The Jamestown Series
Between 1614 and 1775 some 100,000 Englishmen, Irish and Scottish were sentenced by legal process to be transported to the American Colonies. With notably few exceptions, their names and the records have survived together with many other records and documents which enables us to plot the story of these poor souls unhappy and unwilling passage to America.
The bitterness and controversy amongst certain scholars and historians have been forced to yield to the weight of such massive documented evidence that has since been accumulated. The 'myth of Irish slavery' is not a myth. It was very real and fortunately very well documented in records that I have spent years researching and uncovering.
The Jamestown Series brings this unfortunate historical event to life in Jayes 1627. Jayes is based upon actual events that took place in Jamestown from 1620 to 1650. From English court records, Parliament documents, ship records, and Jamestown court documents, Jayes will take you back in time to life in early America.
How The Jamestown Series came to be...
I have dedicated much time to writing 17th Century history. I focused on The Stuarts and have finished a couple books, Succession of Englands Kings, Secrets of a Princess and Scandal in the Kings Court. During that research I came across many references to the plight of 'stolen children' that had been tricked or kid-nabbed off London streets. Because I get side tracked easily I researched that and was astonished at what I found. I am also of Irish and sScottish heritage so this was something I desperately wanted to learn more about! I planned to write about this, after I had completed the Stuart Novels.
Unfortunately in April I was diagnosed with a Brain Aneurysm. It was a devastating time for both me and my family. Having a possible 'expiration date', really puts your priorities in order! Mine of course was my three amazing kids, my spoiled dog B Bear and believe it or not- A DEEP REGRET I had not yet written this story~! I felt as though I had failed the hundreds of thousands that were brought to Jamestown, most of them lost their life withing the first year. It is a part of history that has been hidden and white-washed. The WHITE LIE that America has kept the real truth carefully hidden in the backdrop of history and attached the forgettable words 'indentured servant'. So back to my story, I actually came out of my BRAIN surgery April 29th. Within two months I was driving 2500 miles across the United States to research and WRITE this story. Writing this story, Jayes Mackey would no longer be a regret- This book was going to be written. And it means so much to me because there was a time I believed I would never write it. With this second chance it has become so important, I cannot even explain.. Not many people have that opportunity to face what could be the end, learn whats important and then be able to live their life and accomplish those regrets. I have, and Jayes Mackey is not a regret anymore, She is a reality I have brought to life to share with the world! I plan to release Jayes Mackey in Hardcover on the one year anniversary of my surgery April 29, 2016. I hope that this can inspire many survivors of Brain Aneurysms and Brain Trauma to reach for thier dreams as I have. I have had such support by so many I would really love to be able to inspire and give back. ~ Kelli Rea Klampe
Jayes 1627 is the first book in the Jamestown Series.
Jayes Mackey is the story of an Irish girl that was wrongly convicted in the Irish Courts by an English Judge in 1627. She was quickly placed onto a ship bound for the Jamestown Colony. Her story is based on events that happened in early Colonial Virginia. While you may say these were Indentured Servants, historical documents will show these were slaves, most of them died within a year of arrival in the Colony. They were whipped, beaten, branded, nailed to pillories and treated worse than the valued livestock in Virginia. And they were WHITE. The early slaves in America were enslaved, tricked or convicted and sent to farm and build in the New World.
In 1635 there were approximately 30,000 white Irish, English and Scottish 'servants, there were approximately 3,000 African servants, which sold for about 50/- compared to the 5/- that the white servants sold for. The Irish/English/Scottish were easily replaceable and had little value compared to the Africans who were born into slavery and less obstinate to their masters....
Jayes, The Mackey Chronicles begins in 1627 and take us from Ireland to the shores of the New World they called Virginia.A New World so different and so cruel, a place where she is completely stripped, not just of her clothes but also of her freedom. Naked and alone, inspected like cattle and sold as a slave in Jamestown, Jayes is living a nightmare we could never imagine. Refusing to give up on life or her faith, Jayes makes friends with the Indians, despises her masters, the Colonists and tries to maintain hope that someday, she will return home to her beloved Ireland.
When you read her story it will captivate you. You will come to understand the plight that our relatives endured in early America. A story that has been kept out of our history books and schools. The truth about the birth of this country and those who were enslaved to build it, farm it. Without them, America may have never existed. It is time they are remembered, honored and heard.
Jayes tells their story. She will capture your heart and you will quickly love her, cry with her and root her on. Learn about the relations between the Powhatan Indians and the Colonists of Jamestown. Jayes, is based on actual events and historical accurate details that took place in the early 1600s Colony of Virginia. This story is one that you will not want to put down and one you will never forget!