Jesse James, whom a special A&E Television program calls, "far and
away the most infamous and best-known outlaw in our history."
Of James, crime historian Jay Robert Nash asserts, "Millions of
words would be written about this handsome, dashing and utterly
ruthless bank and
train robber. To many of his peers, he would appear a folklore hero
who took vengeance in their name upon an industrial society that was
the old agrarian lifestyle to ashes. To others, Jesse James and his
band represented the last vestiges of the Old South and its lost
cause of secession... He was at large for sixteen years. He
committed dozens of daring robberies and killed at least a
half-dozen or more men. He died at the age of
5, 1847, Jesse James is born in Clay County, Missouri, son of a
Baptist minister and slaveholder Robert James and his wife
Jesse is 5 years younger than his brother Frank. Story goes he
died in Nashville, TN in 1882...assonated so story tells...I heard
stories myself that he was living in Grandbury a Texas hide out for
outlaws for many years...rumors run wild.
Jesse's father was a hemp
farmer and died when Jesse was just 3
years old. Tis said Jesse rode with
the Quantillis Raiders..."He was
raiding Union towns during the Civil War
under the flag of the
Confederate cause." as told by his grandfather... Because he robbed
banks, the railroad and other
big institutions he was a hero to the common man...The dime novel
stories had him as just a bank robber but
doing most of this as part of the war between the North and South it is told...
In the summer of 1863, the James
farm was brutally attacked by Union soldiers.
Jesse was 16 when he and Frank became Confederate guerrilla
riding alongside William Quantrill and “Bloody Bill”
legends in their own time, popular in Missouri for actively
trying to further the Confederate cause.
Movies, books, dime novels, and tall tales of his doings is
what Hollywood is
made of...legendary rumors, hearsay, and what someone heard
tell...another thing we hear is after April 24th, 1874,
Jesse was also a family
man marrying his first cousin, Aerelda "Zee" Mimms, who is
The History Channel said, "The story ofJesse
one of America's most familiar myths..." The myth of
a Colt-packing, six-chambered desperado, yet a Robin Hood, and a Family man,
and most of all a Southerner of the Confederate.
"Paso Robles is
sometimes referred to as the wild west of the California wine industry, but
ironically Paso Robles does have a connection
wild west that most people don't know about. The famous outlaw
Jessie James had more than one relative who lived in the area
owned property in the area. Dury James, Jesse's uncle lived on
a ranch in the Adelaida District from 1868 to 1909. Another
Woodson James, operated a hotel at the Sulfur Hot Springs town.
History has it that Jessie and his brother Frank were frequent
visitors at the Dury Ranch, which was known as La Ponza Ranch.
One such visit had Jessie laid up at the Sulfur Hot Springs,
gunshot wound he sustained during a train heist. The old
timers in town remembered him as a drinker and a gambler that was
rumored to hang out at the Saloons in Paso Robles. Jessie felt
safe knowing that the maze of tunnels under the old Inn allowed him
routes if the need ever arose. In spite of the nationwide
manhunt to capture Jessie, he managed to allude the best of them,
back to Missouri with a new identity, only to be shot in the back by
one of his friends."
Quoted from: maloyoneill.com/explore.html
From Pioneer Pages 1996
edition Story has it that Jesse and Frank worked as
for their Uncle Drury, and you hear a number of stories
about tales of Jesse in the hot mud baths to assuage his
many bullet wounds. While staying in Paso Robles area
brothers were law-abiding cowhands and did nothing to discredit
Uncle Drury. As pointed out by the late Paso Robles
his book, The Ghosts of Frank and Jesse James,
Drury James held, "...a highly
respected and influential place in the
community." He would not have tolerated
illegal activities by
his two outlaw nephews.
Tis said the brothers
arrived in Paso Robles in the summer of 1868...stories tell of
them being here through the winter
and some stories say they were here for near 2 years,
we even hear stories of Frank returning to Paso Robles a number of
after Jesse was killed. A
number of stories confirm that they were hiding out from
Missouri State Militia, and worked on their uncle's 30,000 La Panza
Biography of Jesse James see full movie...
Story tells that
Frank came out on a train to the end of the line then got a stage coach to Paso
Robles Jesse took
stagecoach to New York where
he got a steamer around cape horn where in Panama
he got another
steamer up to San Francisco the took a stagecoach to Paso Robles.
the Santiago de Cuba
that he boarded June 8th 1868.
Jesse was 21
years old when he got to Paso Robles. There uncle Drury James first
to Paso on a trail drive from Southern
California driving cattle up the El Camino Real to the
Gold Miners near San Francisco to sell
them for beef, then on his trip back south he had
chance to jump in the ancient native hot
springs just off the trail, and had the vision after the
sulfur waters healed his saddle sores
from the long cattle drive, to turn the area into a health
resort. He made a deal with the
guys that owned the land grant that was
It is told that
Jesse and Frank were getting a little wild around town, and there was some
they had figured out who
Jesse was and because of Drury's status in the town no one did
anything, but he
thought best to get them
out of town...so he took them to San Francisco where
he bought them both steamer tickets around
Cape Horn to New York...
Drury James, uncle of Jesse
James, cattleman, rancher, and the
that had to vision to take the hot
and turn Paso Robles into a health
But the hideous crimes of the James gang read as something quite
different in some papers. Journalists sympathetic to the Confederate
painted Jesse as defending southern ideals and fighting against the
establishment -- the corrupt railroad corporations and banks
controlled by Northern interests. The legend of the victimized farm
boy from Missouri who fought against Northern oppressors spread far
and wide, reaching New York, California, Chicago and New Mexico.
Jesse himself came to believe the image he created. "All of a
sudden, he's in newspapers across the country," author Deb Goodrich
comments in the film. "It's a lot easier to buy into that legend
than it is to take a long, hard look at yourself."
brother of Robert James father of Frank and Jesse James.
What makes Jesse a totally fascinating character is the human trait he brought
to outlawry, akin only to Robin Hood. "Like his famous predecessor in folklore
(although in fact James was a real person), Jesse James robbed from the rich and
was kind to the poor," explains Encyclopaedia Britannica's Annals of America
series. "(He) was always willing to help some cowpoke who was 'down on his
Like anyone who has made an incredible dent in his/her own texture of time,
Jesse rose above the realm of mortal fame by playing his own life on a human
level. He preferred to be known as one of earth's seedlings who fought back
against the sequoia of (what he saw) oppression. And by driving his pursuers
crazy with anxiety and anger on their own level, that made his victories and,
yes, the pursuit, too that much more thrilling.
from dates on a
timeline below we can see that he was more than likely on his trip to Paso
March 20, 1868
Credited with getting
away with approximately $14,000, the gang hit the Nimrod Long Banking
Co. of Russellville,.
One person was wounded but there were no fatalities.
December 7, 1869
up Davies County Savings Bank of Gallatin,Missouri,
killing cashier John W. Sheets and wounding clerk William McDowell as he
ran for the door. Making off with only $700, a $3,000 reward is offered
for their capture.
Frank is said to
have visited here several times after his release from prison. Was in
prison for 3 years
just waiting to be
tried for 3 years and was finally let out.
Blackburn and Drury James married sisters in a combined
Jesse was shot
April 3rd, 1882
find also the
date of 1882 that he was shot??????
October 5, 1882
Frank surrenders to authorities and is subsequently
acquitted. Later in life, he forms a traveling show with Cole Younger called
"The Great Cole Younger and Frank James Historical Wild West."
Frank will die in 1915 at Zerelda's old homestead; Jesse's
mother herself passed away in 1911, having spent years charging tourists a
quarter apiece to take pebbles from Jesse's grave in her front yard.
Jesse's son wrote a book about him, and some 40 years after his death, Jesse's
children even appeared in a movie about him called "Jesse James Under the Black
They thought they be famous for
supposedly killing Jesse James but after the fact they were put down and
by people and their lives became
In 1884 Charles Ford killed himself.
Robert Ford left Missouri for Colorado where he ran a saloon until an admirer
of Jesse James- Deputy Sheriff Ed O'
Kelly shot him with a shot gun in 1982.
Story tells from Jesse James kin, and
seems to confirm that Jesse James was not killed by Robert Ford, and he died of
old age in Grandbury, Texas where
many other outlaws had gone to live and be buried.
After breakfast on April 3, 1882, Jesse turned to straighten a
picture on a wall of his home, and Bob shot Jesse in the back of the
head. Jesse died instantly at age 34. People in Missouri were
outraged at the method used to capture him and considered it a
cowardly assassination. Within three months, Frank surrendered to
Crittenden. The juries would not convict on the meager evidence, so
Frank resumed a quiet life.
James Dean Documentary
In 1953 James Dean
Episode: "The Capture of Jesse James"
Jesse James Under the Black Flag
Written & Directed by Franklin B. Coates
Jesse James Jr. .... Himself/Jesse James
Diana Reed -Marguerite
Franklin B. Coates
James joins Quantrill’s raiders, a guerrilla force which
fought against union sympathizers during the Civil War.
James takes allegiance to the Black Flag, the raiders’
banner. After the war he receives kind treatment from a
judge concerning his acts of crime and later meets and falls
in love with Zee. They return home to Missouri after the
Civil War hoping to live a life of peace, but he is falsely
accused of robbing a bank. He is forced to take up a life of
crime by being branded an outlaw. Crimes are committed and
blamed on him, his family is maimed by the Pinkerton
Detective Agency, but all the while James is able to perform
charitable acts for citizens. James is finally assassinated
by Bob Ford. All is told in a flashback style by Jesse James
Jr. to an eastern beau asking for his daughter's hand in