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Who Do You Think You Are ?

I’m looking forward to this program for a number of reasons.

Ever since I gave the Founder’s Day Address at Georgetown College in Kentucky a few years ago, I’ve publiclly advocated for the institution of accredited study of family history in schools and colleges. Not so much for learning about one’s family, which is thrilling in itself; nor for learning research, business, & presentation skills that can benefit anyone in any profession. But more so, for the sense of self identity and sense of inclusion that results.

Family history study retards the societal ills that arise when people feel isolated & alone. A student of family history can find more than personal identity. One further finds integration of self with family, community, & social structures.

In the past dozen years, STRAY LEAVES has made a journey of stunning discovery. Not just about the family of Jesse James and its relatives formerly unknown, but also about other American icons like Sam Walton, George Bush, Dan Quayle, Kit Carson, & numerous others who hold a recognizable place in American culture. Now our family of stray leaves joins them. They not only offer insight into us, we offer insight into them.

In the past two years, I’ve been prospecting for a literary agent & publisher for our new James family history, SOUL LIBERTY, Behind the Heritage of Silence in the Family of Jesse James This year Volume I of this trilogy will be ready for publication. For the publishing world, though, this has been a hard sell.

Publishers don’t want to have anything to do with genealogy. Publishers also lack the insight of how new history generates itself from genealogy research. Yet, when anyone reads a preview chapter of SOUL LIBERTY one of the first questions asked is, “Where did you find all this new information and history?”

Hopefully, Who Do You Think You Are? will open their eyes to how much new history yet can be written, if we only look to ourselves.

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Wednesday June 16th, 2021
Stray Leaves

As a 6-year-old boy, Jesse Edwards James Jr. was a witness to the murder of his father, Jesse James. The event impinged on his life forever after. His unruly childhood was brought to heel by both family and community, which included the Crittenden family of Gov. Thomas T Crittenden. It was the family friend Gov. Crittenden who put the bounty on Jesse James that resulted in his killing. Law school and a job in the Crittenden law office directed Jesse Jr. into his future as a lawyer. He did alright until he was solicited into producing a movie about his father. After collecting production money from family, friends, and business associates, the movie flopped. Jesse Jr. assumed responsibility, but he never could never repay the money lost. Severe depression overcame Jesse Jr. He required hospitalization, and then institutionalization. Equilibrium escaped him every living day. He died at age 50 in the care of his loving wife Stella and his four daughters. His grandson Jim Ross, whom he raised with his daughters, became a lawyer and judge. See MoreSee Less

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He has his mother's nose.

That was cool but creepy at the same time. Last photo looked like there was no one home. You can see the change in his eyes.

Monday June 14th, 2021
Stray Leaves

HAPPY 30TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY to the 2nd great-grandson of Jesse James, David James Ross, and his wife Jessica Lemoine Esq. David & Jessica appear here at their 20th anniversary in Jamaica, and more recently in 2018 supporting their adopted family, the Los Angeles Kings ice hockey team. See MoreSee Less

HAPPY 30TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY to the 2nd great-grandson of Jesse James, David James Ross, and his wife Jessica Lemoine Esq. David & Jessica appear here at their 20th anniversary in Jamaica, and more recently in 2018 supporting their adopted family, the Los Angeles Kings ice hockey team.Image attachment
Friday June 11th, 2021
Stray Leaves

ZEE MIMMS JAMES AUTHENTIC PHOTOS ANIMATED . . . Zee was named after Jesse’s mother, Zerelda Cole. Zee and Jesse were first cousins. John M. James was grandfather to them both. Despite the strong family tie, most of the family disapproved of their marriage. Their uncle, Rev. William James a Methodist minister and himself a black sheep among the James, married Zee and Jesse. Zee bore Jesse five children. Two lived to adulthood. A set of twins died soon after birth. A fifth child was miscarried. Zee died at age 55 of neurasthenia, a condition characterized by lassitude, fatigue, headache, and irritability, associated chiefly with emotional disturbance.
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Impressive

Eerily Amazing 😳 Thank You

Wednesday June 9th, 2021
Stray Leaves

BOB FORD AUTHENTIC PHOTOS ANIMATED . . . Yesterday, June 8, 2021, was the 129th anniversary of the murder of Robert Newton Ford by Ed O’Kelley in Creede, Colorado. The murder was the retribution of Bob Ford’s assassination of Jesse James on April 3, 1882. History recalls Ford as "that dirty little coward." See MoreSee Less

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