In Defense of a Birther

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Singer Pat Boone’s recent birther claim has turned on him. Against all evidence, Boone has claimed he will produce proof that President Barrack Obama was born in Kenya. Boone, it seems, now is called upon to produce evidence that he is a descendant of Daniel Boone, as he claims. The challenge for Boone is to produce bona fide proof of ancestry connecting him to Kentucky explorer Daniel Boone, or fall suspect that his own perma-dark complexion indicates that Pat Boone also may be foreign-born.

Los Angelinos recall Pat Boone in his semi-retirement during the 1970’s. Boone was a periodic guest on the daytime television show of former L.A. mayor Sam Yorty.

Sam Yorty & Ronald Reagan

The mayor, an arch Republican like Pat Boone, was proudly tickled any time Boone claimed to be descended from the famed frontier woodsman Daniel Boone, which Pat Boone did fairly regularly.

Yorty was fond of associations like that. He eagerly friended many of Hollywood’s celluloid products. Favorites were California Senator and actor George Murphy and actor and later Governor Ronald Reagan.

George Murphy, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly
Evelle J. Younger

 

Yorty also was a Republican Party associate of Evelle J. Younger, whom Yorty assisted in electing as California State Attorney General, following Younger’s service under Yorty as Los Angeles County District Attorney.

Younger never claimed his kinship with the Younger brothers of the James-Younger Gang. Had Yorty known of it, everyone else might have known it. Yorty was a master promoter.

Presently, internet challenges claim Pat Boone is NOT a descendant of Daniel Boone. Like birthers, however, the faux genealogists making such claims can only point to error laden internet databases to support their charge.  It is doubtful any of the genealogy bloggers has ever smelled a musty public records book, or have descended into any dank, dimly lit courthouse basement to conduct physical research of their own.

Here at Stray Leaves, Charles Eugene Patrick Boone’s genealogy and link to Daniel Boone is accepted, as is the word of Pat Boone, until proven any different. This acceptance has withstood publication for 15 years or more, leaving ample room for any disproof to appear in that time. Despite America’s rampant enthusiasm for genealogy, and especially celebrity genealogy, no proof has surfaced.

Who’s to say, though, if genealogists approached Pat Boone’s ancestry from a political perspective? Having been born in Florida a descendant of Daniel Boone may not be acceptable to some beliefs. A more desirable attitude would be to discredit Pat Boone, his ancestry, and his birthroot. He’s not a descendant of Daniel Boone at all. His perma-complexion indicates Pat Boone is the native of a foreign Caribbean country instead, and Pat Boone’s U.S. citizenship should be under consideration as revocable, together with his recording royalties. Stray Leaves eschews such unethical genealogy practice, as it also eschews the birtherism practiced by Pat Boone among others.

In the practice of genealogy, birtherism holds no place. One’s family claim is respected until proved otherwise by reputable research. When disproved, the genealogy stands corrected.

The only defense of birtherism among genealogists is to be factual, prove your own, and produce the proof of those you claim is false. Ante up your own factual record first, Pat Boone, before attacking others.

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Tuesday October 19th, 2021
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Tuesday October 19th, 2021
Stray Leaves Daily

☞Today in Old-West History — On today’s date 119 years ago, Sunday, October 19, 1902, notorious Old-West outlaw & fiddle player James Hardin “Uncle Jim” Younger (1848-1902) met his earthly demise at the age of 54 when he committed suicide by gunshot whilst on parole at Saint Paul, Minnesota.

☞Requiéscant In Pace, Jim Younger.

☞Jim Younger was one of the central figures of a band of the most desperate outlaws the Old West ever knew — the infamous James-Younger Gang, which was formed by Jim’s brother Cole Younger along with Frank & Jesse James.

☞Jim Younger joined the Confederate Army during the War Between the States (1861-1865) & served with Quantrill’s Raiders. In 1864, he was captured by Union troops & was imprisoned until the end of the War.

☞After the War, Younger worked on various ranches until he joined the James-Younger Gang in 1873. When his brother John was killed at Roscoe, Missouri in 1874, Jim left the gang & went out west where he worked on a ranch in San Luis Obispo, California.

☞In 1876, Jim returned to the gang, & on September 7 he participated in a bank robbery that became known as the Great Northfield Minnesota Raid. During that robbery he was shot & captured. The James brothers escaped, but Cole, Jim, & Bob Younger were shot up by a posse, arrested, & sentenced to long terms in the state penitentiary at Stillwater, Minnesota, where they were afforded celebrity status.

☞Jim Younger’s fiddle was one of the few possessions that he was allowed to have with him in prison, & he played it often. As time passed, Jim noticed that a little bird would appear most every day in the window of his jail cell. It seemed as though the bird came to listen whenever Jim played his fiddle. Jim was lonely & he befriended the bird which he named “Swipsy.” The bird would fly into the prison cell & Jim would always try to have crumbs to feed Swipsy. One day, a fellow prisoner killed the little bird just for spite. Jim then painted a picture of Swipsy on the back of his violin to remember his little feathered friend.

☞In 1898, the prison warden allowed the prisoners to throw a Christmas party at his own home, with Cole Younger portraying Santa Claus & Jim Younger playing his fiddle.

☞Paroled in 1901, Jim became engaged to his long-time lover Alix Mueller; however, because of the terms of his parole he couldn’t marry her.

☞On October 19, 1902, after a failed attempt to sell tombstones & then insurance, Jim Younger locked himself in his room, wrote a suicide note to Alix, picked up his revolver, & blew his brains out.

☞In 2013, Jim Younger’s fiddle, which was played by him at the famous 1898 Christmas party at Stillwater Prison, was sold at a Dallas, Texas auction for over $11,000.

☞The left-hand photograph depicts the image of Swipsy the Bird that Jim Younger painted on the back of his fiddle. The right-hand photograph depicts an undated studio portrait of Jim Younger.
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