4 – Pedigree of the Lioness
Joan Olmsted & James Franklin Oates III
. George T. Olmsted Jr. & Frances Ward
. . High Campbell Ward Sr. & Vassie James
. . . John Crawford James & Fannie Shouse
. . . . Thomas Martin James & Susan Ann Woodward
. . . . . John M. James & Mary “Polly” Poor
. . . . Robert Sallee James & Zerelda Elizabeth Cole
. . . Alexander Franklin “Frank” James & Jesse Woodson “Jesse” James
Eulogy for the Lioness, Who Is Gone
Obituary – Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 7, 2020
“OATES, Joan Olmsted, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2020, at Cedarfield. Joan was born in 1930, to George Olmsted Jr. and Frances Ward Olmsted of Chestnut Hill, Mass., who predeceased her. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, James F. Oates III; and by a sister, Virginia Olmsted. She is survived by her brother, George Olmsted III of Chatham, Mass.; by her four children, James Christopher Oates (Cynthia) and David Franklin Oates (Mary Yorke), both of Charlotte, N.C., Katherine Oates Nixon (Bill) of Bloomfield, Conn. and George Anthony Oates (Cathy) of Richmond; by nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild and two nephews.
Stray Leaves first learned about Joan Olmsted Oates upon her passing in 2020. It was too late to include her story in our epic biography of the Jesse James family, Jesse James Soul Liberty, published in 2012. Joan’s parents, however, do appear in the biography. The chapter “Underrated Men & Unleashed Feminists,” pages 201-205, highlights George T. Olmsted Jr., and France Ward and their extraordinary accomplishments in the field of education Joan Olmsted Oates is not at all forgotten, today. The James Preservation Trust maintains a growing archive of research about Joan. This lioness of the arts in education easily merits an entire biography book of her own.