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Birth And Early Life
Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp was born in the town of Monmouth,
Illinois, on March 19, 1848. He was the third son of Nicholas Earp and
Victoria Ann Cooksey. He was named after Nicholas' commanding officer
during the Mexican War, Wyatt Berry Stapp. Wyatt had two older brothers,
James and Virgil, who were both born in Kentucky.
Sometime after Wyatt was
born his family moved near the Dutch community of Pella, Iowa. Nicholas
had received a land grant of 160 acres in Iowa based on his service in the
Mexican War. Wyatt's two younger brothers, Morgan and Warren, were born
in Iowa. Much has been writted about the Earp brothers, but Wyatt also
had three sisters. Martha was born in Monmouth and she was a little
more than two years older than Wyatt. She died when she was ten years
old. The Earp family moved back and forth from Pella to Monmouth. During
one of these moves, Virginia was born in Monmouth. Adelia, Wyatt's youngest
sister, was born in Pella during 1861.
James and Virgil served
with the Union Army during the Civil War. James was seriously wounded
and returned home in 1864. Later that year, in May, the family headed
west with a wagon train to California. The Earp party encounter friendly
Indians and hostile Indians. Nicholas recalled one incident with hostle
Wyatt's actions during the incident are not known.
The Earp family made it to San Bernadino, California. Wyatt later claimed that he drove wagons from San Bernadino to Arizona during 1865. He also claimed that during the following two years he made trips to Salt Lake City and Julesburg, Colorado. By November 1869, Wyatt and his family were living in Lamar, Missouri.
Your host is Steve Gatto, author of The Real Wyatt Earp (Edited by Neil Carmony) (2000), Johnny Ringo (2002), Curly Bill, Tombstone's Most Famous Outlaw (2003). Steve's latest work, Hurled Into Eternity, The Story of Wyatt Earp and the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral has not yet been released.
"Bravery and determination were requisite, and in every instance proved himself the right man in the right place." Tombstone Epitaph