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 Phin Clanton

Phin Clanton

Original Name Phineas Clanton
Birth
Callaway County, Missouri, USA
Death 5 Jan 1906 (aged 62)
Webster Springs, Gila County, Arizona, USA
Burial Globe, Gila County, Arizona, USA
Memorial ID 3023 · View Source
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Folk Figure. He was the second son born to Newman Haynes "Old Man" Clanton and his wife Mariah. He was to move around with his family in his formative years, moving to Illinois when he was six, to Texas when he was eight, and to Arizona when he was twenty in 1865. In 1866, the family moved to San Buena Ventura, California, but Mariah died on the way. By 1869, Phin was living in Lone Pine, California with his oldest brother, John Wesley, and he now had a wife named Nancy. In 1873 he moves back to Arizona and for about eight years led a fairly quiet and uneventful life. In August of 1881, his father is murdered in Guadalupe Canyon, New Mexico and is buried where he fell. In October of 1881, his little brother Billy was murdered by the Earps and Doc Holiday in a vacant lot behind the OK Corral. Phin was not in Tombstone at the time. Virgil Earp was ambushed on the streets of Tombstone in December of 1881. He survived, but his lefty arm was crippled for life. Phin and Ike, his brother, were arrested for the shooting, but witnesses confirmed they were in Charleston, 12 miles away. In 1882, Phin and Ike exhumed their father's remains and reburied him next to Billy in the Boothill Graveyard. The two brothers then moved about 200 miles north and started a ranch near Springerville, Arizona. Both brothers acquired 160 acres and were joined in the cattle business by their sister's husband, Ebin Stanley. Phin was arrested again in July of 1883, along with Ebin when they were accused of illegally branding one calf with their "PU" brand. Both of them were found not guilty by the jury. On December 27, 1885, the Apache County treasurer's office was broken into and all the contents from the safe stolen. Francisco Baca was the deputy treasurer and he claimed that Phin, Ike, Ebin, and a fellow named Lee Renfro from Springerville, and Buck Henderson from St Johns broke into his house, took him to the office and forced him to open the safe. All five were immediately arrested, posted bonds, and went to trial. The court found that ex-treasurer Francisco Baca concocted the whole story himself. Ultimately Baca was found guilty of embezzling $11,166.54. In September of 1887 he was sentenced to ten years in the Yuma Territorial Prison on an indictment of grand Larceny. After serving one year and five months, Governor Meyer Zulick pardoned him when it was discovered the main witness lied to collect a $250 reward. After his release from prison, Phin and his friend Peter Spencer begin working as business partners raising goats on Phin's ranch in Globe, Arizona. Phin was arrested once again on May 15, 1894 on a charge of robbery and assault on a Chinese man named Sam Kee. Kee claimed that Phin Clanton robbed him of a gold watch valued at $40, two bars of silver bullion, each valued at $15, one gold bracelet, valued at $20 and $320 in money. Once again, the jury found him not guilty. On October 15, 1902, he married Laura Jane Neal in Globe, Arizona. He was a well respected goat rancher for many years. While you usually find him carrying the title of Outlaw, the only time he was ever convicted was by a witness who was proven to be a liar. Spencer, his partner and best friend, was one of the men arrested for the murder of Morgan Earp and he spent five years in prison. Five years after Phin's death, Spencer married his widow. He is buried next to Phin.

Bio by: Tom Todd


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  • Added: 5 Jun 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3023
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Phin Clanton (Dec 1843–5 Jan 1906), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3023, citing Globe Cemetery, Globe, Gila County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .