|Posted by Jay Longley on December 22, 2017 at 8:10 PM||comments (1)|
With the Border Ruffians: Memories of the Far West, 1852-1868 by R. H. Williams - a real-life Knight of the Golden Circle.
I just finished reading this excellent story of an Englishman who traveled to the United States in the late 1850s as a young man. It's 472 pages long and took me several weeks to read but there wasn't a dull page in the entire book. He wrote it from his diary as an old man after he'd returned home to England. It tells about his life in this country and it's full of adventure and history that had never been told before. Williams tells about his travels and business dealings as he moved from Virginia to Kansas and finally to Texas where he built a big cattle ranch on the frontier. He was constantly battling Indians, Yankees, killers, and thieves. I first heard of R. H. Williams when I read Donald S. Frazier's book Blood & Treasure about the Confederates' Western Expansion Movement. That author listed him as being a KGC member in San Antonio at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861. I highly recommend this book to all students of history and of the KGC.
I bought my copy of the paperback on eBay because I much prefer reading real books rather than digital books but you can also read the online version here
|Posted by Jay Longley on November 1, 2017 at 7:05 PM||comments (0)|
Those of you who have closely followed my research over the years probably know that we have proven that the Knights of the Golden Circle had a system of tunnels under my hometown of Brownwood in rural central Texas. Jesse Woodson James aka J. Frank Dalton said that many other towns and cities had these tunnel networks underneath them.
The following is a quote I took from: "Jesse James and the Lost Cause" by Jesse Lee James, Published by Pageant Press, New York, 1961, pages 34 & 35.
"..."Yet another branch of our secret army was a corp of engineers that
could build bridges, build rock buildings, and do most anything.
They could and did construct secret underground passages right under
bustling cities. They built secret tunnels down under Nashville and
Memphis, Tennessee, St. Louis, Kansas City and St. Joseph, Missouri,
Lawrence, Kansas and under Pueblo and Colorado City, Colorado, and
other towns; too many to name right now. These secretly constructed
tunnels, rooms, escape routes and storage rooms underneath the
surface of the ground were built without Yankee troopers and Federal
detectives ever finding out they were being made by well trained and
"Even in that day, when men were working for a dollar or a dollar and
a half per day for ten and twelve hours labor, we were paying our
men, for mining and tunneling, a wage rate of ten dollars per day.
"How did we do it?
"Well, I'll tell you how. Most generally, we would start tunnels
which would connect some of our business houses, such as our own
saloons, gambling houses, livery stables and even the jailhouses
would connect. Because our men were in the offices of public
officials, such as mayors, sheriffs, marshals, congressmen, senators,
school teachers, and principals, tunnels were down and under our
breweries, distilleries, and schools, and with the excuse that beer
needed to be aged, we had to age our whiskey in charred kegs.
"Some of our relay stations and even ranch and farm houses were
almost built like forts, and had tunnels down and under them
connecting the houses underground to the barns and escape routes, or
hatches in and out. We had to have at least two entrances, or means
of entry, or escape.
"So many places advertised across the country, `Jesse James' Cave'!
That is bunk! Yes, we may have had to use a few caves here and there
to hold our horses, or even to sleep in occasionally, that would be
true enough, but if there was only one entrance, and we were stupid
enough to get ourselves cut off, that would have been bad. If we
used a cave with only one entry, you could be sure that we kept a
constant guard posted around outside all the time. If the cave
should have two or more entrances, then we would feel safe, and use
it over and over again," said Jesse..."
If you have evidence of a KGC tunnel network underneath your town, please comment below or you can email me at: [email protected]
|Posted by Jay Longley on July 23, 2017 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
I'm glad that the History Channel is still occasionally re-airing the "America Unearthed" episode "Lincoln's Secret Assassins" occasionally even though the AU show was cancelled after 3 seasons when their H2 Channel was discontinued. I wasn't paid to appear on the episode but I recently turned down a paid position with a California film production company who planned to create an entire series about the Knights of the Golden Circle and their role in the Assassination of President Lincoln. I turned their generous offer down for several reasons but the main one was that it would have interfered with my own plans regarding the KGC this fall and winter. Those plans are also the reason that I'm currently searching for a History Research/KGC Treasure Hunting apprentice. I need to find someone local (Brown County, Texas) to assist me in continuing the work that my late partner Colin Eby and I began 12 years ago. There's a hell of a lot to teach an apprentice before I know that I can fully trust them with valuable confidential information that led Colin and I to locate 3 probable KGC Treasure Depositories in Texas that I believe hold billions of dollars of gold (at today's market value) and priceless historical and religious artifacts. Once my apprentice is "up to snuff" with his training and when he's proven to be trustworthy, then he will become a partner in the search and recovery efforts and share in any treasure recoveries we make.
|Posted by Jay Longley on July 18, 2017 at 2:30 AM||comments (0)|
Pot of Gold at Yancey Inn - "Bloody Bill" Anderson's Gold?
Posted by Jay Longley on July 18, 2017 at 1:10 AM
I ran across this story while researching William C. "Bloody Bill" Anderson recently. Today, the value of the gold coins found in 1912 would be at least $600,000 in gold value alone. That's using the minimum estimated value ($10,000) of it in 1912 and isn't counting the coins' numismatic value so it's safe to say that the value of those coins today would be well in excess of a million dollars and that's a very conservative estimate. Bill Anderson was a member of the Knights of the Golden Circle.
Pot of Gold at Yancey Inn.
This is from the Higbee [Randolph County, Mo] News
of 13 Sep 1912 under the headline, "FINDS BURIED LOOT":
Farm Hand Discovers Can of Gold in Missouri--Wycke Patterson Flees With
Fortune Secreted by Civil War Bandit--Refuses to Tell Amount--May Share With
His Employer--Liberty, Mo--
One stroke of the pick made Wycke Patterson, a farm hand, rich beyond his fondest expectations when he struck a pot of gold concealed in the wall of an old building which he was helping to raze on the farm of his employer near Huntsville, [Randolph County], Mo. A notice of the discovery of the treasure was received here by C. E. [Charles Edwin] Yancey, owner of the place. How the farm hand's quick wit enabled him to make away with the thousands in gold before the eyes of seven helpers was told in the message. The old building, used before the Civil war as an Inn, had long been an eyesore on the big mule ranch owned by the Yancey family. A force of workmen under the direction of Patterson began tearing down the ruins last week. After removing a stone casing in the second story, Patterson struck something that gave out a sharp metallic sound. Two white laborers and five negroes crowded about him as he dug into the masonry and found a sealed pot. One blow knocked off the lid and the group gazed upon the vessel filled with gold pieces. Jaws dropped and eyes opened. "Good Lawd, we'se all struck it rich," said one negro. "What'll we--" But Patterson had his presence of mind. He seized the treasure pot and darted down the steps and out of the door. By the time his companions had recovered and followed, he was out of sight. Through Saturday night and Sunday the farm hand guarded the pot of gold. Not even his wife was permitted to know how much it contained. "If Yancey don't know how much is in it, he won't know how much to sue for," said Patterson. Monday morning a man walked into the Bank of Yates, a small town near the Yancey ranch. He carried a heavy package under his coat. After recovering from his surprise, W. H. Stark, the cashier, counted out the thousands in gold coin. Much of it was in Mexican money of 1831. How much the total was had not been given out by the finder or the banker. That it exceeds $10,000 has been admitted. That it might run as high as $30,000 or $40,000 has been reported. Although the law gives the treasure to the owner of the property, Yancey said he was willing to divide with the finder. The two men probably will divide the sum equally. The theory that Bill Anderson, a noted desperado of the Civil war period, hid the treasure while stopping at the place when it was used as an inn, has been advanced. Anderson spent the night at the inn two nights after banks at Huntsville and other towns had been robbed of 30,000 or $40,000 [in 1864]. He was killed near Orrick, Mo, a day or two later by Confederate bushwhackers.
|Posted by Jay Longley on July 8, 2017 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
A lot of hours goes into researching each of these possible KGC members to determine whether or not they were members of the secret organization but if one is to be successful in hunting for depositories, it's part of the essential groundwork that must be done. I often get emails and phone calls from people who are just beginning the hunt and they almost always want to know the first steps they should take. I always give them the same answer. First of all, they need to research all the residents of their own towns and counties during the time period from the end of the Civil War to 1916 to see if their area or any other nearby area, that they suspect may hold KGC treasure, had any KGC members or organization in them. After all, if an area never had any KGC members in it, the chance that it would hold a KGC treasure vault is virtually zero. A depository site had to have a group of members to, first, construct the depository vault, which could take weeks or months depending on the amount of laborers they had working on it, it had to have a source, KGC members, to transport and deposit the treasure in the underground vaults, and then there must be other members to serve as sentinels to keep watch over the site. These depositories were basically underground banks that were used to store valuables for an illegal organization (the KGC) and they were treated as such by those who deposited the gold, silver, jewels, and priceless religious artifacts in them. The KGC was no more likely to leave one of them unguarded, during their lifetimes, than a banker would leave his bank unguarded. I'm attaching a photo of Maj. John Young Rankin, C.S.A., KGC and also one of the famous drawing of a group of Knights of the Golden Circle fo our Photos section.
|Posted by Jay Longley on July 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM||comments (0)|
This is a repost of John Y. Rankin's great granddaughter's post, from several years ago, on our Bloody Bill Anderson Mystery message board. I later met with Ruth and her mother (Rankin's granddaughter) when they came to Brownwood. This is one piece of solid evidence that helped me prove that Maj. Rankin was a member of the Knights of the Golden Circle and that the story of John Wilkes Booth living in Brownwood during the year of 1871 was true. John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln, was a member of the KGC from as early as 1860. I'm attaching a photo of one of Booth's cabinet (calling) cards in our Photos section which is probably similar to the one Major Rankin had.
Ruth Lyle is a member of this group and is also the grgranddaughter of Maj. John Y. Rankin, CSA of Brownwood. Ruth posted this message several years ago after finding Booth's photo calling card among her grgrandfather's possessions.
"As I go through the writings of John Y Rankin I will gladly share
information. If anyone has a particular name (I know I will be
looking for Anderson) please let me know so that I will keep my eyes
open for it.
Also I noticed information on John Wilkes Booth - there is a picture
(calling card) among John Y's papers of Booth. I wondered about it at
the time I found it. What information does anyone have on his living
|Posted by Jay Longley on April 21, 2017 at 5:20 PM||comments (0)|
I believe that David E. George aka John Wilkes Booth spent the year of 1871 in Brownwood, Texas under the alias of John Ravenswood.
|Posted by Jay Longley on April 13, 2017 at 3:15 PM||comments (0)|
For you big-time treasure hunters and history buffs out there, I found this amazing article about treasure signs today. I nearly fell out of my chair when I read a portion of it that provided the final piece of the puzzle that my late best friend and KGC research and field work partner Colin Eby and I were working on shortly before his death! I sure wished that he had been here today so I could share this amazing find with him but I believe Colin felt the excitement I experienced from his place in Heaven.
|Posted by Jay Longley on March 2, 2017 at 7:15 PM||comments (2)|
Here is a cemetery list of many members of the Knights of the Golden Circle. This list represents a tiny portion of the KGC's hundreds of thousands of members but it may help you determine if your relatives or local men were Knights. I will also put the link in our Links section for future reference.
|Posted by Jay Longley on June 2, 2016 at 11:15 PM||comments (0)|
I just posted this on our Bloody Bill Anderson Mystery group's message board. Probably the greatest unsolved mystery of the town of Brownwood, Texas is the question "who was Brownwood's Henry Ford?" Many old-timers thought he was the outlaw Jesse Woodson James because Jesse and Frank James's mother Zerelda Samuel was seen at Ford's funeral in Brownwood in 1910 and Frank James spoke to the crowd at the funeral, warning them that if they "put a marker on Henry Ford's grave, I will return and blow it to Kingdom Come".
Several years ago, when I was searching for answers to the many mysteries surrounding Brownwood's Henry Ford, I briefly looked into the possibility that his outlaw & KGC connections were because he was somehow related to John Thomson Ford who was the owner of Ford's Theater where President Lincoln was assassinated in April, 1865. As a result of our rekindled interest in these mysteries, I decided to take another look into the biographical information of John T. Ford last night and I found several interesting things in his Wikipedia biography.
The first thing that caught my eye was the fact that he spent much of his younger years in Richmond, Virginia working first for his uncle as a clerk in his tobacco factory and then as a bookseller. Oddly enough, our Henry Ford's death certificate states that Henry was born in Richmond, Virginia. Could it be that our Henry Ford was the son (although he is not listed as being one of them in the article) of John T. or maybe a nephew who was the son of one of John T. Ford's brothers who lived in Richmond?
Then I read farther into the bio and learned that John T. was "a good friend of Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth" (who I believe spent the year of 1871 in Brownwood) and that John T. and his two brothers were arrested for suspicion in the assassination and thrown into prison for over a month.
The third part that struck me was that John T. Ford's funeral was officiated by two Presbyterian clergymen of Baltimore. If you read my recent messages, you know that both Henry Ford and Jesse Woodson James were Presbyterians.
I think that we could very well be getting close to discovering exactly who Brownwood's Henry Ford really was so I encourage all members to get involved in this research and add your findings, opinions, and thoughts to our conversation.