Archie Peyton Samuel

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Archie Peyton Samuel

Birthplace: Kearney, Clay, Missouri, USA
Death: January 26, 1875 (8)
Kearney, Clay, Missouri, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Dr. Reuben Samuel and Zerelda Elizabeth James
Brother of Sarah "Sallie" Louisa Nicholson; John Thomas Samuel; Fanny Quantrill Hall and Mary Samuel
Half brother of Frank James; Joseph "Joe" F. Vaughn (claimed to be Frank James); Robert Reuben James; Jesse James, American Outlaw; Susan Lavenia Parmer and 1 other

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About Archie Peyton Samuel

Around midnight on the night of January 25, 1875, Agents of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency raided the Samuel farm. An incendiary device was thrown through the window; Reuben rolled it into the fireplace, where it superheated and exploded. A fragment struck Archie Samuel, killing him, and another piece tore through Zerelda's arm, forcing amputation the next day.

Archie Peyton Samuel (July 26, 1866 - January 26, 1875) was the half brother of American outlaws Frank James and Jesse James.

Born in 1866, he was the last child born to Zeralda James Samuel and her third husband Dr. Reuben Samuel. He had three siblings from the same parents, Sarah Ellen (born 1858), John Thomas (born 1861) and Fanny Quantrill (born 1863).

He also had 5 half-siblings, from his father's side, and possibly a sixth one Perry Samuel born of a slave, and on his mothers side Frank James (born 1841), Robert B. James (born and died in 1845), Jesse James (born 1847) and Susan Lavenia James (born 1849).

Archie had a hard time growing up, his elder half-brothers Frank and Jesse were always in trouble with the law, so the Samuel farm was often ransacked. Archie may also have suffered from mental retardation.

On January 26, 1875 detectives hoping to track down Frank and Jesse surrounded the farm, they threw a bomb through the window, Archie believed the bomb was a log, so he threw it into the fire, it exploded, killing him instantly and wounding his mother.

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Archie Peyton Samuel's Timeline

July 26, 1866
Kearney, Clay, Missouri, USA
January 26, 1875
Age 8
Kearney, Clay, Missouri, USA