SPANISH AMERICAN WAR TROUPE
Clay alias "Jesse James"
George Maddox, born in 1831, was part of Quantrills Raiders in the Civil War 1860 - 1865. Maddox was part of the bloody Lawrence Raid Massacre, August 21, 1863, killing between 185 - 200 men in just over 4 hours. This included army recruits newly joining the Union "yankee" army. The raid was considered the one of the "bloodiest events in the history of Kansas".
Maddox was indicted on charges on November 18, 1863, and appeared in court for that indictment on February 8, 1866, where he was acquitted. Maddox lived till 1901 in Arkansas
William "Wild Bill" Bloody Bill Longley, born in 1851, was one of the deadliest gunslingers to ever live. Legend has it that he shot/killed over 30 men, with his first being a lone soldier who was rude to his daddy/. Longley pulled his daddys gun and shot the man off his own horse. Longley was only 14 years of age. Longley was not tried for the murder, as the town folk buried the body and let Longley off.
Longley, a Texas born killer, used multiple alias to escape the law during his career. Why, he even shot a man with a bald head, because he wanted to see if the bullet would bounce off!
Longley was supposedly hanged in Giddings Texas at the age of 27. Legend has it that his uncle paid the jailer $4000.00 to rig up a harness that kept Longley from death. Longley then headed to South America where he lived to an old age on his ranch.
JAMES MADEWELL, alias Yancy James, Professional Gambler
Yancy James was born on Oct. 31, 1860 in McMinnville, Tennessee. At the age of 14, his mother passed away and his step-father told him to “hit the road”. Yancy soon got a job as a crewmember aboard a Mississippi river boat. At night time, he would watch the gamblers ply their trade and he soon became good friends with many of them. Because of this friendship, many of the gamblers taught Yancy the art of poker. He gambled on the riverboats for a number of years finally ending up in New Orleans playing poker in the saloons. While in New Orleans, Yancy found that he had a natural talent for poker and he decide this would be his life. Yancy made a very good living at gambling and was able to travel throughout the west by train and stagecoach. The last record of his whereabouts listed him in Ft. Worth, Texas in the year 1905 and after that, he disappeared and no further record on him was ever found.
PAT NEFF, alias Wyatt Earp
I'm Wyatt Earp; born on March 19th, 1848, in Monmouth, IL. I was named after my father’s commanding officer from the Mexican-American War, Captain Wyatt Berry Stapp; I rarely use my middle names, as most call me Wyatt. My first wife died during our first year of marriage which was a very troubling time for me, as it defined the remainder of my life.
Over the many years I’ve lived, I’ve been a teamster, buffalo hunter, saloon-keeper, gambler, brothel owner, miner, boxing referee, and at times, a Sheriff and Deputy U.S. Marshal for Wichita and Dodge City, KS, as well as out in Arizona. My friends, Doc Holiday, Bat Masterson, and Luke Short and me followed the gambling circuit, traveling thru towns like Fort Worth, dealing Faro. We were honest in this Old Frontier Card game, "was all square and honest dealers, I might add".
Our travels lead us to a mining town in Arizona, called Tombstone where my brothers James, Virgil, and Morgan, and Doc Holiday, found ourselves in the midst of a gunfight with some cattle thieves and rebels known as the “Cow-boys”. This didn’t end well for my younger brother Morgan who was assassinated by a Cowboy faction, which led me on what has been called a “Vendetta Ride”.
I’ve spent my later years mining, a saloon-keeper and boxing referee, in Arizona, California, and even Alaska.
Later on in life when the moving picture show evolved, I've been known to be a consultant for Western Movies! As Rumor would have it.......
Meet Pat's Historical Characters: Wyatt Earp, U.S. Marshal; Ira Aten, Texas Ranger; and Nat Kramer, Professional Gambler in Fort Worth.
Pat’s Fictional Character: Wyatt S. Faraux—Itinerate Faro Dealer, U.S. Marshal and all around Pimp!
John Wilson Vermillion (1842–1911), alias "Texas Jack" and later as "Shoot-Your-Eye-Out" Vermillion, was a gunfighter of the Old West known for his participation in the Earp vendetta ride and his later association with Soapy Smith. Born 1842 in Russell County, Virginia, the second of 12 children born to William and Nancy Vermillion (née Owens). He was a Confederate civil war veteran and fought under the command of General J.E.B. Stuart. After the war, Jack went to Indiana where he married Margaret Horton in September, 1865. They moved to Missouri where Jack accepted the position as Territorial Marshal for the eastern section of Missouri. Jack's wife and two young children (a daughter and son) died in a diphtheria epidemic in Missouri, while Jack was away.
Jack eventually wound up in Kansas in the late 1870s. He went to Tombstone, Arizona (Arizona Territory), from Dodge City, Kansas, where he possibly previously knew the Earps and also perhaps Doc Holliday. He was listed by Virgil Earp as special policeman (i.e., deputy city policeman) June 22, 1881. This is the day of the large Tombstone fire of 1881, with which Virgil had to cope as acting city marshal; the date suggests that Jack is one of the extra men Virgil hired to help cope with looting, during and after the disaster.
Vermillion joined the vendetta posse March 21, 1882 in Tombstone, a day after the killing of Frank Stilwell in Tucson, thus Vermillion was not one of the 5 men indicted for Stilwell's killing. He presumably did participate in the killing of Florentino Cruz on March 22, and he had his horse shot out from under him during the fight at Iron Springs (March 24), in which "Curly Bill" Brocius was killed. Vermillion was himself not hit in that fight, but he had to be picked up by Doc Holliday after exposing himself to fire from the cowboys, while trying to retrieve the rifle wedged under his fallen horse. This episode, combined with Wyatt's memory in the Flood manuscript, suggests that Vermillion may have participated in the Earp posse more as friend of Holliday, who was also a Methodist and fellow southerner. Vermillion family history also suggests a friendship between Holliday and Texas Jack.
In 1883, Vermillion was involved with the Dodge City War. During Jack's stay in Dodge he killed a card cheat. This is when he appears on the wanted poster as Texas Jack Vermillion. Sometime between 1883 and 1889, perhaps due to this charge, his handle of "Texas Jack" changed to "Shoot-Your-Eye-Out-Jack" Vermillion from reportedly shooting a man in the eye.Vermillion Family records suggest Jack died in a peaceful sleep in 1911, at age of 66.
Leander H. McNelly
It is unknown exactly when or where Loco was born, except it was sometime before the War Between the States. All his family was killed, as he was told later, by raiding Apaches while traveling through edge of West Texas. Loco was the sole survivor, and raised by the Apaches, until he was a teen. After a raid killed his Apache caretakers, he was traded to some Mexican Missionaries in El Paso, TX.
There he was raised till after 1866, just shortly following the War.
Loco never knew his birth name, but the Apaches gave him a Spanish name, LOCO, meanin "CRAZY", cause he never acted right nor knew what was expected of him. One of the main reason he was traded to the Missionaries.
Loco worked with horses and cattle, while at the Mission, later working cattle drives to Kansas, in 1867 on.. The 3-4 month trek up from Texas didn't occupy all his time, nor pay that well. So, he found work as he could in between on local Texas ranches through-out the lone star State.
Ira Aten born September of 1862, was the son of a Methodist Circuit Preacher. At age 16, Ira witnessed the death of outlaw Sam Bass and decided at that time he wanted to become a lawman.
In 1883, Aten joined Company D of the Texas Rangers serving under Capt. L. P. Seiker. Being a quick learner, of the ways of the Ranger, Ateri in 1886 was assigned to track down and capture fence-cutters during the "Fence-cutting Wars". In later years Ira Aten served as Sheriff of Fort Bend and Castro Counties.
PANTHER DUGAN,, PORTRAY in PANTHER DUGAN
William B. “Bat” Masterson
William B. Masterson was born in the parrish of St. George, Henryville, county of Iberville, provenance of Quebec, Canada; Nov 26, 1853 to Thomas and Catherine (McGurk) Masterson. He was the second of seven children five boys and two girls.
His family traveled from Canada to New York state, to Illinois and finally Sedgwick, KS where they settled when Bat was about 17. Bat obtained the nickname of Bat from his original middle name of Bartholomiew, of French spelling. Bat being a shortened name for it. He later changed his middle name to Barclay. Schooling was minimal at best but Bat did learn the three “Rs” and most of his schooling was self-acquired.
Bat was a Buffalo hunter, worked for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Rail Road, a lawman, Indian Scout, Teamster, gambler and humanity writer for the newspaper.
Jesse Woodson James (September 5, 1847 – April 3, 1882)Jessie James was an American outlaw, gang leader, bank robber, train robber, and murderer from the state of Missouri and the most famous member of the James-Younger Gang.
Jesse and his brother Frank James were Confederate guerrillas, or Bushwhackers, during the Civil War. They were accused of participating in atrocities committed against Union Soldiers, including the Centralia Massacre. After the war, as members of various gangs of outlaws, they robbed banks, stagecoaches, and trains.
The James brothers were most active with their gang from about 1866 until 1876, when their attempted robbery of a bank in Northfield, Minnesota resulted in the capture or deaths of several gang members. They continued in crime for several years, recruiting new members, but were under increasing pressure from law enforcement.
On April 3, 1882, Jesse James was killed by a member of his own gang, Robert Ford, who hoped to collect a reward on James' head.
Molly Goodnight I’m Mary Ann Dyer (Molly) Goodnight; I was born in Madison County, Tennessee on September 12, 1839. I came to Fort Belknap, Texas in 1854 with my parents and five younger brothers, at the age of 14. Soon after, both of my parents died after moving there, making me responsible for raising my brothers. We survived on my small salary for teaching school, as shortly, my two elder boys went off to fight for the Confederacy and the three younger ones stayed with me.
I soon met my future husband, Charles Goodnight in Fort Belknap in 1864. He called me Mary, but I was known as Molly by others. We married on July 26, 1870 in Hickman, Kentucky and shortly thereafter settled near Pueblo, Colorado where Charles already had a ranch. Three of my brothers moved with us and worked the ranch along with us. I never thought Colorado was civilized, the awful hanging of two men on a telegraph pole did nothing to convince me otherwise. Dear Charles had tried to sooth me by saying “Well, I don’t think it hurt the telegraph pole”, which didn't calm me a bit. We stayed in the territory until after it had became a state, but the droughts, the Panic of 1873 and additional hardships had added up to convince us that we needed to go back to Texas.
We formed a partnership with Mr. And Mrs. John George Adair who owned a large estate in Rothdair, Ireland and my brother Albert in 1877. We called it the JA Ranch and proceeded to drive the cattle to the Pala Duro Canyon in Texas 1877. Mrs. Adair rode on horseback as I drove a team and wagon. In a few weeks, the Adair’s left the enterprise to us. I was known as the First Lady of the Palo Duro Canyon, at one time the only woman on the vast ranch. Charles and I never had any children of our own but that didn’t keep me from being mother, sister, doctor, nurse, homemaker, and spiritual comforter to those that worked for us on the ranch. In those cowboys’ minds and hearts I was the Mother of the Panhandle. One of my personal accomplishment, I rescued and raised orphaned buffalo that had been left to die after commercial hunters ravaged the Plains. I helped establish the Goodnight buffalo herd, which I’m proud to say, became well known throughout the world, which is said to survive to this day.
In 1887 Charles and I moved to northeast Armstrong County. The small railhead town of Goodnight and a church there were named for Charles and myself. My husband and I shared an exciting life and were married for 56 years until my death in 1926.
Mortimer the Undertaker
Owner and operator of Mortimer’s Mortuary and Saloon Mortimer's slogan,
"The only place in town where you can get inebriated and embalmed at the same time!."
Mortimer as well operated the town Mortuary. He Specializing in custom built 100% pure pine burial boxes
Mortimer was born in the year of 1845 in Grayson County Texas. After 4 years of schooling, he left Grayson County with his brothers, heading West to Waco. With no luck in Waco, Mortimer moved to Ft. Worth, Texas, trying his hand at cowboy, store clerk, and newspaper editor, Mortimer befriended the local town undertaker learning the trade of undertaking. After a sudden, unexplained death of the present undertaker, Mortimer quickly took over the town business, as the new town undertaker. .
Mortimer businesses prospered, yet mostly the Mortuary. Always busy, mostly cause of the shady, lawless characters who frequented the town. Mortimer lived a fruitful life till 1895. While working late finishing up one of his famous pine boxes, a drunken bunch of Cowboys broke into his shop and kilt him dead.
Mortimer lies buried in an unmarked grave in the Ft. Worth Oakwood Cemetery. He was Buried in one of his own caskets, one that he was finishing when shot. A friend stated, "it twas the best thing we could do for old Mortimer, seein how we didn't have an undertaker to bury him, just seemed right' .
Jane Woody Farmer, born on March 13, 1827. I married George "Press" Farmer in 1844 in Roane Co., Tennessee and we came to Fannin Co., Texas in 1847. In 1849, we emigrated to a beautiful bluff overlooking the Trinity River with our two year old daughter, Susan. Not a furrow plowed, nor ax or hoe had been used in the vicinity. Plenty of game, honey and wild grapes as grapes were the only fruit we had. Groceries and provisions of all kinds would later have to be hauled from Houston. Sometimes, in the rainy season it took 2-3 months to make the trip.
We were living in a tent because the Indians had burned down our one room log cabin. Press had dug a hole in the ground under the tent so we could hide if the Indians returned. I sure was happy to see Major Ripley Arnold and his 42 mounted U.S. Army Dragoons arrive to establish the Fort Worth that would become Fort Worth! They were very surprised to see a white man, his wife and little girl on the site where Arnold planned to construct a fort. As it turned out, I was the first white woman and Susan was the first white child to live in what would become Fort Worth.
It just so happens that we were squatting on the perfect site for the fort! We didn't want to give up our land but we agreed when Arnold hired my husband as the fort's sutler, or merchant, and set aside a portion of the military reservation for Press to raise his crops.
After the army vacated the fort in 1853, we homesteaded in Southeast Fort Worth. Press continued to operate the general merchandise store for the burgeoning population of the village that had sprung up around the fort. It was about this time that Press began involving himself in local politics. My father, Sam Woody, who had moved from Fort Worth to Wise County, brought 14 cowboys with him into Fort Worth in 1856 to vote illegally for Fort Worth's becoming the county seat of Tarrant County, much to the distress of Birdville, the former county seat. Press was also the first to sign for the bonds to build the Tarrant County Courthouse, at no cost to taxpayers, along with some of his friends.
We had 14 children but sadly lost 5 in infancy. One day we would be buried in Forest Hill Cemetery and our descendents would still live in this area into the 21st Century!
Captain Augustus "Gus" McCrae -- a retired Captain of the Texas Rangers, is also co-owner of the Hat Creek Cattle Company and Livery Emporium in the small dusty Texas border town of Lonesome Dove. McCrae considers himself the brains of the outfit. Generous, humorous, and a bit lazy to the point of eccentricity, he serves as a foil to his close friend, the more serious, practical Woodrow Call. When not working (which he does as little as possible), Gus pursues his three chief interests in life: women, alcohol, and cards. He is well known in the territory for his loud voice, superior eyesight, and accuracy with a revolver. Charming and easy going, Gus loves women and women return the sentiments, but he's twice a widower and he never marries the love of his life, Clara. Although he had proposed many a time, she had rejected him every time because, in her words, Gus is "a rambler," and she despises Call because she feels jealous of the years Gus spent with him instead of her. She needed to settle down and have a family and a good life; he was brave and a dead aim, but was lazy and prone to wandering away for another adventure.
One day, sometime in 1876, Jake Spoon, an old friend of both McCrae and Call, shows up in Lonesome Dove. Jake's breath-taking description of Montana inspires Call to come up with the idea of gathering a herd of cattle and drive them there, to begin the first cattle ranch in the frontier territory. Call is attracted to the romantic notion of settling pristine country. Gus is less enthusiastic, pointing out that they are getting old and that they are Rangers and traders, not cowboys. But he changes his mind when Jake reminds him that Gus' old sweetheart, Clara, lives on the Platte, 20 miles from Ogallala, Nebraska, which is on their route to Montana. Captain Call prevails. They make preparations for their adventure north.
Unfortunately, Gus never makes it to Montana. He get badly wounded enroute during a gun battle with an old nemesis: Indian outlaw Blue Duck and a band of renegade Indians. Gus soon dies of his wounds after losing one leg in surgery and stubbornly refusing to give up the other. Just before he dies, Gus makes his dear friend, Call, promise to get him back to Texas to be buried on his home soil. Woodraw Call grudgingly sets out carrying Gus’ body all the way back to Texas. Cal fulfills his promise. Gus McCrae is buried somewhere along the banks of the Red River on the Texas side.
Frank Boardman “Pistol Pete” Eaton
Born in Hartford County, Connecticut on Oct. 26, 1860, Eaton was a former deputy U.S. Marshall who claimed to have killed 11 men with the Colt .45 he wore strapped to his side.
He served as deputy U.S. Marshall under Judge Isaac C. Parker who was also known as “the hanging judge” in the Indian Territory.
Frank Eaton was known as “Pistol Pete”, a nickname he acquired at the age of 15 when he outshot U.S. cavalry men in a contest at Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.
Frank "Pistol Pete" Eaton died on April 8, 1958 at the age of 97 in Payne County, Oklahoma.
John Slaughter Oct 2nd 184 -1922.
Born in La. John as a teen moved to Texas after the family farm went bust
as a result of a drought. John served in the Texas regiment during the war
between the states and then began running cattle north after the war. He was an
avid poker player who held his own with some of the best including Doc Holiday
and John Chisum. John is credited with being the first rancher to round up a
hurd of Texas Longhorns and drive them to the Arizona territory where he
introduced them and ranched them successfully. He served a spell as Sheriff of
Cochise county and stopped many a cattle rustler with a bullet and even shot a
bank robber dead at the ripe old age of 76. John was a stern practitioner of the
law and never liked being referred to as Texas Jack but the name stuck. He died
in 1922 after a long marriage and having worked with the famous Tom Horn.