Category Archives: Jesse James

Correction to genealogy

Hello Eric,

I’m Ann McQuinn.  Your new website is lovely.  I’m the one that sent you the CD with the pictures from the Jesse James album that I showcased on Antiques Roadshow.

I wanted to edit our part of the genealogy to the best of  our family knowledge.

Our mother Sara Jean Race Duke born 11/20/1920 died 1/11/1972, Miami , FL

married 3/2/1947  Nathaniel Duke born 6/29/1923 still alive

Her mother was  Susan Hall (born 1888, died Feb 1948, Hunter, OK) married to Lawson Race born 8/3/1878 died , 1960, Miami, FL

Her mother (our great grandmother) was FANNIE QUANTRILL  SAMUELS HALL married to Joe C. Hall

You probably know the rest from there and thus our relation to Jesse James.

Our mother had 2 children  and we each had 2 children

– Ann Duke McQuinn born 12/3/1953 married 8/4/73  Richard West born 6/1/1953 had two children Jennifer Ann West born 4/29/1976 and Stuart Wade West born 12/10/1981, divorced Richard 1988. On 5/7/2000 married  James McQuinn born 3/20/1952 .

-Susan Duke Gebhardt born 12/16/1947 married 8/10/1968 Carl Gebhardt born 4/21/1947  and had two children Christopher A Gebhardt 12/26/1973 and Eric M Gebhardt 10/28/1978

There are no more children yet. This maybe more info than you need but thank you for the opportunity to share our portion of history.

Thank you again,

Ann McQuinn

Great Grandaughter, Fannie Quantrill Samuels

Jesse James Auction Artifact – Lacks Provenance


The James D. Julia auction house, in Maine of all places, is claiming an 1860 Army revolver they have for auction came through a “direct descendant of the James family.”  The descendant is not identified.  Some of the James family have lived in New England since the 1880s.

The auction house does not identify the provenance for its claim that Jesse might have used an Army revolver. Frank & Jesse James already had a clear preference in guns. They used the Colt Navy revolver. Upon his death, Jesse’s guns went to his wife and son, then to his grandchildren, who then donated them to James Farm & Museum. There’s been a clear and unmistakable chain of custody and provenance.

The father of Charles D. Schmelzer, a German born manufacturer who owned the Schmelzer Fire Arms Company, worked at the Colt armory in Hartford, Connecticut. The family company was located next door to T. M. James & Co. the store in Kansas City of Jesse’s uncle, Thomas Martin James. Charles D. Schmelzer himself served with T. M.’s son, Luther Tillman James, on the Kansas City Board of Education. Schmelzer’s immigrant father had sold fire arms in the Far West, through Kansas and Nebraska and all the way to Colorado, as he stood at trading posts beside stacks of buffalo skins, waiting to be shipped to New York.

I’ve submitted an inquiry to James D. Julia, and am waiting on a response of the gun’s provenance and the auction’s claims. I’m not holding my breath.

Quantrill’s Guerillas Family Member

David Owings sent me this fabulous photo. David is a 3rd great grand nephew of the brothers Gabriel George, Hiram J. George, and John Hicks George, all Quantrill Guerillas. The photo relates to guerilla John Hicks George who later became a doctor. At the time, becoming a doctor only took about 18 months of study. David and I are speculating if this is a class photos for John Hicks George while in medical school.