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New photo proves Jesse James faked his death

A photo of the funeral of famous outlaw Jesse James in 1882 proves that Jesse James wasn’t killed by Bob Ford as history reports. You can view the photo, descriptions and comparisons at www.jessejamesintexas.com under the “what’s new” section.  You won’t be disappointed!

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Looking Back

Author and Jesse James descendant Betty Dorsett Duke at the 2001 James Younger Gang meeting in San Angelo where she shut down one of her main detractors…that was a fine day.

San Angelo shootout

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Looking Back

Looking back over the years with Mom, watching her research and write three books proving that Jesse James faked his death and lived the remainder of his life on a farm in Texas.  Here’s some photos from an interview several years ago with Mom (Betty Dorsett Duke) and former Texas Attorney General Waggoner Carr done by TV producer, news anchor and investigative reporter, Bill Kurtis regarding the outlaw Jesse James. This was at the Mustang Cafe in Dallas, TX about a year or two before Waggoner Carr passed away.

Bill Kurtis' Interview with Betty Dorsett Duke and Waggoner Carr  regarding Jesse James

Bill Kurtis’ interview with author Betty Dorsett Duke and former Texas Attorney General Waggoner Carr regarding Jesse James

Bill Kurtis Interviewing Betty Dorsett Duke regarding Betty's great grandfather, Jesse James

Bill Kurtis Interviewing author Betty Dorsett Duke regarding Betty’s great grandfather, Jesse James

Bill Kurtis Interviewing former Texas Attorney General, Waggoner Carr regarding Jesse James

Bill Kurtis Interviewing former Texas Attorney General, Waggoner Carr regarding Jesse James

Bill Kurtis, Betty Dorsett Duke & Waggoner Carr talking over lunch at the Mustang Cafe in Dallas, TX

Bill Kurtis, Betty Dorsett Duke & Waggoner Carr talking over lunch at the Mustang Cafe in Dallas, TX

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In Memory of Betty Dorsett Duke

Betty Dorsett Duke

My mother, my hero and best friend, Betty Gail Dorsett Duke passed away at the age of 68 on August 29, 2015, in Temple, Bell County, Texas.

Betty was the author of three historical non-fiction books proving that the outlaw Jesse James was her great-grandfather and that he didn’t die as history reported. She was also an amazing wife, mother, and grandmother.

Her work will be continued through her son Daniel and her daughter Teresa.

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Who was William T. Anderson’s friend, F.M.R.?

FMR Flag

When William T. Anderson (aka Bloody Bill) was reported to have been killed, a friend known only as F.M.R. placed a flag on the body with the inscription “Let it not be contaminated by Federal hands.”  Author, Betty Dorsett Duke reveals the likely identity of F.M.R. along with several other illuminating finds.

Read HereWilliam T. Andersons Friend F.M.R.

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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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