James "Jim” Hardin Younger

(15/01/1848 - 00/00/1902)

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Born: 15/01/1848 Certified Father: Henry Washington Younger (Born 00/00/0000)
Died: 00/00/1902 of killed himself on October 19, 1902 Certified Mother: Bersheba Leighton Fristoe Younger
Children: Siblings: Henrietta Younger
Thomas Coleman "Cole" Younger (15/01/1844 - 21/03/1916)
John Younger (00/00/1851 - 17/03/1874)
Robert "Bob” Ewing Younger (29/10/1853 - 16/09/1889)



James "Jim” Hardin Younger (1848-1902) - Jim was born to Henry Washington Younger and Bersheba Leighton Fristoe Younger on January 15, 1848 in Harrisonville, Missouri. He was described as quiet and well-mannered, and more of a listener than a talker. He grew up to follow in Cole's footsteps and joined Quantrill's Confederate band of bushwackers. He was later captured by Union troops in the same ambush that resulted in William Quantrill's death. He was then sent to Alton prison until the end of the war. Afterwards, he tried his hand at a number of jobs, including starting a horse ranch and served as a deputy sheriff in Dallas County, Texas in 1870-71. Two years later, he joined the James-Younger Gang and participated in the train robbery in Adair, Iowa in July, 1873. The following year, in March, Jim and his brother, John were headed to Roscoe, Missouri when they were approached by several men asking for directions. Suspecting that they were law officers, a shootout began and John was shot through the neck and died. Also killed were St. Clair County Deputy Edwin Daniels and Pinkerton Agent Louis J. Lull. Jim managed to escape. After the death of his brother, he left the gang and spent the next two years working a ranch in San Luis Obispo, California. Jim returned to the gang in time to join the ill-fated 1876 bank job in Northfield, Minnesota. Part of his jaw was shot off and he was captured and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was paroled in 1901 with his brother Cole. Jim fell in love with a newspaper writer, Alice Miller, but was not permitted to marry under the strict parole terms handed down by the state. Despondent, he killed himself on October 19, 1902. His body was returned to his home where he is buried in the Lee Summit Historical Cemetery in Missouri.

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