Zerelda Mimms

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

Zerelda Mimms James
Zerelda Amanda Mimms

(1845-07-21)July 21, 1845
DiedNovember 13, 1900(1900-11-13) (aged 55)
Kansas City, Missouri
Known forWife of Jesse James

Personal life

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.[2]

Portrayal in films


  1. "Henry Lafayette BARR/Mary Susan JAMES". STRAY LEAVES, A JAMES FAMILY IN AMERICA SINCE 1650. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
  2. Weiser, Kathy (September 2017). "Zee James – Jesse's "Poor" Wife". Legends of America. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  3. Boggs, Johnny D. (10 June 2011). Jesse James and the Movies. McFarland Publishing. p. 32. ISBN 9780786484966.
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