Welcome to Tombstone's Boothill.

The following is a verbatim transcript of the booklet "Boothill Graveyard:  A Descriptive List of more than 250 Graves in Boothill" (n.p., 1952, Lela B. Nunnelly), available only at historic Boothill Graveyard in Tombstone, Arizona, and is presented here as a resource for researchers.  Persons who visit the graveyard should purchase the booklet directly from the caretakers for their suggested $2 donation (greater amounts are appreciated).

The Boothill Graveyard visitor structure houses the information desk, gift shop and entrance to the cemetery.  The front of this wooden building faces south, the graveyard on its right, to the east.  When looking at grave markers, the visitor is facing west.

Cemetery rows are numbered from the bottom of the main hill (a lower area contains the Jewish Cemetery & Memorial,), rising full-width to Row 7.  The remaining rows to the top (8 to 11) are about one-third width, behind the graveyard visitor structure and its patio area.  Graves are listed "left to right," south to north.  Photos were taken by this page's author in 2007 and 2008.  Click the links for enlargements and historical information beyond that of the booklet.


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B

oothill Graveyard was laid out as a burial plot in 1878.  Called "The Tombstone Cemetery," it was the burial place for the town's first pioneers and was used as such until sometime around 1884, when the present plot was opened as a burial place.

For years after this, Boothill was spoken of as the "old cemtetery."  It lay for years neglected and much of the old cemetery has gone back to nature.  Years of research and hard work by interested citizens of the town have helped to preserve the main part of the cemetery as you see it today.

Because of the many violent deaths of the early days, the cemetery became known as Boothill Graveyard.  It is possibly a true symbol of this roaring mining town of the early 1880s.  Buried here are outlaws with their victims, suicides, and hangings, legal and otherwise, along with the hardy citizens and refined element of Tombstone's first days.

So much of the good and so much of the bad of early Tombstone lies buried here, and over the graves of both is growing--the true crucifixion thorn.

In compiling this list, each history has been checked with all available sources of information, including relatives, old residents and the Arizona Historical Society records.







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.

Eva Waters

Florentino
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 the 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.

Jonathon 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






Old Man Clanton 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

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.

Tom McLaury


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.)

Frank Bowles

"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.

Billy Claiborne

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.







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.

John Heath






Miles Sweeney
Murdered, 1880

John MacKenzie
1881

Thos. Cowan
Age 11 months, 1881
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

Hayes

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.)







Wm. Summers
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."

George Johnson

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

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.







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.

Charley Storms

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 marker

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.

Marshal Fred White

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.)

Lester Moore

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.







Indian Bill

Mrs. Clum
Mary 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.

3-Fingered Jack Dunlap



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.

Mike Killeen

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







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.







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.







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 1880s, 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






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.







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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