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Jesse James and the Lost Templar Treasure

BOOK REVIEW: Duke, Daniel J., Jesse James and the Lost Templar Treasure: Secret Diaries, Coded Maps, and the Knights of the Golden Circle (Rochester, VT, Destiny Books, 2019) 148 pp, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index, softcover, $16.99.

By Nancy B. Samuelson

Daniel J. Duke, author & son of Jesse James conspiracist Betty Dorsett Duke.

Daniel J. Duke, is the son of Betty Dorsett Duke. Those who follow Jesse James’ literature will likely remember that Betty wrote three books. She claimed Jesse James was not killed by Bob Ford and that her grandfather James L. Courtney was actually Jesse James. This book continues along that same line and repeats the claims that James L. Courtney was really Jesse James.

The title of the book, however, is very misleading

The title of the book, however, is very misleading. There is little in this book about the real Jesse James and very little about James L. Courtney. There is also little discussion of the Knights of the Golden Circle. The book is a complete leap into the world of esoteric legends and myths concerning the Knights Templar, Rosicrucians, Masons, and other such groups.

Knights Templar parade in downtown Chicago, Illinois, 31st Triennial Conclave, August 6-13, 1910

The book is a complete leap into the world of esoteric legends and myths

The author tosses out the names of many famous people and expects us to believe that such historical figures as Francis Bacon, Sir Christopher Wren, John Dee, and a host of others somehow obtained information about the vast wealth of the Knights Templar and passed this knowledge down to people who survive today. The author’s great-grandfather, James L. Courtney, was one of the chosen few who obtained the knowledge of some of this immense treasurer buried in various locations in the United States.

The book is replete with lots of diagrams, overlays, secret symbols, etc. etc. etc. Various works of art are also presented and these too contain secret symbols relating to vast hordes of treasure.

The Knights Templar came into being during the crusades. They developed an extensive banking system and acquired sizeable amounts of assets. In the early 1300s the King of France, who owed vast amounts of money to the Templars, decided to destroy the order. According to the author, the Templars were able to assemble a fleet of ships and take their treasures to the new world. The plan was to build a new and more perfect society at some future date.

Betty Dorsett Duke in 2001, attending the annual conference of the James-Younger Gang. At the event, Duke demanded the blood of the James family so she could prove by DNA her claimed kinship as a descendant of Jesse Woodson James.

claims that vast amounts of treasure are to be found in Victorio Peak (now within the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico) and a secret vault under Burton Chapel on the campus of William and Mary College in Virginia

Mr. Duke claims that vast amounts of treasure are to be found in Victorio Peak (now within the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico) and a secret vault under Burton Chapel on the campus of William and Mary College in Virginia, There are also various other sites around the United States that contain an untold amount of Templar treasure. The author presents overlays, secret numbers, etc. etc. to make his case.

take a pass on this one.

In summary, if you like fantastic tales of buried treasure, you might enjoy this book. If you are looking for information about Jesse James take a pass on this one.


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Thursday February 27th, 2020

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A Saudi sheik has just restored the Kentucky frontier cabins of some Hite family descendants. George Burns Hite & Nancy Gardner James are the parents of Robert Woodson & Clarence Jeff Hite of Quantrill’s Guerillas, better known as Woot & Tuck Hite. Nancy James is a daughter of John M. James & Mary “Polly” Poor. When John M. James entered Kentucky, four grandsons of Hans Jost Hite already were well established at Fort Harrod. The four grandsons and descendants of Hans Jost Hite - Abraham, Joseph, Isaac, and John Jacob Bowman - were known as the “Four Centaurs of Cedar Creek.” Cedar Creek is where John M. James established his first home on the frontier. The Four Centaurs are 1st cousins of George Burns Hite and his sons Woot & Tuck, 2 and 3 generations removed respectively. If you visit Kentucky today, you also can visit the thoroughbred farm of Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. ... See MoreSee Less

A Saudi sheik has just restored the Kentucky frontier cabins of some Hite family descendants. George Burns Hite & Nancy Gardner James are the parents of Robert Woodson & Clarence Jeff Hite of Quantrill’s Guerillas, better known as Woot & Tuck Hite. Nancy James is a daughter of John M. James & Mary “Polly” Poor. When John M. James entered Kentucky, four grandsons of Hans Jost Hite already were well established at Fort Harrod. The four grandsons and descendants of Hans Jost Hite - Abraham, Joseph, Isaac, and John Jacob Bowman - were known as the “Four Centaurs of Cedar Creek.” Cedar Creek is where John M. James established his first home on the frontier. The Four Centaurs are 1st cousins of George Burns Hite and his sons Woot & Tuck, 2 and 3 generations removed respectively. If you visit Kentucky today, you also can visit the thoroughbred farm of Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.Image attachmentImage attachment

Tuesday February 25th, 2020

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For John M. James, the travel time in 1782 from Virginia into the richly forested frontier of the District of Virginia that became Kentucky, was longer than a month. By the time of 1800 when John was patrolling Eastern migrants along the Wilderness Road into the Cain-tuc, the travel time was cut in half to two weeks. John's patrolling also made the passage twice as safe. ... See MoreSee Less

For John M. James, the travel time in 1782 from Virginia into the richly forested frontier of the District of Virginia that became Kentucky, was longer than a month. By the time of 1800 when John was patrolling Eastern migrants along the Wilderness Road into the Cain-tuc, the travel time was cut in half to two weeks. Johns patrolling also made the passage twice as safe.

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Sunday February 23rd, 2020

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Paul Maccabee explains why St. Paul MN was a safe haven for criminals like Francis Lawrence "Jimmy" Keating of our James family. Paul was drawn to SL by our profile of Jimmy you can find in the comments below. In the video, Paul shows a record of Jimmy's train robbing cohort Tommy Holden. ... See MoreSee Less

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