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 know 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

Photos Taken At Boothill Cemetery in Tombstone


Rodriguez Petron
d. 1882, Found in abandoned mine,
He was found at the bottom of the Minute Mine,
well dressed, indicating he was probably not a miner
Byrne, Pat,
d. 1882, Pneumonia,
Waters, Eva
age 3 mos,
 Died of scarlet fever, believed by some to be the first burial in Boothill
Florentino, Cruz
Murdered 1882
Florentino was found dead with several bullet wounds in his body
Allegedly shot by Wyatt Earp while looking for Indian Charlie and Pete Spencer
Van Houten
Murdered, 1879
He was beaten in the face with a stone 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, and believed to be T.J. Waters,
who was killed because of the color of 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 on conviction of murder
Halderman, William
d. 16 Nov. 1900
Hanged with brother Thomas on conviction of murder
d. 1882
Son of Thos. Gregory, died of meningitis
Lucero, Holo
d. 1882
Killed by indians
Smith, Peter,
b. Germany, d. 1882, age 23 yr.
Killed by Thos. Donald (or Doland) in a fight
He was struck on the back of his head with a poker
Smith, H.C. Mrs.,
d. 1882
Jasper Von
d. 1882 Shot


Clanton, Newman Haynes (Old Man),
Killed by Mexicans while driving a herd of stolen cattle.
Originally buried in the Animas Valley in New Mexico, but later reinterred at Boothill
Clanton, Billy
d. 26 Oct. 1881
Killed in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral
McLaury, Robert Findley (Frank),
d. 26 Oct. 1881,
Killed in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
McLaury, Thomas Clark (Tom)
 d. 26 Oct. 1881,
Killed in the 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 William Hicks, 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 taking part in the Bisbee Massacre
Deloach, A.
d. 1882
Stabbed by Gold Dollar
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
Sullivan, Jerry
 d. 1881
Dowd, Daniel (Big Dan)
 d. 8 Mar 1884
Hanged for taking part in the Bisbee Massacre
Sample, Omar W. (Red)
 d. 8 Mar 1884
Hanged for taking part in the Bisbee Massacre
Howard, Jack (Tex)
 d. 8 Mar 1884
Hanged for taking part in the Bisbee Massacre
Bill Delaney
 d. 8 Mar 1884
Hanged for taking part in the Bisbee Massacre
Kelley, Daniel (Mike)
 d. 8 Mar 1884
Hanged for taking part in the Bisbee Massacre
They were all hanged on one scaffold in the Court House yard


Beather, John
 d. 1881, Hanged
Two Cowboys

King, John
 d. 1881,
Suicide from strychnine
Brodines, Ernest
 b. Germany, d. Jun 1882 Murdered
A miner, native of Germany, was found dead in his cabin with four bullet wounds in his body
Suspected of the killing was his partner, with whom he had been quarreling and who had now disappeared
A Teamster
d. 1881,
Killed by Apaches
McDermott, J.D.
d. 1882, Killed
Fractured his spine after falling off his horse while crossing the San Pedro River
Lindley, Judge Chas.
 d. Sep 1882
Was one of the ablest members of the California Bar
His health was impaired by overwork
Martin, John
 b. England, d. 1882, Killed
Killed during an accident on the Huachuca Water Line
A tested pipe was unplugged and a blast of water hurled a jack against his chest
 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 bad water
Brown, R.L. Mrs.
 d. 1882
Hotel proprietor, died of natural causes
Billings, Eliz.
 d. 1886
Southy, Francis
 d. 1881
Heath, John
 b. Texas, d. 22 Feb. 1884, age 32 yr.
Leader of the five men who were legally hanged and was said to have planned the Bisbee robbery.
He was hanged from the telegraph pole a short distance west of the Court House


Sweeney, Miles
 d. 1880,
Mackenzie, John
 d. 1881
Cowan, Thos.
 d. 1881, age 11 mos.,
died of diphtheria
Doody, May
 d. 1881,
Gibson, John
 d. 1881
Employed by Nadeau, fell off a wagon 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
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 being given an
overdose of chloroform by the doctor


Summers, William
 d. 1882
Teamster for James Carr, found dead with broken ribs and ruptured liver
 d. 1881, Sudden Death
Blacksmith for Sandy Bob's Stables and was found dead in a coach
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
A young 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 May Woodman 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 miner died from bowel inflammation
 Shot by Slaughter
Shot while resisting arrest for train robbery
Scott, Ben
 d. 1883
A teamster, shot in the face with a shotgun, by one of the officers sent to
question him in connection with the murder of M.R. Peel
Grounds, Wm.
d. 1882, Died of wounds, Shot in the face by Bill Breakenridge one of the officers sent to
question him in connection with the murder of M.R Peel at Chandler's Ranch shootout
Christianson, Christina B.
 d. 1892
Christianson, Hans
 d. 1891
Williams, Delilah
 d. 1881, Suicide
Proprietress of a lodging house, died from taking arsenic

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