Jesse James By Chelsea Cervantes Surrender by bethstill


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									By Chelsea Cervantes
 Surrender had

played out for good
with me.“

•JesseJames died at
age 34

     James’s full
name is Jesse
Woodson James.
Jesse James was the
son of a Baptist
In 1864 Jesse James
joined the “bloody
bill” Anderson gAng.
Jesse James's
participation with
this gang is
apparently limited
to light all the
building on fire.
On February 13, 1866, the James
gang was credited with robbing
$62,000 from the Clay County
Savings Association of Liberty,

In 1873 Jesse held up his first
train, the Chicago, Rock Island
and Pacific, near Adair, Iowa.

Jesse married Zerelda (Zee)
Amanda Mimms on April 24,
Susan Lavenia James was
born to Jesse and Zee on
November 5, 1879, but died
when she was only 9 on
March 3, 1889.

On June 17, 1879, Mary
Susan James was born.

Jesse was shot and killed by
Robert Ford at his home in
St. Joseph, Missouri, on April
3, 1882 at the age of 34.
There have been at least
two or three individuals
about whom some claim
lived much longer after
faking his death in
It has been suggested
that the man buried as
Jesse James was
actually Charlie
Bigelow, who looked
very much like him.
On September 7, 1876,
the James gang
attempted to rob a bank
in Northfield,
The townspeople returned fire,
and all of the members of the
gang except for Frank and Jesse
James were killed, wounded or
In April 1882, Jesse James
recruited Robert and Charles
Ford to help him rob the Platte
City bank.
Robert Ford's shot hit James in
the back of the head, ending his
outlaw days for good
Ford hoped to claim the $10,000
offered for James's capture but
received only a fraction of the
reward and was charged with
Then on July 21, 1873 the James-
Younger gang pulled off the
first successful train robbery in
the American West by taking
US$3,000 from the Rock Island
Express in Adair, Iowa.
At seventeen, James left his
native Missouri to fight as a
Confederate guerilla in the
American Civil War as part of
Quantrill's Raiders,
participating in raids in Kansas.
He once killed eight men in a
single day
the James gang robbed their
way across the Western
frontier targeting banks,
trains, stagecoaches, and
stores from Iowa to Texas.
Eluding even the Pinkerton
National Detective Agency,
the gang escaped with
thousands of dollars.
The Ford brothers were
sentenced to hang but were
pardoned by the governor of
Charles Ford committed suicide
two years later, and Robert Ford
was killed in a bar room brawl in
Creed, Colorado, in 1892.
Rumors have persisted that Ford
did not kill James, but someone
Some stories say he lived in
Guthrie, Oklahoma as late as
1948, and a man named J. Frank
Dalton, who claimed to be Jesse
James, died in Granbury, Texas in
1951 at the age of 103.
Some stories claim the
real recipient of
Ford's bullet was a
man named Charles
Bigelow, reported to
have been living with
James' wife at the
The body buried in
Missouri as Jesse
James was exhumed in
1995 and DNA analysis
gave a 99.7%
probability that it
was Jesse James.
A court order was
granted in 2000 to
exhume and test
Dalton's body, but the
wrong body was
Jesse Woodson James
(September 5, 1847 – April 3, 1882)
was an American outlaw, gang
leader, bank robber, train robber,
and murderer from the state of
Missouri and the most famous
member of the James- Younger
. Already a celebrity when he was
alive, he became a legendary figure
of the Wild West after his death.
Jesse James had two full siblings:
his older brother, Alexander Franklin
"Frank", and a younger sister,
Susan Lavenia James.
With his gang nearly annihilated, James
trusted only the Ford brothers, Charley
and Robert.[46] Although Charley had been
out on raids with James, Bob was an eager
new recruit.
 For protection, James asked the Ford
brothers to move in with him and his
Rumors of Jesse James's survival
proliferated almost as soon as the
newspapers announced his death.
they wore Ku Klux Klan masks, deliberately
taking on a potent symbol years after the
Klan had been suppressed in the South by
President Grant's use of the Force Acts
The James' gang's later train robberies had
a lighter touch
only two train hold-ups did
they rob passengers, because
James typically limited himself
to the express safe in the
baggage car.
The 1869 robbery marked the
emergence of Jesse James as
the most famous of the former
guerrillas turned outlaw.
It marked the first time he was
publicly labeled an "outlaw," as
Missouri Governor Thomas T.
Crittenden set a reward for his

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