Sunday, January 15, 2017


James Cooksey Earp: Birth: Jun. 28, 1841 Hartford, Ohio County,  Kentucky.  Death: Jan. 25, 1926 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,  California. Born in Hartford, Kentucky, he was the oldest brother of Virgil, James and Wyatt Earp.  



     James was the son of Nicholas Earp (1813-1907) and second wife, Virginia Ann Cooksey - Nicholas had moved to Ohio County with his parents and siblings about 1826 when he was 13 years of age.

     Unlike his brothers, James was not present at the gunfight at the O.K. Corral Oct 26, 1881. He enlisted in the Union Army at the outbreak of the Civil War and was wounded in the shoulder, losing the use of his left arm, in a battle near Fredericktown, MO in 1861. James was a saloon keeper in Tombstone, AZ but settled permanently in California in 1890, where he died in 1926.

     Brother Virgil Earp was also born in Hartford July 18, 1843.  Brother Wyatt is thought to have been born March 19, 1848 in Monmouth, Illinois.  Brother Morgan was born in Pella, Iowa in 1882 and brother Warren was born in 1855, also in Pella, Iowa. 

     An older half-brother, Newton, was also born in Ohio County to Nicholas Porter Earp and his first wife, Abigail Storm, on Oct 7, 1837.

     Virgil, Wyatt and Morgan became well-known lawmen as a result of their part in the Gunfight at the O. K. Corral, a thirty second shootout between lawmen and a gang of outlaws.

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