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A. J. James Highlighted in Frankfort Cemetery Tour

A.J. James
Andrew Jackson “A.J. James, 1817-1883

Andrew Jackson “A. J.” James will be highlighted in the upcoming cemetery tour of historic Frankfort Cemetery. This cousin of Frank & Jesse James left his mark on Kentucky’s capitol city as a State Legislator, State Attorney General, Kentucky Secretary of State, elector for Martin VanBuren, a Democratic nominee for Governor, Mayor of Frankfort, and president of Frankfort’s Farmer’s Bank. Despite A.J.’s former inheritance and ownership of twenty enslaved people, and his passage of legislation governing enslaved populations prior to the Civil War, A. J. often brought cases late in his legal career after the war, representing blacks before the Franklin County court.

A.J. James burial plot
Family burial plot of A.J. James, Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky

Frankfort Cemetery is the final resting place of many Kentucky founders and political elite. A. J.’s burial site is steps from the grave of Daniel Boone.

Russ Hatter will be hosting this cemetery tour. Hatter is a personal friend of the James family. Hatter also is an archivist at the Capital City Museum in Frankfort and a co-author of Frankfort Cemetery, the Westminster Abbey of Kentucky, and A Walking Tour of Historian Frankfort, among other books.

Russ Hatter
Russ Hatter, Assistant Curator of the Capital City Museum in Frankfort, Kentucky. Shown here in a visit with Eric F. James to the Cole Cemetery of the ancestors of Frank & Jesse James

This is the second year Hatter will be conducting his popular tour. This year’s tour will encompass 80 graveside presentations. Hatter’s tours of Frankfort are very popular attractions both for locals and tourists, as well as Hatter’s appearances in historical plays and re-enactments.  It is rumoured that the Jesse James family historian and genealogist Eric F. James will join Russ Hatter at the burial plot for A.J. James.

Rumour has it that the Jesse James family historian and genealogist Eric F. James may join Russ Hatter at the burial plot for A.J. James.

Eric F. James at Cole Cemetery
Jesse James family historian & genealogist Eric F. James visits Cole Cemetery near Midway, Woodford, County, Kentucky