Eric F. James at the Louisville Genealogical Society Book Fair – 2014

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Here are some afterthoughts following my book signing at the Louisville Genealogy Society Book Fair on Oct. 18, 2014.

This was the first book signing where three people told me they had bought my book elsewhere and already had read it or they were reading it now. Putting aside my salesmanship, always at the ready, we then relaxed into some discussion. The questioning became pretty serious.

Daniel Braxton, president of  the Bullitt County (KY) Genealogical Society took this fine picture of me tending my lemonade stand at the book fair. His exhibit was directly to the right of mine. We discussed my doing a talk in Bullitt County in the upcoming year. I’m already looking forward to it.

A pretty young lady then approached me, asking if I knew Jim Sames. “Of course, I do,” I replied. The late Jim Sames will appear in the preface to Jesse James Soul Liberty, Volume II. Jim is a James family relative. He and his family occupied the Black Horse Inn in Midway, Kentucky, where Jesse & Frank’s mother was born. He lived in the historic ordinary for 40 years and restored it in 1995. The young lady then told me she was leaving to get her father. Soon after, the young lady reappeared with her father in tow. Her father had gone to school with Jim Sames, and their family farm backed up to the Sames property in Versailles. I told him Jim won’t appear in my family history book series until Volume II. He purchased Volume I anyway.

The gentleman who installed this store of impressive historic maps came from Fort Wayne, Indiana. His display of maps, all available for purchase, was quite exceptional. What grabbed my interest in particular were his maps of Lithuania, My mother’s family came from Lithuania. His maps actually showed Lithuania’s historic connection to Prussia, which always confounded me when I was researching my Lithuanian heritage. It was a real eye opener to view those old maps.

His Indiana maps also displayed the progression over time of the dissection of the old Northwest Territory into the counties of Indiana. I informed him of my particular interest in the map showing Newton County, Indiana, founded by my second great grandfather Joseph McAlister James, aka Joseph McJames.

My day began at 5 am because I had a to drive from my home in Danville for two hours to Louisville. I realized on days like these I tend to rely on fast food to sustain me. I don’t always get to eat healthy food as I sign books and tend to my lemonade stand. However, the Louisville Genealogical Society made my noontime a nourishing and refreshing surprise. The wholesome lunch they provided was terrific. Whoever catered the food is exceptional. At too many events, nourishment just doesn’t work out so well. My day  ended early at 7:30 pm when I fell into bed.

Tonight, I finally get to dig into my swag bag of freebies.

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COVID HAS STRUCK THE JAMES FAMILY AGAIN . . . "My foundation and the love of my life. R.I.P 9/5/2021" – Judy Rae Davis-Gibson, spouse of Robert Melvin Gibson Sr. and 3rd great-granddaughter of John J. James & Mary Jane "Polly" Carrell. See MoreSee Less

COVID HAS STRUCK THE JAMES FAMILY AGAIN . . . My foundation and the love of my life. R.I.P 9/5/2021 - Judy Rae Davis-Gibson, spouse of Robert Melvin Gibson Sr. and 3rd great-granddaughter of John J. James & Mary Jane Polly Carrell.
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Greg James posted the following to his immediate family a few hours ago:
"I’m currently dealing with a heavy heart and confusion. My wife Judy suddenly passed away today and I’m asking for prayers and good thoughts. Thank you!"
Judy is the second wife of John Gregory "Greg" James. Greg’s first wife, Beverly Ann Brown, is the mother of Greg’s James descendants. Regardless, we send Greg our sympathies and condolences.
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Greg James posted the following to his immediate family a few hours ago: 
Im currently dealing with a heavy heart and confusion. My wife Judy suddenly passed away today and Im asking for prayers and good thoughts. Thank you!
Judy is the second wife of John Gregory Greg James. Gregs first wife, Beverly Ann Brown, is the mother of Gregs James descendants. Regardless, we send Greg our sympathies and condolences.

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So sorry to hear about your wife Judy`s passing! Our prayers are with you!πŸ™

Deepest condolences. πŸ™

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Very sad news. Frank Younger has died. Details of his memorial service appear in the Comments below.

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FRANK YOUNGER'S MEMORIAL SERVICE . . . November 18, 1940 – August 28, 2021. Frank Younger sadly passed away suddenly at age 80 as a result of an accident in his home. Frank was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Margaret (and stepmother Irene). He is survived by his wife, Sharon, and their three children, Pauline (Mike), Matt (Zoe), and Tom (Tamara), and grandson, Paul. Frank loved his family and always enjoyed sharing his encouragement, wisdom, and inimitable sense of humor with them. His contributions to the lives of many include his commitment to his career as an Astronomer at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics), his ongoing participation in local classical orchestras (including the odd instrument repair), and mentoring of many friends in any way he could. Frank’s recent endeavors included attending and helping run the James Younger Gang club as well as writing and reading his poetry. Frank has often enjoyed and been seen as having contrasting traits including riding his Harley motorcycle to a string quartet practice or cleaning his antique gun collection prior to reading his latest poetry writings to gangster club members. His unique character and compassion for all of his friends and family will be missed. You are invited to Frank Younger’s online Memorial Service. Please feel free to share the meeting link below as you see fit. You can join from any web browser using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. This will be a short memorial (20 – 30 minutes). We will not be able to provide any technical support on the day of the memorial. If you have any questions about how to join us using Zoom, please contact Zoë Younger at 778-828-9971 before Friday. We will be recording the memorial, so if you have difficulty logging in, or if you miss it, you will be able to view it at a different time. There will not be an opportunity to speak to all attendees during the service, however, if you wish to share a story with the family via email, we will be assembling a collection before the weekend. Please click the link below to join us. Topic: Frank Younger’s Memorial Service Time: Sep 3, 2021 03:00 PM Vancouver Join Zoom Meeting us02web.zoom.us/j/89203244337?pwd=QkU5b01uNzdZMWZNWmIwTUVPYllVUT09 Meeting ID: 892 0324 4337 Passcode: Frank Thank you, Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting us02web.zoom.us

I was devastated when I received the email. I spoke to Frank and Sharon a month or so ago. We had a nice talk. I will miss him dearly.

I was fortunate enough to have met and talked with Frank. He impressed me as a nice and knowledgeable man.

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