I don't think Jesse James did die in 1882 as reported. It highly points to James L Courtney being Jesse James through what we have recently found. Let's not forget that Rev. Highley probably started the Jesse James band wagon with John James and either sold or gave all his notes John James was to follow to Dalton. I really don't think the Rev. had much to do with Howk because of what I learned from Rev. Highley he didn't care for him. Rev. Highley told me Howk just dumped Dalton out there in Calif. and he had to see to it that Dalton got back home to Texas. I do suspect that Highley, Howk, Dalton and Ola Everhard had a hand in keeping the Jesse James gravy train alive after this John James died. Highley took advantage of the situation according to some reports that he stopped along the way having Dalton present himself as Jesse James for money according to Ola. What I find odd to about the Jesse James story is how Thomas J Hunt was suspected as the lead in the Mammoth Cave Robbery. The passengers all agreeded that "Yeah, he's the one." But Judge Roundtree had second thoughts about Hunt. Was it because he knew what Jesse James looked like due to the fact the the Roundtrees connect into that family some how. Hunt is brought before the Judge March 31, 1882. Really doesn't fit into the time frame of when Jesse was shot and killed but Roundtree makes a statement that makes me wonder. Marshal Craig sent Roundtree and picture of Jesse James in death. Roundtree recognized a strong resemblance between the dead outlaw and Hunt. Roundtree then sends the picture to the warden at Jefferson City for Ryan and Hite to identify with. Neither Ryan or Hite recognized the man as a gang member. [Ted Yeatman page 274 Frank and Jesse James The Story Behind The Legend] So who was the picture of the dead man Sheriff Craig sent to Judge Rountree? Some of the books you read leave questions that I know will never get answered. Hopefully some day they will.
Good to hear from you Staying warm out in Calif? We had 60 degree weather today. We need the warm weather because Texan's can't drive on ice. Carol