Could William P. Watlington be the same as this Bill Watlington? If not, does anyone know which Bill Watlington this was?
From the booklet: Plain Tales from the Country (Book One), by Tom Henderson, 1943 (Caswell Co, NC Public Library):
Attorney Jacob A. Long's office was in Caswell Co Courthouse, in the same old room where John Walter (Chicken) Stephens met his death at the official hands of the KKK (1870). JESSE JAMES appeared at his office and told him that he was an "officer of the federal government" on the trail of a murderer. Said he was short on cash and asked to borrow $2, and Jacob obliged. About 2 years later, Jesse robbed a stage coach in KS and one of the passengers was 'Major' BILL WATLINGTON of Yanceyville. When finding out where Watlington was from, and that he supported the Confederate cause, Jesse asked him to name some lawyers in Yanceyville. Watlington named a few, including Jake Long, at which point Jesse said "That's the one,"and then told Watlington to tell Long that Jesse James appreciated him loaning him $2 two years ago.