John T. Wayne, Author

About John T. Wayne The dukes grandson

John T. Wayne the American Civil War and Historical Western author is the grandson of John Wayne (the actor). Growing up he attended schools all over the state of Missouri, where he learned the true history of the US Civil War. John is a chip off the old block, believing in God, individual responsibility and the idea of a free America, in a true Reagan mold. John began writing his stories in 1985 while attending the University of Oregon. It was there he lost his daughter Kimberly to cancer. He soon left Oregon and returned home to Missouri where he met his wife Donna.  After 30 years together, they have some incredible stories to share. “When I was looking for a publisher, I came across Mocking- Bird Lane Press and wondered, because my Uncle Buddy and Aunt Vivian lived at 2410 Mocking-Bird lane in Florissant, Missouri my entire life, “could this be the publisher I am looking for?” Once I met Regina, I knew they were the right publisher for me. I got the best publisher in Arkansas, and I get to keep my best memories on tap.” John is on the road a lot with speaking engagements and book signings. He travels about 50,000 miles a year and makes 50 to 75 western festivals and book signings every year.

About “The Gaslight Boys Series”

When the Civil War started there were only two orphanages in St. Louis with a growing number of children to care for, the Mullanphy Orphanage and the St. Louis Protestant Orphanage.      When started in 1827 and 1834 these two facilities cared for a few dozen children, but with the outbreak of Cholera in 1849, the Gold Rush of 1849 they were overburdened. With the Civil War twelve years later, they found themselves taking care of over 2,000 children. At the end of the Civil War there were no less than 24 orphanages’ in St. Louis city trying to care for more than 20,000 children with another 20,000 or so struggling to survive on the streets. Many of these unfortunate children became what we know today as Cowboys. They were of German, Irish and Dutch descent.  Prior to this time in our history we did not use the term Cowboy. Just so you know, what we call cowboys today were actually boys at the time of the Civil War.  The Gaslight Boys series pays homage to these children and the Gaslight district of St. Louis, Missouri.

Being the Dukes Grandson

John says, “One thing I have learned in life; we don’t get to pick our family and we don’t get to pick the circumstance we are born into. You get what you get, and if that means your heritage was hidden from you for most of your life, well you get what you get. I didn’t choose to cover up my father’s birth, I wasn’t even thought of yet. I had no say in the matter. It seems I still don’t. My father died never knowing who his real father was.” John T’s story in his own words, “My story is really an eighty-five-year-old mystery. That is what my father’s birth was, a mystery to the entire family. We knew his birth date, we knew who his mother was, what we didn’t know was who his father was and neither did he. He passed never knowing the truth. I  learned about my unusual heritage when I was 54 years old.” John continues, “The only thing I want to offer here is simple. The same people who hid my father’s heritage are now less than honest to the world. This is nothing more than a last-ditch effort by both families to keep me from ever being known as the Duke’s real grandson. The truth will always come to the surface like a bubble in the middle of the ocean, the only question is when? They buried my father, but not me.”

Royalties to Special Causes

JANUARY 1st thru DECEMBER 31st 2019 / All royalties for online sales such as BARNES & NOBLE will go to fund the U. S. Marshal’s Museum in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. JANUARY 1st thru DECEMBER 31st 2020 / All royalties for online sales such as BARNES & NOBLE will go to fund the Sultana Disaster Museum in Marion, Arkansas. Every book signing you will always find a jar for donations to St. Judes Children’s Hospital.
JANUARY 1st thru DECEMBER 31st 2019 All royalties for online sales such as BARNES & NOBLE will go to fund the U. S. Marshal’s Museum in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.
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About John T. Wayne

The dukes grandson

John T. Wayne the American Civil War and Historical Western author is the grandson of John Wayne (the actor). Growing up he attended schools all over the state of Missouri, where he learned the true history of the US Civil War. John is a chip off the old block, believing in God, individual responsibility and the idea of a free America, in a true Reagan mold. John began writing his stories in 1985 while attending the University of Oregon. It was there he lost his daughter Kimberly to cancer. He soon left Oregon and returned home to Missouri where he met his wife Donna.  After 30 years together, they have some incredible stories to share. “When I was looking for a publisher, I came across Mocking-Bird Lane Press and wondered, because my Uncle Buddy and Aunt Vivian lived at 2410 Mocking- Bird lane in Florissant, Missouri my entire life, “could this be the publisher I am looking for?” Once I met Regina, I knew they were the right publisher for me. I got the best publisher in Arkansas, and I get to keep my best memories on tap.” John is on the road a lot with speaking engagements and book signings. He travels about 50,000 miles a year and makes 50 to 75 western festivals and book signings every year.

About “The Gaslight Boys Series”

When the Civil War started there were only two orphanages in St. Louis with a growing number of children to care for, the Mullanphy Orphanage and the St. Louis Protestant Orphanage.      When started in 1827 and 1834 these two facilities cared for a few dozen children, but with the outbreak of Cholera in 1849, the Gold Rush of 1849 they were overburdened. With the Civil War twelve years later, they found themselves taking care of over 2,000 children. At the end of the Civil War there were no less than 24 orphanages’ in St. Louis city trying to care for more than 20,000 children with another 20,000 or so struggling to survive on the streets. Many of these unfortunate children became what we know today as Cowboys. They were of German, Irish and Dutch descent.  Prior to this time in our history we did not use the term Cowboy. Just so you know, what we call cowboys today were actually boys at the time of the Civil War.  The Gaslight Boys series pays homage to these children and the Gaslight district of St. Louis, Missouri.

Being the Dukes

Grandson

John says, “One thing I have learned in life; we don’t get to pick our family and we don’t get to pick the circumstance we are born into. You get what you get, and if that means your heritage was hidden from you for most of your life, well you get what you get. I didn’t choose to cover up my father’s birth, I wasn’t even thought of yet. I had no say in the matter. It seems I still don’t. My father died never knowing who his real father was.” John T’s story in his own words, “My story is really an eighty-five-year-old mystery. That is what my father’s birth was, a mystery to the entire family. We knew his birth date, we knew who his mother was, what we didn’t know was who his father was and neither did he. He passed never knowing the truth. I  learned about my unusual heritage when I was 54 years old.” John continues, “The only thing I want to offer here is simple. The same people who hid my father’s heritage are now less than honest to the world. This is nothing more than a last-ditch effort by both families to keep me from ever being known as the Duke’s real grandson. The truth will always come to the surface like a bubble in the middle of the ocean, the only question is when? They buried my father, but not me.”

Royalties to Special Causes

JANUARY 1st thru DECEMBER 31st 2019 / All royalties for online sales such as BARNES & NOBLE will go to fund the U. S. Marshal’s Museum in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. JANUARY 1st thru DECEMBER 31st 2020 / All royalties for online sales such as BARNES & NOBLE will go to fund the Sultana Disaster Museum in Marion, Arkansas. Every book signing you will always find a jar for donations to St. Judes Children’s Hospital.
JANUARY 1st thru DECEMBER 31st 2019 All royalties for online sales such as BARNES & NOBLE will go to fund the U. S. Marshal’s Museum in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.
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John T. Wayne, Author