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Susan Prudence James, Granddaughter of John M. James & Mary “Polly” Poor

The most recent accession to The James Preservation Trust has been the contribution of an important historical photo of the family of Susan Prudence James and her spouse John Wesley Smith. Sue James, as she was called, is the daughter of Dr. John R. James, a brother of Frank & Jesse’s father Rev. Robert Sallee James. The full image displays the six adult children of Sue James Smith in fine detail.

The image was contributed by Sandra Lou Russell “Sandy” Kassen, a great granddaughter of Sue James. Sandy also has contributed family obituaries and biographical data.

John Wesley Smith, the husband of Sue James, is a descendant of the Withers family of Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia. Smith’s mother, Ann Stewart Withers, is a second great granddaughter of Virginia Burgess James Withers, the spouse of Elizabeth Keene, who lived on the Potomic River in Stafford County. This same Withers family intermarried with the James in colonial Virginia.

The complete image can be viewed in the NEWS section of the flash entry to Stray Leaves

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RELATED STORY: Obituary of Dr. John R. James, Uncle of Frank and Jesse James