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HENDERSON Anthony Bledsoe

Male 1845 - 1916  (71 years)


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Did the Hendersons Know the James Brothers?

Tales from the Wild West

Did the Hendersons Know the James Brothers?
by Robert Merle HENDERSON

According to family lore, the Anthony Bledsoe HENDERSON (1845-1916) family knew the infamous Frank and Jesse JAMES Brothers. This may be true, since the JAMES Brothers were about the same age, and came from the same county as Anthony B. HENDERSON, and they all served in the same outfit in the Civil War before the JAMES Brothers joined with the guerilla Quantrill. The following is by an unknown author.

Apparently, the HENDERSONs sympathized with, and had somewhat known the James family, probably while living in Jackson County, Missouri, and possibly through military service. On one occasion, according to Cora (HENDERSON) DEATHROW, young Joe HENDERSON (1866-1951) was given a dollar by Jesse JAMES to go buy some bullets because Jesse was afraid he would be recognized. Joe left, but before he got very far, the law showed up and the JAMES boys fled. Joe got worried and never bought the bullets or had a chance to return Jesse's dollar.

Another story told by Joe HENDERSON's grandson, Herman, was about the time the JAMES boys came to the HENDERSON farm during a severe storm and spent the night in the barn. Although the full extent of the stories is lost to history, these two episodes are considered valid since they were relayed by Joe HENDERSON himself, who, according to surviving family members, had a solid reputation for truthfulness. - Author Unknown

(Thanks to the GIBSON BOOZE Home Page for initially gathering this information and posting it for all to enjoy.)

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