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Mary Katherine "Big Nose Kate" Horony Cummings
Birth: Nov. 7, 1850
Budapest, Hungary
Death: Nov. 2, 1940
Prescott
Yavapai County
Arizona, USA

Western Folk Figure. Mary Katherine Horony Cummings is best remembered as "Big Nose Kate," the girlfriend and common law wife of fabled gunfighter and old Wild West icon, Doc Holliday. Born in Pest, Hungary, she was the eldest daughter of a wealthy physician named Dr. Michael Horony. She and her siblings were educated as aristocrat's children. Each of Doctor Horony's children were literate, and Mary Katherine spoke several languages. In 1862, her family moved to Davenport, Iowa. After the death of both of her parents in 1865, Mary ran away and began to travel through several cow towns as a dance hall girl and eventual prostitute. While working for Bessie Earp, wife of Wyatt Earp's brother, James, Kate met and began traveling with Holliday in 1875. The two separated four years later in 1879, with Holliday joining the Earps in Tombstone and Kate opening a miner's boarding house in Globe, Arizona. Kate reunited with Holliday on many occasions and was interviewed for her witnessing the OK Corral shootout. Kate parted ways with Holliday and headed for Colorado to reunite with her other family members in the late 1880's. She is said to have been with Holliday when he died. Kate married George Cummings in 1890, returned to Arizona, then left Cummings in 1900 and began to work in Cochise, Arizona and finally in Dos Cabezas, Arizona. In 1930, Kate applied for the Arizona Pioneer Home in Prescott after her employer, John Jessie Howard, died. Kate died in 1940 as one of the first women in Arizona to be admitted to the Pioneer Home. There are no records in existence that prove Kate was a prostitute in Arizona. Her former husband, George Cummings, committed suicide in Courtland, Arizona, in 1915 due to "head cancer" and a shotgun blast. She is buried in Prescott, Arizona, in the Pioneer Cemetery under a very modest stone. (bio by: Angel M. Brant) 
 
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 Parents:
  Michael Horony (1817 - 1865)
  Catherine Baldizar Boldizar Horony (____ - 1865)
 
 Spouse:
  George M Cummings (1842 - 1915)*
 
 Sibling:
  Victor Horony (1843 - 1880)**
  Mary Katherine Horony Cummings (1850 - 1940)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Arizona Pioneers Home Cemetery
Prescott
Yavapai County
Arizona, USA
Plot: Row II Grave 4
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 17, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 8191
Mary Katherine Big Nose Kate <i>Horony</i> Cummings
Added by: Alan C. Baird
 
Mary Katherine Big Nose Kate <i>Horony</i> Cummings
Added by: Angel M. Brant
 
Mary Katherine Big Nose Kate <i>Horony</i> Cummings
Added by: Victor Beitzel
 
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You were never married to John Holliday Ma'am, although I'm sure you wish you had been. Rest In Peace to the long time companion of my family Member.
- A. Medina
 Added: Mar. 4, 2014
Be kinder than necessary Because everyone you meet is fighting Some kind of battle................Rest in peace Mary.
- Wayne L. Osborne
 Added: Mar. 1, 2014

- Jeanie
 Added: Feb. 16, 2014
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