Children of Alfred “Ab” Clark James (1870-1936) and Cammie Racheline George (1877-1965)
of Franklin County, Alabama:
1. Daniel Arthur James: born July 26, 1892 in Franklin County, Alabama; married
Nellie Hall (1897-1995); died November 4, 1970 in Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi;
buried at Lee Memorial Park, Verona, Lee County, Mississippi.
2. Lula Modena James: born December 16, 1893 in Franklin County, Alabama; married
Bonnie Peterson (1889-1951); died April 15, 1932; buried at Euclatubba Baptist Church
Cemetery, Saltillo, Lee County, Mississippi.
3. Joe Clark James: born August 6, 1896 in Franklin County, Alabama; married Elizabeth
Geneva Crowder (1902-1996); died August 31, 1985, of heart trouble at the Veterans
Hospital in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee; buried at Belmont Memorial Gardens,
Belmont, Tishomingo County, Mississippi; known children include: Joe Mitchell James
(Family Tree DNA Kit No. 40303) and Betty Jean James.
4. Robert “Rob” A. James: born November 7, 1898 in Alabama; married Estain Clyde
Davis (1897-1991); died October 8, 1948; buried at Ridge Cemetery, Itawamba County,
Mississippi; known children include: Jesse James and Frank James.
5. John Earl James: born July 5, 1902; married Kate Burks (1905-1990); died September
14, 1967; buried at Belmont Memorial Gardens, Belmont, Tishomingo County, Mississippi;
known children include: Helen Jo James and Sidney Earl James.
6. Lela Burton James: born May 8, 1904; married Lee Hoyle Easterling (1904-1973);
died February 1989; buried at Drew Cemetery, Drew, Sunflower County, Mississippi;
known children include: James H. Easterling, Charles R. Easterling and Lawrence Alfred
7. Claudius E. James: born July 14, 1906; married Rozzie Ginn (1914-1997); died
June 18, 1995; buried at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Red Bay, Franklin County, Alabama;
known children include: Reman Eugene James, Virginia Lou James, Bobby Wayne James,
Eddie Ray James and Paul Howard James.
8. Edna Lucille “Peg” James: born March 28, 1908; married Wilmer Leeroy Thrasher
(1930-1982); died March 26, 1968; buried at Belmont Memorial Gardens, Belmont, Tishomingo
County, Mississippi; known children include: Aldean Thrasher.
9. Bonnie Mae James: born April 9, 1911 in Saltillo, Lee County, Mississippi;
married June 27, 1931 to Elias R. Warren (1898-1989); died April 25, 2009 in Golden,
Tishomingo County, Mississippi; buried at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Red Bay, Franklin
County, Alabama; known children include: Katheryn Janet Warren.
10. Alice Beatrice “Bea” James: born August 12, 1913; married Verlon C. Ginn (1905-1936);
died May 9, 1989; buried at Belmont Memorial Gardens, Belmont, Tishomingo County,
Mississippi; known children include: Carlos Edward Ginn and Joe Freddy Ginn.
Autobiography of Joe Clark James (1896-1985) written in 1917 at age 21:
“I was born in Franklin County, Alabama, eight miles southeast of Red Bay.
[Born 6 Aug 1896] My parents were poor yet we were happy and content with our lot.
My birthplace was a one room log cabin in the well known Freedom Hills. It was located
at the foot of a mountain which broke into a beautiful plain in order to give space
for the big Cedar Creek that carried the water from the many hills and springs to
the Alabama River. This home was near that of grandmother [Cynthia James, nee Richardson]
and grandfather [Elias James].
When I was small it was my greatest delight to go to their home and get her
[grandmother] to go fishing with me. A great part of my time was spent with her.
When we were not fishing or playing, I would go out and help grandfather make boards.
[Note: His grandfather, Elias James was conscripted in the Confederate Cavalry, Co
E 4th Alabama “Roddey’s” Cavalry and served until severely wounded Dec 24, 1864.
He passed away 24 Jan 1917].
When quiet young I was taken from these pleasures: the rocky hills and mountains,
the clear flowing springs, the mountain breeze, my mountain home, and brought to
Union County, Mississippi. At this time papa owned a one horse wagon, a cow, and
an old gray mule. We settled down on a little place; papa sold his mule and wagon
and made three crops on halves. He then bought a horse and managed to pay for it.
After this we moved to Lee County where we have gained through labor what little
property we now possess. [Joe’s father was Alfred Clark “Ab” James].
Although I was not a good boy, I never cared to leave my mother [Cammie Racheline
James, nee George] and follow other boys off and get into trouble. You could not
call me a George Washington, however, because I can and have told lies. When Saturday
would come the time for papa to go to the mill and town, I did not do like most boys
now do and like my brothers did, go to town with papa, but stayed at home and did
all that I could to help mother and sister in their work.
Being raised on the farm and having spent a greater part of my time in the
open air and taking plenty of exercise in work, I developed a healthy body. I have
never been sick enough to need a physician.
My parents were and are yet uneducated. They realized the need of an education
and have not failed to spare time nor means for educating their children. I remember
very definitely my first teacher, a Mr. Hugh McGill. He was very kind to all the
pupils and would very often invite us to his home to a picnic or a play. He was so
good and kind to us that it seemed as if were only a pupil with us and not a teacher.
The method which he used in teaching reading was not the modern method, yet, in some
way I learned to read.
I think that I must have been somewhat odd from most other boys, in that I
have always loved to go to school, yet I must admit that I know just how to be late
and miss a hard arithmetic, but that method has never known to simplify a problem.
It has been my motto, since I came to realize the necessity of an education, to be
in school every day. I was in rural free schools until I reached the age of fourteen;
when papa bought a farm, one mile from town, and moved on it. Then I attended high
school there until I came to the Mississippi Normal College. I spent the 1915-16
session here, taught school last winter, entered school here again, March the eleventh
of this year, and mean to stay through the summer term. After I complete here, I
mean to take a course in law at the University of Mississippi.
As I am not very good on reading futures, I will end my autobiography. The
[Note: This was written sometime in 1917. With the entry of the U.S. in World War
I, Joe C. James, would soon become educated by the U.S. Navy at the Harvard Radio
School, learning wireless telegraph code. He then served as a radioman onboard the
U.S.S. Mississippi and U.S.S. Idaho. After the war, he would work as a radioman on
commercial barge lines for tugboats on the Mississippi River. He would marry in Memphis,
Tennessee to Bess Geneva Crowder. They would relocate to Minnesota for a short time
before moving to St. Louis, Missouri where Joe would work as a radio engineer at
WIL radio. He and Bess had two children: Joe Mitchell and Betty Jean. On retirement
Joe and Bess James built a new home in Lee County, Mississippi. Joe continued his
interest in code/voice radio as a HAM radio operator (W5NDO) and kept connected with
his old ship mates that lived around the world. Joe C. James died 31 Aug 1985.]
(Notes in brackets have been added by grandson, Scott K. Williams.)
Information on the children of Alfred “Ab” Clark James (1836-1917) contributed from
the family records of Scott K. Williams.
Daniel Arthur James (1892-1970), Find A Grave Memorial, ID No. 44376996, by Preston
Malone, added Nov. 15, 2009.
Lula Modena James (1893-1932), Id., Memorial ID No. 44429375, by Preston Malone,
added November 16, 2009.
Joe Clark James (1896-1985), Id., Memorial ID No. 26041293, by Preston Malone, added
April 15, 2008.
Robert A. James (1898-1948), Id., Memorial ID No. 44429522, by Preston Malone, added
November 16, 2009.
John Earl James (1902-1967), Id., Memorial ID No. 26041423, by Preston Malone, added
April 15, 2008.
Lela Burton James (1904-1989), Id., Memorial ID No. 44426331, by Preston Malone,
added November 16, 2009.
Claudius E. James (1906-1995), Id., Memorial ID No. 44041369, by Preston Malone,
added November 7, 2009.
Edna Lucille James (1908-1968), Id., Memorial ID No. 26060305, by Preston Malone,
added April 16, 2008.
Bonnie Mae (James) Warren (1911-2009), Id., Memorial ID No. 36384419, by Preston
Malone, added April 26, 2009.
Alice Beatrice James (1913-1989), Id., Memorial ID No. 34692350, by Preston Malone,
added March 11, 2009.
Joe Clark James (1896-1985) headed off to World War I.
Rozzie (Ginn) James (1914-1997) and Claudius E. James (1906-1995)