Tag Archives: American


On November 20, 2011, Kansas City native Col. Stewart Boone McCarty Jr. died. Like the grandchildren of Jesse James, Col. McCarty was a direct descendant of Kentucky explorer Daniel Boone, making him a cousin to the grandchildren of Jesse James, who also are directly descended from Daniel Boone. (See Pedigree below.) Unlike the outlaw’s grandchildren who suffered under the stigma of their heritage, Col. Boone suffered no such stigma. He actively pursued his family history to the joy of reveling in it.

Col. Stewart Boone McCarty
Col. Stewart Boone McCarty Jr., USMC (Rtd.) – Left

Little joy came, though, to Joan Malley Beamis, who was the first of the Jesse James family to pursue the James family heritage. Joan was a great granddaughter of the infamous outlaw’s uncle, Drury Woodson James. Joan sought her own membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

Joan Bemia
Joan Malley Beamis



Her family strictly warned Joan to avoid any contact with her cousins in Missouri. Writing to the New York City Library, instead, Joan was dismayed to learn that the great repository of east coast history knew nothing about her family and nothing whatsoever about the family of Frank & Jesse James.

Col. McCarty had no such difficulty. For many years he served the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) as President General. Out of its membership of 28,000, Col. McCarty was one of six to receive the Society’s Minuteman Award.  He had graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with an AB in Economics. At George Washington University, he completed an MA in Management and Personnel Administration; and then he completed graduate studies in Archaeology at Worcester College of Oxford University and the Catholic University of America.

Despite receiving an excellent education herself, Joan struggled for years simply to make contact with her family of cousins who didn’t even know of her or her kinship with them. Joan wrote a number of times to Lawrence Barr, the outlaw’s grandson.  He ignored her letters. Finally, his wife, Thelma Duncan Barr responded to Joan, but only after Thelma had been urged to do so by a cousin in the Mimms family, who already was a member of the DAR.

Joan Beamis learned her cousins in the Jesse James line of her family knew little, if nothing at all, about their family history and lineage. Joan was left to perform the difficult research that took years to restructure the skeleton of her James family genealogy. What little she learned, Joan published as a book titled, Background of a Bandit, through the Kentucky Historical Society.

Stewart Boone McCarty
Col. Stewart Boone McCarty Jr.

Col. Stewart Boone McCarty Jr. pursued a lifelong career in the U.S. Marine Corps. He commanded units from platoon to battalion, in combat and in garrison, interspersed with staff assignments and attendance at military schools.  He was awarded the Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medals with combat “V” in Korea and Vietnam; the Purple Heart; the Meritorious Service Medal; and other United States and foreign military awards.

He retired from military service in 1974. Knowledge of his family history merited him membership in multiple lineage societies in which he avidly participated.

  • General Society of Colonial Wars (past Deputy Governor General and past Governor of the Washington D.C. Society)
  • National Gavel Society (past President)
  • National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (past President General; Minuteman Award Recipient; Patriot Medal Recipient)
  • One Hundred Living Descendants of Blood Royal
  • National Society Americans of Royal Descent
  • Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America
  • Order of the Merovingian Dynasty
  • Hereditary Order of Descendants of Loyalists and Patriots (past Governor General)
  • General Society Sons of the Revolution (past President of the Washington D.C. Society)
  • Huguenot Society of Washington D.C. (past President)
  • St. Andrew’s Society of Washington D.C. (past President)
  • Society of the War of 1812 (past President of the Washington D.C. Society)
  • Society of Descendants of Knights of the Garter (Treasurer of the American Friends)
  • Ancient Heraldic and Chivalric Order of Albion
  • Baronial Order of the Magna Charta
  • Jamestowne Society
  • Society of Boonesborough


Chivalric Orders

  • The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem (Officer Companion)
  • Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (Grand Cross, former Grand Prior, Priory of St. King Charles the Martyr, Washington, D.C.)
  • Knight of Grace of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem


Joan Beamis finally achieved her membership in the DAR. Her lineage link to the American Revolution came through her ancestry descended from the Patriot Robert Poor. Joan also learned she was eligible, if invited, for membership in more lineage societies. Among them are:

  • The Sons & Daughter of the American Revolution
  • The Daughters of the American Colonists
  • The Daughters of the Colonial Wars
  • The Jamestowne Society


In all her research, Joan never did identify the Patriots among her James lineage. They existed, as the new history of the James family will show in Jesse James’ Soul Liberty; but they eluded her.

Eric James, Danville, Ky. January 6, 2012


Pedigree of Col. Stewart Boone McCarty Jr.

. Stewart Boone McCarty Sr. & Vivian Myers Simmons

.. Ernest P. McCarty & Elizabeth Josephine Stewart

… Samuel L. Stewart & Delila L. Boone

…. Daniel Boone Jr. & Mary Constance Philabert

….. Daniel Morgan Boone & Sarah Griffin Lewis

…… Daniel Boone & Rebecca Ann Bryant


Pedigree of James Randall Ross

James Randall Ross

. Ronald Munro Ross & Josephine Frances James

.. Jesse Edwards James Jr. & Estella Frances McGowan

… Jesse Woodson James & Zerelda Amanda Mimms

.. Alfred Monte McGowan & Martha Ann Wood

… Luther Alfed McGowan & Mary Frances Hosman

…. Alfred M. Hosman & Mary Boone

….. Nathan Boone & Olive Van Biber

…… Daniel Boone & Rebecca Ann Bryant


James & Earp Cousin Rev. Bernard Patton Randall Passes

Rev. Bernard Patton Randall 1941-2011

Bernard Patton Randall is the son of Rev. William Lesbart Randall and Geneva James, and grandson of Mack Henry James.

His second great grandfather James Randall III came from Caswell County, North Carolina after the American Revolution to settle on the land of John M. James in Shopville, Pulaski County, Kentucky, where a plaque at the Peyton-Randall Cemetery memorializes him and identifies his burial in Randolph Cemetery in Bent, Pulaski County, Kentucky. The wife of James Randall III is Jemima Earp, an encestral relation of Sheriff Wyatt Earp.


From: Commonwealth Journal; Somerset, Pulaski Co KY
January 11, 2011

Bernard Randall
Somerset — Bernard Patton Randall, age 69 was born in Pulaski County, September 4, 1941 the son of Bro. William “Willie” Lesbert and Geneva James Randall .

He passed away Saturday morning, January 8, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

On March 11, 1967, he united in marriage with Rona Meade Randall who survives. To this 43 year union two children survive; Leslie Ann Randall and Samuel Robin “Robbie” (Misty Amber) Randall.

Also surviving are two treasured grandchildren: Samuel Houston and Mikayla Amber Randall; two sisters, Doris Ellen Wright and Glenda McKinney; and brothers, James William and Clifford Wendell Randall. with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to mourn his passing.

He is preceded in death by his sister; Geneva Dean Roberts and brother; Robert Wesley Randall.

Bernard was a Veteran who served in Army Intelligence and was retired from the Farmer’s Home Administration.

The son of a Baptist Missionary and Pastor, Bernard served his Lord as a licensed minister and deacon and was a Mission Service Corp missionary and provided instrumental leadership in Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief and Baptist Global Response.

The funeral service will be held 7 p.m. today at the Monticello First Baptist Church with Bro. David Coy Webb and Bro. Chad Fugitt officiating.

Burial will be Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at the Parlor Grove Cemetery with Bro. Albert McKinney, officiating.

Expressions of Sympathy should take the form of donations to the Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief.

Obituary courtesy of Hickey and Son Funeral Home, 340 North Main Street, Monticello, Ky., 42633



Mack Henry James

Ivadean James, sibling of Geneva James

Descendants of Geneva James