Zerelda Mimms

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Zerelda Mimms
Zerelda Mimms tintype.jpg
Undated tintype of Zerelda
Born Zerelda Amanda Mimms
(1845-07-21)July 21, 1845
Died November 13, 1900(1900-11-13) (aged 55)
Kansas City, Missouri
Known for Wife of Jesse James

Zerelda Amanda Mimms James (July 21, 1845 – November 13, 1900) was the first cousin and wife of Jesse James.

Personal life[edit]

Zerelda Amanda Mimms was the daughter of Pastor John Wilson Mimms. Her mother was a paternal aunt of Jesse James', the sister of his father, Robert S. James.

She and Jesse James married on April 24, 1874, while the James-Younger Gang was still in full force. Of the Jameses and Youngers, Jesse was the first to marry. Zerelda and Jesse had two surviving children:

  • Jesse Edward "Tim" James (born August 31, 1875 and died March 26, 1951)
  • Twins Gould and Montgomery James (born February 28, 1878 and died in infancy)
  • Mary Susan James (born June 17, 1879 and died October 11, 1935)[1]


Mimms died November 13, 1900 in Kansas City, Missouri. She was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kearney, Missouri. Eighteen months after her death, her husband's body was moved from the James family farm to rest next to hers.[citation needed]

Portrayal in films[edit]


  1. ^ "Henry Lafayette BARR/Mary Susan JAMES". STRAY LEAVES, A JAMES FAMILY IN AMERICA SINCE 1650. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 

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