Major Bridgewater, why?

MAJOR BRIDGEWATER, WHY? By Eric F. James “Major Bridgewater, Why?” first appeared in the James-Younger Gang Journal.  It appears here in a revised and enhanced edition. “They gutted my office pretty effectually.” So telegraphed Capt. William R. Gross to his Union superiors from the train depot in Danville, Kentucky. The Raid on Danville By January … Continue reading Major Bridgewater, why?

The Sift – May 14, 2018

The Sift is a periodic omnibus of significant, but smaller, ingredients of history, genealogy, and news, received behind the scenes & sifted daily at Stray Leaves. __________________________________________________________________________ Daniel Lewis James Movie “The Great Dictator” Banned by Thailand’s Ruling Junta Blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Daniel Lewis James and first cousin of Jesse & Frank James, still makes … Continue reading The Sift – May 14, 2018

2017 JAMES-YOUNGER GANG – Diary of a Preview Tour

TOUR DIARY – DAY ONE April 19, 2017 – Dan Pence and Tom Nall, president and past president of the International James-Younger Gang Inc., will arrive at the 200-year-old Hemp House here in Danville today. Then for three days, we will tour Kentucky and preview historic sites in preparation for the speaking events and tours … Continue reading 2017 JAMES-YOUNGER GANG – Diary of a Preview Tour

Stanley D. Smith Prompts An Odyssey of Surprise

The New Found Line of John LIghtfoot James, as it first appeared on Stray Leaves circa 2001. A closer look at the ancestry of Stanley D. Smith now links these two families. When I first read Dennis Smith’s story “My Loveable but Unrestrainable Grandfather, Stanley D. Smith”  the ancestry of Stanley D. Smith seemed entirely incidental … Continue reading Stanley D. Smith Prompts An Odyssey of Surprise