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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
    • The Encyclopedia Brittanica online notes:
      "Nothing is known of her background before she turned up in a Fort Griffin, 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 helped to escape the law after he had knifed and killed a man.
      In 1862, Mexico's Emperor Maximilian, Archduke of the Austrian-Hungarian Hapsburg Empire,  appointed Dr. Haroney his personal surgeon, so the family moved to Mexico. In  1865, Maximilian's rule crumbled; the Haroney family fled Mexico and moved to Davenport, Iowa. On March 26, 1865 Kate's mother died and the following May her father passed away (causes of the deaths are unknown). Kate and the rest of the children were placed in foster homes. In 1867, Kate was put in the care of Otto Smith. The stay with Smith was short: Kate ran away and, by her account, stowed away aboard a steam ship headed for St. Louis. The captain of the ship, named Fisher, found Kate but didn't put her off the boat. Kate assumed Fisher's name and enrolled in a convent school in St. Louis, graduating two years later.  Kate said she married a dentist, Silas Melvin, and the couple had a child. Both husband and child passed away the same year.
      When Doc met her, she was a prostitute and dancehall girl at John Shanssey's saloon, where he was dealing cards. Kate had a hot temper and was prone to getting drunk, resulting in violent arguments.
      After Doc ran into some trouble in Griffin (which resulted in the death of Ed Bailey), he and Kate fled to Dodge City. Kate had helped save Doc from what was sure to be a place on the end of a rope, and Doc was very grateful for this. Doc once again tried his hand at dentistry and Kate gave up prostitution. Neither of these events lasted long. Kate's return to prostitution led to another of their many split-ups.
    Person ID I53029  mykindred
    Last Modified Mar 10, 2009 

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

    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 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

  • 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.)

    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.

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