JESSE JAMES WAS ONE OF HIS NAMES -- IV
Bibliography and Partial List of Sworn Statements
(From: *Jesse James Was One Of His Names* by Del Schrader, with
Jesse James III. Arcadia, California: Santa Anita Press, 1975.
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 74-33962)
*Jesse James Rides Again*, 1948, by Frank Hall and Lindsey
Whitten. Covers "emergence" of Jesse W. James in Lawton,
Oklahoma, May 19, 1948. Strong documentation to prove J. Frank
Dalton really was Jesse W. James.
"I Rode With Quantrill," August, 1937, Rocky Mountain News, by J.
Frank Dalton. Story deals chiefly with Frank and Jesse James.
Dalton says, "My name today isn't exactly what it was the day I
enlisted under Quantrill's black flag."
"Double Life of Jesse James." The National Police Gazette,
March, 1951. "Privileged and confidential information truly
reveals that 'Dalton' is Jesse James."
Columnist Robert Ruark. In three national columns the late
author wrote, "J. Frank Dalton is the real Jesse W. James."
Aunt Cora's Letters. She was Cora James Anderson, who died a few
years ago [ca. 1972] in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a
daughter of Jesse W. James by a Sioux Indian woman. Highly
educated, she knew all the facts of her father's "lost years."
"Who Lies Buried in Jesse James' Grave?" Real West Magazine,
January, 1967, by Dr. W.D. Chesney. States Jesse James was not
killed in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1882. Cites medical evidence
of the corpse which was buried.
*The Lost Cause*, a book published by J.L. James in 1961, states
St. Joseph ["death" of Jesse James] was a "hoax." Tells about
Jesse W. James' war record and has quotes from JWJ.
*The Day Lincoln Was Shot* by Jim Bishop. Gives screwball
background of actor John Wilkes Booth, which coincides with
Confederate Underground secret records. Bishop has Booth dying
in a Virginia barn.
*This Was Frank James* by Sarah Vaughn Snow, 1969, who was a
daughter of Frank James. She casts serious doubts that Jesse
James, her uncle, was gunned down in St. Joseph, Missouri, in
*Notorious Ladies of the Frontier* by Harry S. Drago, 1969. He
covers "emergence" of Jean Hickock McCormick in 1941, which
coincides with James family records.
Search Magazine, September 1968. Editor Ray Palmer helped in
identification of J. Frank Dalton as Jesse W. James in 1948.
True Magazine, September, 1947, ran photo of Jesse, Frank James
and their Kentucky mother which was so identified. The old photo
was found in a cabin near Bottomless lake, New Mexico, in 1940s
by man named Yourkes.
*Jesse James the Outlaw* by Henry Walker.
*The Truth About Jesse James* by Phyllis Argall.
*Jesse James Was My Neighbor* by Homer Croy.
*Jesse James Was His Name* by William A. Settle, Jr.
*The Complete Authentic Life of Jesse James* by Carl Breihan.
*The Private Papers* by Jesse James III.
"Jesse James Alive in 1949," by George McGrath. Police Gazette,
"More Proof -- Murder of Jesse James a Hoax," by George McGrath.
Police Gazette, August 1950.
*Cow By The Tail* by Jesse James Benson.
List of Sworn Statements (Sample)
Fulton County, Georgia, December 31, 1948, by Young Mathis. His
mother and Jesse W. James' mother were first cousins. Identified
Jesse W. James.
Lawton, Oklahoma, May 19, 1948. All Jennings, reformed outlaw:
"It's him. That's the face. My word of honor."
Escambia County, Florida, October 26, 1948, by Joseph L. Hines,
who was Jesse R. (Dingus) James, JWJ's first cousin: "He is the
real Jesse W. James alright. I would know him anywhere. He
pulled the biggest deal of all time in St. Jo., Missouri, April
3, 1882. I know all about it."
County of Alameda, California, Feb. 5, 1949, by Florence Corbett,
daughter of "Gentleman Jim" Corbett, the heavyweight champion,
who was a first cousin of Jesse W. James. "I positively identify
this man as Jesse James who once stayed with us for more than 11
months near Mooringsport along the Texas-Louisiana border."
Jackson County, Georgia, Dec. 16, 1948, by Harvey Devereaux
James, 87, a second cousin of Jesse W. James. "After talking to
him about happenings of the past, I'm sure this man is Jesse W.
Logan County, Oklahoma, July 27, 1948, by R.E. James, 87: "I am
a second cousin of Jesse W. James... am convinced after talking
with him he is the real JWJ."
Logan County, Oklahoma, July 27, 1948, by Eugene E. Robertson:
"I worked for Frank James, 1910-1912, and he often told me his
brother, Jesse W. James, was still alive and would come within 24
hours if need be."
Franklin County, Missouri, April 25, 1951, by Orrington Lucas,
94: "I knew Frank and Jesse James well as a youth. I swear this
white-bearded old gunman to be Jesse W. James."
Escambia County, Florida, Oct. 26, 1948, by Eliza, Jon and
William E. Thompson: "We are grandchildren of Harriet James,
oldest sister of Frank and Jesse James, and we are convinced this
man is Jesse W. James."
Houston County, Texas, May 7, 1948, by Mary M. James: "This is
the same man who visited us in Lufkin, Texas, when I was 10. He
was using the alias of Jesse Redmond then."
Logan County, Oklahoma, June 9, 1952, by Emma Hardy Norman: "In
the winter of 1892 Frank and Jesse James visited our home in
Greenbriar, Arkansas., and I believe this old man to be Jesse
Henry County, Missouri, Oct. 27, 1948, by James Howard Wells:
"My father, J.H. Wells, knew Jesse W. James, and 'J. Frank
Dalton' has answered my questions correctly. I am convinced he
is the real Jesse W. James."
Los Angeles County, California, Dec. 4, 1948, by James D. Fay:
"The way he answered all the questions I put to him, some of them
back to 1864, caused me to firmly believe he is the real Jesse
Forest County, Wisconsin, June 17, 1950, by George Washington
Gibson: "I have never forgotten him, nor could I mistake anyone
else for him now."
County of El Paso, Colorado, Aug. 7, 1959, by Henry Perry Ross:
"My father went to school with the Missouri Jesse and Frank James
and Kentucky Dr. Frank James and his younger brother, Jesse
James. Long after Jesse W. James was presumed killed in St.
Joseph, Missouri, 1882, he came to see and visit my dad almost
El Paso County, Colorado, June 7, 1960, by John Gibson: "My
father was born a slave. Negroes of their day saw to it that
nobody sneaked up on Jesse or Frank James. They were fine white
men and helped out many poor colored folks. The last time I saw
Jesse W. James was at the Happy Hollow Shooting Gallery at Hot
Springs, Arkansas, and his grandson, Jesse James III was with
him. This was probably in the 1920s. It was the real Jesse W.
James who revealed himself in Lawton, Oklahoma, in May, 1948."
County of El Paso, Colorado, Oct. 31, 1960, by Willard Olive:
"The very first money I ever got was from Jesse James, a silver
dollar, back in about 1896, 14 years after he was supposedly
killed in Missouri. I never knew Jesse any place but in North
Dakota, but I'd know him anywhere."
County of El Paso, Colorado, June 29, 1959, by Reverend Charles
P. Cruts: "In the early 1920s Jesse James used to come to old
Colorado City every summer. We knew he had not died as
County of El Paso, Colorado, May 28, 1960, by Reverend William
Curtis: "My father and uncle worked for Jesse and Frank James,
long after Jesse was presumed shot in the back. All our lives
members of our family kept Jesse's secret. We have seen him many
times through the years. He is what he says he is -- Jesse W.
County of El Paso, Colorado, Dec. 29, 1960, by George Martinez:
"When I lived in New Mexico near Taos I knew Jesse W. James and
Billy the Kid, long after they were supposed to be killed."
County of El Paso, Colorado, Dec. 31, 1959, by Frank Curtis:
"I'm a Negro who was with Jesse W. James on June 25, 1876, when
he passed out new repeating rifles to the Indians who killed
Custer. I knew John Trammell, Lucky Johnson, etc. I know a lot
of secrets of J.W. James. He lived to be 107."
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