Words by Charlie Chaplin & Daniel Lewis James Jr., a cousin of Jesse James

Daniel Lewis James Jr. co-wrote The Great Dictatorr with Charlie Chaplin. Dan James was a cousin of Jesse James. Like most warriors of democracy, Dan James found himself persecuted for his speech. Dan’s story is told in the forthcoming history of the James family, Jesse James’ Soul Liberty, Behind the Family Wall of Stigma & Silence. linkscolor = “993300″; highlightscolor… (more…)

New Ad Promotes Jesse James Farm & Museum

Clay County has issued a new promo for Jesse James Farm in Kearney, and the Bank Museum in Liberty, Missouri. It’s always enjoyable to see something new about the farm, but this just seems to fall flat. Kind of like reading classified ads. But I’m sure those less acquainted with James Farm will enjoy it.     linkscolor = “993300″;… (more…)

First Preview of Jesse James’ Soul Liberty

The first galleys of Jesse James’ Soul Liberty Vol. I are going out to book reviewers & book fairs. Final preparation for publication of the book are in progress. Have a look. linkscolor = “993300″; highlightscolor = “339900″; backgroundcolor = “FFFFFF”; channel = “none”;

Jesse James Family & Friends in the War of 1812

Today, June 18, 2012, is the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812. Here are some of the patriots among the James family, our cousins, and close family & friends who fought the second war of the American Revolution… Capt. Henry “Harry” James, Rev. Joseph Martin James, Rev. Daniel Field James, Thomas Hite, Robert Gilmore, High Griffin, James McKinzie, William… (more…)

How to Fake a Jesse James Photo

Despite the proliferation & debunking of countless fake Jesse James photos, we still receive images from people asking if their Jesse James photo is authentic. This video shows just how easy it is to fake a Jesse James photo. Recently Bill Koch, one of the infamous Koch brothers who pump $millions into political promotions, paid $2.3 million for an authentic… (more…)

Janice Malley, Sister of Jesse James Genealogist Joan Beamis, Has Died

  In recent days I was inserting this image of Janice Malley-Donovan-Hawkins into my forthcoming history of the Jesse James family, Jesse James Soul Liberty. As I did so, I was unaware Janice had died in Portland, Maine.   Just a few days ago I contacted Janice’s brother Jack. Joan had been suffering with Alzheimer’s for years. Jack said nothing… (more…)

The Latest Fake Jesse James History From Ron Pastore

  Nancy Samuelson, book reviewer for the Wild West History Association, the James-Younger Gang Journal, & Leaves of Gas reviews the latest book to come from the imagination of treasure hunter Ron Pastore       Jesse James’ Secret: Codes, Cover-Ups & Hidden Treasure by Ron Pastore and John O’Melveny Woods, (Intellect Publishing. 2010).    296 pp., soft cover, $19.95.… (more…)

Free Download – Sissy Spacek’s 20,000 Cousins

  One unavoidable thing about dying is, you never know who’s going to come along later and become your cousin. Consider Frank & Jesse James. The Academy Awards weren’t invented yet when the outlaw brothers were alive. They wouldn’t have a clue about how important and celebrated you could be once you owned  a coveted gold plated statuette. So Frank… (more…)

The Physical Art of Rebecca Busselle… plus a side order of bread

The latest video from Rebecca Busselle will make you hungry for bread. Click here and now to view and listen to Becky’s story “For the Love of Bread.” Then read on to learn more about Becky. She’s one of our James family’s most accomplished authors. When I first met Becky, she gave me this description of her girlhood years in… (more…)

James Drury of TV’s The Virginian Plays Jesse James Jr. – Bitter Heritage, Playhouse 90

Relax and enjoy a one hour vintage TV movie from 1958. Among the all-star cast, James Drury plays Jesse James Jr., Franchot Tone plays Frank James, and Eva LaGallienne plays the indomintable Zerelda, mother of Frank & Jesse James. Elizabeth Montgomery also appears in this movie. Montgomery subsequently played Belle Starr in the 1980 movie Belle Starr. linkscolor = “993300″;… (more…)

ASA CASTLE, Tattoo Artist in the James Family

The most amazing thing about Asa Castle is not the fact that Asa is a tattoo artist. It’s the fact that Asa is a single dad, who is raising his son Kannon Van Castle while making a living as an artist. Being both artist and single dad has its challenges.       Asa’s not the only artist in his… (more…)

Betty Dorsett Duke Book All Smoke, No Gun

  The following book review by Nancy Samuelson is published in tandem by The James-Younger Gang, The Wild West History Association, & Leaves of Gas. Beyond reviewing books for these organizations, Ms. Samuelson is the author of The Dalton Gang Story and Shoot From the Lip, available through Shooting Star Press. Jesse James: The Smoking Gun by Betty Dorsett Duke… (more…)


Here are some people you’ll meet when you read Chapter Four of JESSE JAMES SOUL LIBERTY by Eric James. Chapter Four is about John James of Alvarado, Texas… The top row is Myra Belle Shirley, more famously known as Belle Starr. While John James of Alvarado was teaching his school on the Texas prairie in July of 1872, John was… (more…)

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