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Don't make up your mind before reading
"Jesse James Lived and Died in Texas," by Betty Duke

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When and where did Jesse James die, and who is really Jesse James?

Disclaimer and Message from David Hedgpeth:

Dear Reader,

The purpose of the letters and responses I have written on the Jesse James-James L. Courtney controversy is to fully and fairly examine all sides of the issue. It is a good possibility that my family in Texas is linked to Jesse James and James L. Courtney, so I have a driving personal interest to know the truth. For future generation and our peace of mind I feel moved to see this process to the end. My opinions and viewpoints today will modify as new information comes forth. Likewise, I hope all can say and mean that. Sometimes I may be wrong. If I make a statement in error, let me know and I will gladly correct it. If though it is a difference of opinion, then all are entitled to their own. I try to be careful in criticizing only the issues and not individuals. It may seem at times I am getting close to that but that is not my intent because doing so would be unproductive. I do try to engage everyone to broaden their perspective and work together for a common good to find the whole truth on this important family and historical issue.

I invite your input pro or con on the Genforum or to me directly. If you have an interest, then your help is needed.

Thanks to all,

David Hedgpeth
Dallas, TX
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James/Courtney Posts on Genforum

Courtney, Caraway, James Family Comparison Chart-
Closer to linking Pleasant James and James L. Courtney aka Jesse W. James

Jesse James Lived and Died in Texas 

"The Debate Goes On---You be the Judge" Linda Snyder's Web page of Photo's Linda posted her for us to see some of the photos that are being mentioned thru out the debates, These include scans of JWJ, JLC and other comparisons. Also see David's response with thoughts to consider while reviewing these photo's' Dave's Updates June 18, 2000 re: The Debate goes one

The JLC Controversy - A Rebuttal  by a Friend of Kathy Reynard's  at her request  (Please read this genforum posting (para b) asking that an incorrect statement of altered picture's in the first paragraph of the page Kathy Reynard refers to in her post be corrected per the actual record - The correction or change has not been made to this date, only a third page was added)

ALIAS JESSE JAMES by Russ Ellis -He is looking for information of any person that claimed to be Jesse James -

James GenConnect Query Board has the posting for the James Family Genealogy site as recommended by Phil Stewart.
The site is Called "Stray Leaves: The James Family in America." Some of this web page is "Available only to registered members of the JAMES ASSOCIATION OF STRAY LEAVES " plus it includes the official site of the Phil Stewart, Research Historian for the Jesse James Farm & Museum   (NOTE:  The site is slow to load at 50,667 bps and best viewed by a monitor setting "1024 by 768 pixels" to view all the width of the page in one screen)

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James and Courtney GenConnect board links includes calendar's and guestbook

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Genforum rebuttals and replys to and from David Hedgpeth

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Publisher details of book

"Jesse James Lived & Died in Texas",
by Betty Dorsett Duke, Melissa Roberts
Hardcover - 208 pages 1 edition (December 1998)
Eakin Publications; ISBN: 1571682872

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This Book is available for purchase at RootsWeb and Amazon.Com association - Please take time to read the Editorial & Customer Reviews that have been written

For Mills County, TX Residents the Jennie Trent Dew Libarary Goldthwaite, Texas has added this book to their list of future purchases, Check with Jan them to see when it will be availible.

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