Jesse Edward Smith Recalls Jesse James, His Namesake & Cousin

My mother (ed. Susan Prudence James-Smith) and her brother, R. W. James (ed. Robert Woodson James 1838-1922), were first cousins to the James Brothers. The Jesse in my name was taken from Jesse James. He paid some special attention to me when I was a small boy and made occasional visits to our house until … Continue reading Jesse Edward Smith Recalls Jesse James, His Namesake & Cousin

Who Wrote the Jesse James Family Tree?

Who wrote the Jesse James family tree? The story of the Jesse James family tree discovery is told in the opening chapter of Jesse James Soul Liberty, Vol. I, Behind the Family Wall of Stigma & Silence. Joan Beamis found the family tree among the artifacts of Mary Louisa James-Burns. Joan called her grandmother Mary … Continue reading Who Wrote the Jesse James Family Tree?