"Texas, by God"
and the
"green hands"
Wed Feb 13, 2019 06:11

Thanks Gob.
Yes I am actually interested in two candidates - the other being Manson T. "Jack" Lobb. He was described by someone with whom Lobb had many run-ins, as having been "associated with the notorious James boys as a bandit and bad man."

From the writings of Peter Brand we learn that Jacob Blount of the notorious "Blount Gang" in southern Missouri, would have been not quite 18 years at the time of the Adair robbery. Although not a big deal as compared to Jesse's age as a Quantrill's Raider. Ditto in considering that at age 17 Archie Clements was a Lieutenant for "Bloody" Bill Anderson's outfit.

Lobb however was 23 in 1873, later to become "Six-Shooter Jack Lobb" dabbling in law enforcement at Butte, Montana. Firstly he was okayed by the Citizens Committee to serve as "assistant" [deputy] to Morgan Earp who was town marshal in latter part of 1878, the marshal allowed two "assistants" on a demand basis.

Growing up around the Jackson County townships of Blue, Lone Jack and Sni-a-Bar (a.k.a. Sinabar) young Lobb had to be salivating over being immersed within the world of Quantrill's Raiders, who spent much time in this area, and held their reunions at Blue. At 13 years Lob was idolizing his first cousin Dick Yeager of Quantrill's Raiders, who was later buried in the noted Lobb family cemetery.

James Gang member Dick Liddil explained the connections when testifying at Frank James trial in '83:

"I know Frank and Jesse James. First got acquainted with them in 1870, at Robert Hudspeth's in Jackson County, eight miles from Independence, in Sinabar Township. The Hudspeth's are farmers. I was working for them, for Robert Hudspeth. I saw the James brothers n there a dozen times or more from 1870 to 1875. I saw them together some times and sometimes separate. I saw Frank and Jesse James, Cole and John Younger and Tom McDaniel. I have seen two or three of them together....they were generally armed and on horseback; they would stay around there maybe a day and a night; or two nights.....I suppose from what I heard and saw they went together in a band."

Additionally, Frank and Jesse would come down the 30 miles from Kearney to attend the Quantrill reunions.
170 miles south in Newton County during Civil War years the Blount brothers would have had their attention drawn to the activity of bushwhackers and lawless brigands infesting Sni-a-bar Township calling themselves "Sni Hill Rangers."

Granted, when James gang recruitment and job planning took place surreptitiously at Uncle George Hite's farm in Adairville, Kentucky, acceptance into the gang required at least one alias; and several members who rode with the gang on limited basis were never identified.

  • Who Were Those Masked Men, Daddy?gobs, Tue Feb 12 11:33
    "As an act of defiance against President Grant's use of the Enforcement Acts to quell the activities of the KKK, the gang wore Klan masks" Kenny ... I can't answer it ... with the remnants of the Old ... more
    • "green hands" — K.t.K., Wed Feb 13 06:11
      • The very man ...gobs, Wed Feb 13 13:03
        "after the 1881 Blue Cut train robbery, ten "gang members" were initially arrested, then eventually released" Kenny ... the authorities made an even bigger deal out of proving the ten suspects [and... more
        • Re: The very man ...K.t.K., Wed Feb 13 16:51
          The four Blount brother's ages are ascertained from 1860 Census (Fort Scott, Ks,) and the 1870 Census (Granby, Newton, Mo.) What is known about their collective movements through the 1870s seems to... more
          • Blount and the James GangPeter Brand, Sat Mar 9 00:10
            The Leadville newspapers had Jake confused with his older brother, Allen "Bud" Blount. It was Bud Blount who was thought to have ridden with the James Gang via his friendship with Hobbs Kerry. PB
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