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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I'm considering including this image of the actress Sarah Bernhardt in Vol. V of JJSL, a biography of Drury Woodson James. On the morning of April 18, 1906, eighty-two-year-old Drury awakened at his Lenox Hotel to the great San Francisco earthquake. His wife, Mary Louisa Dunn, twenty years Drury's junior, was torn between administering the hotel and its guests and her Catholic Church about to serve the dispossessed. Drury's son-in-law Edward Frederick Burns watched his Turkish Baths at 11 Grant St. burn to the ground. Suddenly Sarah Bernhardt appeared among the ruins. That night she performed Phedre in Berkeley. ... See MoreSee Less

Im considering including this image of the actress Sarah Bernhardt in Vol. V of JJSL, a biography of Drury Woodson James. On the morning of April 18, 1906, eighty-two-year-old Drury awakened at his Lenox Hotel to the great San Francisco earthquake. His wife, Mary Louisa Dunn, twenty years Drurys junior, was torn between administering the hotel and its guests and her Catholic Church about to serve the dispossessed. Drurys son-in-law Edward Frederick Burns watched his Turkish Baths at 11 Grant St. burn to the ground. Suddenly Sarah Bernhardt appeared among the ruins. That night she performed Phedre in Berkeley.

Yip Harburg appears on page 241 of Jesse James Soul Liberty Vol. I. He was the lyricist with Harold Arlen as the composer for the play Bloomer Girl, written by Daniel Lewis James Jr., originating from the idea of Dan's wife Lilith Stanward. They chose the perversities of fashion to dramatize the early struggles of the Women's Rights Movement. Like Dan James, Harburg, too, was blacklisted by Hollywood.April 8, 1896: The great American popular song lyricist Yip Harburg was born on this date in 1896! Yipper worked with many well-known composers. He wrote the lyrics to the standards "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?," "April in Paris," and "It's Only a Paper Moon," as well as all of the songs in The Wizard of Oz, including "Over the Rainbow." He was known for the social commentary of his lyrics, as well as his liberal sensibilities. He also championed racial and gender equality and union politics. ... See MoreSee Less

Yip Harburg appears on page 241 of Jesse James Soul Liberty Vol. I. He was the lyricist with Harold Arlen as the composer for the play Bloomer Girl, written by Daniel Lewis James Jr., originating from the idea of Dans wife Lilith Stanward. They chose the perversities of fashion to dramatize the early struggles of the Womens Rights Movement. Like Dan James, Harburg, too, was blacklisted by Hollywood.

When John Hunt Morgan surrendered in the Civil War, some of our James family serving under him surrendered with him. David Hunt James and his brother Richard Skinner James, of Woodford County, Ky., were captured and sent as POWs to Camp Douglas in Chicago. Richard died of his injuries while incarcerated. David Hunt James was sent to Richmond, Va. at war's end and paroled. He walked home to Woodford County, where he returned to his family's farm, continued to farm hemp and tobacco, and founded the Second National Bank of Lexington. Also captured with the James brothers was John Smith May, a nephew of Rhoda May and Rev. Joseph Martin James of Pulaski County, Ky.
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