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Virgil Edwin Earp
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Birth: Apr. 19, 1879
Cochise County
Arizona, USA
Death: Nov. 20, 1959
Solano County
California, USA

Ashes buried: 8 Jan 1960
Aged 80 years

He was last surviving child of Newton Jasper Earp, who was a brother to the more famous Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan Earp.

Virgil was the sheriff of Paradise Valley, Nevada and had killed 3 men by the time he turned 21. He rode with Wyatt into Mexico to hunt down the men that killed Morgan Earp, his uncle.

Later he made appearances in TV westerns.

The following information was taken from Mrs. Irvine article titled "Data on the Earp Family," and his obituary.

Virgil Edwin Earp, carrying his 79 years lightly. He recently showed a newsman the .38 colt he inherited from an uncle.

"We Earps, never know when someone out of the past will come looking for us," he said. "We had to kill a lot of men as lawmen and memories are long in the West."

"A woman was safer in the Wild West than she would be today in midtown Manhattan. In the old days there was no juvenile delinquency, no house robberies and no organized government. There was just good men and bad men - and one policy, 'a life for a life'."

Virgil has appeared on television westerns and vows he can outdraw any TV cowboy alive and certainly looks as if he can.

"Those fellows," Virgil snorted, "They migh pull a gun real quick, but even this Hugh O'Brien admits he can't hit anything once he gets it unholstered."

"Now I ask you - what's the use of drawing if you can't hit a target when you shoot?"

When asked if by chance he had ever been coached in his TV appearances, he snorted an indignant "no."

"Who," he asked, "could tell me anything about the West?"

Virgil Earp, nephew of Wyatt, and the last of the celebrated Western branch of the Earps, professional gambler most of his life, and a fierce a gunman in his youth as any of his famed uncles, Virgil speaks lucidly, in pleasing pear-shaped tones, (his snorts are pear-shaped too) and despite his four-score years, is distinctly a man to be reckoned with.


1879 - Born in a wagon train's camp ground at Tombstone, Arizona.

1893 - Wyatt's brother Morgan, was gunned down in Tombstone. Wyatt went on a vengeance spree, getting five of the men.

1895 - Virgil carried a six-shooter when he was 16.

1897 - He was the Sheriff of Paradise Valley, Nevada when he was 18.

1900 - Had 3 notches in his gun by the time he turned 21. The first man he killed had molested his sister.

1909 - Virgil settled down in Sacramento, California.

1918 - He listed on his WWI draft registration card that he worked as a collector and solicitor for the San Francisco Chronicle.

1942 - He listed on his WWII draft registration card that he worked at the Sacramento Air Depot, McClellan Field, Sacramento, California.

1950's - Worked for Lucky market in Sacramento, California. (source: Sacramento City Cemetery staff)

1958 - Virgil got nationwide attention in 1958 when he appeared on the television quiz show, "The $64,000 Question," and won $32,000 in the Wild West category. He described himself as a gambler. He has also appeared as a performer in television westerns.

1959, November 15 - Became ill on Sunday while visiting his niece, Mrs. Frank McKenzie, in Vallejo, and died there at her home Friday, November 20, 1959. 
Family links: 
  Newton Jasper Earp (1837 - 1928)
  Nancy Jane Adams Earp (1845 - 1898)
  Grace Jean Scott Earp (1879 - 1958)
  Effie Mae Earp Erdman (1870 - 1919)**
  Wyatt Clyde Earp (1872 - 1937)*
  Mary Elizabeth Earp (1875 - 1885)*
  Alice Abigail Hurt Earp Wells (1875 - 1957)*
  Virgil Edwin Earp (1879 - 1959)
*Calculated relationship
Sacramento City Cemetery
Sacramento County
California, USA
Plot: Burial Book: B; Page: 115; Lot: O
GPS (lat/lon): 38.56331, -121.49972
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Originally Created by: Bobs your Uncle
Record added: Oct 24, 2013
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Virgil Edwin Earp
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