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From "Richard A. Ensminger" 22-MAR-1996
>> Subject:  Members of the Jesse James Gang

This is a list of the know members of the Jesse James gang, and, where
known, what happened to them.

Regards, Rich

        NAME                                     ALIAS

Anderson, James
  Brother of "Bloody Bill" Anderson. Rode with Quantrill.
  Surrendered in KY, but, for some reason, served time in the
  prison in Alton, IL. Released at the end of 1865.  Joined
  Jesse James after Civil War ended. Killed by George W. Shepherd by
  having his throat slit on the lawn of the state capitol building
  in Austin, Texas. This was a revenge killing for Anderson's part
  in the murder and robbery of Shepherd's nephew, Ike Flannery in MO.

Bassham, Daniel Tucker
  Related to the three Basshams who rode with Quantrill but was
  probably too young to be a member himself. Testified against Bill
  Ryan. Gave a confession 7 November 1880 that only Jesse James
  and Ed Miller at the Glendale, MO, robbery. He had been sentenced
  to  10 years in the Missouri State Penitentiary, but was released
  when he turned state's evidence on Bill Ryan.

Bishop, John
  Rode with Quantrill.

Burns, Richard
  Rode with Quantrill. Hanged 27 May 1867.

Clements, Archibald "Arch"
  Sadistic executioner for Bill Anderson, lieutenant of Quantrill.
  Became  lieutenant upon death of Anderson. Killed in Lexington,
  MO, 13 Dec 1866, by Bacon Montgomery.

Chadwell, Bill                               William Stiles
                                             Jack Ladd
                                             J. Ward
  Probably born in Tennessee in 1840s. Referred to as "half-breed
  Cherokee". Possibly with Quantrill, for he was with Jesse James
  while he was recovering from wounds at Younger's Bend in Indian
  Territory (Oklahoma). Participated in several robberies with the
  James gang, but was not with him on Minnesota raid at Northfield.
  Living in northern Oklahoma, near Ponca City, he was afraid he
  would be arrested for the Northfield robbery, so he fled to Oregon
  City, Oregon, changing his name to "Brown".  Died there about
  1930. "William Stiles" or "Bill Stiles" was his favorite alias.
  There were several Stiles in southern Missouri and northern
  Arkansas at this time. Others of James gang used this alias on
  several occasions. The reference to his having lived in Rice
  County, MN, had to apply to the actual William Stiles.

Chatman, John

Chiles, William
  Rode with Quantrill.

Collins, Bradley
  Probably participated in the murder of the Pinkerton agent, John W.
  Walker, 10 March 1874, at Independence, MO.

Cummins/Cummings, James Robert "Windy Jim"
  Lived near Kearney, MO. Known as a horsethief.
  Died in the Confederate Soldiers' Home, Higgensville, MO, around
  1929. The Soldier's home has been razed, but the cemetery is still
  in use. His sister, Artella Cummins, married Bill Ford. Their son,
  Albert, was his nephew. Known descendant in Canada.

Davis, Benjamin H.
  Not a member of the James gang.  He was present at the robbery in
  Huntington, West Virginia, 6 September 1875 as a by-stander.

Edmondton / Edmundson, J. F.
  Rode with Quantrill.

Ford, Charles Wilson
  Committed suicide 6 March 1884, at the home of his father J. T.
  Ford, located about a mile east of Richmond, MO.

Ford, Robert Newton
  Member of gang who killed Jesse at St. Joseph, MO. Tried to cash
  in on notoriety by buying a bar in Las Vegas, NM. Business
  failed. Ed O'Kelly used a shotgun to kill Ford in his bar 8 June
  1892, in Creede, CO. Ford was first buried in Colorado, but was
  exhumed and taken to the family plot at Richmond, MO. O'Kelly was
  sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder in Canon City, CO.
  Freed in 1902.  Killed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 13 June 1904.

Flannery, Isaac "Ike"
  Killed near Glasgow, MO, by Jesse James for his inheritance of
  several thousand dollars. Nephew of George W. Shepherd (see
  below). Former member of Quantrill's guerrillas.

Hines/Hinds, James/John
  Rode with Quantrill.

Hite, Clarence Bowler

Hite, Robert Woodson "Wood"              Robert Grimes
  Son of Major George Hite of Adairville, Kentucky. Was a cousin
  of Jesse and Frank James.  Argued with other gang members over
  the spoils of the Blue Cut, MO, robbery, 7 September 1881.
  Killed at the home of Marilyn Bolton in Richmond, MO. There were
  ten shots fired among Hite, Dick Liddle, and Bob Ford, but no-one
  saw who actually killed Hite, although it is generally believed
  to have been Bob Ford. Hite was buried in a shallow grave in a
  woods nearby.

Hulse, William
  Went to Kentucky with Quantrill in 1865. Surrendered by Capt.
  Henry Porter to Capt. Young, US Army at Samuel's Depot, Nelson
  County, KY, 26 July 1865; paroled.

James, Jesse Woodson                         Mr. Howard
                                             J. D. Howard
                                             Thomas Howard
                                 Alias used was for Dr. John Black
                                 Howard, a Kentuckian and close
                                 friend, who visited often.
                                             William Campbell
                                 A wealthy Kansas City cattleman
                                             Charles Lawson
                                 "of Nottingham, England"
  Killed 3 April 1882 in St. Joseph, MO, by Robert Ford (see above).

James, Alexander Franklin "Frank"            Mr. Woods
                                             B. J. Woodson
                                  Alias used was for Silas Woodson,
                                  a Governor of MO, and kinsman.
  Died in Kearny, MO, in 18 February 1915.

          Collectively Frank and Jesse called themselves the
          Williams Brothers.

Jarrette, John                               John Dawson
  Rode with Quantrill until 1863. By fall of 1863, Jarrette was a
  company commander under General Joseph Shelby's cavalry. After the
  war, became wealthy sheep rancher in Arizona.

Jones, Payne
  Rode with Quantrill. Surrendered by Capt. Henry Porter to Capt.
  Young, US Army, 26 July 1865, at Samuel's Depot, Nelson County
  KY.  Killed by Jim Chiles after the war ended.

Keane/Keene, Jack                             Tom Webb
  Not clear which is the name and which is the alias. Tom Webb is
  probably the real name. Caught after the Huntington, West Virginia
  robbery, and sent to prison, 8 December 1875, at the Moundsville,
  West Virginia, penitentiary.  Pardoned 8 February 1885. Returned
  home to Pike County, Illinois.

Keoughman, William

Kerry, Hobbs
  Recruited in 1875. After the Rocky Cut, MO, robbery, Kerry caught
  a KATY train to Ft. Scott, KS, then to Parsons, KS, Vinita,
  Oklahoma and Granby, MO. 18 July he was in Joplin bragging, then
  went to Eufala, OK, and back to Joplin where he was arrested. He
  was taken back to Booneville, Cooper County, MO, where he did two
  years in jail.

Land, John
  Killed in 1909 on the Lexington Road where it crosses the Little
  Blue River, Lafeyette County, MO. Shot by a neighbor whose dog
  John  had killed.

Latche, Jack
  Probably not a member of the gang, he saw the Pinkerton agent,
  J. W. Whicher disguising himself as a farmer, and warned Jesse
  James, who murdered him.

Liddil, James Andrew "Dick"
  Rode with Quantrill. Went to Las Vegas, NM, with Bob Ford, and
  opened a saloon. It was a miserable failure. Then worked for J.
  W. Lynch, a famous horse-racing magnate. He died a natural death
  in 1893 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He had surrendered and turned state's
  evidence on Jesse in 1882.

McCoy, Arthur
  Rode with Quantrill

McDaniel, Thompson/Tomlinson
  Participated in Huntington, West Virginia robbery. While trying to
  escape, shot near Pine Hill, Rockcastle County, KY, by W. R.
  Dillon and his brother, 14 September 1875. Died at the Dillon home,
  18 September 1875.

McDaniel, William

McGuire, Andrew "Andy"
  Rode with Quantrill.  Surrendered by Capt. Henry Porter to Capt.
  Young, US Army at Samuel's Depot, Nelson county, KY, 26 July 1865,
  and paroled there. Hanged 22 May 1867 by a lynch mob at
  Warrensburg, MO, after being captured trying to rob Huges and
  Wasson Bank at Richmond, MO.

Miles, William

Miller, Edward
  Rode with Quantrill.  Killed by Jesse James for talking too much
  after the Kansas City Fair robbery in 1872.

Miller, McCllelan "Clell"
  Rode with Quantrill.  Participated in several robberies with the
  James gang. Killed during the attempt on the Northfield, MN bank,
  in 1876.  Body unclaimed, and buried in Potters Field there. It
  later made it back to Missouri, where it was claimed by his
  father, and reburied in the Muddy Fork Cemetery, north of the
  James' farm.

Parmer, Allen H.
  Rode with Quantrill.  Surrendered by Capt. Henry Porter to Capt.
  Young, US Army at Samuel's Depot, Nelson county, KY, 26 July
  1865. Married Susan James, sister of Jesse. Died in Wichita Falls,
  Texas in 1927.

Pence, Bud
  Rode with Quantrill.  Surrendered by Capt. Henry Porter to Capt.
  Young, US Army, at Samuel's Depot, Nelson County, KY, 26 July
  1865, paroled.

Pipes, Samuel

Pitts, Charlie                               Sam Wells
  Killed by posse in 1875 after pursuit from Northfield, MN, at Blue
  Earth River, near Maddes, MN. Body was shipped to Rush Medical
  School in Chicago, where Dr. Henry Hoyt of St. Paul wanted the
  skeleton for his office but the school refused to accept it due to
  its damaged condition. In order to whiten the bones, he had it put
  in a box and submerged in Lake Como. Later, the skeleton was found
  and claimed by the Doctor. It disappeared later, and never
  found, although a skeleton at a museum at Savage, MN, that some
  claim is his.

Reed, James
  Married Belle Starr. Shortly after 7 Apr 1874 robbery, near Bois
  D'Arc, Greene County, MO, tricked into disarming himself by John
  Morris, who had ridden there from Texas. Morris shot Reed twice in
  the chest. Morris, himself, was killed a little later on his ranch
  near Ft. Worth, Texas.

Ryan, William "Whiskey Head"                 Tom Hall
  A fearless braggart, heavy drinker. Convicted 15 October 1881.
  Sentenced to 25 years. Began sentence 16 October 1881 at Jefferson
  City (MO) Prison. Sentence commuted to 10 years. Released 15 April
  1889. Returned to area of Independence, MO, and stayed with an
  uncle, John McCloskey. After some heavy drinking, he borrowed a
  friend's horse and rode off along the road to Blue Springs, which
  runs through some woods. The horse returned home without the
  rider. Ryan found later with his head smashed. It is not known if
  it was an accident.

Shepherd, George W.                          G. W. Smith
  Enlisted in the army at age 15, under Gerneral Albert Sidney
  Johnston, to fight the Mormons in what was then Utah Territory.
  Fought at Wilson's Creek (Springfield, MO) and at Pea Ridge, AR.
  Rode with Quantrill, and went with him to KY, where he was
  surrendered by Capt. Henry Porter to Capt. Young, US Army, at
  Samuel's Depot, Nelson County, KY, on 26 July 1865. Participated
  in the Russellville, KY, bank robbery, 20 Mar 1868. Caught and did two
  years in prison. Attempted to help law officers catch Jesse James
  after the Glendale, MO, robbery. Was shot at Short Creek (Galena),
  Kansas by Jim Cummins because of it. Fell out with Jesse when
  Jesse, along with James Anderson for killing his nephew, Ike
  Flannery over Ike's inheritance. Tracked James Anderson to Austin,
  Texas, where he slit his throat on the lawn of the State capitol
  building. With the support of the population, he escaped back to
  In 1865, married Martha Sanders Maddox, the famous Confederate
  spy. Martha first married Richard Maddox. She disguised herself as
  a man, called herself "Matt Sanders", and rode with her husband.
  Richard Maddox was killed shortly after the war ended. Martha married
  George Shepherd and tried to help him escape from prison. Gave up
  on Shepherd, and married McMakin, a wealthy neighbor of her
  father. When Shepherd got out of prison, she chose to stay with
  McMakin. Shpeherd charged her with bigamy, but she gained a pardon
  from the governor, and the charges were dropped.

Shepherd, Oliver                              Robert Boggs
  Was with Quantrill.  Participated in Russellville, KY, robbery,
  and was identified. He was traced back to MO. When ordered to
  surrender, he was killed by officers. Law officers report stated
  that he tried to shoot his way out, and was shot 7 times.  Eye
  witness, grand-daughter Margaret Shephard said he was unarmed
  when he tried to surrender. The body had 20 bullet wounds in it.

Stiles, William                              Bill Chadwell
  Born in Nova Scotia into a  family with one daughter. Family shows
  in Minneapolis 1870 census.  Known by local sheriff as a two-bit
  horsethief. How he became involved with Jesse James is unknown,
  but it was probably him who suggested the Minnesota robbery. He
  was killed at Northfield in 1876, and his body put on display
  there. The body was claimed by his sister, who came from
  Minneapolis with her husband, and took him away. The family does
  not show in the 1880 census. Probably did not use Bill Chadwell as
  an alias, since most historians are confused about the identity of
  these two men.

White, James

White, Joe

Wells, Samuel                                Charlie Pitts

Younger, James Henry
  Rode with Quantrill, and went to KY with him on his last raid.
  He was surrendered there by Capt. Henry Porter to Capt. Young, US
  Army, at Samuel's Depot, Nelson County, KY, on 26 July 1865. Was
  wounded on the Northfield, MN, robbery attempt,and captured. Sent
  to prison in MN. Requested a parole 13 October 1902. It was
  refused. He committted suicide at the Reardon Hotel in St. Paul,
  MN, 19 October 1902.

Younger, Robert Ewing
  Captured at Northfield, MN. Died in prison 16 September 1889 of
  consumption.  Remains taken to Lee's Summit by sister Henrietta
  Rawlins, and buried in the Younger Cemetery.

Younger, Thomas Coleman "Cole", "Bud"        J. C. King
                                             Thomas Coleman
                                             Thomas Coburn
                                             Charles Coburn

  An early member of the Quantrill guerrillas. Survived the war, to
  go to KY with Quantrill.  He was surrendered there by Capt. Henry
  Porter to Capt. Young, US Army, at Samuel's Depot, Nelson County,
  KY, on 26 July 1865. Suffered multiple wounds in Northfield, MN,
  robbery. Captured and sent to prison. Released in 1903. Died at
  Lee's Summit, MO, in 1916.