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Francis Marion James Jr. 1880-1931, namesake of Gen. Francis Marion, also nicknamed Frank

During the War of Revolution, John M. James 1751-1823 served under the Swamp Fox, Gen. Francis Marion.  James was a spy for Marion, as he also had been a spy for Gen. George Washington. Both of John’s first and second great-grandsons, Francis Marion James Sr. & Jr., inherited the name of the general as their namesake.

Maintaining the general’s namesake, Francis Marion James Jr. named his first two children Francis Nicholas and daughter Anita Marion James. When Francis Nicholas James died in infancy, the name of Francis passed to the next surviving son to be born, Harry Francis James Sr. The senior Harry Francis then carried forward the namesake to his junior. also known as Stray Leaves publisher Eric F. James.

Among many of those who fought in the Revolution at the Battle of King’s Mountain,  they, too, would name their descendants Francis Marion, too, after the namesake of the Swamp Fox.

In this video, Dr. Joseph Stukes, retired professor from Francis Marion University who died recently in 2016, offers a 3 minute capsule biography about Gen. Francis Marion and why he became recognized as the Swamp Fox.


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WELL, PULL MY TEETH! Dr. Timothy Michael Huckabee & staff wear Huckabee Dental’s own brand of dental scrubs in Southlake, TX. Dr. Tim is a 4th great-grandson of Rev. Joseph Martin James & Rhoda May, and a 3rd great-grandson of Cyrenius Wait James & Amanda Hall. That’s how his James genes from Pulaski Co KY took root in TX. Dr. Tim’s grandmother is Anna Ruth James-Wingo. With her degree in journalism, Anna later studied at Cambridge University in England. Back home, she was an officer in the Parent Teachers Association, a charter member of the Wills Point Historical Society, special correspondent to the Dallas Morning News, and was chosen Woman of the Year by the Rotary Anns in 1976. The Wills Point High School named the Wingo Library in honor of her and her husband David Stimson Wingo in 1998. Anna wrote books for her grandchildren and a legacy of memory stories for the James family titled “Roots and Wings”. Dr. Tim is also a 3rd cousin of Frank & Jesse James. When requesting services, be sure to ask him for "the outlaw discount." See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago
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JESSE JAMES & JIM YOUNGER? Stray Leaves responded to this submission, saying, "Following the recent 6-year fiasco of a tintype image and its claims, wanna-be images keep on coming our way, as you surmise. They add to the hundreds already on file with the James Preservation Trust. While you may see ‘a passing resemblance,’ our experience takes us way past any such consideration. However, old tintypes are always fun to see. Thank you. See MoreSee Less

JESSE JAMES & JIM YOUNGER? Stray Leaves responded to this submission, saying, Following the recent 6-year fiasco of a tintype image and its claims, wanna-be images keep on coming our way, as you surmise. They add to the hundreds already on file with the James Preservation Trust. While you may see a passing resemblance, our experience takes us way past any such consideration. However, old tintypes are always fun to see. Thank you.
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