Lot 115 View Catalog
This photo was found in a trunk which belonged to the notorious outlaw Jesse James. The items listed in this auction as well as five antique firearms were found in an around the trunk which was hidden in a barn on Jesse's Uncle's farm near Stamping Grounds, Kentucky. The trunk remained hidden in a dark corner under a deteriorating pile of hay for over 110 years before its discovery in 1998. These items are now up for sale in separate lots. Please contact us for further information, more detailed descriptions, terms of sale, etc.
John Jarette was born in Kentucky in 1836 and was the brother-in-law of the Younger brothers Jim, Bob, and Cole. He married their sister Mary Josephine "Josie" Younger on May 8, 1860 in Cass County, Missouri. Prior to the War, Jarrette was a carpenter by trade. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Jarrette joined the Militia in General Shelby's Cavalry at the rank of Captain. He commanded a unit credited with saving General Jo Shelby at Pine Grove.
By 1863 Jarrette was a Commander under Colonel Hayes. He also served as on of Quantrill's Guerillas and was Frank and Jesse James' commanding officer. After the War, Jarrette became an outlaw and joined the James-Younger Gang.
Cole Younger described Jarrette as one of the most daring, desperate, and shrewd of the gang. He was an old hand at killing and never knew fear. He aided in robbing the Banks of Liberty, Missouri, and Russelville, Kentucky. It is believed that Jarrette died in the Frisco Mountains of California in 1891.
Condition: This photo is in overall good condition with some minimal/moderate age shading and scuffs.