Person:Wyatt Earp (1)

Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp
m. 1840
  1. Newton J Jasper EarpAbt 1841 - 1928
  2. James Cooksey Earp1841 - 1926
  3. Virgil Walter Earp1843 - 1905
  4. Martha Elizabeth Earp1845 - 1856
  5. Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp1848 - 1929
  6. Morgan Seth Earp1851 - 1882
  7. Baxter Warren Earp1855 - 1900
  8. Virginia Ann Earp1858 - 1861
  9. Adelia Douglas Earp1861 - 1941
  10. Morgam S Earp - 1882
m. Abt 1869
m. Bet 1871 and 1873
m. Abt 1882
Facts and Events
Name Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp
Gender Male
Birth? 19 Mar 1848 Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois
Census[1] 1850 Marion County, Iowa
Census[2] 1860 Marion County, Iowa
Marriage Abt 1869 Barton County, Missourito Urilla Sutherland
Census[3] 1870 Barton County, Missouri
Marriage Bet 1871 and 1873 (common law)
to Celia Ann "Mattie" Blaylock
Census[7] 1875 Wichita, Kansas
Census[4] 1880 Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona
Marriage Abt 1882 Tombstone, Arizona(apparently common law)
to Josephine Sarah Marcus
Census? 1900 (not yet located)
Census[5] 1910 Los Angeles County, California
Census[6] 1920 Los Angeles County, California
Death? 13 Jan 1929 Los Angeles, California
Burial? Hills of Eternity Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo County, California
Reference Number? Q44616?

See also John Henry "Doc" Holliday for information about the relationship between the two men.

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Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp (March 19, 1848 – January 13, 1929) was an American Old West lawman and gambler in Cochise County, Arizona Territory, and a deputy marshal in Tombstone. He worked in a wide variety of trades throughout his life and took part in the famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, during which lawmen killed three outlaw Cochise County Cowboys. He is often erroneously regarded as the central figure in the shootout, although his brother Virgil was Tombstone city marshal and deputy U.S. marshal that day and had far more experience as a sheriff, constable, marshal, and soldier in combat.

Earp was also a professional gambler, teamster, and buffalo hunter, and he owned several saloons, maintained a brothel, mined for silver and gold, and refereed boxing matches. He spent his early life in Pella, Iowa. In 1870, he married Urilla Sutherland who contracted typhoid fever and died shortly before their first child was to be born. During the next two years, Earp was arrested for stealing a horse, escaped from jail, and was sued twice. He was arrested and fined three times in 1872 for "keeping and being found in a house of ill-fame". His third arrest was described at length in the Daily Transcript, which referred to him as an "old offender" and nicknamed him the "Peoria Bummer", another name for loafer or vagrant.

By 1874, he arrived in the boomtown of Wichita, Kansas where his reputed wife opened a brothel. On April 21, 1875, he was appointed to the Wichita police force and developed a solid reputation as a lawman, but he was fined and dismissed from the force after getting into a fistfight with a political opponent of his boss. Earp immediately left Wichita, following his brother James to Dodge City, Kansas where he became an assistant city marshal. In the winter of 1878, he went to Texas to track down an outlaw, and he met John "Doc" Holliday whom Earp credited with saving his life.

Earp moved constantly throughout his life from one boomtown to another. He left Dodge City in 1879 and moved with brothers James and Virgil to Tombstone, where a silver boom was underway. The Earps clashed with an informal community of outlaws known as the Cowboys. Wyatt, Virgil, and their younger brother Morgan held various law-enforcement positions which put them in conflict with Tom McLaury, Frank McLaury, Ike Clanton, and Billy Clanton who threatened to kill the Earps on several occasions. The conflict escalated over the next year, culminating in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral on October 26, 1881 in which the Earps and Doc Holliday killed three of the Cowboys. In the next five months, Virgil was ambushed and maimed, and Morgan was assassinated. Wyatt, Warren Earp, Doc Holliday, and others formed a federal posse which killed three of the Cowboys whom they thought responsible. Wyatt was never wounded in any of the gunfights, unlike his brothers Virgil and Morgan or his friend Doc Holliday, which only added to his mystique after his death.

Earp was a lifelong gambler and was always looking for a quick way to make money. After leaving Tombstone, he went to San Francisco where he reunited with Josephine Marcus, and she became his common-law wife. They joined a gold rush to Eagle City, Idaho where they owned mining interests and a saloon. They left there to race horses and open a saloon during a real estate boom in San Diego, California. Back in San Francisco, Wyatt raced horses again, but his reputation suffered irreparably when he refereed the Fitzsimmons vs. Sharkey boxing match and called a foul which led many to believe that he fixed the fight. They moved briefly to Yuma, Arizona before joining the Nome Gold Rush in 1899. He and Charlie Hoxie paid $1,500 (about $51,000 in 2018) for a liquor license to open a two-story saloon called the Dexter and made an estimated $80,000 (about $2 million in 2017 dollars). The couple then left Alaska and opened another saloon in Tonopah, Nevada, the site of a new gold find. Around 1911, Earp began working several mining claims in Vidal, California, retiring in the hot summers with Josephine to Los Angeles. He made friends among early Western actors in Hollywood and tried to get his story told, but he was portrayed only very briefly in one film produced during his lifetime: Wild Bill Hickok (1923).

Earp died on January 13, 1929. He was known as a Western lawman, gunfighter, and boxing referee. He had a notorious reputation for both his handling of the Fitzsimmons–Sharkey fight and his role in the O.K. Corral gunfight. This only began to change after his death when the extremely flattering biography was published in 1931. It became a bestseller and created his reputation as a fearless lawman. Since then, Earp has been the subject of numerous films, television shows, biographies, and works of fiction which have increased both his fame and his notoriety. Long after his death, he has many devoted detractors and admirers. His modern-day reputation is that of the Old West's toughest and deadliest gunman of his day.

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  1. United States. 1850 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432).

    1850 U.S. Census, Lake Prairie Twp, Marion County, Iowa (Roll M432 187), p. 290A; Dwelling 150, Family 156.
    Earp N.P. 37 [abt 1813] M North Carolina Cooper & Farmer
    Earp Virginia A. 29 [abt 1821] F Kentucky
    Earp Newton J. 13 [abt 1837] M Kentucky [attended school]
    Earp James C. 7 [abt 1843] M Kentucky [attended school]
    Earp Virgil W. 6 [abt 1844] M Kentucky [attended school]
    Earp Martha E. 5 [abt 1845] F Illinois
    Earp Wyatt B. 2 [abt 1848] M Illinois

  2. United States. 1860 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M653).

    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]

  3. United States. 1870 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publications M593 and T132).

    Dwelling 214, Family 214
    Earp Wyatt 22 [abt 1848] M W Farmer (re=$75; pe=$100) Illinois
    Earp Rilla 21 [abt 1849] F W Illinois

  4. United States. 1880 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T9).

    1880 U.S. Census, Tombstone Village, Cochise County, Arizona (Roll 36), ED 2, p. 163C; Dwelling 119; Family 165.
    [among more than 80 people all apparently living in Holly Levine's hotel & saloon]
    Earp Virgil W. W M 36 [abt 1844] Married Farmer Kentucky Virginia Kentucky
    Earp Alley W F 22 [abt 1858] Wife Married Keeping House Nebraska Ireland [blank]
    Earp Wyatt S. W M 32 [abt 1848] Brother Single Farmer Illinois Virginia Kentucky
    Earp Mattie W F 22 [abt 1858] Wife Married Keeping House Wisconsin [blank] [blank]
    Earp James C. W M 39 [abt 1841] Brother Married Saloon Keeper Kentucky Virginia Kentucky
    Earp Bessie W F 36 [abt 1844] Wife Married Keeping House Missouri [blank] [blank]
    Earp Hattie W F 16 [abt 1864] Daughter Single At Home Iowa Kentucky Missouri

  5. United States. 1910 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T624).

    1910 U.S. Census, Los Angeles Assembly District 71, Los Angeles County, California (Roll T624 81), ED 154, p. 5B; Dwelling 137; Family 145.
    Earp Wyatt S. Head M W 62 [abt 1848] M.2 (25 yrs) Illinois Virginia Virginia Miner (gold & copper)
    Earp Josephine Wife F W 41 [abt 1869] M.1 (no ch) New York Germany Germany

  6. United States. 1920 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T625).

    1920 U.S. Census, Los Angeles Assembly District 61, Los Angeles County, California (Roll T625 105), ED 109, p. 12B; Dwelling 306; Family 313.
    Earp Wyatt S. Head M W 72 [abt 1848] Married [n.d.] Illinois Virginia Virginia Miner (copper mine)
    Earp Josephine Wife F W 57 [abt 1863] Married [n.d.] New York Hamburg Hamburg

  7. 1875 Kansas State Census.

    1875 Kansas State Census, Wichita, Sedgewick County (Roll KS1875 18), p. 32, Line 25.
    [no family no.] W. S. Earp 26 [abt 1849] M W [no occupation, no property] Illinois (to KS from Illinois)