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               Think you know Jesse James ?                  Wait until you meet his family

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Authorized historical biography of the family of Frank & Jesse James. The first of five volumes, drawn from primary family sources. Includes family photos, letters, documents, memoirs, interviews, genealogy, with source citations, notes, bibliography, & index.

Published in the USA by Cashel Cadence House, 2012. ISBN 978-0-8957469-0-2. Hardcover, $36.95

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“Eric James knows more about the Jesse James family  than anyone in America.”

– Charles Broomfield, former Clay County (MO) Commissioner, responsible for the transfer of James Farm in Kearney, Missouri from the Jesse James family to Clay County.

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REVIEW: James-Younger Gang Journal

REVIEW: Wild West History Association

Most longtime outlaw-lawman aficionados have probably read a number of books about Jesse and Frank James. Those books probably included Background of a Bandit by Joan M. Beamis and William E. Pullen and Jesse and Frank James: The Family History by Phillip W. Steele. Chances are you think you know a lot about the family of America’s most famous bandits. However, if you think this– think again– you have seen only the tip of the iceberg.

Jesse James fanatics are going to be delighted with all the new material and serious historians are going to wonder how they have missed so much for so long…

In summary, this is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I did not want to put the book down. It reads a lot like the family sagas written by Howard Fast and John Jakes. However, this is all fact, not fiction.

If you have any interest in the James gang and their history this book is a “must read”.  And do not skip the notes; there is a wealth of material to be found in the notes and the bibliography is a gold mine. Four more volumes of James family history are to follow this book. I eagerly anticipate all of them.

REVIEW: Western Writers Association of America

The extended family of the James outlaws has unjustly been ignored by historians. The abundance of the accomplishments of the James family is more than enough to mitigate any stigma attached because of the outlaws. This family has led the way for social justice in many fields. They have been leaders in law, business, church, education and the arts…

The research and writing is outstanding and there is awealth of photos. There are excellent notes, bibliography and family charts. The book is very highly recommended.

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Moulton J. Green has died at the age of 93 from Covid19. Moult is the husband of Jean McGreevy, the second great-granddaughter of Thomas Martin "T.M." James. Jean appears on pages 221-222 of JJSL. Read Moult's obituary here: legacy.com/us/obituaries/kansascity/name/moulton-green-obituary?n=moulton-green&pid=197474427 ... See MoreSee Less

Moulton J. Green has died at the age of 93 from Covid19. Moult is the husband of Jean McGreevy, the second great-granddaughter of Thomas Martin T.M. James. Jean appears on pages 221-222 of JJSL. Read Moults obituary here: legacy.com/us/obituaries/kansascity/name/moulton-green-obituary?n=moulton-green&pid=197474427

EXCERPT from Jesse James Soul Liberty, Volume I, “All for the Underdog”. . .

Daniel Lewis James Sr. was educated as a “business aesthete, who painted.” He preferred being addressed simply as “D.L.” Thelma Duncan Barr, the wife of Jesse James grandson Laurence Barr, wrote that she met D.L. once, but didn’t like him. He appeared “too aloof” for her country taste. Even inside his own family, D.L. was regarded somewhat as a snob. But D.L. James was not without dash. He was a Kansas City tennis champion. He took on Bill Tilden, the world’s number one tennis player for seven years. D.L. could do a no-hands flip, and he often dressed in white tie and tails.

D.L.’s granddaughter, Barbara James, recalled him from her childhood. “D.L. and [his wife] Lillie visited us in Hollywood, staying at the Garden of Allah which was diagonally across Havenhurst St. from our house. I was playing on the steps of the hotel’s famous kidney-shaped pool. For some reason, I decided to walk to the bottom of the steps, which was over my head, and proceeded to drown. D.L. was coming out of their room to go to dinner as I disappeared. Without hesitation, he jumped into the deep end of the pool, struggled to the shallow end, and pulled me out. He was in full white tie and tails, and he couldn’t swim.”
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EXCERPT from Jesse James Soul Liberty, Volume I, “All for the Underdog”. . .Daniel Lewis James Sr. was educated as a “business aesthete, who painted.” He preferred being addressed simply as “D.L.” Thelma Duncan Barr, the wife of Jesse James grandson Laurence Barr, wrote that she met D.L. once, but didn’t like him. He appeared “too aloof” for her country taste. Even inside his own family, D.L. was regarded somewhat as a snob. But D.L. James was not without dash. He was a Kansas City tennis champion. He took on Bill Tilden, the world’s number one tennis player for seven years. D.L. could do a no-hands flip, and he often dressed in white tie and tails.D.L.’s granddaughter, Barbara James, recalled him from her childhood. “D.L. and [his wife] Lillie visited us in Hollywood, staying at the Garden of Allah which was diagonally across Havenhurst St. from our house. I was playing on the steps of the hotel’s famous kidney-shaped pool. For some reason, I decided to walk to the bottom of the steps, which was over my head, and proceeded to drown. D.L. was coming out of their room to go to dinner as I disappeared. Without hesitation, he jumped into the deep end of the pool, struggled to the shallow end, and pulled me out. He was in full white tie and tails, and he couldn’t swim.”

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Hello how do I buy this book? I am from the James/Prouty line. I sent a message through the website as well. Thank you.

Judge James R. Ross, a great-grandson of Jesse James, suffered from the poliovirus when he was a child. As an adult, he distinctly recalled his lengthy confinement in an iron lung, a kind of a ventilator. The vaccine invented by Dr. Jonas Salk eventually eliminated polio. Judge Ross expressed gratitude for its arrival. Into his seventh decade, Judge Ross was an avid water skier. The activity was his continuing fight and victory against the virus that infected his spine and crippled part of his childhood. ... See MoreSee Less

Judge James R. Ross, a great-grandson of Jesse James, suffered from the poliovirus when he was a child. As an adult, he distinctly recalled his lengthy confinement in an iron lung, a kind of a ventilator. The vaccine invented by Dr. Jonas Salk eventually eliminated polio. Judge Ross expressed gratitude for its arrival. Into his seventh decade, Judge Ross was an avid water skier.  The activity was his continuing fight and victory against the virus that infected his spine and crippled part of his childhood.Image attachment
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