High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Zerelda Elizabeth Cole James Simms Samuel (January 29, 1825 February 10, 1911) was the mother of Frank James and Jesse James. BOrn as Zerelda Elizabeth Cole in Woodford County, Kentucky her parents were James and Sarah Lindsay Cole; she had one younger brother, Jesse Richard Cole. ONe year younger than she, her brother committed suicide in 1895 for undisclosed reasons. WHen Zerelda was a small child, her father broke his neck in a riding accident leaving her mother with two small children; they were taken in by her paternal grandfather who owned a saloon. LAter her mother re-married (to a farmer surnamed Thompson). ZErelda, by all accounts, did not get on with her new stepfather so she went to live with some of her mother's relatives in Kentucky where she attended a Catholic girls school.