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Graves Family Reunion Returns to Kentucky

The Graves family and friends are gathering in Frankfort, Kentucky

Frankfort, Kentucky, and its surrounding regions was an early destination for those Graves ancestors who departed colonial Virginia in the late 1700s.

From Fayette County, Kentucky, Mary Jane Graves & Lloyd J. Goodwin are the 3rd great grandparents of actor Steve McQueen:
Lloyd J. Goodwin & Mary Jane Graves
. Elizabeth Elenora Goodwin & Pike Montgomery Thompson
.. John William Thomson & Julia Franklin Graves
… Lillian Mae Thomson & Victor Lee Crawford
…. Julia Crawford & Terence William McQueen
….. Terence Stephen “Steve” McQueen

Our rendezvous in Frankfort in 2019 will build upon our earlier Graves family gatherings in Harrisonburg/Staunton, Virginia in 2015, in Bardstown, Kentucky and three surrounding counties in 2016, and in Williamsburg/Jamestown, Virginia most recently in 2017.

Known and unknown cousins are welcome to come together from various lines of the Graves family. These even include close Y-DNA matches.

In this area of Kentucky, our focus will turn to the following numerical lines of the Graves Family Association (GFA): 62, 94, 96, 111, 174, 261, 602, 606, and 630, as well as 46, 77, 96, 111, 118, 150, 152, 215, 220, 270, and 511.

From recent DNA testing, FamilyTree DNA identifies these “Graves family tree branches” have shared common “recent” ancestors, dating back to the 1700s in Virginia.

Not one of these Graves lines? No problem! Join us anyway. While it’s not known how some of these branches connect, figuring out our mutual historical connections is part of the fun. This conference is about your family. Who knows what we will discover!

PROGRAM

Final complete arrangements for our program are still being confirmed. Bookmark this page and check back periodically for updates.

Sep. 24, Tuesday, Arrival Day

Join a discussion of Graves family lines.

Evening dinner together by reservation

Sep 25, 26, 27, Wednesday-Thursday-Friday

Speakers and presentations

Tour local and Graves family historical sites across four counties

Lunch and dinner together

Sep 28, Saturday, Departure Day

MAKE A VACATION

Frankfort is the State Capitol of Kentucky, with many places to see and visit. It is centrally located between Louisville, 50 minutes away, and historic Lexington, 25 minutes away.  Come earlier for the weekend and enjoy the Kentucky Bourbon Festival.

ACCOMMODATIONS

A block of rooms is available to you at a discount rate at the Fairfield Inns & Suites-Frankfort, Ky. View the facility, amenities, and rooms HERE.

Our discount rate is $109 per night plus tax for any nights between Sunday, Sep 22 through Friday night Sep 27, with departure Sep 28. Most rooms are queen beds. Others arrangements are available by request.

To take advantage of the discount rate, you must telephone to make your reservation.

TO RESERVE YOUR ROOM

Call: (502) 695-8881.

Identify our group: “The Graves Gathering”

Provide our code: “GGRS”

Reserve early. No online reservations are available for the GGRS discount.

ORGANIZERS

Michael D. “Mike” Graves:  mdg440@yahoo.com

Deb Lowe: dalowe_1@yahoo.com

Steve Graves: sgraves@tampabay.rr.com

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

Book Signing Adventures

Surprise adventures and arrivals at my book signings are becoming no longer surprising.

Eric F. James with Katie Cole
Katie Cole speaks with author Eric F. James

Last week, at the Gathering of Authors, a young lady introduced herself to me. She said she knew all about Jesse James. “What’s your name,” I asked. “Katie Cole,” she replied. “Do you live in Frankfort,” I pressed.” “No,” she responded, ” in Stamping Ground.”

Katie Cole is kin to Jesse and Frank’s mother, Zerelda Elizabeth Cole. Zerelda’s uncle, Judge James Madison Lindsay of in Stamping Ground, sent Zerelda to a convent school in Lexington for disciplinary purposes.

Katie and I conversed at length about my book and its many pictures. Her mother, April Cole, took all these pics. I believe the website KyCaptialLiving.com, where more event pics appear, is her’s, too.

Katie is one sharp and intelligent young lady. When I inquired about her interests, she said she liked creating video games. Later in the day, Katie visited me again. She was collecting autographs from all the authors. I signed mine, “To Cousin Katie, Let’s get up a video game for Jesse. Best regards…”

A short time later, Kentucky’s 1999-2000 Poet Laureate, Richard Taylor, came over to introduce himself. “You don’t have to introduce yourself, Richard. I know you well,” I said. “You do?” Richard asked. I replied, “I never forget a person who sues me.”

Poet Richard Taylor
Richard Taylor, Author & Former Kentucky Poet Laureate

I then refreshed Richard’s memory of several years ago. At that time, Richard he sat on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS). The Board he sat on decided to sue me with The Concerned Members of the KHS on the advice of an executive director to the KHS, appointed by one of Kentucky most corrupt governors, Gov. Ernie Fletcher. I was the Concerned Members’ president and became the primary target of the lawsuit.

Richard and I recalled the KHS misadventure and lamented what has become of the KHS since. He shared some intelligence that things might finally be turning around for the better with the KHS. I reminded Richard of the James family’s long standing with the KHS that preceded the lawsuit. We’re both looking forward to hearing news of new directions, and the re-stabilization of the venerable, old institution.

Poor Richard's Books, Frankfort, Ky.
Poor Richard’s Book Store, Frankfort, Kentucky

Before I relocated to Kentucky from California, when I visited Kentucky to do research for my books, Richard Taylor’s Bookstore in Frankfort was always my first stop. I always managed to leave one or two hundred dollars behind in his store. Now, Richard says, he’ll be stocking my books.

Richard’s Taylor family has a long history with our James that will become a very clear in Volume II of Jesse James Soul Liberty – This Bloody Ground.

Frankfort, Kentucky’s Gathering of Authors 2013

Just a reminder ladies…

Jesse James Soul Liberty Ladies Book Club

Tomorrow, Saturday, August 24, 2013, yours truly, Eric F. James, will be signing my book Jesse James Soul Liberty in the company of Kentucky’s finest authors at the 2013 Gathering of Authors at the Paul Sawyier Library in Frankfort, Ky., from 10am to 3 pm.
Y’all come now.

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