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Tintype of Jesse James AKA James
Courtney from Betty Dorsett Duke's Family Collection.
Screenshot Of The Ebay
photo Of Jesse James' Family & Friends.
Cropped Image of Screenshot
The original image of the
eBay photo is a tintype, and as seen below they were taken in the latter
half of the 19th century (1850 and before 1900). Judging by this and by
highlighted information presented below regarding the style of the
women's clothing, the eBay photo was taken in the 1870's. I believe it
was taken in 1875 to commemorate Frank James marriage to Annie Ralston.
Again, given the fact that the original of the eBay photo is a tintype
and the style of the women's dresses, I believe the eBay photo was taken
"Tintype - Similar to the
daguerreotype in that it had a metal backing, the tintype was popular
for the last half of the 19th century. These images were made in varying
sizes, but the most popular was about two and a half by three and a half
inches. These images were also displayed in cases.
There was a great deal of change in women's clothing styles throughout
the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which makes it a great clue for
dating photos. While men's clothing and children's styles changed over
the years, women's clothing shows the most dramatic changes. Here's a
general sense of how the styles changed through the decades:
1850s and 1860s - Very wide, bell-shaped dresses with a simple neckline
and simple hairstyle
1870s - Long skirt
with little or no draping, a high collar, and slim-fitting sleeves
1880s - Dresses with
elaborate draping, a bustle back, and a straight front, along with
long, slim sleeves
1890s - Dresses with
high, full sleeves, high collars, and straight skirts with bustles
1900 to 1910 - Gently
puffed sleeves, loose-fitting, light-colored blouses, and narrow
dark skirts or all-white dresses
1910s - Ankle-length
skirts or dresses and simple, straight bodices or blouses
1920s - Straight
silhouettes with tea-length skirts and appliqués and embellishments"
Frank James and Annie Ralston were married in Blevins, Texas in
The front and back of the eBay
This important postcard
was obviously made from the original copy of the original photo of the
James family that I recently won on Ebay. One can determine it's a copy
of the photo I won by the typewritten caption around the border of my
original copy (pictured above) which clearly states that it is a
REVERSED image of the original picture. Therefore the image on the
postcard is in its original state but, whomever identified Jesse and
Frank James mistakenly identified them according to the reversed image.
Jesse James is the "tall man with the dark mustache" seated on the
ground on the left in the postcard. Frank James is seated on the right
wearing the white suit next to his bride Anna "Annie" Ralston. This
postcard proves that long before I ever published my first book on this
subject, (Jesse James Lived & Died In Texas, 1998), my great-grandfather
had, unbeknownst to me, already been publicly identified as Jesse James.
(Postcard Courtesy of Patrick R. Marquis)
Dallas Hunt posted the following message on Greg
Ellison's Jesse James Photo Discussion Forum:
"This photo is located in The William Clarke Quantrill Man Reunions
compiled by Don Hale. It was a newspaper photo of a Quantrill Reunion
that appeared in the Kansas City Post in 1921. James Courtney is clearly
visible in the photo between two Quantrill veterans. Miss Lizzie Wallace
who held the reunions for over twenty years is the woman in the back.
Jesse James AKA James Courtney appears to be wearing the same coat as he
is pictured wearing in three photos in Betty's First Book "Jesse James
Lived and Died in Texas." This proves he was none other than the
legendary Jesse James!
For those not familiar James Courtney is the large man on the left with
the dark open coat. Take note of how everyone is looking directly at him
as if they know they are in the presence of a so called "dead man"."
Here is a close up of Jesse James AKA James Courtney in
the 1921 Quantrill Reunion photo that appeared in the newspaper posted
in the above post. Why is Jesse James alive 40 years after he was
supposed to be killed? - Dallas Hunt
Here's one photo of the man known as James Courtney in
Texas to compare to. Notice that he's wearing the same coat as in the
newspaper. The collar has a long cut that reaches mid- torso level in
both photos. Also compare his nose, and other facial features to the man
in the newspaper. One in the same! - Dallas Hunt
Available! The TRUTH About Jesse James by Betty
Dorsett Duke’s provocative new book, The Truth About
Jesse James, makes a convincing case that Jesse James
pulled off one of the biggest
hoaxes in American history by getting away with his
own murder. Despite 1996 DNA results highly touted as
proving with a high degree of certainty that Jesse James
died and is buried in Kearney, Missouri just as history
reports, the author presents findings from her investigation
of the 1995 exhumation and subsequent DNA testing showing
why they are tainted and proved absolutely nothing.
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What if the traditional history of Jesse James was not
all true, and there was a clever twist where he escaped and lived to a
peaceful and ripe old age? What if others close to him followed suit?
Some have considered such proposals as utterly preposterous, while
others have opened their minds to seriously consider the growing and
undeniable alternative evidences. After perusing this site each reader
will have to decide for his or her self if Jesse James was wise enough
to fake his death, or did he just wait for the inevitable? As you
consider the possibilities, ask yourself what you would have done given
his limited choices.
Jesse James’ legendary status began in his own time and still attracts
world-wide fascination – it will never die. He has been referred to as
America’s Robin Hood, a robbin’ hood, an outlaw, a patriot and a
terrorist. Perhaps he was all of these things, but the word terrorist is
often misused to abuse one’s enemies. The debate will never end because
one man’s Robin Hood or patriot is another man’s terrorist.
The traditional story of Jesse James’ death goes that he was living as
Thomas Howard with his wife and first cousin, Zee Mimms, along with
their two children, Jesse Edwards James and Mary James, at 1318
Lafayette Street in St. Joseph, Missouri. On April 3, 1882 he reportedly
removed his guns, stepped onto a chair to dust a picture with his back
to his house guests, Bob and Charley Ford, blissfully unaware that they
had conspired with Missouri Governor Thomas T. Crittenden to kill him
for reward money. Hearing the click of a pistol being cocked, Jesse
began turning his head towards the ominous sound just as Bob fired a
ball that tore through his brain. That very day a rumor began
circulating that this was just another one of Jesse's death hoaxes, and
it is still circulating to this very day.
Tabloid journalism was alive and well in Jesse James’ day and operating
in the same way, just sensationalizing a complete fabrication of
untruths. This certainly holds true with Professor James E. Starrs’ 1995
exhumation and subsequent DNA testing of Jesse James’ reported grave in
Kearney. Missouri's Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The DNA results are highly
touted as proving with a 99.7 degree of certainty that Jesse died and is
buried just as history reports, but the truth of the matter is that they
proved absolutely nothing.
No one alive today knows the complete true story of Jesse James. Much of
the historical version of his life and death is based on hearsay from
the very individuals who were trying to protect him. However, legitimate
DNA testing can determine if he is buried in that questioned grave in
Kearney, Missouri, but until this happens the traditional version of his
death is based on nothing but folk lore.
If Jesse did not die as history reports the domino effect begins -- Zee
Mimms was not his wife; Jesse Edwards James was not his son; Mary James
was not his daughter, and so on down the line. Most “experts” believe
Jesse James died just as history reports, but they cannot definitively
prove that he did without valid DNA results. There are enough dissenters
to make it an intriguing idea, and if anyone could have pulled it off it
would have been Jesse James.
Jesse James eluded capture for over twenty years, so he was certainly
capable of pulling off his biggest heist ever by getting away with his
own murder. The historical fact is that in 1879 he tried faking his
death at Short Creek, Joplin, Missouri, so why wouldn’t he try it again
in 1882 and succeed?
I’ve spent the last thirteen years trailing Jesse James searching for
evidences leading to his true burial place, because once it's found his
true descendants will be revealed. The search ended in Blevins, Texas.
From all indications Jesse James is buried in Blevins Cemetery under the
tombstone bearing the name of James L. Courtney.
For as long as I can remember I’ve heard family stories that claim Jesse
James was my great-grandfather. The story goes that he assumed the name
of James L. Courtney, hightailed it to Texas in 1871 and lived to tell
his great-grandchildren about his amazing exploits.
Does Jesse James’ blood really run through my veins? How many supposed
experts have ridden down the wrong trail? I want to know the truth and
have researched every known fact. I rode, hell-bent, into wild uncharted
territories, ambushed by hired guns at every turn. Some from the past,
and some aimed today -- truth is a tough journey.
So saddle up! Together we'll retrace Jesse's discovery trail as I have
replaced the fiction often told with the facts. You decide, perhaps you
will catch a glimpse of a great mystery solved as I have; and maybe
those rich insights will bring to you a new understanding of Jesse
James’ life in the old Wild West. Most of all, for Jesse's sake, the
real story of his life and death, never told before, unfolds. Ride with
me, to a time, a place, and find The TRUTH about JESSE JAMES.
Welcome from Betty
Dorsett Duke, great-granddaughter of the man known in Texas as James
you for visiting.
I am a great-granddaughter of the man who lived over seventy (70) years of
his life using the name of James
Lafayette Courtney. I believe my great-grandfather's true identity
Jesse James--the most famous outlaw in American history.
My main objectives in
writing my book and in sponsoring this site are as follows:
1. To establish my
great-grandfather's true identity and tell his story.
2. To correct the historically accepted version of the life and death of
After eight years of
intensive research, I have unearthed strong circumstantial evidence
indicating that Jesse James and James Courtney were one and the same.
However, some are understandably
skeptical of my claim because of the 1995 exhumation, and subsequent DNA
testing of the purported grave of Jesse James in Kearney, Missouri.
Exhumation project leader, Professor James E. Starrs, touts that those DNA
results proved with a 99.7 degree of certainty that Jesse James lies at
rest in that questioned grave. But my investigation of Starrs' findings
has yielded a much different conclusion---the 1995 exhumation and
subsequent DNA testing proved absolutely nothing because of the following
1. The questionable origin of the teeth and hair used for
DNA testing, and
2. The questionable genealogy of the DNA reference source.
Join me to
see what I have discovered in my research and decide for yourself.
"When stemm and tryst James L. Courtney is
-James L. Courtney/Jesse James
I believe this entry from his diary is just
one indication that Grandpa stole the name James L. Courtney. Stemm:
a line of descendants from a particular ancestor. Tryst: a
prearranged meeting place. Heist: a robbery.
Jesse James AKA James L. Courtney signed his 1871 diary "J.
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