Mary Polly Ann Mullican Black

mary-polly-mullican-black-207x250Mary Polly Ann Mullican Black is my third Great Aunt.She is a sister to my great great Grandmother Elizabeth Mullican Morgan.She is the daughter of Solomon Mullican and Nancy Ridgeway Mullican.She was born in 1822 in Kentucky and died in 1902 in Linn Co,Kansas.She married Moses Black Jr  in 1844.They migrated to Linn Co,Kansas by wagon train in 1868.They had the following children  1  Dr John Simpson Black born in 1845 and died in 1930.  2 Nancy Catherine Black  born in 1847 and died in1871  3 Mary E. Black born in 1849 and died in1868.  4 Elizabeth Jane Black born in 1852 and died in 1929. 5 Siltira Black born in 1852 and died in 1927.  6 Hilda S. Black born in 1857 no deathdate.  7 William Grant Black born in 1857 and died in 1880.  8 Magdalena Black born in 1867 and died in 1936.

Jesse James Auction Artifact – Lacks Provenance

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The James D. Julia auction house, in Maine of all places, is claiming an 1860 Army revolver they have for auction came through a “direct descendant of the James family.”  The descendant is not identified.  Some of the James family have lived in New England since the 1880s.

The auction house does not identify the provenance for its claim that Jesse might have used an Army revolver. Frank & Jesse James already had a clear preference in guns. They used the Colt Navy revolver. Upon his death, Jesse’s guns went to his wife and son, then to his grandchildren, who then donated them to James Farm & Museum. There’s been a clear and unmistakable chain of custody and provenance.

The father of Charles D. Schmelzer, a German born manufacturer who owned the Schmelzer Fire Arms Company, worked at the Colt armory in Hartford, Connecticut. The family company was located next door to T. M. James & Co. the store in Kansas City of Jesse’s uncle, Thomas Martin James. Charles D. Schmelzer himself served with T. M.’s son, Luther Tillman James, on the Kansas City Board of Education. Schmelzer’s immigrant father had sold fire arms in the Far West, through Kansas and Nebraska and all the way to Colorado, as he stood at trading posts beside stacks of buffalo skins, waiting to be shipped to New York.

I’ve submitted an inquiry to James D. Julia, and am waiting on a response of the gun’s provenance and the auction’s claims. I’m not holding my breath.

Ted Kennedy – The Lion Is At Rest

Just so recently I posted about Ted’s sister, Eunice Shriver & her contribution to our family. Now Ted Kennedy is gone, too.  To Eunice Shriver & Ted Kennedy, their Special Olympics, & the health & education programs that they provided us, we owe a debt and so much gratitude. Because of them, our cousin Bobby Brush, born with down syndrome, has lived better & longer than expected. For  the life Bobby has enjoyed, and for our joy in Bobby’s life,  our family says – Thank you, Ted Kennedy.

The Dream Shall Never Die

New Leaf – Mack Quinn Mohrbutter

Mack looks like he’s going to be a charmer.
Clark is thrilled to have a new brother.
Mother Barbara will rest later.

GENEALOGY UPDATE: Descendants of Mary Lee James
Mary Lee James – b. Oct. 16, 1946 + Donald Novotny
….2 Barbara (ne Maria James) Gilmore + Curtis Theodore Mohrbutter
……..3 Clark Lawrence Mohrbutter – b. 2007
……..3 Mack Quinn Mohrbutter – b. 2009

Quantrill’s Guerillas Family Member

David Owings sent me this fabulous photo. David is a 3rd great grand nephew of the brothers Gabriel George, Hiram J. George, and John Hicks George, all Quantrill Guerillas. The photo relates to guerilla John Hicks George who later became a doctor. At the time, becoming a doctor only took about 18 months of study. David and I are speculating if this is a class photos for John Hicks George while in medical school.

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Official blog for the family of Frank & Jesse James

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