Old West Outlaw List – X-Z

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Erastus “Red” Yager (or Yeager) (1831-1864) – An outlaw and messenger for Sheriff Henry Plummer’s gang, the Innocents, he would reveal the identities of Plummer and his gang. He was lynched in January, 1864 by Montana Vigilantes.

Oliver “Ol” Yantis (18??-1892) –  In Oklahoma, Oliver made the acquaintance of George “Bitter Creek” Newcomb, who soon recruited him into the Doolin-Dalton Gang.

Dick Yeager – See Nathaniel Ellsworth Wyatt

Cole (or Code) Young, aka: Cole Estes, Bob Harris, Tom Harris (1872-1896) – Hailing from Texas, Young was working as a cowboy near Roswell, New Mexico when he hooked up with the likes of George Musgrave. The pair then joined Will “Black Jack” Christian’s High Fives Gang, and began to rustle cattle, and rob banks, trains, and post offices. However, on the night of October 2, 1896, the gang attempted a train robbery in Rio Puerco, New Mexico, luck would run out for Young. After the Atlantic and Pacific train made a brief stop, a shot was fired, striking the brakeman’s lantern. By happenstance, U.S. Deputy Marshal Will Loomis, just happened to be on the train, and upon hearing the shot, went to investigate. As an engineer was trying to uncouple the Express Car at gunpoint, Loomis arrived and fired at the outlaws, leaving Young dead. The other bandits quickly fled. Young was buried in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Granville Young (18??-1845) – Outlaw member of a gang operating along the Mississippi River. Hanged in Rock Island County, Illinois.

William Young – A New Mexico outlaw Young was hanged in March, 1881 in Silver City.

James “Jim” Younger (1848-1902) – Member of the James-Younger Gang, was sent to prison and killed himself shortly after paroled.

John Harrison Younger (1851-1874) – Member of the James-Younger Gang, was killed in a shoot-out with Pinkerton Agents.

Robert “Bob” Ewing Younger (1853-1889) – Member of the James-Younger Gang, was sent to prison and died there of tuberculosis.

Thomas Coleman “Cole” Younger (1844-1916) – Member of the James-Younger Gang, he was sent to prison, paroled, and spent the rest of his life as an honest man.

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Robert Zachary – 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.

 

By Kathy Weiser-Alexander, August, 2017.

 

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