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Boothill Graveyard Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona
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Boothill Graveyard Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona
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Boothill Graveyard Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona
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Boothill Graveyard Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona
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Boothill Graveyard Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona
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Boothill Graveyard
Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona

Compiled and contributed by Steve Paul Johnson [steve@cleardigitalmedia.com].  Total records = 205.

Tombstone's famous "Boothill Graveyard" was originally plotted in 1878 and was first named "The Tombstone Cemetery". It was used as the city's main cemetery until the current cemetery, "Tombstone Cemetery" at the end of Allen Street was opened up in 1884. Afterwards, additional burials would be added from time to time.

There was a section for all the Chinese and another area for the Jewish. It is believed some 300 persons in all were buried here. It was common for bodies to be found in various parts in and ouside of town, with no one ever being able to identify them, and they were interred with no markings, or as "unknown".

After the new cemetery was opened up, Boothill Graveyard went neglected. The original grave markers were all made of wood, with painted inscriptions, and withered away under the elements. Some markers were stolen by souvenir hunters. In 1923, the city contacted several of its residents to help locate and identify graves. A boy scout troop had also set about to clean up the cemetery. In the 1940's, Emmett Nunnelly, a Tombstone resident, organized and effort to restore the cemetery to its original state. Harry Fulton Ohm, owner of the famous Bird Cage Theatre, donated new steel markers from his plant, which are the same markers that remain today.

The cemetery lies about 60 miles southeast Tucson, AZ. To reach the cemetery, take Interstate 10 to the city of Benson. From there, head south along highway 80 until you reach Tombstone. The cemetery lies on the outskirts of town, and is easily visible from the roadway.

Note: though I was able to visit and record the writings on the grave markers, very little information is presented on the grave markers. Much of the information listed below was extracted from the book, "Tombstone's Boothill" by Ben T. Traywick, published by Red Marie's Bookstore, as well as the, "Essential Guide for your tour of the Original Boothill Graveyard", both available at the graveyard curio shop. I recommend buying a copy of Traywick's book, which details the demise of many of Boothill's residents.

Red Marie's Bookstore
P.O. Box 891
Tombstone, AZ 85638

??, ??, d. 1882, "Found in abandoned mine", Row 1, He was found at the bottom of the Minute Mine, well dressed, indicating he was probably not a miner
??, ??, d. 1881, "Killed by Apaches", Row 3, A teamster
??, ??, d. 1884, "Murdered", Row 6
??, ??, d. 1887, Row 7
??, Dutch Annie, d. 1883, Row 7, Also known as the Queen of the Red Light District
??, Margarita, "Stabbed by Gold Dollar", Row 2, Was one of two dance halls girls who lost a battle over a man
??, Two Chinese, "Died of leprosy", Row 11
??, Two Cowboys, "Drowned", Row 3
Alexander, Wm., d. 1880, Row 5, Old prospector, killed in a blast
Anton, Weiners, d. 1882, Row 10
Atkins, Geo., d. 1888, Row 8
Bancroft, Ed, d. 1882, Row 10
Barton, Jonathon, d. 1881, Row 1
Beather, John, d. 1881, "Hanged", Row 3
Bennett, Al, d. 1883, Fronteras, Mexico, Row 5, A teamster, ambushed by indians
Bennett, W.C., b. England, d. 1882, Row 4, Died of heart failure
Bill, Indian, Row 7
Billings, Eliz., d. 1886, Row 3
Blair, Johnnie, Row 9, Died of smallpox. A cowboy tied rope around his feet, and dragged him to his grave to avoid touching the body
Bobier, William, d. 16 Jul 1882, Location unknown. Died during a dispute over a cock-fight
Bowles, Frank, d. 1880, Row 2, Was thrown from his horse, which caused his gun to go off, and hit him in the leg, but he did not seek medical attention soon enough
Bradshaw, E.L., Former boyfriend of Blond Mollie. Believed to be shot by Frank Leslie, who began seeing Mollie
Brady, Brother, d. 1883, age 11 yrs, Row 9, Drowned in the San Pedro River, when one brother tried to save the other
Brady, Brother, d. 1883, age 12 yrs, Row 9, Drowned in the San Pedro River, when one brother tried to save the other
Brammer, Steve, d. 1882, Row 9
Brodines, Ernest, b. Germany, d. Jun 1882, "Murdered", Row 3, A miner, was found dead in his cabin with bullet wounds
Brown, R.L. Mrs., d. 1882, Row 3, Hotel proprietor, died of natural causes
Byrne, Pat, d. 1882, "Pneumonia", Row 1
Cambell, d. 1883, Location unknown. Suicide
Campbell, Malcolm, d. 1882, Row 4, Died of pneumonia
Campbell, R.B. Mrs., d. 1882, Row 4, Wife of restaurant owner, suspected poisoning
Campion, Rose, d. 1882, Location unknown. Died during a stillborn birth
Cantrell, Alfred, d. 1881, "Shot", Row 6, Shot by a man named Brown
Carpenter, Wm., d. 1881, Row 6, Belived to be the first Baptist minister of Tombstone, died of nephritis
Cassidine, Dennis, d. 1879, "Killed", Row 2
Cazares, Gregorio, Killed by Angel Otero and Loretto Teutima
Charley, Bronco, "Shot by Ormsby", Row 8
Christianson, Christina B., d. 1892, Row 5
Christianson, Hans, d. 1891, Row 5
Chung, Sam, Killed by Stephen Ruff
Claibourne, William, d. 14 Nov 1882, "Shot by Frank Leslie", Row 2, Also known as Arizona's Billy the Kid
Clanton, Billy, d. 26 Oct 1881, Row 2, Killed in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Clanton, Newman Haynes (Old Man), Row 2, Killed by Mexicans while driving a herd of stolen cattle. Originally buried in the Animas Valley in New Mexico, but later reinterred at Boothill
Clum, Mrs., Row 7, Possibly Mary Dennison Ware Clum, wife of John P. Clum
Constantine, Simon, d. 1882, "Killed", Row 6, Blown up from a blast
Contreras, d. 1883, Location unknown. Murdered
Cook, H.B., d. 1882, Row 4
Cowan, Thos., d. 1881, age 11 mos., Row 4, died of diphtheria
Crawley, Peter, d. 1881, "Killed", Row 7
Cruz, Florentino, d. 1882, "Murdered", Row 1, Allegedly shot by Wyatt Earp while looking for Indian Charlie and Pete Spencer
Curry, Harry, d. 1882, "Killed by indians", Row 6, Killed with Seymour Dye
Daves, Louis, d. 1882, Row 1
Delaney, W.E. (Bill), d. 8 Mar 1884, Row 2, Hanged for taking part in the Bisbee Massacre
Deloach, A., d. 1882, Row 2
Dernitt, J.D., d. 1881, Location unknown. Fell into a mine shaft
Deron, "Shot by Slaughter", Row 5, Shot while resisting arrest for train robbery
Doody, May, d. 1881, "Diphtheria", Row 4
Dowd, Daniel (Big Dan), d. 8 Mar 1884, Row 2, Hanged for taking part in the Bisbee Massacre
Dowe, Minnie, d. 1881, Row 6
Dunlap, Jesse (Three Fingered Jack), d. 1897?, "Shot by Jeff Milton", Row 7, Train robber, member of the High Five Gang
Dye, Seymour, d. 1882, "Killed by indians", Row 5, Wood cutter, killed with Harry Curry
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, age 98 yrs
Figueroa, Antonio, d. 10 May 1882, Shot by Marshal Dave Neagle
Fitzhugh, Thos., d. 1882, Row 6, Found dead at Mrs. King's Lodging House
Foos, Freddie, d. 1878, age 7 yrs, died of diphtheria, among the first of the burials in Boothill
Fryer, George, d. 1881, Row 5
Fuss, Freddie, d. 1882, Row 3, Small boy died from drinking bad water
Gadela, Chas., d. 1882, Row 10
Gagelia, d. 1881, Location unknown.
Gardiner, J., Shot by a man named Kellog
George, Albert, d. 31 Dec 1882, Black Diamond Spring, Killed by Apaches
Gibbons, John, d. 1880, Suicide, with lover Malvina Lopez
Gibson, John, d. 1881, Row 4, Employed by Nadeau, fell off a wagon and the wheel crushed his head
Gibson, John, d. 1882, Row 7
Gillespie, John A., d. 1882, Row 5, Deputy, shot by Zwing Hunt
Gray, Verone, "Suicide", Row 2
Gregory, Thos., d. 1882, Row 1
Gregory, d. 1882, Row 1, Son of Thos. Gregory, died of meningitis
Grounds, Wm., d. 1882, "Died of wounds", Row 5, Shot by Bill Breakenridge in the Chandler's Ranch shootout
Halderman, Thomas, d. 16 Nov 1900, Row 1, Hanged with brother William on conviction of murder
Halderman, William, d. 16 Nov 1900, Row 1, Hanged with brother Thomas on conviction of murder
Hancock, d. 1879, "Shot", Row 8, Shot by John Ringo
Hand, Geo., "Killed by indians", Row 11
Harper, Thos., b. Missouri, d. 8 Jul 1881, Location unknown. Hanged for shooting John Talliday
Harris, Sam, d. 1889, age 1 yr 4 days, Buried in the old jewish plot
Hart, Frank, d. 1882, Row 4
Hayes, Row 4
He, Sing, d. Jul 1898, A vegetable peddler, killed by Francisco Morales
Heath, John, b. Texas, d. 22 Feb 1884, age 32 yrs, Row 3, Leader of the Bisbee Massacre, and hanged by a lynch mob
Helm, Charles, d. 1882, "Shot", Row 1, Killed by Wm. McCauley over a dispute about how to drive cattle.
Hickey, James, d. 1 Oct 1881, "Shot by Wm. Claibourne", Row 2
Hicks, John, b. 1 Aug 1849, Halletsville, TN, d. 10 Jul 1879, Row 2, Shot by Jeremiah McCormick in a bar brawl. Son of Aretus William Hicks, and brother of Boyce and Robert
Hickson, Hilly, d. 1882, Row 4, Injured his back after falling from stilts and died the next day
Holly, John, d. 1880, Location unknown. Keeper of the Rural Dining Hall
Howard, Jack (Tex), d. 8 Mar 1884, Row 2, Hanged for taking part in the Bisbee Massacre
Huggins, Mr., d. 1882, Location unknown. Burned to death in hotel fire
Jackson, Bobby, d. 1882, Row 4
Jim, Six-Shooter, d. 1885, "Shot by Burt Alvord", Row 7
Johnson, Geo., "Hanged by mistake", Row 5, Bought a stolen horse, and was assumed to be the theif
Kearney, Thomas, d. 1882, "Killed", Row 4, Blown up from a blast
Kee, Foo, Row 9, Operated a grocery store, accidentally stabbed by a friend
Kee, Quong, Row 10, Operated several restaurants. Was first buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Bisbee and later moved to Boothill
Kee, Tong, Row 10
Kelley, Daniel (Mike), d. 8 Mar 1884, Row 2, Hanged for taking part in the Bisbee Massacre
Kellogg, M.E., d. 1882, "Died a natural death", Row 5
Kenney, Agnes, d. 1878, age 1 yr, Location unknown.
Kettlewell, Location unknown. Child of Mrs. Lizzie Kettlewell
Kid, Kansas, Row 6, Cowboy, killed in a stampede
Killeen, Mike, d. 22 Jun 1880, "Shot by Frank Leslie", Row 7, Leslie shot Killeen, and married his widow
King, Cowboy Bill, "Shot by Burt Alvord", Row 7
King, Jack, "Shot by Cherokee Hall", Row 8
King, John, d. 1881, "Suicide", Row 3, from strychnine
Kinsman, William, d. 23 Feb 1883, age 25 yrs, Row 5, Shot by May Woodman
Kohler, Helentina, d. 1882, Row 6
Kohler, Latham, d. 1884, Row 6
Kohler, Ralph, d. 1882, Row 6
Lilly, Douglas, d. 1881, "Killed", Row 6, Driver for the Sycamore Water Co., was thrown from the wagon, tramped by the horse, and head crushed by the wheels.
Lindley, Judge Chas., d. Sep 1882, Row 3, Member of the California Bar
Lizard, Stinging, "Shot by Cherokee Hall", Row 6
Lopez, Malvina, d. 1880, Row 6, Suicide, with lover John Gibbons
Lucero, Holo, d. 1882, Row 1, Killed by indians
Lum, Ah, Mrs. (China Mary), b. China, d. 16 Dec 1906, Row 10, Leader of Tombstone's chinese community
Lung, Hop, Row 10
Lynch, Pat, d. 1883, Row 4
Mackenzie, John, d. 1881, Row 4
Malcolm, Henry, age 52 yrs
Manada, Jos., d. 1882, Row 3
Martin, John, b. England, d. 1882, "Killed", Row 3, Killed during an accident on the Huachuca Water Line
Martin, Thomas, b. Cornwall, Died in a mining accident
McAllister, M., d. 1882, Row 6, Also known as Happy Jack, died of complications stemming from a shot in the lung
McBride, Archie, d. May 1882, Row 9, Proprietor of the Grand Hotel
McCarthy, M., d. 1882, "Shot", Row 6, A miner, shot by a man named Poplin
McDermott, J.D., d. 1882, "Killed", Row 3, Fractured his spine after falling off his horse while crossing the San Pedro River
McFarland, S., d. 1882, "Shot", Row 9, Shot by Kellogg
McLaury, Robert Findley (Frank), d. 26 Oct 1881, Row 2, Killed in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
McLaury, Thomas Clark (Tom), d. 26 Oct 1881, Row 2, Killed in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral
McLoon, Dr., d. 1883, Location unknown.
McMartin, James, d. 1881, Row 8, Died of consumption
McMenomy, Pat, d. Mar 1882, "Shot", Row 7, A sheepman
Mead, d. 1881, "Sudden Death", Row 5, Blacksmith, found dead in a coach
Mitchell, d. 1880, Location unknown.
Moore, Lester, "Here lies Lester Moore, Four slugs from a .44, No Les, no more", Row 6, A Wells Fargo agent at Naco, disputed with a man over a package
Morgan, Thos., d. 1882, Row 2
Noonan, Mike, b. Ireland, Sulphur Springs Valley, "Killed by indians", Row 10, A lone rancher, was shot when he went out to chop wood
Nunnelley, Emmett Crook, b. 1884, d. 1946, Row 11, Led the restoration of the Boothill Graveyard
Olleney, Ben, "Shot by Chacon", Row 6
Orante, Filomento, b. Hermosillo, Sonora, d. 12 Jul 1882, Shot by Deputy Kiv Phillips
Ormsby, "Shot", Row 7
Owyer, Daniel, d. 1881, "Drowned", Row 6
Packrel, Alfred, d. 1882, age 24 yrs, Row 5, Young english miner died from bowel inflammation
Padden, J., d. 2 Aug 1884, Fell down a mine shaft
Peel, M.R. (Robert), b. 31 May 1854, d. 25 Mar 1882, Row 5, A young mining engineer, son of Judge B.L. Peel
Pesquira, d. 1881, "Killed", Row 8
Petron, Rodriguez, "Stabbed", Row 1
Pring, Mrs., d. 1881, "Suicide", Row 9, Died from chloral hydrate
Renacco, G., d. 1882, "Killed", Row 8, Fell off a cliff
Ridgeway, C.O., d. 1882, Row 4, Found lying dead in a wagon outside of town
Riley, Jim, d. 1881, "Murdered", Row 7
Robertson, Location unknown. Two infant sons of S.C. and Alice Robertson
Robles, Guadalupe, d. 1888, Row 8, Shot by officers who came looking for Guadalupe's brother Manuel
Rook, "Shot by a Chinaman", Row 3
Rosenthal, d. 1881, Row 6
Ruff, Stephen, Killed by Sam Chung
Russell, Geo., d. 1882, Row 9, Employed by the Tombstone Epitaph, died while being operated on for stomach cancer
Sample, Omar W. (Red), d. 8 Mar 1884, Row 2, Hanged for taking part in the Bisbee Massacre
Scott, Ben, d. 1883, Row 5, A teamster, shot by his own rifle when it fell over and discharged. Buried with Al Bennett
Serroux, Frank, Row 4, Shot over a mining claim
Slaughter, John Swain, b. Jun 1845, Texas, d. 8 Feb 1945, Row 11, Settled in Tombstone in 1879, a former slave who took the name of his master, John Slaughter
Smiley, Chuck, d. 1884, "Shot", Row 10
Smith, H.C. Mrs., d. 1882, Row 1
Smith, Peter, b. Germany, d. 1882, age 23 yrs, "Killed", Row 1, Killed by Thos. Donald (or Doland) in a fight
Southy, Francis, d. 1881, Row 3
Stanifor, d. 1883, Location unknown. Stage Driver, suicide
Stewart, Mrs., d. 1880, Location unknown. Said to be first burial in Boothill
Storms, Charley, d. 25 Feb 1881, "Shot by Luke Short", Row 6, Died in a duel
Stumpf, Mrs., d. 1884, Row 4, Died in childbirth after being given chloroform
Sullivan, Jerry, d. 1881, Row 2
Summers, William, d. 1882, Row 5, Teamster for James Carr, found dead with broken ribs and ruptured liver
Sweeney, Martin A., d. 28 Jun 1878, Murdered by Oliver Boyer in a drunken quarrel
Sweeney, Miles, d. 1880, "Murdered", Row 4
Talliday, John, d. 1881, Location unknown. Shot by Harper
Thomas, Joseph, d. 1881, "Shot", Row 7, A teamster, believed to be shot by Indian Jim
Toby, Dick, "Shot by Sheriff Behan", Row 2
Tom, Red River, "Shot by Ormsby", Row 5
Tulley, James, d. 1881, "Killed", Row 7, A miner with the Grand Central Mining Co., fell 250 ft. in a shaft
Van Houten, d. 1879, "Murdered", Row 1, Beaten in the face with a rock until he died, due to a dispute over a mining claim
Vasquez, Ramon, d. 6 Oct 1882, Knifed by Dan Allen
Verra, Raymond, d. 1882, "Stabbed", Row 10
Von, Jasper, d. 1882, "Shot", Row 1
Wan, Sing, Row 10
Waters, Eva, age 3 mos, Row 1, Died of scarlet fever, believed by some to be the first burial in Boothill
Waters, Tom, d. 24 Jul 1880, "Shot", Row 1, Father of Eva Waters, and believed to be T.J. Waters, who was killed because of the color of his shirt.
Wetsell, Jos., d. 1882, "Killed", Row 2, Stoned to death by indians
White, Fred, d. 30 Oct 1880, "Shot by Curly Bill Brocius", Row 6, First Marshal of Tombstone, shot on Oct 27, and died a few days later
White, John, d. 1882, Location unknown.
Whitehill, Wm., d. 1878, "Shot", Row 8
Wickstrum, John, d. 1882, Row 7, A swede who died after a well he was digging caved in
Will, Glenn Efrom, b. 1871, d. 1953, "His ashes arrived collect on delivery", Row 7, He was cremated in Oakland, CA, and sent to Tombstone for interment
Williams, Delilah, d. 1881, "Suicide", Row 5, Proprietress of a lodging house, died from arsenic
Wilson, Johnnie, d. 30 Jul 1880, "Shot by King", Row 8
Witcher, George, d. 1882, Row 8, A miner, died in a mining accident
Yen, Too, d. Jul 1887, Bitten by a hog
Ziegler, Joseph, d. 1 Nov 1882, age 27 yrs, "Murdered", Row 6, Shot by Ed Williams over a quarrell

Recommended Reading

cover Tombstone's Epitaph - The history of a frontier town as chronicled by its newspaper. Includes actual newpaper accounts of the "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral". Copyright 1997, by Douglas D. Martin. Buy this book online.

 

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