Jean Patterson Bible was born in Russelville, Tennessee. After high school graduation, she attended Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. Jean graduated in 1934 with a B.A. degree in English, French and Spanish. In June 1936, she married Lloyd Bible, also from Russellville and a graduate of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee-Memphis. Jean and her husband settled in Dandridge, where he was a pharmacist. She taught at Maury High School for several years and was active in a number of patriotic, educational, civic and social organizations in Dandridge. In the 1970s she was listed in Who’s Who of American Women. She was the Jefferson County Historian for several years. Many of her articles were published, along with a column, “This and That” which was published in the Standard Banner newspaper for nineteen years. Her book “Bent Twigs” was based on her research and experiences through the years. Not long after “Bent Twigs” came out, the New York Public Library requested a copy for the family division of the genealogical section. A short time later, the Mormon Genealogical Library, one of the most prestigious in the United States, requested copies of both her books for their family section. Her next book, “Melungeons Yesterday and Today” is a non-fiction book about this historic ethnic group. Her husband died in 1986. Their daughter is Laura, who has two daughters.