Jesse Evans Gang – The Boys

Cattle Raid

Cattle Raid

Jesse Evans Gang, aka: The Boys (1872-1879) – Led by Jesse Evans, this gang was actively involved in cattle rustling and armed robbery in New Mexico in mid 1870’s, and for a while Billy the Kid rode with the gang. When the feud between the Dolan faction and John H. Tunstall began, each trying to control business interests and the cattle industry in Lincoln County, the Dolan-Murphy faction hired the Evans Gang to act as “enforcers.” It was after this occurred that Billy the Kid quit riding with the Evans Gang and would eventually support the opposing Tunstall faction, known as the Regulators. Some of the gang’s members were eventually involved in the “posse” that was formed by Sheriff William Brady to confront John Tunstall, an event that left Tunstall dead and ignited the Lincoln County War.

After the violence of Lincoln County had finally ended, the gang stayed in the area until February, 1879, then fled to Texas after Jessie and gang member, Billy Campbell were involved with another murder. In Texas, they continued their rustling and robbing activities until they tracked down by Texas Rangers near Presidio on July 3, 1880.

In the ultimate gunfight that occurred, Jesse Evans shot and killed Texas Ranger George Bingham, and gang member John Gross was killed by rangers. The members of the gang were finally forced to surrender. Evans was sentenced to prison in Huntsville but managed to escape from a work detail in May, 1882 and was never heard from again.