In an effort to clear up some misconceptions that I had missed for some time,
This article is intended to correct statements made by myself… sometimes I just get a little anxious to share without sufficient study… oops…
But first I wish to tell of another verification of
claim found in the Black Book, Jesse James Was One of His Names. In reading through the Black Book it is made
quite clear that Jesse used the alias of William A. Clark, Senator of Montana
and Copper King, and this may very well be true and in my mind is true.
However, I seriously doubt that during these busy years Jesse hardly if ever
appeared in person as William A. Clark. This job as it is said in the Black
book belonged to Jesse’s double Carl O’Haver Clark who was specifically hired
by Jesse to serve him by making public appearances in Montana Utah and
It is said in chapter 7 on page 111 I believe, the following…
A few years ago I could not verify or deny this claim,
but recently I found Mr. Carl O’Haver Clark born in 1871 who had died in 1967
in Patten San Bernardino California, just outside the boundaries of
Carl O’Haver Clark posing as Jesse posing as Senator William A. Clark
Now to clear up a few other things… If you have not yet read the book Jesse James was one of His names, (The Black Book) you are missing out… But I wish I had know the following BEFORE reading it, it would have made so much more sense.
Now imagine… there were 4 Jesse James’s… Dr. Jesse Howard James, who apparently plays no part, Jesse Ballard James, (Hung by Damned Yankees in August of 1863) Jesse Robert (Dingus) James (Son of Reverend Robert James and Zerelda Cole James) and the most famous Jesse Woodson James who was Kentucky Born to Captain George S James (Brother of Rev. Robert James) and Mollie Dalton… whew…. Are you beginning to see why the history is so messed up?
This is All the photos I am 99% to 100% sure is
The rest of the many photos circulating could be one of the other two, Jesse Robert or Jesse Howard James’s or just the high hopes of tin type collectors…
Now there is Frank James… which one? Although she
likely didn’t know the difference, Sarah Vaughn (James) Snow author of “This
was Frank James” was writing about
Son of Robert and Zerelda James
However Jesse Woodson James’s full blood brother was
(Dr.) Sylvester Franklin (Frank) James
Died in 1937
This is not Alexander Frank James son of Robert and Zerelda James.
Missouri Born Alexander Frank James died under the name of Joseph Vaughn in February of 1926 at Wayton Arkansas He was the father of Sarah Vaughn (James) Snow author of “This was Frank James”
Ya see… in them days nobody but those who were family or friends of the James family would have known what they looked like, those who never saw them or hardly knew them didn’t have any idea what Frank and Jesse Looked like.
Perhaps this is why so many photo tin types are popping up, some of them might be one of the other Jesse’s or the other Frank? I don’t know. There are so many who have contacted me in recent years who are convinced they are the descendants of their Grandfather Jesse Woodson James, but so far, I only know two…
In 1915 Jesse killed off his two most important and
used aliases with in six days of each other. Captain Harrison Trow on the 24th
of February 1925 and Senator William A. Clark March 2nd 1925. Jesse
Wooson James Born April 17th 1844, Died age 107 in Granbury
Jesse Robert (Dingus) James died in