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Jesse James was born on September 5, 1847 in County Clay, Missouri. He did not remember his father, Robert James. When the boy was two years old, gold was found in California, and Robert went on a long journey, hoping to get rich and bring his family there. But he, like many other gold prospectors, was killed by pneumonia. So his wife Zerelda Mimms was left alone with two young sons – Alexander Franklin  and Jesse. She was pregnant when her husband left, and a few months later gave birth to a daughter, whom she named Susanne.
It was hard for one to pull so many mouths, and soon she got married again, but the marriage did not work out. The third marriage, concluded by her in 1855, was successful. Doctor Ruben Samuels was a wealthy man and owned a huge estate. From this union, two more daughters and a son, Archie, born mentally retarded, were born. Ruben turned out to be a worthy husband and a good father. His estate flourished, black slaves helped the family with the household … Continue reading