Thomas L. Aud

A native of Daviess County, Kentucky, Thomas L. Aud received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin and Library Science at Western Kentucky University, a Master’s degree in Library Science at the University of Kentucky, and served in the U. S. Air Force in West Germany as a Czech linguist. He served briefly as the Head Librarian of the Laurel County Public Library in London, Kentucky, before over 31 years as Executive Director of the Jackson/Madison County Library in Jackson, Tennessee. He worked as a library consultant, an adjunct professor for Jackson State Community College, and Local Office Manager for the Census Bureau. He served as the Archivist for Madison County, Tennessee.

Mr. Aud did extensive genealogical research on his own family and others. He enjoyed reading mystery novels, including historical ones with settings in the Roman Republic. He lived in Jackson, Tennessee. He and his wife, Celeste, have two children and two grandchildren. Mr. Aud passed away on November 26, 2019.


Terry Barkley

Terry Barkley retired in 2012 as director of the Brethren Historical Library and Archives at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Illinois. He previously served as MMI Foundation archivist in the Baer Memorial Library at Marion Military Institute in Marion, Alabama. Terry is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Directory of American Scholars, and in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. He is an independent scholar and musician who lives in Shirley, Massachusetts.


Jack Happel Boone

Jack Happel Boone (1903-1966) was born in Trenton, Tennessee, and raised in Henderson. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English from Vanderbilt University in 1930 and 1931. Boone wrote several short stories both independently and in collaboration with Merle Constiner, including “It Sure Whips Me,” “Death Wife,” “The Return from Missouri,” and “Dossie Bell is Dead.” Their work “Big Singing” was recognized as one of the  O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1932. His only published novel, Dossie Bell is Dead, was released in 1939. Boone died in Henderson, Tennessee, in 1966, at the age of sixty-three.

Our co-founder, John E. Talbott, is working to revive interest in Boone's work through the Jack Boone Literary Preservation Project.


Jack MacGregor (Mac) Campbell

Jack MacGregor (Mac) Campbell, is a native of Harrison, Arkansas. He holds degrees in agricultural economics and law from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Laws in taxation from Georgetown University. In his career, he has served as Legislative Assistant and Tax Counsel to U.S. Senator Blanche L. Lincoln of Arkansas, Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Maria E. Cantwell of Washington State, and as the Deputy Staff Director and General Counsel of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee under Chairman Max Baucus of Montana. He was an Assistant U.S. Trade Representative in the Administration of President Barack Obama. Currently, he is Senior Vice-president of the Lincoln Policy Group, a public policy consulting and lobbying firm. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Katie and their dog Archie.


Peggy Scott Holley

Peggy Scott Holley has a BA in History from Lipscomb University and an MA in American History from Boston University. She is retired from teaching American History at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas. The winner of a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) College Teaching Excellence Award, she has also received the West Tennessee Historical Society’s Marshall Wingfield Award for her article, “The Seventh Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry: West Tennessee Unionists in Andersonville Prison.”

To learn more about Peggy’s research on the 7th Tennessee, please visit her website at


Kevin D. McCann

A native of Jackson, Tennessee, Kevin D. McCann graduated with a BS Degree in History from Union University. He has written several books related to the history of West Tennessee, including Hurst’s Wurst, The Jackson Generals: Minor League Baseball in Jackson, Tennessee, and The Peg Leg Politician: Adam Huntsman of Tennessee. He is currently transcribing and annotating the diary of Robert Henry Cartmell of Madison County, Tennessee.

He is the co-founder and publisher of BrayBree Publishing.


John E. Talbott

John E. Talbott is a practicing attorney and proprietor of the law firm of John E. Talbott and Associates in Henderson, Tennessee. He has taught and lectured on the subject of history at the high school and college levels. A resident of Henderson, he is also the editor of the works of the late Tennessee novelist and short story writer Jack Happel Boone. To learn more about this project, please see the Jack Boone Literary Preservation Project.

John is also the co-founder and editor of BrayBree Publishing.