- In 1930, Jesse was paying $45 in monthly rent to live on Cathedral Street in Baltimore, where he was working as an insurance inspector. He worked for Montgomery Ward in Texas for 20 years before his death, prior to that worked as a district credit manager for Retail Credit Co. in Baltimore. The obit is at odds with what family members knew or thought to be true...and leaves out a lot of his history.
Don W. Stone (Jesse’s nephew) said that Jesse was a doctor and then got a law degree. He was unhappy in his marriage and “disappeared” for two years. He had moved to Texas, where he remarried and was working as a corporate counsel. His first wife had taken their son, changed his name and enrolled him in a military school. Don said that Jesse’s son Edwin had become a prominent attorney in the Maryland area.
Tom Stone (another of Jesse’s nephews) said Jesse moved to Fort Worth, TX, but never graduated from either medical or law school. Tom’s younger brother Greg romantized that the name Jess and that Jess lived in TX meant there was some family relationship to Jesse James (and while there is a distant relationship, that’s not the source of the name Jesse in the family). [1, 3]