Join a family gathering of pioneers, preachers, and prisoners; slave traders and bankers; biodiesel and hemp hucksters. The marriage between the Graves and James families formed a kinship of power and influence that spans over 250 years. Now the two families meet again at the Woodford County Historical Society in Versailles, Kentucky for a historical gathering reuniting the Graves family with cousins of Frank and Jesse James.
Speaking before the group will be Jesse James family historian Eric F. James, author of Jesse James Soul Liberty. Eric also is the publisher of the James family official web site Stray Leaves and blog Leaves of Gas. Several years ago, Stray Leaves featured the story of the James and Graves that now will be transformed into a book of its own when Forks of the Road, Volume III of the Jesse James Soul Liberty quintet is published three years from now.
Presently, the author offers this preview of This Bloody Ground, Volume II of Jesse James Soul Liberty, to appear in late 2016.
Daniel James, John’s brother, was gone to Virginia on an errand when Indians approached Daniel’s cabin outside Frankfort. Inside were Daniel’s new wife, Nancy Ann Graves, his newborn daughter Mary, and his woodworking apprentice Crutchfield. Crossing a hill to summon help from a neighbor, Crutchfield was shot dead by Indians. No one wanted to go alone to check on the well-being of Nancy and her child Mary. Throughout the night, neighbors ran for help to Cave Johnson’s place. Johnson assembled a militia at Billy Haydon’s station. Meanwhile, Jarrett Demint, a young bachelor with no family at all, assumed the immediate challenge of scout. No sooner did Jarrett depart than a shot rang out, leaving Jarrett presumably dead. He was not. Jarrett moved onward intrepidly; but as he approached the James’ cabin, Jarrett was run up a hill by Indians and captured. His fate was left unknown. Finally a day later, Cave Johnson’s rescue party found Mrs. James securely boarded inside her cabin. She and her daughter were removed to safety, to await Daniel James’ return.
The Graves Family Gathering begins in Bardstown, Kentucky on Thursday, September 8, 2016. To attend all events, download the information appearing in the organizer’s pdf file here. Everyone is welcome to attend.