Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Did You Know #43

Wyatt Earp
When it comes to names synonymous with the "wild west," few are more familiar than Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp. He is best known for his participation in the gunfight at the O. K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona Territory on October 26, 1881. Wyatt and two of his brothers, Virgil and Morgan, along with Wyatt's friend, Doc Holliday, confronted the Clanton brothers (Ike and Billy) and the McLaury brothers (Tom and Frank). The Earps and Doc Holliday won that gunfight, but as a result of that conflict Virgil would be severely wounded in a nighttime ambush and Morgan would be assassinated. This was then followed by a manhunt that would conclude with Earp's running down those who he felt were responsible for the attacks on Virgil and Morgan.

Wyatt wore many "hats" in his life: buffalo hunter, law man, gambler, boxing referee, etc. However, his image and life story has been the subject of many books, movies and television shows. But did you know that Wyatt and his brothers were Dad's great-great grandfather's 15th cousins?  Here is how the connection is made:

Richard Fitzalan and Elizabeth Bohn
Elizabeth Fitzalan (Duchess Of Norfolk) b.1366 Joan D'Arundel Fitzalan b.1374
Elizabeth Goushill b.1402 Joan De Beauchamp b.1400
Henry Wingfield b.1434 James Butler (Earl of Ormond) b.1420
Robert Wingfield b.1490 Peter (Piers) Butler (Earl of Ormond) b.1475
Robert Wingfield b.1523 Thomas Butler b.1500
Dorothy Wingfield b.1565 Agnes Butler b.1520
John Claypoole b.1595 Edmund Sherman  b.1548
John Claypoole Edmund Sherman b.1572
Ann Claypoole b.1652 Esther (or Hester) Sherman b.1606
William Budd b.1679 Esther Ward b.1623
Mary Budd Daniel Burr b.1660
William H. Earp b.1729 Elizabeth Burr b.1696
Phillip Earp b.1755 Nathaniel Hull b.1726
Walter Earp b.1787 Ezekiel Hull b.1765
Nicholas Porter Earp b.1813 Platt Hull b.1787
Wyatt Earp Ezekiel Hull b.1813

Rebecca L. Hull b.1841

Frank Martin Bragg b.1867

Orval Bishop Bragg b.1895

DAD b.1920