Love letters from Reverend Robert James to Zerelda Elizabeth Cole, are now on exhibit at the Jesse James farm and Museum. Their children were Frank, Jesse, and Susan James.
One of the letters was written during the couple’s courtship in 1841, while Robert James was attending Georgetown College. They married and later moved to Clay County in 1845.
Other letters in the collection were written by Robert James after he left Clay County and headed west to the gold mines of California, to preach to the miners. These letters offer details about his travels and some of the men traveling with the group. They reveal the hardships of travel by wagon train through rough terrain and how illnesses easily overtook the camp. There are also philosophical essays included in the collection. They were written by Robert James as a student at Georgetown College, most likely to be used as sermons.
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