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James, Jesse Woodson

Born: 1847 AD
Died: 1882 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Cowboy, Felon, Marksman, Murderer

1847 – Born on the 5th of September in Clay County, Missouri United States of America.


1863 – At the age of sixteen he joined the Quantrill’s Raiders an irregular guerrilla group of the Civil War.


1866 – He joined the gang who first armed robbery of a bank in peacetime, holding up the Clay County Savings Association in the town of Liberty located at the Clay Country Missouri U.S.A.


1868 – He joined with his old friends in outlawry, when they joined "Cole Younger" (who was a famous Confederate Outlaw during and after American Civil War) in robbing a bank in Russellville, Kentucky U.S.A.


1873 – He turned to train robbery, derailing the "Rock Island" train (a Class 1 Railroad in the United States, in Adair, Iowa U.S.A.


1876 – His gang attempted their most daring raid to the "First National Bank" in Northfield, Minnesota U.S.A.


1879 – He returned to crime, holding up a train at Glendale, Missouri United States.


1882 – On the 3rd of April he was shot by Robert Ford, at the back of his head which resulted to his instant death.


1880s-1900s -Rumors of Jesse James’s survival proliferated almost as soon as the newspapers announced his death. Some said that Robert Ford killed someone other than James, in an elaborate plot to allow him to escape justice. These tales have received little credence, then or later. None of James’s biographers has accepted them as plausible. The body buried in Kearney, Missouri, as Jesse James’s was exhumed in 1995 and subjected to mitochondrial DNA typing. The report, prepared by Anne C. Stone, Ph.D., James E. Starrs, L.L.M., and Mark Stoneking, Ph.D., stated the mtDNA recovered from the remains was consistent with the mtDNA of one of James’s relatives in the female line.