The body was taken to Kearney, Mo., for burial in the yard at the farm where Jesse had been born. Also still in pursuit was the main posse, although it was rapidly losing enthusiasm and members. The following website maps the Trail of Tears routes of the Choctaw and Chickasaw family members of our James family.
A masked man armed with a double-barreled shotgun shouted, “Take those heads back again, or you’ll lose ’em!” Another, brandishing a revolver in each hand, ran along the opposite side of the train, warning that the conductor and engineer would be shot if anyone attempted to interfere. Ford shot Jesse in the back while Jesse was hanging a picture. However, of all the crimes associated with these men, Gads Hill undoubtedly did the most to create the myth of Jesse James as an American Robin Hood. Jim and John Younger, on the other hand, had no alibi, and it might be speculated that they were the two robbers described by widow Cook as looking like brothers. The robbers arrived at the station a few minutes before the arrival of the train and arrested the agent and put him under a guard and then threw the train on the switch. Dan Bullock died at age 15 in 1969 and efforts to recognize the young African-American Marine continue and are highlighted in this Military Times documentary.
For example, the July 1876 train holdup near Otterville, Mo., netted the bandits more than $15,000.
The lure of collecting reward money was far stronger than any loyalty he had to Jesse James, it appears. The exact details are unclear, but it appears that Ed wanted to leave the gang, and Jesse got the notion he was going to be betrayed and fatally shot Miller. A minister, who was passed by when he told them his profession, asked if the outlaws might stop a moment so he could pray for them. For more great articles be sure to subscribe to Wild West magazine today! Oddly, it was the same stage driver, a Mr. Gibson, who had been robbed by the James-Younger Gang seven years before, almost to the day, near the same place. They rifled the contents of the express safe and registered-mail packages; then two of them stepped off. Little did the bandits know that an Adams Express safe, hidden under a pile of chicken coops, contained more cash. He was a 6th cousin of Frank & Jesse James, as well as a 6th cousin of Frank's cohort Col. John Pendleton "Black Jack" Chinn. As for the Youngers, Cole insisted that he and his brother Bob were visiting a friend, William Dickerson, in Carroll Parish, La., at the time of the robbery. Frustrated, the outlaws proceeded to rob the passengers.