Betty Jane “Janey” Dudney is a retired adjunct history instructor at Tennessee Tech University. She obtained her BA in English with high honors from Tennessee Tech before raising two children. She later returned to TTU and earned MA degrees in English and History, teaching both at her alma mater for several years. The great, great granddaughter of General George Dibrell, Janey was inspired to complete this work as her Master’s thesis in History in 1985. She and her husband Morgan, a retired physician, live in the Free State community of Jackson County, Tennessee.