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Mary Katherine "Kate" Horony[1]

Female 1850 - 1940  (89 years)


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  • Name Mary Katherine "Kate" Horony 
    Nickname Kate Elder
     
    Born Nov 07, 1850  Budapest, Hungary Find all individuals with events at this location 

    Gender Female 
    Died Nov 02, 1940  Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    Horony Cummings, Mary Katherine, gravestone
    Horony Cummings, Mary Katherine, gravestone
    Notes 
    • The Encyclopedia Brittanica online notes:
      "Nothing is known of her background before she turned up in a Fort Grif
      fin, Texas, saloon in the fall of 1877, working as a barroom prostitute
      . There she met Holliday, with whom she had an affair and whom she help
      ed to escape the law after he had knifed and killed a man.
      http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?eu=32810
      In 1862, Mexico's Emperor Maximilian, Archduke of the Austrian-Hungaria
      n Hapsburg Empire,  appointed Dr. Haroney his personal surgeon, so the f
      amily moved to Mexico. In  1865, Maximilian's rule crumbled; the Harone
      y family fled Mexico and moved to Davenport, Iowa. On March 26, 1865 Ka
      te's mother died and the following May her father passed away (causes o
      f the deaths are unknown). Kate and the rest of the children were place
      d in foster homes. In 1867, Kate was put in the care of Otto Smith. The s
      tay with Smith was short: Kate ran away and, by her account, stowed awa
      y aboard a steam ship headed for St. Louis. The captain of the ship, na
      med Fisher, found Kate but didn't put her off the boat. Kate assumed Fi
      sher's name and enrolled in a convent school in St. Louis, graduating t
      wo years later.  Kate said she married a dentist, Silas Melvin, and the c
      ouple had a child. Both husband and child passed away the same year.
      http://www.thenaturalamerican.com/big_nose_kate.htm
      When Doc met her, she was a prostitute and dancehall girl at John Shans
      sey's saloon, where he was dealing cards. Kate had a hot temper and was p
      rone to getting drunk, resulting in violent arguments.
      After Doc ran into some trouble in Griffin (which resulted in the death o
      f Ed Bailey), he and Kate fled to Dodge City. Kate had helped save Doc f
      rom what was sure to be a place on the end of a rope, and Doc was very g
      rateful for this. Doc once again tried his hand at dentistry and Kate g
      ave up prostitution. Neither of these events lasted long. Kate's return t
      o prostitution led to another of their many split-ups.

    Person ID I53029  mykindred
    Last Modified Mar 10, 2009 

    Father Dr. [son] Horony,   d. Y
     
    Mother [dau] (__),   d. Y
     
    Married  
    Family ID F19594  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Dr. John Henry "Doc" Holliday, D.D.S.
    ,   b. Aug 14, 1851, Griffin, Spalding county, Georgia, USA
    Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 08, 1887, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA
    Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Family ID F18697  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 George M. Cummings,   d. Jul 07, 1915, Courtland, Arizona, USA
    Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1888 
    Family ID F18793  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Horony, Kate and her sister
    Horony, Kate and her sister
    Horony, Kate aka Kate Elder
    Horony, Kate aka Kate Elder
    Dated 1895.
    (Contributed by Angel Brant.)
    Horony, Kate
    Horony, Kate
    Taken in the late 1930 when she was living at the Pioneer Home In Prescott, Arizona.
    (Contributed by Angel Brant.)

    Headstones
    Horony Cummings, Mary K., gravestone
    Horony Cummings, Mary K., gravestone
    Horony Cummings, Mary Katherine, gravestone
    Horony Cummings, Mary K., gravestone

  • Sources 
    1. [S922] Gedcom - DuVall, Lissa .