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Dr Allan Thomson who was once Jack Londons doctor lived a piece up the road from the James family and he tells us Jesse was born in 1847 the son of a Baptist minister and a mother who found it necessary to marry three times Her last husband being a kindly man was Dr Reuben Samuel He also states that Jesse was spawned of the Civil War as a Quantrell Raider and that his fast gunhand can be attributed to the new Navy Colts cap-and-ball which set a faster pace in the art of draw-shoot killing Dr Thomson says Confederate money wasnt worth a Chinese whisker With the shame of having lost the war to a lot of no-good bluecoats it was easy for a Missourian to saddle up ride out and do harm to anything Republican whether it was a train stagecoach or a bank Jesse being no exception found a democratic following in brother Frank Clell Miller Jim Poole George White and a host of other stanch hearts including the Younger cousins - some 17 men ready for anything at all in what was considered a continuation of the border states war They were to peg up a quarter of a million dollars in train and bank robberies They had relatives he says all over the state and could tarry most anywhere while on the run Few outside lawmen came into this territory because they feared being bushwhacked by relatives that had cut down Loouies Lull a Pinkerton snoop and had cashed in a local police officer who had the wrong tendencies Then too one of the Youngers had outdrawn and out-shot another Pinkerton whose body was found half eaten by hogs on a lonely road Dr Reuben Samuel Jesses stepfather had the misfortune to be standing by the fireplace when a Pinkerton threw a bomb into the fireplace which literally blew him sky-high
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