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Dr. Samuel Evans James Building, Frankfort, Ky.

This week, when fact-checking a chapter from the epic new history being written about the James family where Dr. Samuel Evans James and John E. Miles both appear, Russell Hatter offered us this photo from the archives of his Frankfort Heritage Press. The image of the building owned by Dr. James in Frankfort, Kentucky in which Miles operated a flour store formerly was donated by Steve Moore and has never been made public before.

Samuel E James building in Frankfort KY

To the left of the John E. Miles, Flour Store is a plaque that says, “Dr. S. E. James, Entrance Upstairs. “

This building stood on St. Clair St., in Frankfort opposite the Franklin County Courthouse. As Dr. James conducted his medical practice, across the street his father, the eminent jurist Judge Andrew Jackson “A. J.” James practiced law as a lawyer, Commonwealth Attorney General, and judge. This building was torn down about 1900.

John E. Miles was distantly related to James through his wife, Annie Hawkins. The James, Hawkins, & Miles descendants share many common ancestors in colonial Virginia, among the Dabney, Strother, Keith, Willis, Thornton, & Randolph families.

Frankfort residence of Dr. Samuel E James

Dr. James and his wife, Sallie Jouett Taylor, made their home at 418-420 Anne St. in Frankfort, seen here today with its separate business entrance on the far corner of the home.

Sallie was born at 210 St. Clair St., a short distance from the upstairs office of Dr. James.

The Taylor’s family’s residence was next to her father’s Farmer’s Bank, where A.J. James also had served as the bank president.

Frankfort Residence of A. J. James

The residence of A.J. James stands at the corner of Main & Wilkinson Streets and is now occupied as lawyers’ offices.

For more about A. J. James, and Dr. Samuel E. James, click HERE.

The Frankfort Heritage Press maintains an excellent website, that also sells fine books about Frankfort’s early history.

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Tuesday November 24th, 2020

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ANOTHER TRAGIC DEATH in the line of Rev. Joseph Martin James & Permelia Estepp. Two days ago, Richard Lee James, age 62 of Wilmington, Ohio, died on the farm of his father Raymond James, age 88, in Russell Springs, Ky. Details are pending. It is assumed to be a farming accident.
Richard’s passing is particularly tragic. His daughter Heather Lee James collapsed and died suddenly at the age of 23 in 2008 from diabetes. In her honor, Richard bore a tattoo image of his daughter on his shoulder.
Richard’s 2nd great grandfather, Judge John Thomas James also suffered a tragic death in 1923. While crank starting his automobile, the car proceeded to run over Judge James and drag him to his death.
Richard Lee James was a veteran and remained an activist in veteran issues.
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ANOTHER TRAGIC DEATH in the line of Rev. Joseph Martin James & Permelia Estepp. Two days ago, Richard Lee James, age 62 of Wilmington, Ohio, died on the farm of his father Raymond James, age 88, in Russell Springs, Ky. Details are pending. It is assumed to be a farming accident.
Richard’s passing is particularly tragic. His daughter Heather Lee James collapsed and died suddenly at the age of 23 in 2008 from diabetes. In her honor, Richard bore a tattoo image of his daughter on his shoulder. 
Richard’s 2nd great grandfather, Judge John Thomas James also suffered a tragic death in 1923. While crank starting his automobile, the car proceeded to run over Judge James and drag him to his death.
Richard Lee James was a veteran and remained an activist in veteran issues.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Deepest condolences to family and friends. 🙏

Sunday November 22nd, 2020

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I loved Judge Ross. He was so very kind to me and in the last years of his life we spoke often. The family resemblance between him and my father was uncanny

Tuesday November 17th, 2020

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The passing of our cousin Cathy Eloise Smith-Suttle is noted. Cathy's common ancestors with our James are Cathy's 5th great grandparents, Judge Joseph McAlister Sr. of Gilmore's Rifles in the Revolution, and wife Nancy Agnes Gilmore. ... See MoreSee Less

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Tuesday November 17th, 2020

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Stray Leaves has just learned of the passing of Margaret Elizabeth "Betty" Shouse in Kansas City on April 30th, 2019. Betty is a great-granddaughter of John Watts Shouse, who together with his son James O. Shouse, William Wysong, William Dagley, Joseph T. Pettigrew, William G. Dollis, Riley Henderson, and Dick Liddil formed a plan and tried to get Jesse James to surrender to authorities prior to his assassination. ... See MoreSee Less

Stray Leaves has just learned of the passing of Margaret Elizabeth Betty Shouse in Kansas City on April 30th, 2019. Betty is a great-granddaughter of John Watts Shouse, who together with his son James O. Shouse, William Wysong, William Dagley, Joseph T. Pettigrew, William G. Dollis, Riley Henderson, and Dick Liddil formed a plan and tried to get Jesse James to surrender to authorities prior to his assassination.Image attachment

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Friday November 13th, 2020

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The historic meeting place of the James-Younger Gang destroyed in Northfield, Minnesota.
About 20 years ago the historic Archer House hosted the annual meeting of the James-Younger Gang. Many of us resided in the hotel for the term of the conference.
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The historic meeting place of the James-Younger Gang destroyed in Northfield, Minnesota.
About 20 years ago the historic Archer House hosted the annual meeting of the James-Younger Gang. Many of us resided in the hotel for the term of the conference.

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Yeah, it was a beautiful hotel. I stayed there at least 3 times. It is a shame to lose it and it's a huge loss to Northfield.

That’s terrible. Looks like it was a beautiful building

how awful. was it completely destroyed?

UPDATE: The day after the fire. youtu.be/z46Fn0BzNzA

We stayed there in 2018 for a couple of nights. It was a wonderful place. When we arrived, there was a storm brewing and we sat outside along the river and watched it coming closer. The front porch of the house was a lovely place to sit in the mornings. Happy memories.

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