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Jesse James’ Hidden Treasure – Deconstructing Chapter Two

New Found Line of John Bunyan James 1914-2006


A picture like this is irresistable.

Moreso, when you learn these are long lost James family cousins.

Well, maybe with the exception of the giant with the long ears in the middle.

Then again, who knows?

This is Jennifer Lee James-Sepaniak and her lovely family. Jennifer’s grandfather is John Bunyan James, himself a grandson of John James of Alvarado, Texas, through John’s son George DeHoney James and his wife, Annie Mae Howeth, shown here. Family photos have changed a little since three generations ago.


Jennifer has been generous in providing her line’s history and historic photos. Look for more of that to come.

Meanwhile, here’s the update on her line’s genealogy.

Descendants of John Bunyan James

1 John Bunyan James b: May 17, 1914 in Alvarado, Johnson Co TX d: Aug 03, 2006 in Knoxville, Knox Co TN + Vivian Virginia “Jennie” Roy b: Dec 09, 1911 in Tallulah, Madison Co MS d: Nov 27, 2000 in Ferriday, Concodia Co LA
….2 John Gregory “Greg” James b: Jun 30, 1952 in Houston, Harris Co TX, or Pasadena, TX + Beverly Ann Brown b: Sep 20, 1953
……..3 Jennifer Ann James b: Feb 10, 1974 in Knoxville, Knox Co TN + Matthew Wayne “Matt” Sepaniak
…………4 Elena Kate (Twin) Sepaniak b: Jun 08, 2004 in Knoxville, Knox Co TN
…………4 Rachel Ann (Twin) Sepaniak b: Jun 08, 2004 in Knoxville, Knox Co TN
…………4 Kara Blake Sepaniak b: May 13, 2008 in Knoxville, Knox Co TN
……..3 John Christopher “Chris” James b: Aug 13, 1979 in Knoxville, Knox Co TN + Sarah Ann Ezell
…………4 Ethan Christopher James b: Aug 03, 2006 in Knoxville, Knox Co TN


William Harold Latham passed away

Mr. William Harold Latham, 79 of Cincinnati, Ohio passed awayThursday, Nov. 5, 2009.He was the husband of the late Martha Lee (Hooker) Latham. He was born in Pulaski County, Ky. to the late Smith and Augusta (Owens) Latham. Harold was a longtime member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Somerset, Ky. and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.Survivors Include daughter, Lisa and husband Greg Waters; son, Jerry and wife Nancy Hooker; grandchildren, Sherri Gabbard, Robert Hooker, Christina Bean and Taylor Waters; four great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; brothers, James and Danny Latham; and sisters, Carolyn Ferrell and Marilyn Carter.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 at McKnight Funeral Home Chapel.Burial will be in Buffalo Springs Cemetery with Military Honors by the Caswell Saufley American Legion Post #18 of Stanford.Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 at McKnight Funeral Home.

Source: Commonwealth Journal, Somerset, Pulaski Co KY

Edith Chestnut Lay has died

edith-chestnut-lay1Edith Chestnut Lay, 66, of Somerset, Ky., passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009 at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home. She was born July 4, 1943 in Somerset, Ky., to the late James B. and Ruby Colyer Chestnut. She married Max Lay on Dec. 20, 1964 in Somerset, Ky.Edith graduated Georgetown College in 1964 and returned to Eastern Kentucky University to receive her Masters Degree. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.Edith is survived by her husband and her son, John B. Lay of Lexington, Ky.Preceding her in death are her parents; her son, James Chestnut Lay; and her brother, James C. Chestnut.Visitation for Edith will be held Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking and Crematory.A celebration of Edith’s life will be held Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking and Crematory with Bro. Darrell Vance officiating. Interment will be in the Somerset Cemetery.Somerset Undertaking and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.Condolences may be expressed at

Source: Commonwealth Journal, Somerset, Pulaski Co KY