In chapter 1, Scout gives a brief description of her family's history and describes the small, tired town of Maycomb, Alabama. Scout begins by mentioning that her ancestor Simon Finch initially emigrated from England and established a small homestead with the help of several slaves on the banks of the Alabama River. Simon's homestead was named Finch's Landing, and it flourished until the Civil War, which left Simon's decedents stripped of his wealth and fortune. Atticus and his family grew up on Finch's Landing, and Atticus ended up studying law in Montgomery, Alabama. Atticus's younger brother, John Hale Finch, traveled to Boston to practice medicine, while their sister, Alexandra, remained on the homestead with her husband. Scout also mentions that her father practices law in Maycomb and helped pay for his brother's post-secondary education. Scout's family lives on the main residential street in town with their African American cook, Calpurnia. Scout also mentions that she is almost six years old and that her older brother, Jem, is nearly ten years old at the beginning of the story.