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

Official website for the family of Frank & Jesse James – Living lives, telling the story. Knowing self.

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