Jesse James - Alive and Well in Brownwood !
Charlie Granvill FOSTER
Spelling of middle name - Death Certificate spelling is Charles Granville. Bible
spelling is Granvill.
Called Grand Papa by his grandchildren.
Cause of Death: Coronary Occlusion - Arterio Sclerosis Hypertension. Death date
on cemetery marker
says 1947, Foster Bible says 1948, Death Certificate says 1948.
1900 McColloch Co., TX, Prec #1, #175
Notes from Annie Bell Foster Fortune - 1970's
Charlie's Father died when Charlie was 12. That would make it ca 1881.
According to family tradition, Charlie and his brothers and sisters were left
orphans, and they came to
Montague County, Texas, without their parents. They lived in the Bowie area.
Several branches of the
family say traditions says that Charlie was cousins to Jessie James. More
research is needed to determine
this exact link to the James Family. It is definite that Charley's Grandfather
Peter R. Foster married Sarah
James in TN in the 1820's
Whatever the connection, it is definite that Jessie & Frank James and Charley
Foster were cousins. It
should be noted that after Frank James got out of jail, he worked as a security
guard in the Fort Worth,
Texas area. Members of his family were living there around 1900, Tarrant County
and in Fort Worth, TX.
Cole Younger is said to have visited a relative in Brownwood, TX after he got
out of jail, sometime after
1900. According to Brownwood's centennial newspaper, the man he visited was
named Ford and is
speculated to have been Jessie James, who came to the Brownwood area and opened
a bank around
1880. [See newspaper in files.] I believe this was a relative or good friend to
the James family. Cole
Younger stopped in Brady, TX to visit as well. Grandpa Foster often related the
story of seeing his first
cousin and childhood playmate, Jessie James, long after he was reported killed,
"walking down the street
in Brownwood" sometime after 1900. Charlie is said to have exclaimed "Jessie! I
heard you was dead!"
And Jessie replied, "Not Yet!"
Martha and Charlie met at a Community Dance in McCulloch County around 1889 or
early in 1890.
Grandmother Annie Bell said that they loved to dance! However, Grandma Annie
said that she never did
like to dance much....but her mother and Dad loved it.
Grandmother said that her Daddy was a gambler, often betting on horse races. He
once lost the farm, and
the family had to move. Another time, the horse he bet on stepped in a hole on
the track and lost the
race. Grandpa had bet the sow and piglets that belonged to Great Grandmother
Martha, and she went to
town on a horse, with Grandma on behind....to get a divorce! Couldn't find the
lawyer, or Grandpa Foster!
Grandmother said "Everywhere we asked, he had just left ahead of us!"