Jeff Ake was a Texas hard-case. Jeff first ran into trouble in Georgetown in 1868 for disturbing the peace, and later assault and cattle theft. In 1874, Jeff and brother Bill were arrested with gunfighter Bill Longley—the Akes were released, but there were 20 indictments with their names on them. Jeff was sent to prison in 1878 for horse theft. After being pardoned, Ake was arrested for a whore-house shooting in 1882.
Jeff later recounted his stories for a biography—which left out his criminal career but claimed he knew old outlaws like the James brothers.