Wyatt Earp's family

Wyatt Earp's family

Legendary gambler, gunfighter and lawman Wyatt Earp's family was rather large, and several of his siblings were also well known in their time.


Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp was born in Monmouth, Illinois, to Nicholas Porter Earp (September 6, 1813, in Lincoln County, North Carolina - November 12, 1907, in Sawtelle, California), a cooper and farmer, and his second wife, Virginia Ann Cooksey (February 2, 1821, in Kentucky - January 14, 1893, in San Bernardino County, California).

Wyatt's paternal grandparents were Walter Earp (1787 in Montgomery County, Maryland - January 30, 1853), a school teacher and Methodist Episcopal preacher, and Martha Ann Early (August 28, 1790, in Avery County, North Carolina - September 24, 1881). Nicholas Earp, their third child of ten, was born in North Carolina. Wyatt's maternal grandparents were James Cooksey and Elizabeth Smith. They had settled in Ohio County, Kentucky.


On December 22, 1836, in Hartford, Kentucky, Nicholas Porter Earp married his first wife, Abigail Storm (also spelled Sturm in family records) (born September 21, 1813, in Ohio County, Kentucky - died October 8, 1839, in Ohio County, Kentucky). The short marriage produced Wyatt's older half-brother Newton Jasper Earp (October 7, 1837, in Kentucky - December 18, 1928, in Sacramento, California). A half-sister, Mariah Ann Earp (February 12-December 13, 1839), died two months after her mother at the age of ten-months.

On July 30, 1840, widower Nicholas Earp wed local girl Virginia Ann Cooksey in Hartford, Kentucky. This second marriage for Nicholas Earp produced eight children:

*James Earp (June 28, 1841, in Hartford, Kentucky - January 25, 1926, in Los Angeles, California)
*Virgil Walter Earp (July 18, 1843, in Hartford, Kentucky - October 19, 1905, in Goldfield, Nevada)
*Martha Elizabeth Earp (September 25, 1845, in Kentucky - May 26, 1856, in Monmouth, Illinois)
*Morgan Seth Earp (April 24, 1851, in Pella, Iowa - March 18, 1882, in Tombstone, Arizona)
*Warren Baxter Earp (known as Warren) (March 9, 1855, in Pella, Iowa - July 6, 1900, in Willcox, Arizona)
*Virginia Ann Earp (February 28, 1858, in Marion County, Iowa - October 26, 1861, in Pella, Iowa)
*Adelia Douglas Earp (June 16, 1861, in Pella, Iowa - January 16, 1941, in San Bernadino, California)

Extended family

Sixteen-year-old Virgil eloped with Dutch immigrant Magdalena C. "Ellen" Rysdam. They remained together for a year in spite of her parents' (Gerrit Rysdam and Magdalena Catrina Van Velzen) disapproval of her choice. Virgil's enlistment to Civil War was to become the last time Virgil and Ellen met each other as husband and wife. The marriage resulted in the birth of the only child of Virgil:
*Nellie Jane Earp (January 7, 1862–June 17, 1930).

Wyatt's youngest sister, Adelia, married William Thomas Edwards in Rice County, Kansas, in 1877. William Edwards died on May 3 1919, in San Bernardino County, California. Adelia and William had three children:

*Nicholas Edwards
*Estelle Josphine Edwards
*Mary Virginia Edwards (c. 1880 - 1935)


*cite book
author=Gatto, Steve
title=The Real Wyatt Earp: A Documentary Biography
location=Silver City | publisher=High-Lonesome Books
id=ISBN 0-944383-50-5

External links

* [http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~gormleym/earp/b55.htm#P55 A genealogical profile of Wyatt Earp]
* [http://department.monm.edu/history/urban/wyatt_earp/nicholas_earp_iowa_lands.htm An article on Wyatt Earp's father and his land ownership]
* [http://www.kansasheritage.org/families/earp.html Wyatt Earp's Family History]

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