1851 - 1887 (36 years)
||John Henry "Doc" Holliday |
||Aug 14, 1851
||Griffin, Spalding county, Georgia, USA
||Jun 02, 1880
||Prescott, Yavapai county, Arizona, USA 
||Nov 08, 1887
||Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA
||Linwood Cemetery, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA
- Dr. John "Doc" Holliday was educated at the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery in Philadelphia, receiving the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery on March 1, 1872. His father was a major in the C.S.A. and a successful businessman and mayor of Valdosta, Georgia.
The young Holliday experienced a healthy dental practice, but was soon diagnosed with terminal tuberculosis. Upon the advice of his doctors, he sought a drier climate, arriving first in Dallas, Texas in October of 1873. There, he partnered with another dentist, but his illness soon made that impractical.
He discovered he had a natural ability for gambling and had to be able to protect himself. He practiced with a knife and a six-shooter and, on January 2, 1875, Doc Holliday had his first gunfight with a local saloon keeper. No one was injured, but soon thereafter he killed a man and had to flee Dallas.
As his "experience" with gun and knife fights grew, he found the federal authorities on his trail and had a price on his head. He headed for the even wilder Apache territory of Colorado, using the alias Tom Mackey. After altercations there, he wandered to Wyoming, then New Mexico and finally Fort Griffin, Texas. There he met "Big Nose" Kate, a dance hall woman and prostitute.
It was also there that he met Wyatt Earp who had ridden in from Dodge City looking for train robbers. Doc aided Wyatt in his search and they became friends. Doc was arrested and jailed for killing a man at the card table. Kate rescued him and they fled to Dodge City, where he dealt cards at the Long Branch Saloon.
After numerous scrapes, the couple found themselves in Tombstone, Arizona, along with the rest of the Earp family. There, Kate organized and ran Tombstone's first whore house. (The Wyatts are on the Tombstone, Pima county, AZ census, June 2, 1880, p. 7, family 165.)
1880 census, AZ, Yavapai, Prescott, p. 4, ed 26, (T9-37, p.447)
June 2, 1880, Montezuma Street, HH 52
Holladay, J.H., W, M, 29, dentist, GA, SC, SC
Elliott, Rich E, W, M, 45, miner, ME, MA, New Bruns
Gasper, John J, W, M, 39, miner & stock raiser, OH, NY, NY
The infamous dispute with the Clantons and Frank Stillwell began in Tombstone, culminating with the Gunfight at OK Corrall October 26, 1881 where three men were killed -- all by Doc -- Billy Clanton, Tom McLaury and Frank McLaury. Two of the Earp brother and Holliday were wounded. The subsequent March 18, 1882 eavesdrop murder of Morgan Earp began the revenge killings by the Earp brothers and Doc was with them through it all. Two days later, Frank Stillwell was killed by Wyatt and a judge issued warrants for all of their arrests.
In May of 1887, Doc went to Glenwood Springs, Colorado to see if the sulphur vapors at the hot springs there could help him, but his health steadily deteriorated. He spent the last two months of his life in bed and he died on November 8, 1887 after drinking a last shot of whiskey.
||Mar 10, 2009 |
||Maj. Henry Burroughs Holliday, C.S.A., b. Mar 11, 1819, South Carolina, USA , d. Aft 1866, Valdosta, Lowndes county, Georgia, USA (Age > 48 years) |
||Alice Jane McKey, b. Apr 21, 1829, South Carolina, USA , d. Sep 16, 1866 (Age 37 years) |
||Jan 08, 1849
||Henry county, Georgia, USA
- [S922] Gedcom - DuVall, Lissa.
- [S135] 1880 US federal census, 1880 census, AZ, Yavapai, Prescott, p. 4, ed 26, (T9-37, p.447).