Jesse James (1847–82) was an infamous outlaw of the American West in the 1860s through the 1880s. He committed dozens of robberies and murdered at least six men. Jesse Woodson James was born in Centralville, Missouri, which is now known as Kearney. His father, Robert James (1818–50), was a Baptist minister who left the family in 1850 to minister to gold miners in California, but died soon after arriving there. Jesse's mother, Zerelda Elizabeth Cole (1825–1911), remarried twice and thus Jesse, his two brothers, ...

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