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 James Cooksey Earp

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James Cooksey Earp

  • Birth 28 Jun 1841 Hartford, Ohio County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 25 Jan 1926 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California, USA
  • Plot The Bubah Plot, across from the old mausoleum
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  • Memorial ID 2581

Western Figure. Born in Harford, Kentucky, he was the oldest brother of Virgil, James and Wyatt Earp. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in the 17th Illinois Infantry, Union Army and was badly wounded in a battle at Fredericktown, Missouri, After the war, he traveled through different states before settling at Dodge City, Kansas, in 1876, where he became a Deputy Sheriff under Charlie Bassett for a brief time. He then began to roam through Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, working in saloons or as a stage and wagon driver. In 1879, he moved with his brothers to Tombstone, Arizona, but was not involved with law enforcement or the event at the O.K. Corral. When his brother Morgan was killed, he traveled with brother Virgil and the Earp family to Colton, California. Around 1884, he was mining in Shoshone County, Idaho before relocating permanently in California, in 1890. He died in of natural causes in San Bernardino, California.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2581
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Cooksey Earp (28 Jun 1841–25 Jan 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2581, citing Mountain View Cemetery, San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .