Facts and Events
||Morgan Seth Earp
||24 Apr 1851
||Pella, Marion County, Iowa
||Marion County, Iowa
||(not yet located)
||Temescal, San Bernardino County, California
||18 Mar 1882
||20 Mar 1882
||Hermosa Memorial Gardens, Colton, San Bernadino County, California
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Morgan Seth Earp (April 24, 1851 – March 18, 1882) was the younger brother of Deputy U.S. Marshals Virgil and Wyatt Earp. Morgan was a deputy of Virgil's and all three men were the target of repeated death threats made by outlaw Cowboys who were upset by the Earps' interference in their illegal activities. This conflict eventually led to the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, during which Morgan was wounded. All three lawmen along with Doc Holliday were charged by Ike Clanton, who fled the gunfight, for murdering brothers Tom and Frank McLaury along with his own brother Billy Clanton. During a month-long preliminary hearing, Judge Wells Spicer exonerated the men, concluding they had been performing their duty.
Virgil was gravely wounded in an ambush on December 28, 1881, and Morgan was assassinated on March 18, 1882 by a shot through the window of a door while he was playing billiards. The Cowboys suspected were let off on technicalities or lack of evidence. Wyatt Earp felt he could not rely on civil justice and decided to take matters into his own hands. He concluded the only way to get justice for his murdered brother was to avenge his death. Wyatt assembled a posse that included their brother Warren Earp and set out on a vendetta to kill those they felt were responsible.
- ↑ United States. 1860 U.S. Census Population Schedule.
1860 U.S. Census, Pella, Marion County, Iowa (Roll M653 335), p. 230; Dwelling 1671, Family 1572.
Earp Nicolas P. 45 [abt 1815] M North Carolina Farmer (re=$800; pe=$200)
Earp Virginia A. 38 [abt 1822] F Kentucky
Earp James C. 19 [abt 1841] M Kentucky Farmer [attended school]
Earp Virgil W. 17 [abt 1843] M Kentucky Farmer [attended school]
Earp Wyatt S. 12 [abt 1848] M Illinois [attended school]
Earp Morgan L. 9 [abt 1851] M Iowa [attended school]
Earp Warren 5 [abt 1855] M Iowa
Earp Virginia A. 2 [abt 1858] F Illinois
Davis Lucinda 17 [abt 1843] F Kentucky [attended school]
- ↑ United States. 1880 U.S. Census Population Schedule.
1880 U.S. Census, Temescal, San Bernardino County, California (Roll 72), ED 63, p. 462A; Dwelling
Earp N. P. W M 67 [abt 1813] Farmer Married Kentucky Virginia Virginia
Earp Virginia W F 59 [abt 1821] Wife Housekeeping Married North Carolina Maryland Virginia
Earp Morgan W M 29 [abt 1851] Son Farmer Married Iowa Kentucky North Carolina
Earp Warren B. W M 25 [abt 1855] Son Farmer Single Iowa Kentucky North Carolina
Earp Louisa W F 25 [abt 1855] Dau/law Housekeeping Married Wisconsin Illinois Illinois
Carter Minnie W F 14 [abt 1866] "Visiter" Single Utah Terr. Illinois Indiana
- ↑ Tombstone epitaph, national edition: the historical monthly journal of the old west. (Tombstone, Arizona: Tombstone Epitaph, 1880-), 20 Mar 1882.
At 10:30 Sat. night, while engaged in playing a game of billiards in Campbell & Hatch's Billiard Parlor, . . . Morgan Earp was shot through the body with his back to the glass door in the rear of the room. . . . The assassin . . . took aim for about the middle of his person, shooting through the upper portion of the whitened glass. The bullet entered the right side of the abdomen, passing through the spinal column, completely shattering it, emerging on the left side passing the length of the room and lodging in the thigh of Geo. A. B. Berry, who was standing by the stove, inflicting a painful flesh wound. Instantly after the first shot a second was fired . . . which passed across the room and lodged in the wall near the ceiling over the head of Wyatt Earp, who was sitting, a spectator of the game.