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"Anyone interested in Jesse and Frank James should buy this book."
-True West

"For anyone who wonders about the James clan, [this book] is essential."
-Wild West

The daring exploits of Frank and Jesse James have fascinated America for more than a century. Eager to bask in the reflected glory of the James clan, many people claim a family connection to these two famous outlaws. In response, notable historian, folklorist, and expert on the Ozarks Phillip W. Steele penned an authoritative chronicle of the James family, drawing on sources discovered in the past few decades.

Anecdotes, family stories, and genealogies of all members, along with more than forty rare photographs, accurately document the James clan's history. Individuals who believe they share a blood tie with the James brothers will find this book an invaluable resource in authenticating their claim. Those who are merely captivated by the romance and mystery of two of America's most wanted men will discover startling facts about these celebrated figures.

Phillip W. Steele (July 20, 1934-November 8, 2007) was a well-respected folklorist and historian. He was a member of the Western Writers of America, Jesse James Historical Society, and National Association for Outlaw and Lawman History. Steele is also the author of Pelican's Phillip Steele's Ozark Stories, Ozark Tales and Superstitions, Outlaws and Gunfighters of the Old West, The Last Cherokee Warriors, The Many Faces of Jesse James, Starr Tracks: Belle and Pearl Starr, The Family Story of Bonnie and Clyde, Civil War in the Ozarks, and Two Longs and a Short: An Ozark Boyhood Remembered.

About the Author

Western writer Phillip W. Steele serves as president of the National Outlaw and Lawman History Association and is a member of the Western Writers of America. Steele's other books include The Many Faces of Jesse James, Jesse and Frank James: The Family History, and Outlaws and Gunfighters of the Old West. All are published by Pelican.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing; First Edition edition (June 30, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882896539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882896533
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 2001
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I am being charitable to have given this book a 1 rating. If you want a reliable book, try to find BACKGROUND OF A BANDIT: THE ANCESTRY OF JESSE JAMES by Joan M. Beamis and William E. Pullen. Otherwise this will have to do. Steele's book has a chapter on the "Tennessee James Family" that should be taken with a barrel of salt. There are plenty of James families scattered across the country, but it's a subject of question as to whether there is any relationship with Jesse James of Missouri. I have heard that the errata in this particular book would be substantial.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By carol james on May 31, 2000
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This is an execellent resource book for James family researchers. All background information appears in order. Very detailed and full of family knowledge. A book worth investing in for any James Family historian.
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I am trying to work on my genealogy and to verify the stories passed down by family members of our relationship to the James boys. The connection is said to be from the Howard side of my family. This offered a lot of information but I wish it offered a little more on the Howard aspect.
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By kscowgirl4u on May 11, 2015
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Great read. My husband is related to the James family and he learned a little more about their history in this book and also had some genealogy in it as he is doing the family tree.
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By Mary Jones on November 6, 2013
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while its great to see where everyone originated from not much was said about the boys themselves. mainly a giant family tree.
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By Patricia E. Cummings on January 27, 2014
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This is a good book for one who is wanting to know about the James family and their genealogy. Not hard to understand either.
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