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BELLE STARR appears in JESSE JAMES SOUL LIBERTY

Here are some people you’ll meet when you read Chapter Four of JESSE JAMES SOUL LIBERTY by Eric James. Chapter Four is about John James of Alvarado, Texas…

The top row is Myra Belle Shirley, more famously known as Belle Starr. While John James of Alvarado was teaching his school on the Texas prairie in July of 1872, John was visited by Belle Starr. John recounted the visit in his diary.

The bottom row is pictures of Emily Wren “Emma” Shirley. In 1896, John’s son, Enoch Elbert “Elo” James (pictured below), married Emma Shirley.

Enoch Elbert James 1876-1915

John was visited by Belle Starr shortly after the Comanche Indians slaughtered John’s neighbor Nicholas Henry Dawson. Nick Dawson had migrated to Texas from Woodford County in Kentucky where the Dawson family lived near the Black Horse Inn operated by the Cole family of Frank & Jesse James’ mother, Zerelda Cole.

Nicholas Henry “Nick” Dawson 1828-1870

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Soon thereafter, John M. James, the grandfather of Frank & Jesse James would come to associate with all these men - Gen. George Rogers Clark, Col. John Bowman, Lt. Col. Anthony Bledsoe, Capt. John Todd, Capt. Benjamin Logan, Capt. Daniel Boone, and Capt. James Harrod.
Watch for the story in Vol. II of JJSL, This Bloody Ground.December 31, 1776 - By action taken on December 6th, the Virginia General Assembly officially formed Kentucke County, Virginia.

Vast lands once known as Fincastle County, Virginia were carved into three new counties - Kentucke, Washington, and Montgomery - and Fincastle ceased to exist. Harrodstown (also known as Oldtown and finally as Harrodsburg) was the county seat.

A county militia was formed with the following men as members: Gen. George Rogers Clark, Col. John Bowman, Lt. Col. Anthony Bledsoe, Capt. John Todd, Capt. Benjamin Logan, Capt. Daniel Boone, and Capt. James Harrod.

Three-and-a-half years later on June 30, 1780, Kentucky* County was abolished and divided into Fayette, Jefferson, and Lincoln Counties of Virginia. These counties petitioned the Virginia House of Delegates to separate from Virginia and become a state. In 1792, the Commonwealth of Kentucky was created and admitted as the 15th state making up the United States.

*Note that during this time, March 7, 1789 to be specific, the Virginia General Assembly officially changed the spelling of Kentucke to Kentucky.
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Soon thereafter, John M. James, the grandfather of Frank & Jesse James would come to associate with all these men -  Gen. George Rogers Clark, Col. John Bowman, Lt. Col. Anthony Bledsoe, Capt. John Todd, Capt. Benjamin Logan, Capt. Daniel Boone, and Capt. James Harrod. 
Watch for the story in Vol. II of JJSL, This Bloody Ground.
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