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William Henry McCarty, "Billy the Kid" (1859-1881)

This month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of William Henry McCarty, born 23 November 1859 in New York City, New York, apparently the son of Michael Patrick Henry McCarty (b. bef. 1859) and Catherine McCarty (b. abt. 1829 in Ireland), although his parentage is disputed. Billy the Kid was a famous American outlaw of the old west. His real name was probably William Henry McCarty, but was also known as William H. Bonney. His family moved from New York to Indiana, then to Kansas, and then to New Mexico when he was a child. He frequented saloons and gambling halls and killed several men during his teen years. In 1878, he led a gang in the Lincoln County cattle war, killed two deputies, and engaged in large-scale cattle rustling. In 1880, John S. Chisum and other cattlemen secured the election of a new sheriff sworn to rid the country of the cattle thieves. Billy the Kid was captured, tried, and sentenced to death. He escaped but was again trapped and was shot by Sheriff Pat F. Garrett. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)

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Crowdsourcing Challenge
NOVEMBER

This month's genealogical challenge revolves around two women known best for being parents and grandparents of famous people: Jolie Gabor, jewelry entrepreneur and socialite, and Georgianna Drew Barrymore, stage actress and comedienne.

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