Gunfighter List

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Pete Bader – A gunman in the Mason County War of Texas. His brother, Charles Bader, was killed by Johnny Ringo.

Elfego Baca

Elfego Baca

Elfego Baca (1865-1945) – Socorro County, New Mexico lawman, attorney, and U.S. Deputy Marshal.  He survived the Frisco Shootout against some 80 cowboys in 1884.

Jose Chavez y Baca – A member of the Seven Rivers Warriors who fought in New Mexico’s Lincoln County War. After the war, he disappeared into history.

Charles “Chas” Baker – A gunman in the Lincoln County War of New Mexico and brother of Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff Frank Baker. Charles was captured by Texas Ranger Jim Gillett and sentenced to prison for 25 years.

Cullen Montgomery Baker (1839-1868) – A Veteran guerilla soldier of the Civil War, Baker fought reconstructionist soldiers and terrorized Texas for four years. He was killed on January 6, 1869.

Charles Ballard – A gunman, Ballard rode with the posse that captured Black Jack Ketchum in September 1896.

“Wobblin Willie” Balleau – A drunken Oklahoma gunman  Balleau killed Irb Fourche after a dispute in a saloon. He was later killed by Judge Jimmy Mathers when he threatened the judge at gunpoint in Ada, Oklahoma.

Steve Ballew – A Texas gunman, Ballew shot and killed Jim Golden in Collin County, Texas, in 1870. He was later executed.

Manuel Barela – A New Mexico gunman who killed a man in Las Vegas, he was later hanged by vigilantes in 1879.

Y sabel Barela – A New Mexico gunman, Barela was shot and killed by John Kinney in Mesilla on November 2, 1877.

Clint Barkley, aka: Bill Bowen – After being accused of a murder in Texas in 1873, Barkley took on the alias of Bill Bowen and fled to Lampasas, Texas, to seek the help of Merritt Horrell, his brother-in-law. Merritt, just one of five lethal Horrell brothers, cattlemen with a deadly reputation, gave Barkley shelter and a job. At that time, the lawlessness was so out of hand in Lampasas that the Texas Governor prohibited firearms in the city and sent in state police to enforce the law. On March 14, 1873, they arrested Barkley for carrying a gun and then made the mistake of entering Jerry Scott’s Saloon with Barkley in tow. Inside the saloon were the Horrell brothers and their friends. Upon seeing the officers with their brother-in-law arrested, the brothers immediately confronted the officers. In no time, shots began to blast through the saloon, leaving four of the officers dead.

When Mart Horrell and three other men were later arrested and jailed, Barkley and the other brothers stormed the jail and freed them on May 2.  Barkley then accompanied the lawless Horrell brothers to Lincoln, New Mexico, where they terrorized the city before returning to Texas and becoming involved in the Horrell-Higgins Feud. Afterward, Barkley seemingly disappeared into history.

Jerry Barton – A gunfighter, Barton ran a saloon in Charleston, Arizona. At some point, he killed his partner and later a Mexican man in 1881. He was imprisoned for the second killing.

Harry Basset – A New Mexico gunman, Basset was shot on November 20, 1879, in Otero, New Mexico.

Dan Baxter – A New Mexico gunman, Baxter was shot and killed in August 1884 by Frank Thurmond in Deming, New Mexico.

Charles Washington Beach (1833-1889) – A gunman, Beach shot and killed a man who stabbed him in Prescott, Arizona, on December 3, 1883.

Edward T. “Red” Beard (1828 -1873) – A little-known gunfighter who drifted across the West before settling in the rowdy cowtown of DelanoKansas.

John Beard – A Texas gunman in Mason County, Beard was involved in the Horrell-Higgins feud.

Mose Beard – Brother to John Beard, Moss also was involved in the Horrell-Higgins feud.

Bob Beckwith (18??-1878) – A member of the Seven Rivers Warriors during the Lincoln County War in New Mexico, he was killed by a Regulator in Lincoln, New Mexico, on July 19, 1878.

Henry M. “Hugh” Beckwith (18??-1892)  – A member of the Seven Rivers Warriors, who fought in New Mexico’s Lincoln County War, Beckwith shot down his son-in-law on August 16, 1878. After the war, he moved to Texas, where he continued his outlaw ways and was killed when he tried to rob a general store at Presidio in 1892.

John M. Beckwith, Gunfighter

John M. Beckwith, Gunfighter

John Beckwith (1853-1879) – A native of New Mexico, John was born on January 14, 1853, and along with his older brother Robert, ran a cattle ranch on the east side of the Pecos River in Lincoln County. Both John and his brother were working as deputies under Sheriff William Brady when a posse was sent out to attach rival faction leader John Tunstall’s cattle. When the posse met up with Tunstall, the rancher refused to give over his herd and was killed on February 18, 1878. This event set off the infamous Lincoln County War Fighting Billy the Kid and the rest of the McSween “Regulators,” John’s brother, Robert, was killed during the climactic battle in Lincoln in 1878. John was shot to death the following year by John Jones.

Robert “Bob” W. Beckwith (1850-1878) – The son of a rancher, Bob was born on October 16, 1850, and when he grew up, he worked as a rancher with his younger brother John in Lincoln County, New Mexico. By 1876, the pair had established a ranch of their own. When the bitter rivalry that would spawn the Lincoln County War began, the two became involved in the Dolan-Murphy faction and were deputized. On February 18, 1878, the brothers were with a group of deputies who stopped rancher John Tunstall, killing him and setting off the infamous Lincoln County War. Bob was killed in the climactic battle in Lincoln on July 19, 1878.

C. Bell Gunfighter, lawman, and Union spy during the Civil War, Bell claimed to have killed over 30 men.

Jim Bewley –  A gunman was killed in Oregon attempting to break the smallpox quarantine.

Juan Bideno (18??-1871) – Bideno’s known career as a gunman was compressed into a few violent days in the summer of 1871. Bideno, who worked as a cowboy and sometimes a hired gunman, signed on to a cattle drive from Texas to Abilene, Kansas. Leading the drive was 22-year-old Billy Cohron, who noticed Bideno’s slack work and called him on it several times. This soon led to hard words between the pair. They again had words as the cattle crossed the Cottonwood River, and Bidino shot the young trail boss. Bidieo quickly fled with a posse in hot pursuit. But, the lawmen didn’t have a chance, as John Wesley Hardin found him first. Unfortunately for Bideno, the trail boss he killed was a friend of Hardin’s.

Pete Bishop – A gunman and saloon owner, Bishop killed two men in December 1871.

Blackie Black – A gunman and teamster, Black killed several men in Texas in the early 1850s.

Andy Blevins, aka: Andy Cooper (18??-1887) – Blevins was reportedly wanted for cattle rustling and murder in Texas before he and his family moved to Pleasant Valley, Arizona, and began ranching. The Blevins soon found themselves during a local range war between the Graham and Tewksbury factions, called the Pleasant Valley War. The dispute was between cattlemen and sheepherders, who were fighting over property lines and water rights. Blevins soon hired his gun out to the cattle-herding Grahams and killed two men,  including the leader of the sheepherder’s faction. Two days later, on September 4, 1887, Blevins was shot down by Commodore Perry Owens, the sheriff in Holbrook, Arizona. In the gunbattle, Owens also killed Andy’s brother Sam Blevins and another cohort named Mose Roberts.

John Blevins – A gunman in the Pleasant Valley War of Arizona.

Blind Joe – A New Mexico gunman, Joe was killed on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in January 1908.

Angus A. “Gus” Bobbitt – A gunman and former lawman, Bobbitt led a faction in the Pontotoc County War against cattlemen Jesse West and Joseph Allen. He was killed in an ambush in February 1909.

Thomas Boggs – A friend of Kit Carson’s, Boggs was a gunman and mountain man in the area of Taos, New Mexico.

George Bowers – Gunman Bowers was killed in the Lincoln County War on July 19, 1878.

Mart Boyce (18??-1883) – A gunman and faro dealer in Caldwell, Kansas, was killed by Marshal Henry Brown in 1883.

Andrew “Andy” Boyle – A member of the Seven Rivers Warriors who fought in New Mexico’s Lincoln County War.  He survived and died of unknown causes in Dona Ana County on May 14, 1882, or 1887.

“Sport” Boyle – A gunman and outlaw, Boyle was a member of the Dodge City Gang in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

George “Joe” Bowers – Fought with the Regulators in the Lincoln County War of New Mexico.  He later moved to Kansas in the mid-1880s and disappeared.

William Cowper Brann – A newspaperman, Brann engaged Captain T.E. Davis in a gunfight on April 1, 1898, in which both men were killed.

David C. Broderick – A gunman and politician in California, Broderick was killed by Judge David S. Terry in a duel in the 1850s.

Billy Brooks

Billy Brooks

William L. “Buffalo Bill” Brooks (1832-1874) – Lawman turned outlaw, Brooks served as marshal in Newton and Dodge City, Kansas, before being arrested for horse theft. A vigilante mob lynched him and two other men on July 29, 1874.

Henry Newton Brown (1857–1884) –  Fought with the Regulators in the Lincoln County War of New Mexico.  He then worked as a sheriff in Tascosa, Texas, and a marshal in Caldwell, Kansas. While serving as a lawman, he made a failed attempt to rob a bank in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, on April 30, 1884.  He was immediately captured and hanged the same day by vigilantes.

“Long-Haired Sam” Brown – A gunman and outlaw in the Nevada mining camps, Brown killed fifteen men and was shot and killed on July 7, 1861.

R. L. Bryan – A member of the John Kinney Gang during New Mexico’s Lincoln County War.  After the gang broke up, he disappeared.

Charles “Charlie” Bryant, aka: Black Face Charlie (18??-1891) – A member of the Dalton Gang, Bryant was killed in a gunfight with U.S. Deputy Marshal Edward Short, which left both men dead.

Roscoe “Rustling Bob” Bryant – A member of the John Kinney Gang during New Mexico’s Lincoln County War.  He was killed by members of Selman’s Scouts near Seven Rivers, New Mexico, in September 1878.

John C. Bull (18??-1928) – A gunman, Bull killed a farmer in Montana in 1867. Captured and tried, he was acquitted in 1882. He died in 1928.

Roscoe Burrell – A member of Jesse Evans Gang during New Mexico’s Lincoln County War.  Nothing is known of his life following the conflict.

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