Book Review – Son of a Bandit: Jesse James & The Leeds Gang, by Ralph A. Monaco II

BOOK REVIEW by Nancy B. Samuelson Son of a Bandit: Jesse James & The Leeds Gang, by Ralph A. Monaco II, (Monaco Publishing, LLC, 2012), 268 pp, soft cover, $20.95. The author is a practicing attorney in Kansas City, Missouri, a former member of the Missouri House of Representatives. He also has a passion for living history and historical presentations.… (more…)

Northfield, MN, Rakes in the Cash off Jesse James

Every year the Minnesota town of Northfield places its civic pride on display in a three day festival called the Defeat of Jesse James Days. The town celebrates its historic dismantling of the James-Younger Gang following their robbery of the First National Bank of Northfield on September 7, 1876, two days after Jesse James’ 29th birthday. The Younger brothers were… (more…)

You’ve Got Mail

The print book proof for Jesse James Soul Liberty Vol. I has arrived at the Hemp House.     linkscolor = “993300″; highlightscolor = “339900″; backgroundcolor = “FFFFFF”; channel = “none”;

In-Laws of Our James Know More Than Us Sometimes

Was it not for Ruby Tidwell-Johnson, few of our James family would know about the descendants of John James of Alvarado, his story, & the story of his line. Ruby is the wife of Dennis Lee Johnson, a James family descendant. For years, Ruby meticulously compiled a history of her husband’s family. Ruby not only collected the required genealogy of… (more…)

Randall James attends the Pioneers & Old Settlers Reunion

Randall James is attending the Pioneers & Old Settlers Reunion in Alvarado, Texas this weekend, and shares some pictures with us. Here Randy stands beside the plaque commemorating the Reunion, co-founded by John James of Alvarado. The commemorative plaque tells the story of the founding of the Reunion. From the Facebook page for Alvarado, we obtained this year’s schedule of… (more…)

Book Review – The Trial of Jesse James Jr. by Laurie Ann Little

Nancy Samuelson brings us another of her reviews in the Jesse James book genre. The Trial of Jesse James, Jr.: The Son of An Outlaw Stands Accused, adapted by L. A. Little, (Vintage Antique Classics Publishing Co. 2012), 201 pp., soft cover, $14.99. This book opens with a short section, “Beginnings” which gives a bit of the history of Jesse… (more…)

1st Preview – Jesse James Soul Liberty book jacket

Who doesn’t like getting some new clothes? Here’s the new jacket for Jesse James Soul Liberty. I think the fittings with the tailor went well. Can’t wait to get all dressed up and take my new jacket out in public. linkscolor = “993300″; highlightscolor = “339900″; backgroundcolor = “FFFFFF”; channel = “none”;

Nuptuals for Rosemary Ross

Thanks to the Pony Express that still sporadically delivers U.S. Postal mail to our offices, only recently did we learn of the recent wedding of Rosemary Ross to Melvin R. Havill. The wedding announcement that was sent in December 2011 announcing their wedding at Christmas finally was delivered to us in June. Unlike everyone else, we’re celebrating Rosemary as a… (more…)

Jesse James, Lost Treasure, & the Golden Circle – Where’s the Beef?

BOOK REVIEW by Nancy Samuelson JESSE JAMES AND LOST TREASURES OF THE KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN CIRCLE by Dr. Roy W. Roush, Ph.D., (Front Line Press: 2010, 81 pp., soft cover, $24.90.) The author claims he has a BA in Journalism, and a Ph. D in Biblical Archaeology. He also claims to have been a Professor at UCLA and Los… (more…)

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…)

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