Before I started my genealogical research, I knew nothing about my great grandfather, my mother’s grandfather, except that hia name was James Kearse, and that his father Robert had come over from Ireland, fought in the Civil War, and raised ten children along with his wife Margaret. James, my great grandfather became a cop in Richmond, Virginia like his Dad, as did his son, my grandfather Tom. James married an Italian woman, apparently the love of his life, my great grandmother Mary Catherine Botto. Lots of friends gave him grief about marrying an Italian, but they were happy with their four children.
As a police officer, James was apparently very popular as he was nonminated to be chief, and stories of him filled the pages of The Richmond Times Dispatch 1870-1890 after the Civil War.
As I read the articles, I was thrilled to feel I was getting to know the man born almost 100 years before me! There was one story in the paper that gave me a great glimpse into James’ personality! It was hilarious, and showed his sense of humor! Such a cute story, I wish I had written it, and that I could have been there! I want to share it with you here, hope you enjoy.