The Legend of My Third Cousin, Thrice Removed

210px-Wyatt_Earp_portraitI have memories of being told that my Grandma Young’s family had at one point changed the spelling of their last name.  You see, for years they had been known as “Earp”, and according to family legend, the “a” was dropped and became “Erp” to distinguish and distance themselves from their infamous relative, Wyatt Earp.  I don’t know if that was true or not, but my grandmother’s maiden name was Erp and I share common ancestors with Wyatt Earp.  According to my mother’s calculations, Wyatt is my third cousin, three times removed.

Tomorrow is the 132nd anniversary of the shootout at the O.K. Corral (actually in a narrow lot on Fremont Street) in Tombstone, Arizona.  On October 26, 1881 at approximately 3:00 p.m., probably the most famous gunfight of the American West began … and less than thirty seconds and about thirty bullets later… it was over.  Laying dead were three men:  Billy Clanton and brothers Frank and Tom McLaury.  Two others had fled, Ike Clanton and Billy Claiborne.  The lawmen involved were Town Marshal Virgil Earp, Assistant Town Marshal Morgan Earp, aided by Wyatt Earp and John Henry “Doc” Holliday.

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  1. Absolutely OUTSTANDING, SHARON!!!!!
    This “Blog”, Article and all of the preceding Blogs are just Fascinating! Brings me back to school and the times when life always displayed wonders to remember. I personally wasn’t a history person until I started reading the Bible. I started in the New Testament of the KJV. Most people complain about the way the KJV is written in the spoken word. My complaint was the references of people and events in the Old Testament in the New Testament. Thus, in 1977, for the first time I read the Bible KJV from Beginning to End! And, since your opening of your new business History, I am finding History, because of your excellent writing, a Pleasure! My Teachers are turning over in their graves! lol

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    • Thanks .. I always hope that my readers enjoy and learn something with each article.

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