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Jesse James Family & Friends in the War of 1812

Today, June 18, 2012, is the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812. Here are some of the patriots among the James family, our cousins, and close family & friends who fought the second war of the American Revolution…

Capt. Henry “Harry” James, Rev. Joseph Martin James, Rev. Daniel Field James, Thomas Hite, Robert Gilmore, High Griffin, James McKinzie, William Gilmore, John McAlister, John Griffin, Thomas Hargis, Sgt. Robert Kennedy, John Graves, Squire Griffin, Burton Hite, George McAlister, Thomas Powell Jasper, Nimrod Randolph, Daniel Cockerill, James Lapsley, Rev. Josiah Pitts, Capt. Pascal Hickman, Rev. Joseph Redding, John T. Redding, Thomas Lindsay, Rev. William Hickman, Lewellyn Hickman, William Sallee, William Kirtley, Rev. Ambrose Dudley, Thomas Parker Dudley, Isaac Boone, Alexander Hueston Rennick, Capt. William Garrard, Capt. William Jennings, Capt. Micah Taul, Tunstall Quarles, Gov. Isaac Shelby, William Henry Harrison, Gen. Andrew Jackson, and lastly the two who are credited with defeating Chief Tecumseh, Col. William Whitley and Col. Richard Mentor Johnson.

Their story will be told in the chapter “Calling Baptists to War,” found in Volume II of Jesse James’ Soul Liberty, titled This Bloody Ground.

Put Jesse James on Your MasterCard or Visa

Last week Capital One Bank approved the image of Jesse James for the face of the MasterCard of Eric James, president of The James Preservation Trust. This image never has been published before. The original full image of Jesse will be published for the first time on the book cover of Eric’s new book about the Jesse James family Jesse James Soul Liberty, Behind His Family Heritage of Stigma & Silence.

The funding campaign to publish Jesse James Soul Liberty remains in effect until August 14, 2011 at Kickstarter.com

To encourage additional pledges, The James Preservation Trust will now make this previously unpublished image of Jesse James available to anyone who registers a pledge of $25 or more, or who increases an existing pledge, between now and July 30, 2011. When the funding goal is successfully achieved, those who pledge will receive the image of Jesse James to put on their credit cards, together with the Rewards offered by the pledge amount selected.

Make your pledge today on Kickstarter.com . Put Jesse James on your bank credit card. And put Jesse James Soul Liberty and the history of the Jesse James family on the shelves of America’s bookstores and libraries.

Kickstart the book JESSE JAMES SOUL LIBERTY

WE ARE LAUNCHED!

Come join the party for JESSE JAMES SOUL LIBERTY – BEHIND HIS FAMILY HERITAGE OF STIGMA AND SILENCE.

I’m thrilled to invite you to join me in this final leg of a twelve year journey to research, write, and publish the only book ever written about the Jesse James family.

Join me at Kickstarter.com where you can enjoy the book’s exclusive backstory in addition to viewing the video below.

Give SOUL LIBERTY your own kickstart. Then be sure to tell your friends. Thanks for making a little bit of history with me.

Best regards,
ERIC JAMES

Stalkers of Famous & Infamous Families

Yesterday, on the True West magazine web site where I also blog, there was a shootout. Not with bullets, but with words. The perpetrator was a known stalker of mine, who came gunning for me. The stalker made his violence palpable.

The topic of the blog was titled, “Related to a Historical Person?” (The posting has since been taken down by True West)  I don’t think Walker, the poster of the blog, had any idea what was in store. I humorously chimed in about being a cousin to Sam Walton, but always I’m denied the family discount at Walmart. Randomly, out of nowhere, the stalker appeared under the cover of an anonymous alias to execute the dirty work.

Repeatedly, the stalker badgered me to reveal if I was or was not related to Jesse James. By custom, I do not claim to be related. I know full well the danger it produces and the harm it generates. The stalker furthered badgered me about The James Preservation Trust, founded by myself & the great grandson of Jesse James to address the historical interests of the Jesse James family. The stalker charged me with creating a phantom organization. In fact, the Trust is well documented in the public record & its officers publically identified on Stray Leaves for years. As for me, for the last 55 years I’ve lead a very public life, the information of which anyone can find if they just go looking for it.

My first warning about stalkers came from my mother-in-law in my second marriage. Miss Nancy was the daughter of famed tobacco scion R. J. Reynolds. At first, probing to learn if I myself was a stalker of her daughter, Miss Nancy soon turned in a motherly way to advise me of what I myself may expect. Though she spoke of paranoia, as I could expect to experience it, she also made clear that personal and even physical violence would be an ever constant threat. With that said, she then took me for a ride in her highly polished, black Chrysler that was almost twenty years old. She drove off, leaving her chauffeur standing in the garage.

Miss Nancy was right. My Hollywood marriage to her daughter was littered with a constant litany of worthless sycophants, predatory investment schemers, mongering Scientologists, and the occasional crazed drugee who appeared out of nowhere but required removal from the grounds by police. Living behind closed gates was not sufficient. Nor was it enough to employ three Great Danes, two Bloodhounds, and a St. Bernard in a chronic riot of barking for protection. Every moment you knew that someone was out there, trying to get at you for something, usually having nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.

Even before Jesse James was assassinated, the James family had formed its own defenses. Their common defense was to decompose the family into isolated cells of protective anonymity. Personal identity was surrendered. Surrendered, too, was any sense of common family. For more than 125 years, the James family has endured under its shroud since. One line of the family can’t even recognize the other, and occasionally won’t. My book Soul Liberty, to begin publication next year in four successive volumes, will address the James family condition and their identity lost to a constant state of seeming redemptive purgatory.

Personally, I do not open the door to someone unexpected. Too many come to the door unannounced. I do not pick up the phone of an unidentified caller, or a caller I don’t know. One stalker called me five times a day, every day for three years. I’ve learned to change my unlisted phone numbers often. Like Frank James, who circumnavigated the exterior residence before sitting down to a meal with his back to the wall, I too have event rituals I will not mention. I’ve notified certain individuals, that should I encounter a violent or unexpected or unexplained demise, there is a list of those who authorities should investigate.

I don’t consider myself a hunted man. But I do consider myself haunted. The last time R. J. Reynolds peered down at me was from a tin advertisement for his tobacco, nailed to the rafter of a log cabin gift shop at the Calico Mine in Barstow, California, as I and his granddaughter blithely shopped for souvenirs. The last time Jesse James peered at me was from the grave of his twin children, when I exhumed them in Waverly, Tennessee, to re-inter them with Jesse and their mother Zee James in Kearney, Missouri, per Zee’s lifelong wish, and per the promise she extracted from Jesse Jr., a promise left unfulfilled for too long.

In some way, I both regret and am happy that Brad Pitt’s movie, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, was not as successful as it deserved to be. I got its message in a big way! All it takes is one worthless individual, who is so devoid of self that their own identity must be found by inflicting harm on someone who is better known or recognized.

So, I live more in the virtual world today than in public. More in media, and on the internet, where cyber-stalkers are as real as any true-life physical stalker. Actually, cyber-stalkers are easier to deal with than physical stalkers. When cyber-stalkers appear, I record them, produce the record of their actions against me, and place the record with authorities for any future reference that may be required. It’s far better than living behind electric gates with five barking dogs. And, like Miss Nancy, I’d still get to drive my big, black, 1979 Lincoln Town Car, if I hadn’t sold it when petro-dollars went to four bucks a gallon.

UPDATE

The page for the blog link “Related to Historical People” has since been removed from the True West web site.

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