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New Found Line of John Bunyan James 1914-2006


A picture like this is irresistable.

Moreso, when you learn these are long lost James family cousins.

Well, maybe with the exception of the giant with the long ears in the middle.

Then again, who knows?

This is Jennifer Lee James-Sepaniak and her lovely family. Jennifer’s grandfather is John Bunyan James, himself a grandson of John James of Alvarado, Texas, through John’s son George DeHoney James and his wife, Annie Mae Howeth, shown here. Family photos have changed a little since three generations ago.


Jennifer has been generous in providing her line’s history and historic photos. Look for more of that to come.

Meanwhile, here’s the update on her line’s genealogy.

Descendants of John Bunyan James

1 John Bunyan James b: May 17, 1914 in Alvarado, Johnson Co TX d: Aug 03, 2006 in Knoxville, Knox Co TN + Vivian Virginia “Jennie” Roy b: Dec 09, 1911 in Tallulah, Madison Co MS d: Nov 27, 2000 in Ferriday, Concodia Co LA
….2 John Gregory “Greg” James b: Jun 30, 1952 in Houston, Harris Co TX, or Pasadena, TX + Beverly Ann Brown b: Sep 20, 1953
……..3 Jennifer Ann James b: Feb 10, 1974 in Knoxville, Knox Co TN + Matthew Wayne “Matt” Sepaniak
…………4 Elena Kate (Twin) Sepaniak b: Jun 08, 2004 in Knoxville, Knox Co TN
…………4 Rachel Ann (Twin) Sepaniak b: Jun 08, 2004 in Knoxville, Knox Co TN
…………4 Kara Blake Sepaniak b: May 13, 2008 in Knoxville, Knox Co TN
……..3 John Christopher “Chris” James b: Aug 13, 1979 in Knoxville, Knox Co TN + Sarah Ann Ezell
…………4 Ethan Christopher James b: Aug 03, 2006 in Knoxville, Knox Co TN


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Tuesday October 19th, 2021
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Tuesday October 19th, 2021
Stray Leaves Daily

☞Today in Old-West History — On today’s date 119 years ago, Sunday, October 19, 1902, notorious Old-West outlaw & fiddle player James Hardin “Uncle Jim” Younger (1848-1902) met his earthly demise at the age of 54 when he committed suicide by gunshot whilst on parole at Saint Paul, Minnesota.

☞Requiéscant In Pace, Jim Younger.

☞Jim Younger was one of the central figures of a band of the most desperate outlaws the Old West ever knew — the infamous James-Younger Gang, which was formed by Jim’s brother Cole Younger along with Frank & Jesse James.

☞Jim Younger joined the Confederate Army during the War Between the States (1861-1865) & served with Quantrill’s Raiders. In 1864, he was captured by Union troops & was imprisoned until the end of the War.

☞After the War, Younger worked on various ranches until he joined the James-Younger Gang in 1873. When his brother John was killed at Roscoe, Missouri in 1874, Jim left the gang & went out west where he worked on a ranch in San Luis Obispo, California.

☞In 1876, Jim returned to the gang, & on September 7 he participated in a bank robbery that became known as the Great Northfield Minnesota Raid. During that robbery he was shot & captured. The James brothers escaped, but Cole, Jim, & Bob Younger were shot up by a posse, arrested, & sentenced to long terms in the state penitentiary at Stillwater, Minnesota, where they were afforded celebrity status.

☞Jim Younger’s fiddle was one of the few possessions that he was allowed to have with him in prison, & he played it often. As time passed, Jim noticed that a little bird would appear most every day in the window of his jail cell. It seemed as though the bird came to listen whenever Jim played his fiddle. Jim was lonely & he befriended the bird which he named “Swipsy.” The bird would fly into the prison cell & Jim would always try to have crumbs to feed Swipsy. One day, a fellow prisoner killed the little bird just for spite. Jim then painted a picture of Swipsy on the back of his violin to remember his little feathered friend.

☞In 1898, the prison warden allowed the prisoners to throw a Christmas party at his own home, with Cole Younger portraying Santa Claus & Jim Younger playing his fiddle.

☞Paroled in 1901, Jim became engaged to his long-time lover Alix Mueller; however, because of the terms of his parole he couldn’t marry her.

☞On October 19, 1902, after a failed attempt to sell tombstones & then insurance, Jim Younger locked himself in his room, wrote a suicide note to Alix, picked up his revolver, & blew his brains out.

☞In 2013, Jim Younger’s fiddle, which was played by him at the famous 1898 Christmas party at Stillwater Prison, was sold at a Dallas, Texas auction for over $11,000.

☞The left-hand photograph depicts the image of Swipsy the Bird that Jim Younger painted on the back of his fiddle. The right-hand photograph depicts an undated studio portrait of Jim Younger.
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Tuesday October 5th, 2021
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For Drury Woodson James, founder of Paso Robles, CA., and all his descendants, PASO ROBLES FOUNDERS’ DAY 2021. See MoreSee Less