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Privacy Policy – Genealogy


Our mission is to research, document, and report the genealogy and family history of the family of Frank & Jesse James, their related families, plus their relevant social communities.

What we learn, we make available for informational, educational, and entertainment purposes. We invite collaboration.


The genealogy data we collect consists principally of names, dates, and locations of births, deaths, and marriages of related individuals both living and dead. We also collect data in multiple subsets of information, such as burials, adoptions, migrations, etc.

We identify source evidence for the core genealogy of the James family in order to document a substantive, all-encompassing, and authoritative genealogy, always openly available for individual consultation or peer review.


The family history we collect and preserve includes stories, biography, photos, and documents. While core genealogy data acts as the skeleton of what we collect, the family history we collect puts flesh on the bones, allowing the long deceased to provide meaning and relevance for today’s living descendants and relations.

We actively challenge family claimants, to either prove or disprove claims. We also debunk charlatans, fraudsters, and con artists, especially relating to falsely claimed relationships or family artifacts.


Our belief is that genealogy and family history exists for the benefit of the living. Genealogy and family history are of no benefit to the dead, other than to perpetuate an existence once known to have lived. To this extent, all our effort is dedicated to serving knowledge, understanding, and meaning for those living today and those who may follow.

 By combining our research of genealogy and family history, we seek to know, quantify, and identify the known and proven genetic identity of the James family that we share. In addition to our shared physical characteristics, we also seek to identify our commonly shared character, personalities, common motivations, and very soul.


Stray Leaves’ philosophy differs fundamentally from those who advocate for the privatization of public information of living persons.

 Stray Leaves understands the issue of privacy related to living individuals who do not want any information whatsoever published about themselves or others in their family.

However, genealogy content appearing in Stray Leaves is public information which appears in the public record or in documented sources. This genealogy content can be accessed and obtained elsewhere.


Those who seek to protect their individual sense of privacy, while denying access to public information by others, advocate a position of privacy which cannot be supported or defended under current law. Such concerns are more aptly addressed to legislators. Government, not individuals, determines what information is private and what information is public.

Stray Leaves reserves it right to publish public information. Stray Leaves also reserves its right to make editorial choices in the conduct of its activity.


One cornerstone of Stray Leaves is to produce content based upon a voluntary and collaborative effort of itself with others in a spirit of sharing and open transparency.

Genealogy and family history continues to be the backbone of our efforts. Over 200 genealogy researchers have contributed to our success. Their contribution has made it easier for the James family itself to break 130 years of self- imposed silence to make contributions of their own. The same effort has found long-lost relatives. Adoptees have found birth parents. Families have been reunited. Descendants learn of the ancestry they never knew, or perhaps never understood. Everyone benefits. As life continues, there is much more shared family to discover. No one person can do it alone.

Stray Leaves continues to encourage the voluntary and collaborative efforts that have contributed to its success. Doing so, Stray Leaves continues to advocate for the open and public dissemination of genealogical data deemed by law to be public information.


211 Wilderness Rd.

Danville, KY 40422

This privacy policy is effective May 24, 2018.

For more about our personal information policy, see also PRIVACY-GDPR (EU) and TERMS OF USE.

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Tuesday June 30th, 2020

Stray Leaves

Here's some colorful video history on George Morgan Chinn, a grandson of Frank James' cohort John Pendleton "Black Jack" Chinn. Whenever I drive from Danville to Midway or Lexington, Ky, I pass the ruins of Chinn's Cave House.
Here also are a couple of testimonials about George, also colorful, from the files of the James Preservation Trust.
#1- "I remember George very well. He was my late father's cousin and we do have his linage through the Morgan's, dating back to John Morgan in 1778. He was a really smart fellow and funny. His [Ed.: grand] father was Jack Chinn. I have a picture of him with William Jennings Bryan, Dicky Brant, and Frank James (Brother of Jesse) seated in a buggy hitched to the only grey horse that won the Kentucky Derby. Jack was fined five dollars for speeding in a horse-drawn vehicle. He paid ten dollars and told them to keep the change because he was going out of town (Harrodsburg, Ky) the same speed he came in. My dad had a lot of these old family tales."
And #2 - "hi I knew him personally. He has a lot of historical books at the Fort Harrod Museum. He also published one about Brooklyn or the Palisades area of Jessamine and Mercer Counties. His wife's nickname was Cotton because of her white hair. They were both feisty. I lived and grew up on five acres that attached to the Chinn land. It was at 5555 Lexington Rd in Mercer county. The Chinn mansion was in a hairpin curve...'Chinn curve.'
"We had hunters and trespassers that would go on the property and we would have to call the Chinns to have them removed.
"My grandfather grew up and ran with Jack Chinn. Jack had a moonshine still in a cave across the ky river from the mansion. He would take a boat across to the cave.
Mr. George Chinn was a historian and you can look for his books on google. Or contact the Fort Harrod in Harrodsburg or the local library. Sorry, that is all I have except I know George had a daughter."
George Morgan Chinn also was a director of the Kentucky Historical Society and editor of their publication "The Register." He authored several books, including "Kentucky: Settlement and Statehood, 1750-1800," still in print, "The Encyclopedia of Hand Arms," and the five-volume work "The Machine Gun."
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Thursday June 25th, 2020

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This 1879 map from the US War Dept. shows the extent of the 10,000 acres rancho of Drury Woodson James. The rancho reached from Paso de Robles to Chalome. The map also identifies the probable route DWJ took through the Palonio Pass and past the Salt Springs during the drought of 1863-64 when he drove 5,000 head of cattle from Paso to Lake Tulare to save and preserve the bulk of his wealth. ... See MoreSee Less

This 1879 map from the US War Dept. shows the extent of the 10,000 acres rancho of Drury Woodson James. The rancho reached from Paso de Robles to Chalome. The map also identifies the probable route DWJ took through the Palonio Pass and past the Salt Springs during the drought of 1863-64 when he drove 5,000 head of cattle from Paso to Lake Tulare to save and preserve the bulk of his wealth.

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...and we're speaking the same language! Really awesome!


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