DescriptionPhotograph of Mrs. Samuel James, Mother of Notorious James Brothers, ca. 1890s-1900s. Zerelda Elizabeth (Cole) James Simms Samuel was the mother of Frank James and Jesse James. Zerelda died in 1911 in the Burlington carriage on a train traveling to San Francisco, California, of a heart aliment which had been affecting her for some time. She was 86 years old and was buried next to Rueben Samuel, her third husband, and sons Jesse and Archie at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Clay County, Missouri.
Printed on paper verso photograph; "This framed photograph of Mrs. James, mother of notorious James bothers who terrorized the West with robberies and hold-ups. The men in the group were tourists and sight-see-ers whose curiosity impelled the visit. The old lady capitalized on the family home near excelsior Springs, Mo. The mother of the donor of this photograph lived close by Mrs. A. J. Boothroyd." Note Mrs. James missing right arm, which was amputated at the elbow after the raid on the James Farm in January 1875. Measures in frame approximately 11.5" x 9.5".
Condition: Very good-Fine, overall nice condition.
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