A tale of Jesse James' generosity

From MFS' Phil Hoebing

After I did my presentation on Jesse James and the Youngers I was sharing some of my findings with a colleague at Quincy University, Jack Hardesty. When Jack  heard of  Buel's comments (1880) on how many people benefited from Jesse, and were repaid by him when he and his gang  came to their homes for meals,   Jack Hardesty  also had some stories about the James Brothers and the Barnes/Hardesty families.  This was Jack's account:

"There are tales told in the Barnes/Hardesty families about connections with members of the Frank and Jesse James Gang.  The stories have been told by different members  of the family at different times and to different people.  They involve othe Barnes family line.  Frank Hardesty's wife was Cora Barnes, othe middle daughter of Doctor William Pinkney Barnes (an associate of Dr. Aiser Spears, M.D.). Dr. Barnes was born in 1847, in Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky.  He moved to Bollinger County, Missouri, sometime between 1890-1892.-- our family tells of a time when the Barnes family still lived in Kentucky (they moved to Missouri after 1890), and Dr. William Barnes was about 21 years old. Jesse and Frank James and some of their gang came to the Barnes home one night, were fed and their horses attended to. William Barnes refused the money when Jesse tried to pay for the meal.  The men voiced their appreciation and left on fresh mounts without incident. Later, when  Barnes went to the barn to tend his own animals, he found a large sum of money in the feed box.  Cora Barnes' sons, Asier and Alfred Hardesty, have related the story.  Their sister, Minnie Barks  also tells the story."

Phil Hoebing