Boothill Graveyard

Boothill was open 1874 to 1884. Its believed that over 300 bodies are buried there. For a small donation in the gift shop you will receive a pamphlet of some of the people who are buried at Boothill and how they died. Below are the ones listed. Please donate on your visit to preserve this historic landmark.

Row 1

Rodriguez Petron – Stabbed

Unknown – Found in abandoned mine, 1882. he was found at the bottom of a 60-foot shaft of the Minute Mine. He was well-dressed, indicating he was not a miner. No identification of any kind

Pat Byrne – 1882, Pneumonia

Eva Waters – Age 3 Months Scarlet Fever.

Flrentino – Murdered, 1882, Florentino was found dead with several bullet wounds in his body. Sometimes called Indian Charlie.

Van Houten – Murdered, 1879. He was beaten in the face with a stone until he died. Trouble was over his mining claim, which he had not recorded.

Tom Waters – Shot 1880, He was a father of Eva Waters and likely the T.J. Waters shot over the color of his shirt.

Chas. Helm – Shot, 1882, Shot by Wm. McCauley. Two hot-tempered ranchers, who disagreed over the best way to drive cattle, fast or slow.

Jonathan Barton – 1881

Louis Daves – 1882

Halderman Bros. – Hanged Nov. 16, 1900

Thos. Gregory – 1882

Gregory – 1882, Small son of Thos. Gregory, who died of meningitis.

Holo Lucero – 1882 Killed by Indians.

Peter Smith – Killed, 1882, Smith, age 23, a native of Germany, was struck on the back of his head with a poker and killed by Thos. Donald (or Doland) during a fight.

Mrs. H. C. Smith – 1882

Jasper Von – Shot, 1882


Row 2

Old Man Clanton – He, with several other men, was ambushed on a cattle drive by Mexicans. All but one man was killed.

Billy Clanton   Frank McLaury   Tom Mclaury – Murdered on the streets of Tombstone, 1881, Tragic results of the O.K. Corral battle, which took place between the Earp Brothers with “Doc” Holliday and the cowboys. Three men were killed and three were wounded.

James Hickey – 1881, Shot by Wm. Clayborne. He was shot in the left temple by Clayborne for his over-insistence that they drink together.

Dennis Cassidine – Killed, 1879

John Hicks – 1879, Hicks was shot by Jeremiah McCormick, superintendent of the Lucky Cuss Mine.  A saloon brawl.

Frank Bowles – 1880, His horse became frightened and threw him off. This caused a rifle to discharge and badly injure his knee. He lay in camp for several weeks without medical attention and when friends took him to a doctor for amputation it was too late.   (This information was given by his daughter.)

“In memory of Frank Bowles,

born Aug. 5, 1828,
died Aug. 26, 1880.
As you pass by, remember that as you are, so once was I, and as I am, you soon will be.
Remember me.”

Thos. Morgan – 1882

Jos. Wetsell – Killed, 1882, He was stoned to death by Apaches.  His friends were not far away, and it was thought the Indians wanted to avoid attracting their attention by shooting him.

A. Deloach – 1882

Margarita – Stabbed by Gold Dollar. Two dance hall girls quarrelling over a man, and Gold Dollar won.

Wm. Clayborne – 1882, Shot by Frank Leslie. Clayborne while drinking, sought to settle real or fancied wrong with Leslie. This took place in front of the Oriental Saloon, where Leslie tended bar.

Dick Toby – Shot by Sheriff Behan

Verone Gray – Suicide

Jerry Sullivan – 1881

Dan Dowd   Red Sample   Tex Howard   Bill Delaney   Dan Kelley – Legally hanged, March 8, 1884, These men were found guilty of killing several people during the robbery of a store in Bisbee. They were all hanged on one scaffold in the Court House yard.


Row 3

John Beather – 1881, Hanged

Two Cowboys – Drowned

John King – 1881, Suicide By strychnine.

Ernest Brodines – Murdered in 1882, A miner, native of Germany, was found dead in his cabin with four bullet wounds in his body. Suspected of the killing was his partner, with whom he had been quarrelling and who had now disappeared.

Teamster – 1881, Killed by Apaches

J. D. McDermott – Killed, 1882,  His spinal column was fractured when his horse fell with him while crossing the San Pedro River.

Judge C. Lindley – 1882, Chas. Lindley, in his younger years, was one of the ablest members of the bar in California. His health was impaired by overwork and he dies in Tombstone in September, 1882.

John Martin – Killed, 1882, He was killed while working on the Huachuca water line.  A tested pipe was unplugged and a blast of water hurled a jack against his chest. He was a native of England.

Rook  – Shot by a Chinaman. This occurred in front of Yaple’s store on Fremont Street, now Wagon Wheel Inn.

Jos. Manada – 1882

Freddie Fuss – 1882,  A small boy who died from drinking stagnant or poison mine water.

Mrs. R. L. Brown – 1882, Proprietress of a hotel, and dies a natural death.  (Information from friends of family.)

Eliz. Billings – 1886

Francis Southy – 1881

John Heath – Taken from county jail and lynched by Bisbee mob, Feb. 22, 1884. He was called the leader of the five men who were legally hanged and was said to have planned the robbery. He was hanged from a telegraph pole a short distance west of the Court House.


Row 4

Miles Sweeney – Murdered, 1880

John MacKenzie – 1881

Thos. Cowan – Age 11 months, 1888, Diphtheria.  (From an old resident.)

May Doody – 1881, Diphtheria.  (From an old resident.)

John Gibson – 1881, Gibson, a driver for Nadeau’s ore teams, fell from a wagon and his skull was crushed when a wheel of the heavy wagon ran over his head.

W. C. Bennett – 1882, Native of England.  He died of heart trouble and was buried by Knights of Pythias Lodge.

Thos. Kearney – Killed, 1882, Kearney and Simon Constantine were blown up by a blast.

Hilly Hickson – 1882, It was said that death never took a holiday in Tombstone. On this day, Hilly, a school boy, fell while walking on a pair of stilts and injured his back. He seemed only slightly injured, but next morning he died suddenly with a spasm.

C. O. Ridgeway – 1882, His team of horses and wagon were found on a road leading out of Tombstone. Investigation showed “Old Man Ridgeway” to be lying dead in the wagon.

H. B. Cook – 1882


Pat Lynch – 1883

Mrs. R. B. Campbell – 1882, Wife of restaurant owner of that name.  She died very suddenly of severe stomach cramps and spasms.  Suspected poisoning.

Malcolm Campbell – 1882, A kindly, devout Christian man who died of pneumonia.

Bobby Jackson   1882   Frank Hart

Frank Serroux – Shot over his mining claim.

Mrs. Stump – 1884, She died in childbirth, from an overdose of chloroform, given her by the doctor. (This information given by her family)

Row 5

Wm. Summers B B – 1882, He was a teamster for James Carr and was found dead from a blow on the back, which broke two ribs and ruptured the liver.

Mead – Sudden death, 1881, Mead was a blacksmith for Sandy Bob’s stables, and was found dead early one morning in the rear seat of one of the coaches.

M. E. Kellogg – 1882, Died a natural death.

Seymour Dye – 1882, Killed by Indians, Dye, aged 35, and Harry Curry were wood cutters.  This day they were bringing in a load of hay, when they were shot by Indians, who after their victims had fallen from the wagon, dragged them for 150 feet.

Geo. Johnson – Hanged by Mistake, Johnson innocently bought a stolen horse and suffered the consequences.

“Here lies George Johnson, Hanged by mistake, 1882.
He was right, we was wrong, but we strung him up and now he’s gone.”

John Gillespie – 1882, He was one of the officers sent to arrest Billy Grounds and Zwing Hunt, suspected killers of M. R. Peel. He died instantly when Hunt shot him in the head.

M. R. Peel – 1882, A young mining engineer, who was shot one night in his office as he worked late. Suspicion fell on Zwing Hunt and Billy Grounds.

Billy Kinsman – 1883, He was shot by a woman much older than he, who was jealously in love with him.  (Information given by his niece.)

George Fryer – 1881

Wm. Alexander – 1880, An old prospector who was fatally injured when a blast went off prematurely.

Red River Tom – Shot by Ormsby

Alfred Packrel – 1882, English.  He was a young miner, aged 24, who died from inflammation of the bowels.

Deron – Shot by Slaughter. Deron was shot when Slaughter sought to arrest him for his part in a train robbery.

Ben Scott   1883   Al Bennett – Teamsters.  Ambushed by Indians.

Wm. Grounds – 1882, Died of Wounds. He was shot in the face with a shotgun, by one of the officers sent to question him in connection with the murder of M. R. Peel.

Hans Christianson – 1891

Christina B. Christianson – 1892

Delia William – 1881, Suicide. Colored proprietress of a lodging house on Toughnut Street.  Suicide by taking arsenic.

Row 6

Minnie Dowe – 1881

M. McAllister – 1882, “Happy Jack” had suffered a lung injury when he was shot in a fight over a piece of land. He was sent to Tombstone to recover but died of the old injury.  (Information by grandson.)

Alfred Cantrell – Shot, 1881, “Old Man” Cantrell was murdered by a man named Brown, who later hanged for his crime.

Joseph Ziegler – Murdered, 1882, Ziegler, age 27, was shot one night through the left breast and lived only a few minutes. He and Ed Williams, who shot him, were miners and had been quarrelling while working that day. The murder took place behind the old ice house, near the corner of Toughnut and Fifth Streets.

Ben Olleney – Shot by Chacon

Wm. Carpenter – 1881, This grave was located by his son who said his father had been the first Baptist minister in Tombstone.  Death caused by nephritis.

Simon Constantine – Killed, 1882, He and Thos. Kearney were blown up by a blast.

Charley Storms – Shot by Luke Short, 1880, Guns blazed again as these two gambling men met. Storms was shot in front of the Oriental Saloon, where Short dealt cards.

Rosenthal – 1881

Douglas Lilly – Killed, 1881, Lilly, a driver for the Sycamore Water Co., was thrown from the wagon, trampled by the horses and died instantly when the wagon ran over his head.

Stinging lizard – Shot by Cherokee Hall

Marshal White – Shot by Curly Bill, 1880, He was accidentally shot as he started to take Curly Bill’s gun. This took place on the lot where the Bird Cage Theatre now stands.

Helentina Kohler – 1882

Latham Kohler – 1884

Ralph Kohler – 1882

M. McCarty –  Shot, 1882, A miner who was shot by a man named Poplin.

Unknown – Murdered, 1884

Lester Moore
Here lies Lester Moore,
Four slugs from a .44,
No Les, no more.

Moore was a Wells Fargo agent at Naco and had a dispute with a man over a package. Both died.  (Information from an old resident.)

Harry Curry – Killed by Indians, 1882, He was killed with Seymour Dye while hauling hay.

Daniel Owyer – Drowned, 1881

Kansas Kid – A cowboy killed in a stampede.

Thos. Fitzhugh – 1882, He was found dead one morning in the water closet back of Mrs. King’s lodging house on Toughnut Street, where he roomed.

M. Lopez – 1880, A closed room and charcoal fumes.


Row 7

Indian Bill

Mrs. Clum

Jim Riley – Murdered, 1881

3-Fingered Jack Dunlap – Shot by Jeff Milton, Dunlap, one of a band of train robbers, attempted to rob an express car which Milton guarded.  He was critically wounded and his friends left him to die. He was found and brought to Tombstone, where he lived long enough to inform on his friends.

Dutch Annie – 1883, Sometimes called Queen of the Red Light District.

Peter Crawley – Killed, 1881

Jos. Thomas – Shot, 1881, He was a teamster for Shearer’s Lumber wagons and was found with four bullet wounds in his body. Indian Joe, another teamster, was believed to have killed him, as both teams were found abandoned by the roadside.

James Tully – Killed, 1881, Tully was a miner employed by the Grand Central Mining Co. To avoid being crushed as the cage shot upward toward the timbers overhead, Tully jumped and fell 250 feet to the bottom of the shaft.

Killeen – Shot by Frank Leslie, 1880, Results of a disagreement over Killeen’s wife. Leslie married the widow.

McNemony – Shot, 1882

1871   Glenn Hill   1953

John Gibbon – 1882, With Malvina Lopez “he climbed the golden stairs on the fumes from a pan of charcoal.” (From the files of Lester G. Baker, one-time editor of the Tombstone Epitaph.)

Ormsby – Shot

Cowboy Bill King – Shot by Burt Alvord

John Wickstrum – 1882, A Swede who was killed when a well he was digging caved in.  (Information from an old resident.)

Six-Shooter Jim – Shot by Burt Alvord, 1885

Unknown – 1887


Row 8

Wm. Whitehill – Shot, 1878

Jack King – Shot by Cherokee Hall

George Whitcer – 1882, A miner, who was killed when a cable broke hurling the cage to the bottom of the shaft.

James McMartin – 1881, “Rapid Consumption.”

Guadalupe Robles – Robles, who gave shelter to some robbers (one of whom was his brother), was shot when the officers came to arrest them.

Broncho Charley – Shot by Ormsby

G. Renacco – Killed 1882, He fell head first from a cliff.

Pesquira – Killed, 1881

Geo. Atkins – 1888

Hancock – Shot, 1879, Shot by John Ringo when he made a disparaging remark about some women.

Johnnie Wilson – Shot by King. Two gunmen’s discussion of the fastest way to draw, ended here.


Row 9

Steve Brammer – 1882

Mrs. Pring – Suicide, 1881, While her husband was away trying to sell mining shares, Mrs. Pring, who lived on Toughnut Street, took a large dose of hydrate chloral.

S. McFarland – 1882

J. Gardiner – Shot, 1882, He was shot by Kellogg.  Two saloon men were also indicted for this killing.

Brady Bros. – 1883, These boys were drowned while swimming in the San Pedro River.  One died in a vain attempt to save his brother. Ages 11 and 12 years.

Geo. Russell – 1882, An efficient foreman of the Epitaph, who died while being operated on for cancer of the stomach.

Foo Kee – He owned a grocery store here and died from ptomaine poisoning.

Archie McBride – 1882, Proprietor of the Grand Hotel until he died in May of consumption.

Johnnie Blair – Died of Smallpox and a cowboy threw a rope over his feet and dragged him to his grave.


Row 10

Weiners Anton – 1882

Raymond Verra – Stabbed, 1882

Chas. Gadela – 1882

Mike Noonan – Killed by Indians. A lone rancher who was shot when he went out to chop wood.  (Information from relatives.)

Ed Bancroft – 1882

Chink Smiley – Shot, 1884

Sing Wan

Tong Kee

Quong Kee – Quong, who ran the Can Can Restaurant in the 1880’s, was first buried in a pauper’s grave.  His friends had his body moved and laid to rest in Boothill beside the friends he knew in life.

Mrs. Ah Lum – Born in China and buried in Boothill in 1906.  She had great influence among the Chinese residents here. Some believed she had Tong affiliation in China.

Hop Lung

Row 11

Emmett Nunnelley – 1946, With the help of the townspeople, he spent the last year of his life seeking to restore, as much as could be restored, this old cemetery. It was his request to rest here.

Geo. Hand – Killed by Indians

Two Chinese – Died of Leprosy

John Swain Slaughter – 1945, Old John was nearly 100 years old when he died. He came here in 1879 with the John Slaughter family, and spent his life in and around Tombstone.

Research has shown the following to be buried in some of the many unknow graves.

Mrs. Stewart – 1880, This information given by her son and also by people who attended her funeral. Said to be the first woman buried in the cemetery.

Sam Harris – 1889, Age 1 year, 4 days.  Buried in the old Jewish plot.

John Holly – 1880, Keeper of Rural Dining Hall.

Kettlewell – Child of Mrs. Lizzie Kettlewell.  (Information from Jean Nuttall, who as a child, would go with the mother to put flowers on the grave.)

Wm. Bobier – 1881, He and his partner disagreed over a cock fight with tragic results.

Mr. Huggins – 1882, He was burned to death in Tombstone when a hotel burned in 1882.  (Information from his niece.)

John Talliday – 1881, Shot by Harper, who hanged for the crime.

Thos. Harper – Hanged, 1881, Harper was hanged for shooting Talliday in a quarrel over money.  The evening before he was hanged, Harper wrote a long letter to his friend Curly Bill, admonishing him never to be provoked into shooting a man. “I shot a man,” he wrote, “and after tomorrow I will be no more.”  He was hanged in the old jail house yard.

Rose Campion – 1882, Death was caused by stillborn birth.  (This information was given by her son.)

Robertson – Two infant sons of S. C. and Alice Robertson are buried in this cemetery.  (Information given by their oldest sister.)

John White – 1882

Mitchell – 1880

Agnes Kenney – 1878, Age 1 year.  The baby was given calomel by the doctor.  After eating an orange, she became salivated and died.

Campbell – 1883, Suicide

Dr. McLoon – 1883

Stanifor – 1883, Stage driver, suicide.

Contreras – 1883, Murdered.

J. D. Dernitt – 1881, Fell to his death in a mine shaft.

Gadelia – 1881


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