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Bob Ford, a member of a Richmond family, is buried here. Ford’s marker is engraved with the incorrect month, day and year of birth. It has the date as Dec. 8, 1841; he was actually born Jan. 31,  1862. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

Bob Ford, a member of a Richmond family, is buried here. Ford’s marker is engraved with the incorrect month, day and year of birth. It has the date as Dec. 8, 1841; he was actually born Jan. 31, 1862. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

Marker of man who shot Jesse James depicts wrong birthdate

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Even the memory of Bob Ford can’t catch a break.

Ford, remembered in song and the Brad Pitt film as “ … the dirty little coward that shot Mr. Howard … has laid poor Jesse in his grave,” is buried beneath a brass plaque inscribed with the wrong birthdate.

Ford fatally wounded James April 3, 1882 in St. Joseph. He himself died June 8, 1892, just over a decade later, in Creede, Colo, also a victim of gunfire.

It’s a mystery why the birthdate on his Richmond grave marker doesn’t miss by a day or two or even by a year, but by a country mile.

It notes that Ford was born on Dec. 8, 1841, which would’ve made him 50 when he was shot to death in Colorado. Ford, according to most sources, was born Jan. 31, 1862, just 29 when he was laid to rest.

The glitch isn’t news in local historic circles, but it didn’t sit well with Karen Jewell, a county resident who visited the grave with company, noticed the error and called the newspaper.

“I just feel like the history should be fixed,” she said.

 

 

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