Beth, you would be simply floored if you knew the name that the Famous Outlaw - Frank James' birthmother gave him. The name she gave him was so awful that he changed it. I understand completely why he changed it.
The real A. Franklin James s/o Zeralda Cole m: Robert Sallee James in KY was killed in Quantrill Raiders by 1872. Because he rode with Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan. Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan was the Famous Outlaw - Frank & Jesse James' (real birthmother's father) maternal grandfather.
Recorded Records do not show this, it's only recorded in direct descendents family files. They had something to hide.