Jesse Woodson James

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Jesse Woodson James

Birth 1847 Centerville, Kearney, Clay, Missouri

Death 3 APRIL, 1882 St Joseph, Andrew, Missouri,

10th Cousin

Parents: 

Robert James (1816-1850)

Zereida Cole (1825-1911)

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1860 United States Federal Census

Name Jessie W James
Age 12
Birth Year abt 1848
Gender Male
Race White
Birth Place Missouri
Home in 1860 Washington, Clay, Missouri
Post Office Missouri City
Family Number 920
Household Members
Name Age
Reuben Samuel 33
Zarilda Samuel 35
Alxander James 16
Jessie W James 12
Susan L James 10
Sarah Samuel 1

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U.S. Family Photo Collection c. 1850-2000

Name John Wesley James
Image Title The James Family
Annotation These are the Decendent of Jesse James , Jesses James Great great great Grandparents and my Great great greatgrandparents are Brothers
People In Photo John Wesley James
State Kentucky
Area Ashland
Year 1905

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Civil War Pension Index

Name Jesse W James
Place Filed Missouri, USA
Relation to Head Soldier

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Photos

James, Jesse Woodson (1847) bank museum

Liberty, Missouri, USA

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Jesse James Bank Museum, located in Liberty, Missouri. This bank was the site of the nation’s first successful daylight bank robbery during peacetime, committed by the James Gang on Feb 13, 1866, at 2pm. The bank was built in 1858 and is a national historic landmark.

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Frank and Jesse

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Robert Sallee James with sons Jesse and Frank 1850

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James, Jessie Woodson (1847) photo

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James, Jesse Woodson (1847) wanted dead or alive poster

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Frank and Jesse James

1864

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From left, Fletch Taylor, Frank James, and Jesse James. Frank fought in the Confederate army, under William Clarke Quantrill, and the with his younger brother Jesse under Taylor. This Photograph was taken in 1864, in the first weeks of Jess’s guerrilla career, prior to the amputation Taylor’s right arm. (State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia). Photo and description from the book by T. J. Stiles “Jesse James Last Rebel of the Civil War”.

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Bob Ford and Jesse James

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1860s

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Jesse James’s Home

Original location St Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri

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Road Past and Present…to James Farm

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A post card collection showing the road to the James Farm looking up the hill from the east. The photo on the right is how the road looks today. Interesting how the road is pretty much the same, just a little wider and less muddy. The telephone line poles date the postcard to sometime between 1911 and 1920. (Jesse James Farm and Museum website)

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James, Jesse Woodson (1847) headstone

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Kearney, Clay County, Missouri, USA

Birth: Sep. 5, 1847 Death: Apr. 3, 1882 Western Outlaw. He was born Jesse Woodson James in Kearney, Missouri to Baptist minister Reverend Robert and Zerelda James and the younger brother of James. His father heeding a calling left for California with the intent of preaching to gold miners but contracted cholera and died. He is buried in an unmarked lost grave in Placerville. By the time Jesse was eight, his mother had remarried twice more. From the third marriage, he gained two stepbrothers and two stepsisters. As a youth, he was churchgoer, baptized at the Kearney Baptist Church and sang in the choir wanting to emulate his father and become a Baptist preacher. Jesse had very little formal education but was skilled with horses and a natural leader. When but fifteen, he followed his brother James into the ranks of Quantrill’s Raiders. After the war ended, he attempted to surrender at Lexington, Missouri and gain amnesty along with his brother Frank, Cole Younger and others but a gun battle ensured. The remnants of the “Raiders” were forced to hide out in the woods. With no means of livelihood, the James-Younger gang came into being. For the next fifteen years they robbed banks and when security made that difficult, they turned to stagecoaches and trains. After the failed disastrous attempt to rob the bank in Northfield, Minnesota, many of the gang member were wounded and captured, However, Jesse slipped away and lived quietly in St. Joseph Missouri under an assumed name. Two of his gang members were tempted by a reward for his capture dead or alive. They went to his house and while his back was turned, Robert Ford shot him one time in the back of the head. His mother had him buried n the front yard of the James Farm with an imposing monument with a inscription condemning the assassin. The house in St Joseph where Jesse met his death is preserved and is the epitome of morbidity. Here you can see the bullet hole made as it passed thought the skull of Jesse. The structure is filled with James memorabilia. The house was actually moved here after being saved from the jaws of demolition. Now more has been added. Artifacts from the controversial exhumation of 1995. A bullet from his right lung stemming from an old civil War injury, the tie tack he was wearing when first buried and fragments of wood, the handles and the glass fragments from the coffin front piece grace a glass cabinet. Jesse James boyhood home today remains relatively secluded in the countryside near the small town of Kearney. After Zerelda’s third and very successful marriage to her neighbor a country doctor, the two farms became one and was very prosperous with several slaves doing most of the work. After the death of her son, a defiant mother sat on the front porch giving tours of the house and selling stones from the grave and supposed pistols owned by her famous son. It was here Union soldiers harassed the family known as confederate sympathizers and attacked Zerelda and tried to hang her third husband. The incident defined young Jessie’s determination to join the Confederate army. It was here Pinkerton detectives threw an incendiary bomb into the residence killing a younger step brother and maiming Zerelda. After her death and Jesse’s wife, his body was moved from the farm to the family plot in Mount Olivet Cemetery Kearney and interred beside her. Frank James in his old age kept up the tours by charging 50 cents until his death. Clay County purchased the rundown property and after two restorations, 75 percent of the original material remains. It contains original furnishings. The James home is perhaps one of the most authentic birthplace sites in America today. Now, the Clay County government at the Jesse James Farm and Museum is still selling pebbles for 25 cents along with shirts, books and toys. (bio by: Donald Greyfield) Family links: Parents: Robert Sallee James (1818 – 1850) Zerelda Cole James (1825 – 1911) Spouse: Zerelda Mimms James (1845 – 1900) Children: Jesse Edwards James (1875 – 1951) Gould James (1878 – 1878) Montgomery James (1878 – 1878) Mary Susan (James) Barr (1879 – 1935)

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Ann Marie Reeder Bryant (1961 – )
10th cousin 2x removed
Harold LeRoy Reeder (1932 – 2004)
father of Ann Marie Reeder
Florence Nacker (1894 – 1943)
mother of Harold LeRoy Reeder
Amy Andrews (1855 – 1938)
mother of Florence Nacker
John Andrews (1820 – 1893)
father of Amy Andrews
Amy Cudworth (1779 – 1831)
mother of John Andrews
Phillippa Strange (1722 – 1768)
mother of Mary Elizabeth Paine
Hannah Hathaway (1701 – 1735)
mother of Phillippa Strange
Phillippa Chase (1679 – 1754)
mother of Hannah Hathaway
Benjamin Chase (1639 – 1730)
father of Phillippa Chase
Mary Townley (1603 – 1659)
mother of Benjamin Chase
John TOWNELEY (1576 – 1603)
father of Mary Townley
LAWRENCE Towneley (1570 – 1644)
son of Lawrence Towneley
Mary Townley (1614 – 1662)
daughter of Lawrence Towneley
Augustine Warner (1642 – 1681)
son of Mary Townley
Elizabeth Warner (1672 – 1725)
daughter of Augustine Warner
John Lewis (1694 – 1754)
son of Elizabeth Warner
Frances Fielding Lewis (1731 – 1777)
daughter of John Lewis
John Yates (1752 – 1825)
son of Frances Fielding Lewis
Sarah Yates (1765 – 1836)
daughter of John Yates
James Cole (1804 – 1827)
son of Sarah Yates
Zereida Cole (1825 – 1911)
daughter of James Cole
Jesse James
 son of Zereida Cole

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