John Middleton (cowboy)

John Middleton (cowboy)

John Middleton was friend of Billy the Kid and a key member of the Regulators, who fought on behalf of John Tunstall during the Lincoln County War.

Born around 1854, Middleton came to Lincoln County, New Mexico from Texas in the mid-1870's and went to work for John Tunstall. Described as a heavyset, swarthy man with black hair and eyes and a large handlebar mustache, Middleton was known as a first-rate cowboy as well an excellent fistfighter and pistol marksman.

Middleton was close enough to John Tunstall to hear his last words just before he was shot down by Dolan gunmen William Morton, Jesse Evans, and Tom Hill on February 18,1878. After this, Middleton participated in most major Regulator operations of the Lincoln County War, including the murder of Sheriff William Brady on April 1,1878. Three days later, Middleton would be dangerously wounded in the chest during the gunfight with Buckshot Roberts at Blazer's Mills. Amazingly, he survived his wound and resumed his place with the Regulators once he recovered. By the fall of 1878, the war was over and Middleton and the last of the Regulators split up.

John Middleton's ultimate fate is unclear; some say he remained in the area, dying of smallpox on November 18,1882 in San Lorenzo, New Mexico. Others accounts say he moved to Kansas, where he married and worked as a cowboy, dying in 1885, either by drowning in a stream or from the effects of his chest wound sustained years earlier at Blazer's Mills.


*"Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life", by Robert M. Utley, University of Nebraska Press, 1989.

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • John Middleton — ist der Name folgender Personen: John Middleton, 1. Earl of Middleton ( 1608–1674), schottischer General John Middleton (Cowboy) ( 1854–1885), amerikanischer Cowboy, Freund von Billy the Kid John Middleton (Gouverneur) (1870–1954), britischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • John Middleton — may refer to: Sir John Middleton (administrator) (1870–1954), British colonial administrator John Middleton (architect) (1820–1885) John Middleton, 1st Earl of Middleton, general in the Battle of Cropredy Bridge during the English Civil War John… …   Wikipedia

  • Middleton (Familienname) — Middleton ist ein Familienname. Bekannte Namensträger Arthur Middleton (1742–1787), britisch US amerikanischer Politiker, Gründervater der USA Charles Middleton (1874–1949), US amerikanischer Schauspieler Christopher Middleton (Übersetzer)… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • John Wayne/Filmografie — John Wayne im Jahre 1943 John Waynes Filmografie nennt die Filme, in denen der Filmschauspieler John Wayne mitgewirkt hat. In seiner 50 jährigen Filmkarriere war er in mehr als 150 Filmen zu sehen. Bis auf wenige Ausnahmen, überwiegend zu… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Naked Cowboy — performing in Times Square Born Robert John Burck December 23, 1970 (1970 12 23) (age 40) Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S …   Wikipedia

  • Elton John — Pour les articles homonymes, voir John. Sir Elton John …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Lincoln County Regulators — The Lincoln County Regulators was a deputized posse in Lincoln County, New Mexico during the Lincoln County War, consisting of a dozen or so members who wanted revenge for the killing of their boss, John Tunstall. The group was formed days after… …   Wikipedia

  • Lincoln County Rinderkrieg — Dieser Artikel oder Abschnitt ist nicht hinreichend mit Belegen (Literatur, Webseiten oder Einzelnachweisen) versehen. Die fraglichen Angaben werden daher möglicherweise demnächst gelöscht. Hilf Wikipedia, indem du die Angaben recherchierst und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Lincoln-County-Rinderkrieg — Der Lincoln County Rinderkrieg war ein Konflikt, der im 19. Jahrhundert im US amerikanischen Grenzland stattfand. Dieser „Krieg“ brach zwischen den reichen Rinderzüchtern und den Geschäftsleuten in Lincoln County, New Mexico aus. Ein bekannter… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Lincoln County War — Infobox Military Conflict conflict = Lincoln County War date = February 18 to July 19, 1878 place = Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States result = Indecisive combatant1 = Ranchers combatant2 = Regulators commander1 = Lawrence Murphy James… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.