Sweet and Sour Curried Chicken or Turkey

Apricot Salad

Baked Shrimp Salad

Black-eyed Pea Salad

Blueberry Congealed Salad

Buttermilk Salad

Chicken Salad


Curried Chicken Salad

Erma's Low Cal E-Z Strawberry Salad

Frozen Cranberry Salad

Frozen Strawberry Salad

Hot Chicken Salad Pie

Luncheon Salad

West Indies Salad

Red Cocktail Sauce

Roquefort Dressing Savannah

Apple Sauce

Mint Sauce

Sauce for Boiled Poultry

Celery Sauce

Onion Sauce

Egg Sauce

Asparagus Sauce

Oyster Sauce

Drawn Butter

Cold Squash Soup

Delicious Beef Soup


Baked Beans

Baked Rice


Broccoli Casserole

Carrots With Orange Sauce


Corn Casserole

Corn Pudding

Dill Bean Casserole

English Pea Casserole

French Peas

Lima Bean Casserole

Marinated Bean Salad

Marinated Vegetables

Mashed Potato Casserole

Party Green Beans

Potato Mounds

Tomato Aspic

Tomato Casserole


Chapter 14:  Alliwishus: A  Story My Mother Told me



Magna Charta lineage for Burson

Magna Charta lineage for Ramsey

Various interesting connections

                Alfred the Great


William the Conqueror

El Cid

                Lady Godiva

                Marc Anthony



Clotted Cream


Miscellaneous Pictures

T.R. Miller Class of 1930

Tulane Medical School Reunion 1974 for Class of 1944

Houston County Medical Association about 1965

Houston County Medical Auxiliary about 1965

Collection of Composites of Houston County Bar Association

Original Houston County Court House



Burson, Ramsey, Gillis, Jernigan, Cotton, Black, Adams, Oates, Lindsay, Hawkins, Dowling, Hawthorne, Wardlaw pictures are scattered throughout.   Some pictures have been selected because they tell a story.


To my readers:


Little did I know when I got my Masters in history that I would be using it in such a personal way.  My mother guilted me into gathering her genealogy into an organized manner.   Now, she acknowledges she created a monster.  All that I discovered was fascinating to me…but everyone else’s eyes glazed over.  How could I present the information in an interesting manner?  Add food to any gathering and you’ve got a winner.  Ergo…our recipes.


I could have simply distributed copies to my family…and truly intended to do just that…as my “letters” to my children.  But there are others out there who have sought pictures of some of these ancestors just as I have and this is a way to share these pictures with others. 


This family has “roots” in the earliest history of this country.  This CD focuses mainly on their involvement in the state of Alabama. 


The cookbook can be read through Microsoft Word.  The genealogy CD is a GED file that can be imported into just about any genealogy program.


Sincerely, Sharman Ramsey