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 Louisa <I>Houston</I> Earp Peters

Louisa Houston Earp Peters

Wisconsin, USA
Death 12 Jun 1894 (aged 39)
Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Section J Lot 2168
Memorial ID 14305129 · View Source
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Louisa Houston Earp Peters was the wife of Morgan Seth Earp ( of the Ok Corral famed Earps) and Los Angeles/Long Beach Shipyard foreman, Gustave Peters.

Many questionable things have been repeated by many about Lou in Earpiana. These things left to both modern day speculation and Earpiana lore include that Lou was the Granddaughter of Sam Houston, as well as that she and her sister were Harvey Girls in Kansas before meeting Morgan. One thing that cannot be proven, however as fact or folly, was that Morgan was the love of her life, and she actually died of a broken heart.

"Lou" as she was known by for many years, was at the home of the senior Earps in Colton/Temescal California when her husband Morgan was murdered in Tombstone, Arizona. After Morgan's death, Louisa, remained in southern California. She would go on to marry Gustav Peters in 1885 and died at Long Beach, California.

Louisa was only in her late thirties when she died. Although California Vital Statistics states that she had died of "Nephritis and Diarrhea", letters exchange between between Gustav Peters and Louisa's sister Agnes tell a different story. Gustav writes that Louisa died of a "3-year bout with Sciatic Rheumatism to which Dropsy added itself to the ending sufferings" (Provenance are in the letters which are owned by Houston descendant, Lyman Hanley)

Once lost, her gravestone was restored by Tom Gaumer and Kenny "The Kid" Vail. She is located in section J Lot number 2168

** PLEASE NOTE: I have received the permission of Lyman Hanley to use the most recent photo of Louisa which was posted by me on 01/16/14. The photo has not been released for public use and is from the personal property/photo collection of Mr. Hanley. Please contact Mr. Hanley directly for permission to use, copy or reproduce the photo in any way. His email is

Please respect the wishes of Louisa's family. You may also see the photo and read more about Louisa and the other "Earp" women in Sherry Monahan's new book:
"Mrs. Earp, the Wives & Lovers of the Earp Brothers" Thank you also Mary Doria Russell for your work on the book "Epitaph".

The pictures submitted by Blue Brown are posted without provenance and have been proven to me by the Houston family member to NOT be Louisa!

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"Star-Crossed Beauty, Widow of Morgan Earp, Wife of Gustav Peters"

Gravesite Details *** Thank you for all of the request to make name changes and so on. Out of respect for all of the families involved, her name will remain as listed.
  • Created by: Angel M. Brant
  • Added: 16 May 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14305129
  • Richard S. Mickle
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Louisa Houston Earp Peters (24 Jan 1855–12 Jun 1894), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14305129, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Angel M. Brant (contributor 46529339) .