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Frank Taggart (1861?-1884) – A cowboy who was thought to have originally been from Texas, Taggart made his way to western New Mexico, where he hooked up with several cowboy outlaws including Kit Joy. On November 24, 1883, Taggart, along with Kit Joy, Mitch Lee, and George Washington Cleveland robbed a Southern Pacific Train several miles east of Gage Station, New Mexico, killing railroad engineer  Theophelus C. Webster in the process. He was soon arrested on January 14, 1884 in Apache County, Arizona by Sheriff Harvey Whitehill of Grant County, New Mexico and jailed at Silver City. On March 10, 1884, Taggart, his three train robbing cohorts, and several other prisoners escaped from jail but were quickly pursued by a posse. When the authorities caught up with them, a gun battle erupted, in which George Cleveland and a posseman named Joe Lafferr were killed. Though Mitch Lee was severely wounded, he and Taggart were returned to the jail, but Kit Joy was able to escape. However, shortly after their return, enraged citizens, angered over the death of Joe Lafferr, pronounced them guilty of murder in a hastily put together “court” and lynched the wounded Mitch Lee and Frank Taggart. Kit Joy was apprehended ten days later and soon sentenced to life in prison.

William “Russian Bill” Tattenbaum (18??-1881) – Gunman, rustler, and thief, Russian Bill was a member of the infamous Clanton Gang. He was hanged along with Sandy King in Shakespeare, New Mexico.

Charles Fletcher Taylor (1842?-1912) – Rode with William Quantrill during the Civil War and was involved in a number of battles including the Lawrence, Kansas raid. He started his own command in late June, 1864 and became a Captain of a Missouri Partisan Ranger band. In August, 1864 was wounded and had to have his arm amputated. When the Civil War was over, he briefly joined up with the James-Younger Gang and allegedly participated in the Liberty, Missouri Bank Robbery in 1866. But, Taylor soon went “straight,” moved to Joplin, Missouri where he made his fortune in the lead mines. At some point he was elected to the Missouri State Legislature. After his brief stint in politics, he moved on to Nebraska, and then about 1892, to California. He died at the age of 70 and was buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, San Francisco, California.

Jack Hays Taylor (18??-1869) – A gunfighter and outlaw, Taylor was heavily involved in the Taylor-Sutton Feud in Texas in 1873

Jack J. Taylor – Taylor was a member of a gang of train robbers and killers in Arizona and New Mexico. He was finally captured and received a life sentence for a train robbery in 1888.

Jose Telles – A New Mexico outlaw, Telles was executed in Santa Fe on April 3, 1903.

Octoviano Telles – A New Mexico outlaw, Telles eluded authorities for years until he was finally arrested on August 13, 1907.

Te-o-lit-se – A Creek Indian, he shot and killed a traveler, E.R. Cochran to rob him of the $7.40 he carried. He was hanged at Fort Smith, Arkansas on June 29, 1883.

William Terwilliger – A road agent in Montana and thought to have been a member of Henry Plummer’s gang of Innocents. He was hanged by Montana Vigilantes.

Charles Thomas – Outlaw and cattle rustler in New Mexico.

William H. Thompson, aka: Kid Thompson – A California outlaw, Thompson twice robbed trains near Los Angeles in December 1893 and February 1895 with a man named Johnson. In the summer of 1895, he was captured and sent to prison.

George Tobler (18??-1890) – A member of the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory killed a rival, Irvin Richmond over a woman. He was hanged on January, 1890 at Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Captain George W. Todd – A Missouri outlaw, Todd fought along side Cole Younger in Bill Anderson’s guerilla army and was killed after the war.

John Tornow (1880-1912) – A former mental patient who had become a legend among local loggers in Washington, he was killed in a pitched gun battle in the spring of 1912.

William “Billy” Towerly (1870-1887) – An outlaw horse thief, the 17 year-old killed, in less than a month, two U.S. Deputy Marshals — Frank Dalton and Ed Stokley.

Harry Tracy (1874-1902) – Tracy rode with Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch before making his way to Washington, where he rode with outlaw Dave Merrill. The two were later apprehended and sent to Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. During a prison escape in 1902, Tracy killed Merrill, and then committed suicide when he was surrounded by a posse in eastern Washington.

Charles Trentham – An outlaw and a Texas Ranger, Trentham killed a man in Marla, Texas before fleeing first to New Mexico, then to Indian Territory.

Antonio Maria Trujillo – New Mexico outlaw Trujillo was hanged for high treason on February 18, 1883.

Julian Trujillo – Trujillo was one of the many members of Vicente Silva’s White Caps Gang.

Jim Tucker – An outlaw and murderer, Tucker poisoned W.F. Fletcher. Later he was shot and killed by Deputy Sheriff Henry Barton in Pinos Altos, New Mexico on May 20, 1882.

 

By Kathy Weiser-Alexander, August, 2017.

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