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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RELIGIOUS LIBERTY fired the soul of Frank & Jesse James' grandfather John M. James just as it does today. When I was writing This Bloody Ground, Vol. II of JJSL, I relied upon John Ragosta (interviewed here) and his book Wellspring of Liberty to tell the story of John M. James and his band of rebel preachers who exiled Virginia for the frontier of the Cain-tuc. Listen to Ragosta's comments in this interview here for a first understanding of the term religious liberty. It may change how you view the topic today. ... See MoreSee Less

Announcing the passing of Robert G. McCubbin, a supporter of Jesse James Soul Liberty and a collector of Jesse James imagery.Its with great sadness that I share the news that legendary Robert G. McCubbin passed away this morning.

He was well known and respected in the American West history community, especially among Billy the Kid historians and enthusiasts. Mr. McCubbin was most well-known for his historic photographs, documents, books and artifacts, many pertaining to Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War.

McCubbin was also publisher of “True West Magazine,” and a founder of the Wild West History Association.

Aside from his incredible collection, wealth of history knowledge, he was also a wonderful and funny guy. I'm so blessed to have met and spent two days hanging out with him in Lincoln back in 2014.

My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
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Announcing the passing of Robert G. McCubbin, a supporter of Jesse James Soul Liberty and a collector of Jesse James imagery.

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Rest in peace

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