Milton J “Milt” Yarberry

Milton J “Milt” Yarberry

Birth
Arkansas, USA
Death 9 Feb 1883 (aged 33–34)
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
Burial Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
Plot Santa Barbara Area
Memorial ID 16264230 · View Source
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Milt Yarberry, the first Albuquerque town marshal, was known to be quick on the trigger, and after shooting an unarmed man when he heard a shot while patrolling the streets, he was tried and sentenced to hang.

"Albuquerque men say Yarberry will certainly be hanged. The prisoner is satisfied of that fact himself and does not appreciate the idea."

Yarberry was born in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, to a family whose name was not Yarberry. He confessed this just prior to his death, and that his family was respectable, and to protect them from the shame of the life he led, he would never reveal his true name. He also confessed that he had left his family's home after being involved in the killing of a man during a land dispute.

Tickets were sold for his hanging. Yarberry's final words were, "Gentlemen, you are hanging an innocent man."

He was buried in the Santa Barbara Cemetery, with the noose still around his neck. His marker is now missing, and only one known photograph of it exists.
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According to the article "JERKED TO JESUS" by Melody Groves in the December 2017 issue of TRUE WEST magazine (page 48): Yarberry's true name was John Armstrong.

Prior to his arrival in Albuquerque in 1880, he had killed at least 5 men, owned 3 saloons and a brothel, played violin, ridden with the Texas Rangers, and run off with his partner's wife...Yarberry and Tony Preston had been partners in a saloon in Canon City, Colorado, around 1878 ... Tony's wife's name was Sadie.


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  • Created by: Athanatos
  • Added: 20 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16264230
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Milton J “Milt” Yarberry (1849–9 Feb 1883), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16264230, citing Mount Calvary Cemetery, Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA ; Maintained by Athanatos (contributor 46907585) .