Knights of the Golden Circle


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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.

Family of Brownwood's Mysterious Henry Ford?

Posted by Jay Longley on June 2, 2016 at 11:15 PM Comments 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 bl...

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Authentic KGC Relics - New Photo Album

Posted by Jay Longley on December 4, 2015 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I received this email from Ken McPheeters a few months ago.  He was seeking information on some suspected Knights of the Golden Circle relics that he had acquired.  I was able to authenticate them for him.  I have his photos in a new album in our Photos section -



Good evening Jay,



I am the owner of McPheeters Antiqu...

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The Legend of Jesse James on the Travel Channel

Posted by Jay Longley on January 29, 2015 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The Travel Channel will broadcast Expedition Unknown: The Legend of Jesse James this Thursday night, January 29, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. Central Time. Our Bloody Bill Anderson Mystery group's member Bud Hardcastle will appear in this episode so I remind you to set your recorder and mark your calendar because you won't want to miss it.


Brooke Smith's Connection to the Knights of the Golden Circle

Posted by Jay Longley on January 4, 2015 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I originally posted the following message on our Bloody Bill Anderson Mystery group's message board in July, 2006, shortly after creating our group.

Jay Longley

[email protected]


I was called to the Library Annex today to pick up an article about

Wild Bill Longley and, since I was there, I started thumbing through

a few more local history books and what I...

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Update on America Unearthed gpr "Hit"

Posted by Jay Longley on July 19, 2014 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I was driving on Fisk Avenue in Downtown Brownwood this week when I passed the parking lot where Scott Wolter and his ground penetrating radar operator said that the gpr had indicated an anomaly that could have been a tunnel was 2.5 feet under the strip of grass beside the concrete parking lot. I noticed that there was a dark patch in the grassy area about where they had drawn off a rectangular section with orange spray paint before I arrived on the scene to film part of the Brownwood segment...

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Facts about My Appearance on America Unearthed

Posted by Jay Longley on May 25, 2014 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (2)

The Truth About My Appearance on America Unearthed: Lincoln's Secret Assassins - Season 2

In the months leading up to the filming of this episode, I was in regular contact with Committee Films and I spent many hours providing them with factual information regarding John Wilkes Booth's reported stay in Brownwood in 1871, Jesse Woodson James aka "J. Frank Dalton", Henry Ford of Brownwood, the locations of several entran...

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Historical Tours of Brownwood & Brown County KGC Sites

Posted by Jay Longley on April 28, 2014 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

After my appearance on H2 Channel's America Unearthed - Lincoln's Secret Assassins in February, 2014, interest in the Knights of the Golden Circle history has grown tremendously. I will be giving tours of some of the KGC historic sites in Brownwood and Brown County, Texas for people who want to learn more about the history of our town and county.  Several of the old stone buildings that the Knights constructed are still standing in Downtown Brownwood and they will be so...

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