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Jesse Woodson JAMES
Zerelda Amanda MIMMS
Husband:  Jesse Woodson JAMES, a.k.a., George Davis HOWARD
Birth:  5 Sep 1847, Platt Twp., Clay Co., MO
Death:  3 Apr 1882, St. Joseph, Buchanan Co., MO
Disposition:  buried Kearney, Clay Co., MO
mtDNA Haplogroup:  T2
Father:  Robert Sallee JAMES
Mother:  Zerelda Elizabeth COLE

Secondary sources say he lived under the alias of John Davis HOWARD, but the 1880 census shows him living under the name of George Davis HOWARD.

Marriage:  24 Apr 1874, Kearney, Clay Co., MO
Wife:  Zerelda Amanda "Zee" MIMMS, a.k.a., Josie HOWARD
Birth:  21 Jul 1845, Logan Co., KY
Death:  13 Nov 1900, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
Disposition:  Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kearney, Clay Co., MO
Father:  John W. MIMMS
Mother:  Mary JAMES
Children born in Clay Twp., Davidson Co., TN:
1.  Jesse Edwards JAMES, a.k.a., Charles HOWARD, b. 31 Aug 1875; d. 26 Mar 1951; m. 24 Jan 1900, Stella Frances McGOWAN (3rd great-granddaughter of Daniel BOONE); four daughters, no sons
2.  Gould JAMES, b. Feb 1878; d. 1878-80, TN
3.  Montgomery JAMES, b. Feb 1878; d. 1878-80, TN
4.  Mary Susan JAMES, a.k.a., Mary HOWARD, b. 17 Jul 1879; m. 6 Mar 1901, Henry Lafayette BARR

Secondary sources have the children born in Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, but the 1880 census shows the family living in Clay Twp., Davidson Co., TN, not Nashville.

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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
This is our subject, living under the alias George D. HOWARD (theirs is the only white HOWARD family in Davidson Co., TN).  The head-of-household is Jesse's brother, Frank JAMES, who is obviously also living under an alias.

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

4.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #16 of 29):  410 Landis Court, Kansas City (Ward 4), Jackson Co., MO, Roll T623_861, p. 223B, SN 8, SD 5, ED 41, 5/6 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1900:  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 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 22 23 24 25 27
* 410 108 179 James Zerelda Head W F Jul 1845 54 M Wd 2 2 KY VA VA Y Y Y R H
      _____ Mary S Dau W F Jun 1880 19 S       TN MO KY Y Y Y    
      Sullivan Sallie Sister W F May 1849 51 Wd   2 2 KY VA VA Y Y Y  
*Landis Court
Sallie (MIMMS) SULLIVAN is the widow of Willis T. SULLIVAN.

5.  Phillip W. Steele.  1987.  Jesse and Frank James:  the Family History.  Pelican Publ., Gretna, LA.  On pp. 48-49:
On April 24, 1874, Jesse married his first cousin, Zerelda (Zee) Amanda Mimms, at the home of Zee's sister, Lucy Mimms Browder, in Kearney, MO.  Because Jesse was already a highly sought-after outlaw, the Reverend William James, brother of Jesse's father, tried to discourage the union, but he failed to do so and finally performed the ceremony.  A "wanted man," Jesse took Zee to Nashville, TN, around 1875 where he hoped they could live in peace under the alias of John Davis Howard.  In Nashville, four children were born to Jesse and Zee.
Based on the 1880 census, he was living under the alias of George Davis HOWARD.

6.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  AF Ancestral File (online at FamilySearch.org).

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

8.  FamousFolks Database (online at Genealogy.com).

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