Person:Jesse James (17)

Watchers
Jesse Woodson James
m. 28 Dec 1841
  1. Alexander Franklin James1843 - 1915
  2. Frank James1843 - 1915
  3. Robert R. James1845 - 1845
  4. Jesse Woodson James1847 - 1882
  5. Susan Lavenia James1849 - 1889
m. 24 Apr 1874
  1. Jesse Edwards James1875 - 1951
  2. Montgomery James1878 - 1878
  3. Gould James1878 - 1878
  4. Mary Susan James1879 - 1935
Facts and Events
Name[1] Jesse Woodson James
Gender Male
Birth[1] 5 Sep 1847 Clay County, Missouri
Marriage 24 Apr 1874 Missouri(they were 1st cousins)
to Zerelda Amanda Mims
Death[1] 3 Apr 1882 Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri
Reference Number? Q213626?
Burial[1] Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kearney, Clay County, Missouri


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Jesse Woodson James (September 5, 1847April 3, 1882) was an American outlaw, bank and train robber, guerrilla, and leader of the James–Younger Gang. Raised in the "Little Dixie" area of western Missouri, James and his family maintained strong Southern sympathies. He and his brother Frank James joined pro-Confederate guerrillas known as "bushwhackers" operating in Missouri and Kansas during the American Civil War. As followers of William Quantrill and "Bloody Bill" Anderson, they were accused of participating in atrocities against Union soldiers and civilian abolitionists, including the Centralia Massacre in 1864.

After the war, as members of various gangs of outlaws, Jesse and Frank robbed banks, stagecoaches, and trains across the Midwest, gaining national fame and often popular sympathy despite the brutality of their crimes. The James brothers were most active as members of their own gang from about 1866 until 1876, when as a result of their attempted robbery of a bank in Northfield, Minnesota, several members of the gang were captured or killed. They continued in crime for several years afterward, recruiting new members, but came under increasing pressure from law enforcement seeking to bring them to justice. On April 3, 1882, Jesse James was shot and killed by Robert Ford, a new recruit to the gang who hoped to collect a reward on James' head and a promised amnesty for his previous crimes. Already a celebrity in life, James became a legendary figure of the Wild West after his death.

Despite popular portrayals of James as an embodiment of Robin Hood, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor, there is no evidence that he and his gang shared any loot from their robberies with anyone outside their close kinship network. Scholars and historians have characterized James as one of many criminals inspired by the regional insurgencies of ex-Confederates following the Civil War, rather than as a manifestation of alleged economic justice or of frontier lawlessness. James continues to be one of the most iconic figures from the era, and his life has been dramatized and memorialized numerous times.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Jesse James, in Find A Grave.

    Reburial; originally buried in the front yard of the family farm under an elaborate monument.