107: Zerelda James Family Bible Jesse James Collection
This Bible belonged to Zerlda Cole-James, Jesse's Mother. It is filled with dates and names concerning schooling, births, deaths, and marriages in the James and Cole families. The first notations were of St. Catherine's school, which she attended as a young girl. It is handwritten in the Bible when Jesse's father died, when Jesse's daughter was born, with location, when Jesse's father's parents died, and when his siblings were born, and more.
Includes the notation, "Jesse killed on this day April 3, 1882 St. Joseph", and underlined is a passage in the Bible on the same page. Most likely in hand on the day of Jesse's funeral, the book of memories was packed away after Jesse's death, and placed in the trunk.
Condition: The binding in this Bible is very loose. Page sections are loose, but there appear to be no sections missing. The cover is in fair condition considering its age, but has been "taped" prior along the outside of the binding in attempt to avoid further binding damage. The handwritings are quite clear, as the book has been kept from sunlight for so long.