J. Mark Beamis Endorses Jesse James Soul Liberty

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ENDORSEMENT by J. MARK BEAMIS…Mark is the son of Joan Beamis who authored the first genealogy of the Jesse James family Background of a Bandit, first published by the Kentucky Historical Society in 1970, and replicated by others since. He and his mother are first cousins of Frank & Jesse James. Mark has just written the following, highly personal endorsement. The files Mark references are his mother’s original research files for her book. The opening chapter of Jesse James Soul Liberty addresses Joan’s first attempts to learn of her own relationship to the outlaws Frank & Jesse James, after her father let the cat out of the bag through a slip of the tongue.

“I first learned of Eric James and his literary endeavors in late 2002, early 2003. My uncle told me about him, as Eric had contacted him while doing research on his book, Jesse James Soul Liberty. He referred him to me as my mother had compiled over many years of research a voluminous amount of material concerning the ‘famous’ outlaw Jesse James and his connection to our family.

“As my mother had passed away several years earlier, I was carting around these boxes with really no clue as to what was in them. To make a long story short, I sent him over 40 lbs. of documents in the Spring of 2003. Thanks to his detailed knowledge of the subject matter, and his expert skills as a writer and researcher, I’ve learned more about my mother’s work and my family than I ever dreamed possible.

“Reading preliminary drafts of his chapters on my mother and her work has moved me to tears, and I have had no qualms about donating all of her research and source material to him for safekeeping. He’s a very interesting and talented man, and I endorse him without reservation.”

J. Mark Beamis, October 9, 2012


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EXCITING NEWS FROM PARIS, FRANCE . . . We've recently learned that the archives of Charlie Chaplin in Paris have an abundance of material related to our blacklisted, American screenwriter Daniel Lewis James Jr. Dan James story of his relationship with Chaplin is told in the chapter "All For the Underdog" in Jesse James Soul Liberty, Vol. I, Behind the Family Wall of Stigma & Silence.

Nellie Willard Werger pictured below, a granddaughter of Lillith Stanward, Dan's wife, made a substantial contribution of artifacts to the Chaplin archive.

Photos of Dan James with his Leica camera slung around his neck, when he worked on the movie set of The Great Dictator, now compliment the daily notes that Dan wrote during production. Photos Dan took while filming and also off the set also appear in the archive.

One of the images of Dan James that has captivated our attention is a photo of him shirtless, as he worked with Chaplin in a scene where Chaplin is in a mud hole. Dan's shirtless image perfectly displays the broad shoulders and body trunk that is genetic among our James men. This is a physical feature very commonly overlooked by those who seek to authenticate images claimed to be Jesse James.

More regarding this archive of new photos and documents will be appearing soon on our website Stray Leaves.
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EXCITING NEWS FROM PARIS, FRANCE . . . Weve recently learned that the archives of Charlie Chaplin in Paris have an abundance of material related to our blacklisted, American screenwriter Daniel Lewis James Jr. Dan James story of his relationship with Chaplin is told in the chapter All For the Underdog in Jesse James Soul Liberty, Vol. I, Behind the Family Wall of Stigma & Silence.

Nellie Willard Werger pictured below, a granddaughter of Lillith Stanward, Dans wife, made a substantial contribution of artifacts to the Chaplin archive. 

Photos of Dan James with his Leica camera slung around his neck, when he worked on the movie set of The Great Dictator, now compliment the daily notes that Dan wrote during production.  Photos Dan took while filming and also off the set also appear in the archive.

One of the images of Dan James that has captivated our attention is a photo of him shirtless, as he worked with Chaplin in a scene where Chaplin is in a mud hole. Dans shirtless image perfectly displays the broad shoulders and body trunk that is genetic among our James men. This is a physical feature very commonly overlooked by those who seek to authenticate images claimed to be Jesse James. 

More regarding this archive of new photos and documents will be appearing soon on our website Stray Leaves.Image attachmentImage attachment

I'm considering including this image of the actress Sarah Bernhardt in Vol. V of JJSL, a biography of Drury Woodson James. On the morning of April 18, 1906, eighty-two-year-old Drury awakened at his Lenox Hotel to the great San Francisco earthquake. His wife, Mary Louisa Dunn, twenty years Drury's junior, was torn between administering the hotel and its guests and her Catholic Church about to serve the dispossessed. Drury's son-in-law Edward Frederick Burns watched his Turkish Baths at 11 Grant St. burn to the ground. Suddenly Sarah Bernhardt appeared among the ruins. That night she performed Phedre in Berkeley. ... See MoreSee Less

Im considering including this image of the actress Sarah Bernhardt in Vol. V of JJSL, a biography of Drury Woodson James. On the morning of April 18, 1906, eighty-two-year-old Drury awakened at his Lenox Hotel to the great San Francisco earthquake. His wife, Mary Louisa Dunn, twenty years Drurys junior, was torn between administering the hotel and its guests and her Catholic Church about to serve the dispossessed. Drurys son-in-law Edward Frederick Burns watched his Turkish Baths at 11 Grant St. burn to the ground. Suddenly Sarah Bernhardt appeared among the ruins. That night she performed Phedre in Berkeley.

Yip Harburg appears on page 241 of Jesse James Soul Liberty Vol. I. He was the lyricist with Harold Arlen as the composer for the play Bloomer Girl, written by Daniel Lewis James Jr., originating from the idea of Dan's wife Lilith Stanward. They chose the perversities of fashion to dramatize the early struggles of the Women's Rights Movement. Like Dan James, Harburg, too, was blacklisted by Hollywood.April 8, 1896: The great American popular song lyricist Yip Harburg was born on this date in 1896! Yipper worked with many well-known composers. He wrote the lyrics to the standards "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?," "April in Paris," and "It's Only a Paper Moon," as well as all of the songs in The Wizard of Oz, including "Over the Rainbow." He was known for the social commentary of his lyrics, as well as his liberal sensibilities. He also championed racial and gender equality and union politics. ... See MoreSee Less

Yip Harburg appears on page 241 of Jesse James Soul Liberty Vol. I. He was the lyricist with Harold Arlen as the composer for the play Bloomer Girl, written by Daniel Lewis James Jr., originating from the idea of Dans wife Lilith Stanward. They chose the perversities of fashion to dramatize the early struggles of the Womens Rights Movement. Like Dan James, Harburg, too, was blacklisted by Hollywood.

When John Hunt Morgan surrendered in the Civil War, some of our James family serving under him surrendered with him. David Hunt James and his brother Richard Skinner James, of Woodford County, Ky., were captured and sent as POWs to Camp Douglas in Chicago. Richard died of his injuries while incarcerated. David Hunt James was sent to Richmond, Va. at war's end and paroled. He walked home to Woodford County, where he returned to his family's farm, continued to farm hemp and tobacco, and founded the Second National Bank of Lexington. Also captured with the James brothers was John Smith May, a nephew of Rhoda May and Rev. Joseph Martin James of Pulaski County, Ky.
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Several of my family served under Gen.Morgan and were captured then sent to camp Douglas..Thank you for your post.

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