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Goat CastleA True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South$
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Karen L. Cox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635033

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635033.001.0001

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The Residents of Glenwood

The Residents of Glenwood

(p.35) Chapter Two The Residents of Glenwood
Goat Castle

Karen L. Cox

University of North Carolina Press

The chapter introduces Jennie Merrill’s neighbors and their personal histories. Richard Henry Clay Dana, known as Dick, was descended from the Danas of New England who were both journalists and ministers. His father Charles Backus Dana was the rector for Christ Church in Alexandria and Trinity Episcopal in Natchez. His second cousin was Charles Dana who operated the New York Sun. Octavia Dockery, Dick’s guardian, was originally from Arkansas and her father Thomas was a Confederate general. Together they lived in filth at Glenwood, Dana’s ancestral home. She became his guardian after Dick was declared non compos mentis. The pair never married and their errant livestock often trespassed on Merrill’s property causing damage. They feuded up until the day Jennie Merrill died.

Keywords:   Richard Henry Clay Dana, Octavia Dockery, Charles Backus Dana, Christ Church, Gen. Thomas Dockery, Confederate, Trinity Episcopal, Arkansas, Glenwood, Feud

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