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BOOTHILL GRAVEYARD was laid out as a burial plot in 1878.
Called "The Tombstone Cemetery", it was the burial place for the town's first pioneers and was used as such until sometime around 1884, when the present plot was opened as a burial place.

For years after this, Boothill was spoken of as the "old cemetery". It was for years neglected and much of the old cemetery has gone back to nature. Years of research and hard work by interested citizens of the town have helped to preserve the main part of the cemetery as you see it today.

Because of the many violent deaths of the early days, the cemetery became known as Boothill Graveyard. It is possibly a true symbol of this roaring mining town of the early 1880s. Buried here are outlaws with their victims, suicides, and hangings, legal and otherwise, along with the hardy citizens and refined element of Tombstone's first days.

So much of the good and so much of the bad of early Tombstone lies buried here, and over the graves of both is growing the true crucifixion thorn.

In compiling this list, each history has been checked with all available sources of information, including relatives, old residents, and the Arizona Historical Society records


ROW1

RodriguezPetron
Stabbed

Unknown
d. 1882, Found in abandonedmine,
He was found at the bottom of theMinute Mine,
well dressed, indicating he wasprobably not a miner

Byrne, Pat,
d. 1882, Pneumonia

Waters, Eva
age 3 mos,
 Died of scarlet fever, believedby some to be the first burial in Boothill

Florentino, Cruz
Murdered 1882
Florentino was found dead withseveral bullet wounds in his body
Allegedly shot byWyatt Earp while looking for Indian Charlie and Pete Spencer

Van Houten
Murdered, 1879
He was beaten in the face with astone until he died.
Trouble was over his mining claim,which he had not recorded

Waters, Tom
d. 24 Jul 1880,
Shot, Father of Eva Waters, andbelieved to be T.J. Waters, who was killed because of the colorof his shirt.

Helm, Charles
d. 1882,
Shot, Killed by Wm. McCauley over a dispute about how to drive cattle.

Barton, Jonathon,
d. 1881
Daves,Louis,
d. 1882

Halderman Bros

Halderman, Thomas
d. 16 Nov. 1900
Hanged with brother William onconviction of murder

Halderman, William
d. 16 Nov. 1900
Hanged with brother Thomas onconviction of murder

Gregory
d. 1882
Son of Thos. Gregory, died ofmeningitis

Lucero, Holo
d. 1882
Killed by indians

Smith, Peter,
b. Germany, d. 1882, age 23 yr.
Killed by Thos. Donald (or Doland) ina fight
He was struck on the back of his headwith a poker

Smith, H.C. Mrs.,
d. 1882
Jasper Von
d. 1882 Shot

ROW 2

Clanton, Newman Haynes (Old Man),
Killed by Mexicanswhile driving a herd of stolen cattle.
Originally buried in the AnimasValley in New Mexico, but later reinterred at Boothill

 

Clanton, Billy
d. 26 Oct. 1881

Killed in thegunfight atthe O.K. Corral

McLaury, Robert Findley (Frank),
d. 26 Oct. 1881,
Killedin the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

McLaury, Thomas Clark (Tom)
 d. 26 Oct. 1881,
Killed inthe gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Murdered on the streets of Tombstone 1881
Tragic result of the OK Corral Battle

Hickey, James
 d. 1 Oct. 1881,
Shot in the left temple by Wm. Claybourne for
his over insistence that they drink together

Cassidine, Dennis
 d. 1879, Killed
Hicks, John, b. 1 Aug. 1849, Halletsville, TN, d. 10 Jul. 1879,
Shot by Jeremiah McCormick in a bar brawl.
Son of Aretus WilliamHicks, and brother of Boyce and Robert

 

Bowles,Frank
d. 1880
His horse became frightened and threw him off.
This caused a rifle to discharge and badly injure his knee.
He lay in camp for several weeks without medical attention and
when friends took him to a doctor for amputation it was to late.

 

Morgan, Thos.
 d. 1882

Wetsell, Jos.
 d. 1882, Killed
Stoned to death by Apache indians
His friends were not far away and it was thought the Indians
wanted to avoid attracting attention by shooting him

Delaney, W.E. (Bill)
 d. 8 Mar 1884, Hanged for takingpart in the Bisbee Massacre

Deloach, A.
d. 1882

Margarita
Stabbed by GoldDollar
Two dance hall girls quarreling over a man, and Gold Dollar won

Claibourne, William
 d. 14 Nov. 1882
 Shot by Frank Leslie, Also known as Arizona's Billy the Kid

Toby, Dick
 Shot by Sheriff Behan

Gray, Verone
 Suicide

 

Sullivan, Jerry
 d. 1881

 

Dowd, Daniel(Big Dan)
 d. 8Mar 1884
Hanged for takingpart in the Bisbee Massacre

Sample, Omar W. (Red)
 d. 8 Mar 1884
Hanged for takingpart in the Bisbee Massacre

 

Howard, Jack(Tex)
 d. 8 Mar1884
Hanged for taking partin the Bisbee Massacre

Bill Delaney
 d. 8 Mar 1884
Hanged for takingpart in the Bisbee Massacre

 

Kelley, Daniel(Mike)
 d. 8 Mar1884
Hanged for takingpart in the Bisbee Massacre
They were all hanged on one scaffold in the Court House yard

ROW 3

Beather, John
 d. 1881, Hanged

Two Cowboys

 Drowned,

King, John
 d. 1881,
Suicide from strychnine

Brodines, Ernest
 b. Germany, d. Jun 1882 Murdered
Aminer, native of Germany, was found dead in his cabin with four bulletwounds in his body
Suspected of the killing was his partner, with whom he had beenquarreling and who had now disappeared

 

ATeamster
d. 1881,
Killed by Apaches

McDermott, J.D.
d. 1882, Killed
Fractured his spineafter falling off his horse while crossing the San Pedro River

Lindley, Judge Chas.
 d. Sep 1882
Was one of the ablest members of theCalifornia Bar
His health was impaired by overwork

Martin, John
 b. England, d. 1882, Killed
Killed duringan accident on the Huachuca Water Line
A tested pipe was unplugged and a blast of water hurled a jack againsthis chest

Rook
 Shot by a Chinaman,
This occurred in front of Yaple's store on Freemont Street

Manada, Jos.
 d. 1882

Fuss, Freddie
 d. 1882,
Small boy died from drinking badwater

Brown, R.L. Mrs.
 d. 1882
Hotel proprietor, died ofnatural causes

Billings, Eliz.
 d. 1886

 

Southy, Francis
 d. 1881

Heath, John
 b. Texas, d. 22 Feb. 1884, age 32 yr.
Leaderof the five men who were legally hanged and was said to have plannedthe Bisbee robbery.
He was hanged from the telegraph pole a short distance west of theCourt House

ROW 4

Sweeney, Miles
 d. 1880,
Murdered

Mackenzie, John
 d. 1881

Cowan, Thos.
 d. 1881, age 11 mos.
died of diphtheria

Doody, May
 d. 1881,
Diphtheria

Gibson, John
 d. 1881
Employed by Nadeau, fell off awagon and his skull was crushed 
when the wheel of the heavy wagon ran over his head

Bennett, W.C.
 b. England, d. 1882
Died of heart failure

Kearney, Thomas
 d. 1882, Killed
 and Simon Constantine were blown up from a blast

Hickson, Hilly
 d. 1882
A School boy, fell while walking on a pair of stilts
Injured his back and died the next day suddenly with a spasm

H.B. Cook
1882

Hayes

Lynch, Pat
 d. 1883
Campbell, R.B. Mrs.
 d. 1882
Wife of restaurant owner,suspected poisoning

Campbell, Malcolm
 d. 1882
Died of pneumonia

Jackson, Bobby
 d. 1882

Hart, Frank
 d. 1882

Serroux, Frank,
shot over a mining claim

Stump, Mrs.
 d. 1884
Died in childbirth after beinggiven an
overdose of chloroform by the doctor

ROW 5

Summers, William
 d. 1882
Teamster for James Carr, founddead with broken ribs and ruptured liver
Mead
 d. 1881, Sudden Death
Blacksmith for Sandy Bob's Stables and was found dead in acoach
Kellogg, M.E.
 d. 1882,
Died a natural death
Dye, Seymour
 d. 1882,  aged 35
Killed by indians
He was a wood cutter,killed with Harry Curry
Johnson, Geo.
 Hanged by mistake
Innocently bought a stolen horse and suffered the consequences
Gillespie, John A.
 d. 1882
Deputy, sent to arrest Billy Grounds and Zwing Hunt,
suspected killers of M.R. Peel. Hunt shot him in the head.
Peel, M.R. (Robert)
 b. 31 May 1854, d. 25 Mar 1882
Ayoung mining engineer, son of Judge B.L. Peel
shot one night in his office.
Kinsman, William (Billy)
 d. 23 Feb 1883, age 25 yrs,
Shot by MayWoodman who was older than him
and who was jealously in love with him
Fryer, George
 d. 1881
Alexander, Wm.
 d. 1880
Old prospector, fatally injured when a blast went off prematurely
Red River Tom
Shot by Ormsby
Packrel, Alfred
 d. 1882, age 24 yrs
Young english minerdied from bowel inflammation
Deron
 Shot by Slaughter
Shot while resisting arrest fortrain robbery
Scott, Ben
 d. 1883
A teamster, shot in the face with a shotgun, by one of the officerssent to
question him in connection with the murder of M.R. Peel
Grounds, Wm.
d. 1882, Died of wounds, Shot in the face byBillBreakenridge one of the officers sent to
question him in connection with the murder of M.R Peel at Chandler'sRanch shootout
 

Christianson,Christina B.
 d. 1892
Christianson, Hans
 d. 1891

Williams,Delilah
 d. 1881, Suicide
Proprietress of alodging house, died from taking arsenic

ROW6

Dowe, Minnie,
d. 1881
McAllister, M.,
d. 1882, Also known as HappyJack,
he suffered a lung injury when he was shot in a fight over a piece ofland.
He was sent to Tombstone to recover but died of the old injury
Cantrell, Alfred,
d. 1881, Shot by a mannamed Brown who was hung for his crime
Ziegler, Joseph,
d. 1 Nov 1882, age 27 yrs, was shot one night through the left breastand lived only a few minutes.
He and Ed Williams, who shot him, were miners and had been quarrelingwhile working that day.
The murder took place behind the old ice house
Olleney, Ben,
Shot by Chacon
Carpenter, William
d. 1881, Belived to be the firstBaptistminister of Tombstone, died of nephritis
Constantine, Simon
d. 1882, Killed, Blown up from ablast along with Thos. Kearney
Storms, Charley
d. 25 Feb 1881, Shot by Luke Short, Guns blazed as these two gamblingmen met.
Storms was shot if front of the Oriental Saloon, where Short dealtcards.
Rosenthal

d.1881,

Lilly,Douglas
d. 1881, Killed, Driver for theSycamoreWater Co., was thrown from the wagon,
tramped by the horse, and headcrushed by the wheels.
Stinging Lizard
Shot by Cherokee Hall

MarshallWhite, Fred
d. 30 Oct 1880, Accidently shot by Curly BillBrocius,as he started to take his gun.
First Marshal of Tombstone, shot on Oct 27, and died a few days later
Kohler, Helentina
d. 1882
Kohler, Ralph
d. 1882
Kohler, Latham
d. 1884
McCarthy, M.
d. 1882, Shot, A miner, shot by aman namedPoplin
Unknown
 d. 1884, Murdered
Moore, Lester
Here lies Lester Moore, Four slugs froma .44, NoLes, no more,
A Wells Fargo agent at Naco, disputed with a manover a package
HarryCurry
Killed by Indiana 1882
He was killed with Seymour Dye while hauling hay
Owyer, Daniel
d. 1881, Drowned
Kid, Kansas
Cowboy, killed in a stampede
Fitzhugh, Thos
d. 1882, Found dead one morningin the water closet back
of Mrs.King'sLodging House, where he roomed.
Lopez, Malvina,
d. 1880 died in a closed room from charcoal fumes

ROW 7

Indian Bill
Mrs. Clum
Possibly Mary DennisonWare Clum,wife ofJohn P. Clum
Jim Riley

d.1881 Murdered

Dunlap,Jesse (Three Fingered Jack)
d. 1897?, Shot by JeffMilton, Dunlap, one of a band of train robbers, attempting to rob anexpress car
which Milton guarded, he wascritically wounded and his friends left him to die.
He was found and brought toTombstone where he lived long enough to inform on his friends.
Dutch Annie
d. 1883, Also known as the Queenof theRed Light District

Crawley,Peter
d. 1881, Killed
Thomas, Joseph
d. 1881, Shot, A teamster for Shearer's Lumber wagons and was foundwith four bullet wounds in his body.
Indian Joe, another teamster, was believed to have killed him, as bothteams were found abandoned by the roadside.
Tulley, James
d. 1881, A miner with theGrandCentral Mining Co. To avoid being crushed as the cage shot upward
toward the timbers overhead. Tulley jumped and fell 250 feet to thebottom of the shaft.
Killeen, Mike
d. 22 Jun 1880, Frank Leslie shot Killeen, and married his widow
McNemony
Shot 1882
Will, Glenn Efrom
b. 1871, d. 1953, His ashes arrivedcollecton delivery.
He was cremated in Oakland, CA, and sent toTombstone for interment
Gibbons, John
d. 1880,  he died with Melvina Lopez
Ormsby
Shot
King, Cowboy Bill
Shot by Burt Alvord
Wickstrum, John
d. 1882, A swede who died after awellhe was digging caved in
Six-ShooterJim
Shot by Burt Alvord 1885
Unknown
1887

ROW 8

Whitehill, Wm.
d. 1878, Shot,
King, Jack
Shot by Cherokee Hall
Witcher, George
d. 1882, A miner, died when a cable broke hurling
the cage to the bottom of the shaft
McMartin, James
d. 1881, Died of consumption

Robles,Guadalupe
d. 1888, Shot by officers whocamelooking for Guadalupe's brother Manuel

Charley,Bronco
Shot by Ormsby

Renacco,G.
d. 1882, Killed, Fell off a cliff
Pesquira
Killed 1881

Atkins,Geo.
d. 1888, Row 8
Hancock
d. 1879, Shot, Shot by John Ringofor making a
disparaging remark about some women

Wilson,Johnnie
d. 30 Jul 1880, Shot by King
Two gunmen's discussion of the fastest way to draw, ended here

ROW 9


Brammer, Steve
d. 1882
Pring, Mrs.
d. 1881, Suicide, Died fromchloral hydrate
McFarland, S.
d. 1882, Shot by Kellogg, two saloon men were also indicted for thiskilling.
J. Gardiner
Shot 1882
He was shot by Kellogg, Two saloon men were also indicted for thiskilling
Brady, Brother
d. 1883, age 11 yrs, Drowned inthe SanPedro River, when one brother tried to save the other
Brady, Brother
d. 1883, age 12 yrs, Drowned inthe SanPedro River, when one brother tried to save the other

Russell,Geo.
d. 1882, Employed by theTombstoneEpitaph, died while being operated on for stomach cancer
Kee, Foo
Operated a grocery store, and diedfrom ptomaine poisoning
McBride, Archie
d. May 1882, Proprietor of theGrandHotel died of Consumption

Blair, Johnnie
Died of smallpox. A cowboy tiedropearound his feet,
and dragged him to his grave to avoid touching the body


ROW10

Anton,Weiners
d. 1882
Verra, Raymond
d. 1882, Stabbed
Gadela, Chas.
d. 1882
Noonan, Mike
b. Ireland, Sulphur Springs Valley,Killed byindians,
A lone rancher, was shot when he went out to chop wood

Bancroft,Ed
d. 1882
Smiley, Chuck
d. 1884, Shot
Wan, Sing
Kee, Quong
Operated several restaurants.
Was firstburied at Evergreen Cemetery in Bisbee, his friends had his body moved
and laid to rest in Boothill beside the friends he knew in life.
Kee, Tong
Lum, Ah, Mrs. (China Mary)
b. China, d. 16 Dec 1906, Leader of Tombstone's chinese community.
Some believe she had Tong affiliation in China.
Lung, Hop

ROW 11

Nunnelley, Emmett Crook
b. 1884, d. 1946, Led therestoration of the Boothill Graveyard
It was his request to be buried here
Hand, Geo.
Killed by indians
TwoChinese
Died of leprosy
Slaughter, John Swain
b. Jun 1845, Texas, d. 8 Feb 1945, Settled in Tombstone in 1879,
a former slave who took the name ofhis master, John Slaughter

RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THE FOLLOWING TO BE
BURIED IN SOME OF THE MANY UNKNOWNGRAVES

Stewart, Mrs., d. 1880, Location unknown. Said to befirstburial in Boothill

Harris, Sam, d.1889, age 1 yr 4 days, Buried in theold jewishplot
Holly, John, d. 1880, Location unknown. Keeper of theRuralDining Hall
Kettlewell, Location unknown. Child of Mrs. LizzieKettlewell

Bobier, William, d.16 Jul 1882, Location unknown. Diedduring adispute over a cock-fight
Huggins, Mr., d. 1882, Location unknown. Burned todeath inhotel fire
Talliday, John, d. 1881, Location unknown. Shot by Harper
Harper, Thos., b. Missouri, d. 8 Jul 1881, Locationunknown.
Hanged for shooting John Talliday
RoseCampion, 1882, Death wascaused by stillborn birth
Robertson, Location unknown. Two infant sons ofS.C. and AliceRobertson
White, John, d. 1882, Location unknown.
Mitchell, d. 1880, Location unknown.
Kenney, Agnes, d. 1878, age 1 yr, Location unknown.
Cambell, d. 1883, Location unknown. Suicide
McLoon, Dr., d. 1883, Location unknown
Stanifor, d. 1883, Location unknown. Stage Driver,suicide
Contreras, d. 1883, Location unknown. Murdered
Dernitt, J.D., d. 1881, Location unknown. Fell into amine shaft
Gagelia, d. 1881, Location unknown.
Stanifor, d. 1883, Location unknown. Stage Driver,suicide

Ruff (Rupe), Stephen -- Killed by Sam Chung Oct. 1900
(source:  Tombstone Epitaph Newspaper (Tombstone, Ariz.), 28 Oct. 1900. 
NOTE: Name is spelled both ways in newspapers, but family researchers indicate "Rupe" is correct")


Also Rumored To be Buried Here

Bradshaw,E.L., Former boyfriend of BlondMollie. Believed to beshot by Frank Leslie, who began seeing Mollie
Cazares, Gregorio, Killed by Angel Otero and Loretto Teutima
Chung, Sam - Killed Stephen Ruff (Rupe) -  Date of Death unknown [source:  Tombstone Epitaph Newspaper (Tombstone, Ariz.), 28 Oct. 1900]
Eisele, Joseph, d. 1884, Mining accident
Elias, Manuel, age 29 yrs, Died in a mining blast
Fat, Wong, b. Oct 1809, China, d. 27 Sep 1908, age98 yrs
Figueroa, Antonio, d. 10 May 1882, Shot by Marshal DaveNeagle
Foos,Freddie, d. 1878, age 7 yrs, diedof diphtheria,among thefirst of the burials in Boothill
Gardiner,J., Shot by a man named Kellog
George, Albert, d. 31 Dec 1882, Black Diamond Spring,Killed byApaches
He, Sing, d. Jul 1898, A vegetable peddler, killedby FranciscoMorales
Huggins,Mr., d. 1882, Location unknown.Burned todeath inhotel fire
Kettlewell, Location unknown. Child of Mrs. LizzieKettlewell
Malcolm, Henry, age 52 yrs
Martin, Thomas, b. Cornwall, Died in a mining accident
Orante, Filomento, b. Hermosillo, Sonora, d. 12 Jul 1882,Shotby Deputy Kiv Phillips
Padden, J., d. 2 Aug 1884, Fell down a mine shaft
Ridgeway, C.O., d. 1882, Row 4, Found lying dead in awagonoutside of town
Sweeney, Martin A., d. 28 Jun 1878, Murdered by Oliver Boyerina drunken quarrel
Vasquez,Ramon, d. 6 Oct 1882, Knifed byDan Allen
Yen,Too, d. Jul 1887, Bitten by a hog


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