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R.I.P. Sam Shepard 1943-2017

Rest in Peace Sam Shepard, bluegrass neighbor in Midway, Kentucky and the best Frank James ever.

Actor Sam Shepard as Frank James
Sam Shepard as Frank James in Brad Pitt’s film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

 

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Tuesday June 30th, 2020

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Here's some colorful video history on George Morgan Chinn, a grandson of Frank James' cohort John Pendleton "Black Jack" Chinn. Whenever I drive from Danville to Midway or Lexington, Ky, I pass the ruins of Chinn's Cave House.
Here also are a couple of testimonials about George, also colorful, from the files of the James Preservation Trust.
#1- "I remember George very well. He was my late father's cousin and we do have his linage through the Morgan's, dating back to John Morgan in 1778. He was a really smart fellow and funny. His [Ed.: grand] father was Jack Chinn. I have a picture of him with William Jennings Bryan, Dicky Brant, and Frank James (Brother of Jesse) seated in a buggy hitched to the only grey horse that won the Kentucky Derby. Jack was fined five dollars for speeding in a horse-drawn vehicle. He paid ten dollars and told them to keep the change because he was going out of town (Harrodsburg, Ky) the same speed he came in. My dad had a lot of these old family tales."
And #2 - "hi I knew him personally. He has a lot of historical books at the Fort Harrod Museum. He also published one about Brooklyn or the Palisades area of Jessamine and Mercer Counties. His wife's nickname was Cotton because of her white hair. They were both feisty. I lived and grew up on five acres that attached to the Chinn land. It was at 5555 Lexington Rd in Mercer county. The Chinn mansion was in a hairpin curve...'Chinn curve.'
"We had hunters and trespassers that would go on the property and we would have to call the Chinns to have them removed.
"My grandfather grew up and ran with Jack Chinn. Jack had a moonshine still in a cave across the ky river from the mansion. He would take a boat across to the cave.
Mr. George Chinn was a historian and you can look for his books on google. Or contact the Fort Harrod in Harrodsburg or the local library. Sorry, that is all I have except I know George had a daughter."
George Morgan Chinn also was a director of the Kentucky Historical Society and editor of their publication "The Register." He authored several books, including "Kentucky: Settlement and Statehood, 1750-1800," still in print, "The Encyclopedia of Hand Arms," and the five-volume work "The Machine Gun."
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Thursday June 25th, 2020

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This 1879 map from the US War Dept. shows the extent of the 10,000 acres rancho of Drury Woodson James. The rancho reached from Paso de Robles to Chalome. The map also identifies the probable route DWJ took through the Palonio Pass and past the Salt Springs during the drought of 1863-64 when he drove 5,000 head of cattle from Paso to Lake Tulare to save and preserve the bulk of his wealth. ... See MoreSee Less

This 1879 map from the US War Dept. shows the extent of the 10,000 acres rancho of Drury Woodson James. The rancho reached from Paso de Robles to Chalome. The map also identifies the probable route DWJ took through the Palonio Pass and past the Salt Springs during the drought of 1863-64 when he drove 5,000 head of cattle from Paso to Lake Tulare to save and preserve the bulk of his wealth.

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Wednesday June 17th, 2020

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When this image of Drury Woodson James and wife Louisa Dunn, an uncle & aunt of Frank & Jesse James, went into auction of the Wilbur Zink Collection in 2013, I was skeptical about its authenticity. Previously, the only known images of DWJ were of him in his later years. Recently, I was contacted by a 3rd great-grandniece of DWJ's business partner Daniel Drew "D.D." Blackburn. She provides us with family history that connects the James-Blackburn families to Bradley & Rulofson, the photographer of the image. William Herman Rulofson was the spouse of Mary Jane Morgan. Morgan is a niece of D.D. Blackburn and a 2nd great-grandaunt of our informant. Rulofson also photographed DWJ's political mentor Leland Stanford, founder of Stanford University. In San Francisco, Bradley & Rulofson was the premier photographer of actors, writers, musicians, socialites, politicos, and Indians of early California. ... See MoreSee Less

When this image of Drury Woodson James and wife Louisa Dunn, an uncle & aunt of Frank & Jesse James, went into auction of the Wilbur Zink Collection in 2013, I was skeptical about its authenticity. Previously, the only known images of DWJ were of him in his later years. Recently, I was contacted by a 3rd great-grandniece of  DWJs business partner Daniel Drew D.D. Blackburn. She provides us with family history that connects the James-Blackburn families to Bradley & Rulofson, the photographer of the image. William Herman Rulofson was the spouse of Mary Jane Morgan. Morgan is a niece of D.D. Blackburn and a 2nd great-grandaunt of our informant. Rulofson also photographed DWJs political mentor Leland Stanford, founder of Stanford University. In San Francisco, Bradley & Rulofson was the premier photographer of actors, writers, musicians, socialites, politicos, and Indians of early California.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Tuesday June 16th, 2020

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We’re sorry to learn of the surprising and untimely passing of Kurt Leslie James 1952-2020 in Kansas. Kurt was the embodiment of the complex character found in many of the James family. A lawyer and lover of poodles, “He was an avid golfer, animal lover, a great storyteller, a gambling man, and one that loved the theater, art, the blues, live music, fine food and traveling.” Like many James, controversy attached to him, too. Kurt is descended from his 4th great grandparents John M. James & Mary “Polly” Poor through his 2nd great grandparents Robert Woodson James & Mary Elizabeth Deal. ... See MoreSee Less

We’re sorry to learn of the surprising and untimely passing of Kurt Leslie James 1952-2020 in Kansas. Kurt was the embodiment of the complex character found in many of the James family. A lawyer and lover of poodles, “He was an avid golfer, animal lover, a great storyteller, a gambling man, and one that loved the theater, art, the blues, live music, fine food and traveling.” Like many James, controversy attached to him, too. Kurt is descended from his 4th great grandparents John M. James & Mary “Polly” Poor through his 2nd great grandparents Robert Woodson James & Mary Elizabeth Deal.

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