Joan Olmsted Oates – Lioness of the Arts in Education

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


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.


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