Sparrel Bevins Leslie
First cousin of James Harvey Leslie
Both men were probably used to create the fictional Sparrel Pattern
Patterns of Wolfpen
Characters in the Book
6. Harlan H. Hatcher (author)
** Some interesting similarities of Sparrel Bevins Leslie and Sparrel Pattern **
This photo of the rear of the house was taken in 1985 from the paved road that now runs through the farm once owned by Sparrel's father, Pharmer Lesley/Leslie. It wasn't occupied and was razed soon afterward. I remember the old county road passed in front of the house in the 1940s. It looked much like the house described in the book that had a "two-story porch with the ornamental banisters across the front of the house, all done by hand on the Wolfpen property."
Another house with a two-story porch was built about 1914 by Garland Hurt, grandson of Thomas Patton May, on his farm near the homesite of the original Lesley settlers. This architecture was very popular in the region and neighbors passing by the house always knew they were welcome to step up on the front porch to visit with the family and stay for dinner.