Paper Trail Leads to Jesse James

A James family genealogist told me that the age-old mystery of Jesse James’ true fate could
be solved by following his paper trail. I doubted what she said at first but have since learned she
was right! In 1999 I failed to obtain a court order to exhume my paternal great-grandfather’s
grave (mainly due to lack of evidence) for DNA testing to determine his true identity. He was
known as James L. Courtney in Texas but according to old family stories he was really Jesse
James, America’s most famous outlaw.

This article only reports a fraction of the genealogical information that made me a believer in
genealogy and paper trails. Besides genealogical evidence I, with the help of others, have
amassed pictorial evidence that literally shows the man known in Texas as James L. Courtney
was really Jesse James. Then there’s his 1871 diary that he signed, “J. James” and “James L.
Courtney”, and mentioned historically recognized members of the James Gang. There’s a
preponderance of evidence that he was Jesse James, yet scientific DNA testing taken under strict
chain of custody guidelines, is needed to provide the ultimate identification proof…and it is
currently underway.  Read More Here:  Shelton_Connection_To_The_James_Family

© Betty Dorsett Duke 3/8/2014

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Barron’s, Dorsett’s, James’ and Shelton’s: How I Connect To the James Family of America

Betty Dorsett Duke © February 19, 2014

For as long as I can remember I’ve heard old family stories that claim my paternal great-
grandfather, known as James L. Courtney in Texas, was really Jesse Woodson James. I’ve
dedicated the past two decades to determining the truth of the matter. The findings of my
research, as well as the research of many others, resulted in convincing me that the old family
stories are true – Jesse James lived in Texas from 1871 until his death in 1943 under the alias of
James L. Courtney. Y-DNA testing is the final step of my investigation and is currently
underway. From this point forward I’ll refer to James L. Courtney as the real James L. Courtney
in order for the reader to differentiate him from Jesse James.

Jesse James was the son of Robert Sallee James and Zerelda Elizabeth Cole. The real James
L. Courtney was the son of Stephen Courtney and Dianah Andruss. Jesse James and the real
James L. Courtney were cousins – both of them descended from Sarah E. Mason Barbee James. 1
Jesse James was the third great-grandson of Sarah Elizabeth Mason Barbee and Thomas James
(her second husband), and James L Courtney was the fourth great-grandson of Sarah Elizabeth
Mason Barbee and Andrew Barbee (her first husband)…

Read More Here:  BarronDorsettJames&Shelton

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Rebuttal to Eric James

Betty Dorsett Duke, author and great granddaughter of the outlaw Jesse James; rebuts the false accusations and claims made by Eric James.

You can read it all here: Rebuttal_to_Eric_James

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Jesse James Treasure

Gold Coin

On March 5, 1876 the James Gang reportedly buried 2 million in gold in the Wichita Mountains near Lawton, Oklahoma. As a testament to those entitled to a share, they scratch their names on a copper bucket, often referred to as a brass bucket, and Frank and Jesse James bury it.
You can view some of their treasure maps at http://www.jessejamesintexas.com Enjoy 😉

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The James, Whitsett, Andruss Connection

Another good read from author Betty Dorsett Duke in pdf format. Click the link below and enjoy…

THE JAMES, WHITSETT, ANDRUSS CONNECTION

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Clyde C. Barrow/Barron (of Bonnie & Clyde fame) also had a Blevins, Falls Co., Texas connection:

According to a great genealogist (who wishes to remain anonymous) Clyde C. Barrow also had a Blevins, Texas connection. According to her his grandmother was Mahala Ann Barron. The reader may recall that my paternal great-great-grandfather was Thomas Hudson Barron of Blevins, Texas.

Laura Anderson Way did the following family tree for me but another genealogist previously made all the connections referred to in this post – their respective research confirms the other’s findings:
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=edison&id=P29076

Mahala Barron was married to William Wilson Walker and their daughter, Cumi Walker, was the mother of Clyde Chesnut Barrow. Mahala Ann Barron is the daughter of Samuel B Barron and Phoebe Barber. Samuel B. Barron was born in 1808 in Georgia and Thomas Hudson Barron was born 1796 in Kentucky. Thomas Hudson Barron family can be found in Charles County, Maryland and tie into the Lindsey family. Mahala Barron has family ties to the Lindsey family and many of the family names associated with those of Thomas Hudson Barron.

History of Barron Family: John Barron came from Ireland. In this family were Thomas & Teresa. John Barron lived near Elizabeth Town, KY and married Sarah Tweedell of VA. John Barron was a farmer. In this union were Joseph, Benjamin, Matthew, Martha, Mary, Harrison, Jinken Rogers, Thomas, Susan, David & Miles. They moved from KY to Sangamon Co., IL, later moving to Astoria, Fulton Co., IL. and Falls County, Texas:

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=edison&id=P10105

Jesse James’ Lindsay/Lindsey family (his maternal grandmother was a Lindsay/Lindsey) as well as the Barron’s Lindsay/Lindsey family were in Charles Co., Maryland at the same time [which points to the fact that they were the same family]. The James and Barron (also known as Barns and Barrow, Barber / Barbee, Wilson/ Walker) families connect to one another.

Please check out the information on all the URL’s contained herein:
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=edison&id=P390
http://genealogytrails.com/ken/jesse_james.html
http://www.civilwarstlouis.com/history/jameszereldasamueldeath.htm

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