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In-Laws of Our James Know More Than Us Sometimes

Was it not for Ruby Tidwell-Johnson, few of our James family would know about the descendants of John James of Alvarado, his story, & the story of his line. Ruby is the wife of Dennis Lee Johnson, a James family descendant.

Ruby Tidwell Johnson & Husband Dennis Lee Johnson

For years, Ruby meticulously compiled a history of her husband’s family. Ruby not only collected the required genealogy of names, dates, & places of individuals, spouses, children, and their births, marriages, deaths, & burials, Ruby also collected the family lore & stories attached to John James of Alvarado & his descendants, that cause their history to live and be relevant today. Over the years, Ruby generously has shared what she learned among her James relatives.

Prior to the start of Stray Leaves’ publication in 1997, Ruby also shared the history & genealogy she collected with Stray Leaves author Eric James. In turn, her information has been shared countless times among other members of the James family who found their way to the James family’s web site, & among a public drawn to the James family’s story.

Ruby is not the only in-law to reveal the history of the James. In the twelve years of research conducted by Eric James, many times Eric encountered in-laws of the James who knew more about the James than the James knew about themselves. Except for those in-laws found among the line of Frank & Jesse James, who felt stigmatized by their marriage relationship and did not want it made known they were related to the notorious outlaws through marriage or any other way, James in-laws outside that line were more than willing to share what they knew. In some cases, they revealed family secrets unknown to the James themselves.

Some of what Ruby Tidwell-Johnson collected soon will find its way into Eric James’ epic, new history of the James family Jesse James Soul Liberty, Vol. I, Behind the Family Wall of Stigma & Silence. In the book’s “Acknowledgements” chapter, Ruby is appreciatively cited as a valued keeper of the James family’s history, for whom many are grateful.


Dennis Lee Johnson & Ruby Tidwell

. Lecil Johnson & Fredda Louise James

.. Jackson Waite James & Maggie Dozier Fitzgerald

… John James, of Alvarado & Mary Elizabeth Rosaline “Ross” Bradley

…. Cyrentius Waite James & Amanda Jane “Manda” Hall

….. Rev. Joseph Martin James & Rhoda May

…… John M. James & Clarissa “Clara/Clary” Nalle

Ruby Lee Hunt Whitney has died

Ruby Lee Hunt-Whitney 1930-2011

Ruby Lee Hunt-Whitney has died. Distantly related to the James through her ancestry among the Ironmonger family and the royal families of England, Ruby bore the unique distinction of also being related to the family of Sheriff Wyatt Earp, and his Earp relatives in Somerset, Pulaski County, Kentucky.

Ruby is more closely related to the James through her ancestry in the Randall family, an in-law family of the James, many of whom still reside upon the original settlement lands of John M. James in Shopville, Pulaski County, Kentucky.

Her obituary follows:

From Commonwealth News Journal, Somerset, Pulaski Co KY
January 14, 2011

Ruby Whitney
Somerset — Ruby Lee Hunt Bowling Whitney, passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at Fountain Circle of Winchester, Ky. She was 80.

Ruby Lee was born on November 17, 1930 in Somerset, Ky., beloved daughter of the late Charles and Buleah Coyler Hunt. She was a long time member of the Beacon Hill Baptist Church in Somerset, Ky.

For many years, Ruby Lee and her late husband Howard enjoyed outings in their boat on Lake Cumberland. Ruby Lee loved the water. She also loved playing card games with her children and grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Whitney was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Whitney, in 2005; six brothers; Lester Hunt, Marshall Hunt, Robert Hunt, Roy Hunt, Curtis Hunt, Everett Hunt; three sisters; Bessie Hunt, Grace Hunt and Edna Hunt Correll. She is survived by three sisters; Ella Bee Hunt Turner (and Bob) Hedge, Elva Hunt (and Arlee) Smith, Margaret Lou Hunt (and Gerald) Wilson; four daughters, Barbara Bowling (and Tom) Campbell of Winchester, Ky., Constance Bowling (and David) Boepple of Wesley Chapel, North Carolina, Debbie Whitney Turner of Batavia, Ohio and Sandie Whitney Long of Dolthan, Alabama; seven grandchildren; Patrick (and Kara) Abele, Shannon (and Heidi) Boepple, Tiffany (and Duane) Gorman, Sierra Boepple, Jerry (and Delphia) Turner III, Brandi Turner McGlone, Christopher (and Jessica) Turner; and nine great-grandchildren, Taylor Abele, Hannah Hacker Boepple, Hunter Elmore, Liam Boepple, Keauna Gorman, Caleb Gorman, Keyley Gorman, Brayden McGlone, and Kelton McGlone.

Ruby Lee’s family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the staffs of Fountain Circle and Hospice East for the special care and kindness she received while she was a resident.

Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church (204 South Main Street, Winchester, Ky. 40391). The family request no flowers. In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial contributions to First United Methodist Church, 204 South Main Street Winchester, Ky., 40391, Hospice East, 407 Shoppers Drive, Winchester, KY 40391 or Rose Mary C. Brooks Place, 200 Rose Mary Drive, Winchester, Ky. 40391.

Sign the guestbook at ScobeeFuneralHome.com.