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Alexander Franklin "Frank" JAMES
Anna RALSTON
Husband:  Alexander Franklin "Frank" JAMES, a.k.a., Benjamin "Ben" J. WOODSON
Birth:  10 Jan 1843, Platt Twp., Clay Co., MO
Death:  18 Feb 1915 some say MO, some say OK
Disposition:  cremains buried Hill Park Cemetery, Independence, Jackson Co., MO
Occupation:  farmer, outlaw (Quantrill's Raiders; James Gang; James-Younger Gang)
Military Service:  Civil War:  CSA
Father:  Robert Sallee JAMES
Mother:  Zerelda Elizabeth COLE
Marriage:  6 Jun 1874, Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
Wife:  Anna / Ann "Annie" RALSTON, a.k.a. "Fannie" WOODSON
Birth:  25 Jan 1853, Independence, Jackson Co., MO
Death:  6 Jul 1944, Kearney, Clay Co., MO
Disposition:  buried Hill Park Cemetery, Independence, Jackson Co., MO
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Samuel RALSTON, of Ireland
Mother:  Mary Catherine HILL, of KY
Child:
1.  Robert Franklin JAMES, a.k.a., Robert WOODSON, b. 6 Feb 1878, Clay Twp., Davidson Co., TN
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; Irish Free State; USA, US, United States, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #2 of 23):  Twenty-Third Civil District [Clay Twp.], Davidson Co., TN, Roll T9_1251, p. 343B, PN 2, SD 3, ED 82, enumerated 1/2 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 13 24 25 26
14 14 Woodson Ben J W M 40     / Farmer MD MD MD
    _______ Fannie W F 27 Wife   / Keeping house MD MD MD
    _______ Robert W M  2 Son /     TN MD MD
    Howard Geo D W M 32 Bro-in-law   / Farmer MD MD MD
    ______ Josie W F 29 Sis-in-law   /   MD MD MD
    ______ Charles W M  4 Nephew /     TN MD MD
    ______ Mary W F  1 Neice /     TN MD MD
Our subject is living under an alias, along with his brother, Jesse JAMES, who is obviously also living under an alias.  The birthplaces are equallly fictitious, except for the children's own birthplaces.

3.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

4.  1900

5.  1910

6.  1920

7.  1930 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #15 of 15):  Washington Twp., Clay Co., MO, Roll 1183, p. 287A, SN 8A, ED 24-26, SD 2, enumerated 21 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1930:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 28 30 31 32
195 198 James Robert Head R R Y M W 53 M 24 N Y Tennessee Missouri Missouri Y Farmer General farm O Y Y Sp 185
    _____ May Wife       F W 46 M 26 N Y Missouri Missouri Missouri Y None            
    _____ Anna Mother       F W 77 Wd 21 N Y Missouri Ireland I.F.S. Kentucky Y None            

8.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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