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William Whitney “Brazen Bill” Brazelton

  • Birth unknown USA
  • Death 19 Aug 1878 Pima County, Arizona, USA
  • Burial Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
  • Memorial ID 27301828

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Brazelton
William Whitney Brazelton (?-August 22, 1878) was an outlaw and stage Robber of the wild West.

Alleged Early life
After his death an 1878 account claimed that Brazelton had come from San Francisco, California; had lived in an old boiler; had killed a man at the age of 15, and then killed a seven-man posse near Silver City, New Mexico. In 1902 John Clum repeated these claims of Brazelton's early life; however Clum did not furnish any references for his claims. Brazelton's name does not appear on either the 1860 and 1870 US Census records.

Coming to Arizona
About 1876 Brazelton came to the courthouse in Prescott, Arizona and claimed that in a show he would eat a wagon wheel. After collecting money he left by explaining he would rustle up the rest of the troupe; of course he never returned. In 1877 Brazelton resided in Tucson, Arizona where he hauled products such as hay and grains.
Career
Brazelton mode of robbery was a mask over his face and carry a pistol and rifle in one hand while ordering the driver and passengers to hand over any valuables.
He is alleged to have committed nine stage robberies in Arizona and New Mexico: three near Silver City {including Cook's Canyon} Mew Mexico; two in northern Arizona and four near Tucson.

Known Robberies
September 27, 1877 the California and Arizona Stage 12 miles north of Wickenburg, Arizona was held up; among the passengers were Alexandra, Arizona founder and mine owner Ed.G. Peck. The Express box was opened up and the mail bags were ripped. $1,900 in cold coins and gold dust was taken; although the initial report claimed that two robbers were involved, Brazelton is named as the sole stage robber

May 28, 1878 the stage from Silver City, New Mexico at Cook's Canyon was held up. Among the passengers were a Paymaster Colonel Willard and his clerk, a Lt. Frank West of the 6th Cavalry Regiment, and a traveling agent named Hathaway. Taken was valuable registered mail; $26.00 to $27.00 and an old silver watch from Willard and $13.00 taken from the driver and other passengers.

July 31, 1878 the stage robbed at Point Mountain 18 miles from Tucson, Arizona. Among the passengers was newspaper editor John Clum. The express box {empty} and two mail bags {containing nothing of value} were thrown down. $37.00 was robbed from the passengers. Among items taken was a registered package containing a pair of ear rings.

August 15, 1878 the stage robbed at Point Mountain 18 miles from Tucson, Arizona. The express box and the mail bags were thrown down. $234.00 was robbed from the passengers.

End of Career
A horse used by Brazelton in his last robbery was traced to the possession of David Nemitz; Nemitz was arrested and agreed to help bring in Brazelton in return for protection from Brazelton; Pima County Sheriff Charles A. Shibell led a five-man posse that killed Brazelton two miles south of Tucson, Arizona August 22, 1878. Brazelton had two cartridges belts; two pistols; a spencer rifle, his mask, earrings from the Point Mountain Robbery and a gold watch and chain.

Reference links go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Brazelton


^ Arizona citizen., August 30, 1878, Image 2; repeated in "The True Northerner" Oct 11, 1878 Paw Paw, MI; "The new North-West" {Deer Lodge MT} and "Vermont Phoenix" {Brattleboro,VT} October 18, 1878
^ Bisbee daily review., August 03, 1902, Image 6
^ Bisbee daily review., August 03, 1902, Image 6
^ The weekly Arizona miner., August 23, 1878, Image 3
^ Arizona citizen., August 30, 1878, Image 1
^ Daily Los Angeles herald [microform]., August 30, 1878, Image 4
^ Salt River herald., August 31, 1878, Image 1
^ Salt River herald., August 31, 1878, Image 1
^ Arizona Citizen October 6, 1877 image 3
^ Arizona citizen., September 29, 1877, Image 2
^ Daily Alta California, Volume XXX, Number 10365, 28 August 1878
^ Las Vegas Gazette June 1, 1878 quoting the newspaper "New Mexican" which names Hathaway as the clerk
^ New York "The Sun" June 25, 1878 which names West as the Clerk
^ Arizona Citizen August 2, 1878
^ Arizona Citizen August 23, 1878
^ Arizona citizen., August 16, 1878, Image 3
^ Arizona Citizen August 23, 1878


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  • Originally Created by: Clay Homister
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 27301828
  • Gary Mowrey
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Whitney “Brazen Bill” Brazelton (unknown–19 Aug 1878), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27301828, citing Evergreen Memorial Park, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Gary Mowrey (contributor 46842210) .