Austin, Texas Stagecoach Robbery
April 7, 1874—About five members of the James-Younger Gang robbed a stagecoach full of passengers near Austin, Texas on this date. Jesse James was in the area on his honeymoon, and Bob Younger was visiting him. The details of this robbery are sketchy. No one was ever arrested for it.
- Jesse James
- Bob Younger
- Clell Miller
- Bill Chadwell
- Charlie Pitts
Amount of Money Stolen
BROWN’S CREEK, TX.Brown’s Creek, a farming and ranching community with a one-room school, was twelve miles south of Gatesville in southern Coryell County. In 1855 John M. Brown settled on the creek, which was named for him. Residents received their mail at Boaz from 1875 until 1912. The community was in decline when the area was appropriated for Camp Hood (later Fort Hood) in 1942.
But during the outlaw days, James likely carried two pistols. The Colt 1873 Peacemaker was his weapon of choice, although, at various times, he also carried Remingtons and Smith & Wesson Schofields. His gang also occasionally carried 10- or 12-gauge shotguns for close quarter fighting.
On January 15, the James-Younger gang rob their first stagecoach near Hot Springs, Arkansas.
On January 31, the James-Younger gang rob the St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad train in Gads Hill, Missouri.
On March 10, a Pinkerton agent named Joseph Whicher is dispatched to infiltrate Zerelda Samuel’s farm looking for information on Frank and Jesse James’ whereabouts.
On March 11, the body of Joseph Whicher is discovered on a nearby road, shot at least three times.
On April 23, Jesse James marries his first cousin Zerelda Amanda Mimms in Kansas City, Missouri. They travel to Galveston, Texas for their honeymoon for five months before returning to Kansas City.
In April, a stagecoach robbery in Austin, Texas is credited to the James-Younger gang.
Distance from Kansas City, Missouri to Austin, Texas?
So, in 15 Days, Jesse James Traveled 735 Miles. From Robbing a Stagecoach in Austin on April 7. Gets Married on April 24, 1874. Or the 23rd, 24th or 25th? I’ve found all three Listed.
Is this POSSIBLE?
A good Horse can make 50 miles between Forts.
In 1876, and on
Express train crosses the nation in 83 hours
Jesse and his bride, Zerelda Amanda Mimms, honeymooned in Galveston in April 1874?
Got Married on April 24, 1874 in Kansas City. Missouri. Then a Honeymoon in Galveston, Texas?
“Zee” Mimms was born on July 21, 1845, in Logan, Kentucky, to Pastor John W. Mimms and Mary James Mimms. Zerelda was one of twelve children. Her mother was the sister of Robert James, Jesse James‘ father, making them first cousins. Zee, as she was more familiarly called, was actually named for Jesse’s mother. This; however, did not stop the pair from falling in love while Jesse was living temporarily with his aunt and uncle Missouri in 1865.
The couple was engaged for nine years while the James-Younger Gang was in full swing. Finally, they married at her sister’s home in Kearney, Missouri on April 24, 1874. While honeymooning with his bride Zee on the Gulf of Mexico at Galveston, Texas, a reporter from the St. Louis Dispatch, did what the Pinkertons had failed to do, track down Jesse.
Well, looks like some things might be falling into place for a Tale my Great-Grandfather told me who was a Night Watchman for Gatesville, Texas.
A long, long, long time ago now-
He told me a Tale about a Sunday Morning on what is now Fort Hood Land, but before Fort Hood became a Fort, a part of it belonged to Our Family.
Anyhow, on a Sunday at the Brown’s Creek Church, a group of Riders showed up there and they became engaged in a good manner with the folks there and they shared Bread. They shared a Meal with them. Story goes that these Strange men were leather skinned, hard faced and hard ridden in words and mannerisms. But there was a kindness in them too. Maybe Brotherhood and a feel of Safety among others who had fought in the Great War set in after a few words were exchanged. Or did someone recognize them? Who cares. Just a Tale.
Afterwards, an event happened where a young child was about to get stung by six Yellow Jacket. Which are dangerous Wasps when they bite in groups of six or more. And suddenly, one of the men pulled his Six-Guns and shot Six of them with Six Bullets. And the Crowd of Church Goers were stunned with proud admiration. And then one said-We gotta get going, Jesse.
And they left kicked up dirt as they rode off. And the Crowd respected their Wishes to keep their Visit Quiet among true fellow Confederate Patriots. And these hardened Residents were dirt poor and they kept their Mouths Shut.
Should I have said a thing? It’s all folklore now. Just Folklore.
And if true, boy, I would have loved to have seen that scene. An expert with handguns killing Six Yellow Jackets, Six Bullets
The story my Great-Grandfather relayed to me caused me to ponder it many a night. And I dreamed and I dreamed. But I never found nothing factual to help make it more than just Folklore. I asked my Uncle and he just laughed…