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KGC Research Sources

Posted by Jay Longley on February 12, 2018 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (3)

Here's a message I quoted from several years ago and posted on our Bloody Bill Anderson Mystery group's message board.  There are enough good KGC sources in this list to keep a researcher busy for a lifetime.





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Book Written by a Real-Life Knight of the Golden Circle

Posted by Jay Longley on December 22, 2017 at 8:10 PM Comments 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 ...

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KGC Tunnel Networks Under Many Towns

Posted by Jay Longley on November 1, 2017 at 7:05 PM Comments 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" b...

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Seeking Apprentice History Researcher/KGC Treasure Hunter

Posted by Jay Longley on July 23, 2017 at 7:15 PM Comments 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 ...

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Pot of Gold at Yancey Inn - "Bloody Bill" Anderson's Gold?

Posted by Jay Longley on July 18, 2017 at 2:30 AM Comments 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...

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Step 1 in Hunting for KGC Treasure

Posted by Jay Longley on July 8, 2017 at 12:40 AM Comments 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 res...

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Major John Y. Rankin, C.S.A. - KGC member

Posted by Jay Longley on July 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM Comments 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 Linco...

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John Wilkes Booth Mummy

Posted by Jay Longley on April 21, 2017 at 5:20 PM Comments 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.

Jay Longley

Excellent Treasure Signs & Symbols Page

Posted by Jay Longley on April 13, 2017 at 3:15 PM Comments 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 pla...

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List of many KGC members

Posted by Jay Longley on March 2, 2017 at 7:15 PM Comments 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.