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NOTE----WORTHY COUSINS
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7)   "WILD BILL HICKOCK"
(JAMES BUTLER HICKOCK)


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US Marshall
Gunslinger
Professional Gambler
Stage Coach Driver
Frontiersman, and
American Legend


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This is the family relationship between
Sarah Elizabeth Rose
and "Wild Bill" Hickock

Our common ancestors are John
Washbourne and Joan Mytton

Wild bill's line descends through John
and Joan's son, John Jr. Washbourne
in this way;

John Jr. Washbourne, John Washbourne
(1544), John Washbourne (1566),
John Washburn (1597), John
Washburn (1620), Mary Washburn,
Samuel Kingsley (1693), Samuel Kingsley
 (1716), Unis Kingsley, polly Butler,
James Butler Hickock
"Wild Bill" Hickock

Sarah Elizabeth Rose's line descends
through John Washbourne and
Joan Mytton, son, Robert Washbourne,
  in this way:

Robert Washbourne, John W
ashbourne (1500), Anthony
Washbourne, Robert Washbourne
(1550), Alice Washbourne, John
Woodcock, Mary Woodcock,
Samuel Guild, Elizabeth Guild,
Cynthia Sweetland, Samuel S.
Searles, Then seven more
generations down to myself.

Since "Wild Bill" Hickock,
and my ancestor, Samuel S. Searles,
are 10th cousins, and since there are 7 more
generations between "Wild Bill" and myself,
we are therefore, 10th Cousins,
7 times removed.

Wild Bill died at the age of only 39. But what
a life he lived; He was a famous gunslinger,
professional gambler, and U.S. Marshall.
He was terminated from the US Marshall
job for shooting folks he thought deserved
to be shot---and not bothering with a trial.
Of course he was also famous as an
entertainer of his day. An interesting event
is said to have ocurred involving Wild Bill
during the period of time when he was a
Stage Coach Driver. It is said that as he lay
sleeping out in the opens of Colorado, one
night, a wild bearattacked him. while he
was asleep. The eye witnesses report that
the bear and Wild Bill were very well matched
Wild Bill killed that bear and he almost died
doing it. After this Bear fight, Wild Bill decided
to give up driving the Stage Coach, and become
a US Marshall in Nebraska instead. It is said
that in 1861 heconfronted the entire McCanles
gang single-handedly, and in the shoot-out he
killed Jeb McCanles and two of his men, and
arrested the rest. For this feat which was
considered practically super human at the
time, he received a reward of $175. The
McCanles outlaw gang had been wanted for
train robbery, murder, bank robbery, cattle
rustling, and stealing horses. During the Civil
War, Wild Bill worked as a Union Scout.
Later,in response to questions by journalists,
 he said he had shot 50 Confederates with
exactly 50 bullets! He also made some daring
forays behind the Confederate lines. Shortly
after the war, in 1867, he was interviewed by
Henry M. Stanley, a journalist and reporter,
(the same Stanley of African fame for having
uttered the famous declaration, "Dr.
Livingstone, I presume.") Mr. Stanley asked;
Wild Bill how many men he had killed,  To
which Wild Bill answered, I am perfectly
willing to swear a solemn oath on the Bible,
tomorrow, that I have killed substantially
over a hundred." In 1868 Wild Bill worked
as a U.S.Army Scout, in Colorado, where
he and 40 men from the 3rd infantry battalion
out of Fort Russell, found themselves surrounded
by over 350 braves of the Kiowa Indian tribe,
led by Chief Tilgha-ma and his son, Moh-ka-na.
After a two day siege, the Army realized they were
in big trouble; their ammo was getting low, and six
of the soldiers had been killed; two by arrows, three
by rifle fire, and one by a spear, and reinforcements
were no where in sight. All looked bleak until Wild
Bill, to the surprise of soldiers and Indians alike,
sped on horseback right passed the resting Indians
and straight to the Fort where he quickly brought
back the needed reinforcements.  After the war Wild
Bill worked as the US Marshall in Hays City, Kansas
and spent his spare time gambling at the local saloon,
till the day he was accused of cheating by James
"Dog" Kennedy, which led to a duel, and Wild Bill
killing James "Dog" Kennedy. the eye witnesses
reported it was a fair fight. In 1867 Wild Bill decided
to work as a US Marshall in Abilene, KS, until the
townspeople got fed up with his gambline, bullying,
and gunslinging, and finally fired him. The Gold
Rush was in full swing in the Deadwood, Dakota
Territory, with lots of minors having lots of money,
so that's where US Marshall Hickock went next.
In addition to his regular duties, Deadwood also
paid him fifty cents for every unlicensed dog he
shot within the city limits. it was in Deadwood,
that he met and fell in love with, Calamity Jane,
(Martha Jane Cannary), whom folks remarked
was just like Wile Bill in almost every respect.
They both enjoyed whiskey, a fun time, and were
unusually brave individuals. It is also said both
were liars without moral scruples of any kind,
who enjoyed carrying on in a grand fashion. She
was a good influence on him though and for the
first time in his life he took a real job. He hired on
to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show as a sharpshooter
at the huge amount of $192 per month and
accommodations. However, it wasn't very long till
he was fired again, mostly for excessive drinking.
He returned to Deadwood, and was at Sweeney's
Silver Dollar Saloon, playing poker when Jack
 McCall, (who believed Hickock had killed his
brother back in Kansas) spotted him there.
( This was probably true, since Lew McCall was
a thief who had met his end in Abilene in a gunfight
with a "lawman."). McCall slowly walked up behind
Hickock, withdrew his revolver and shot Wild Bill in
the back of the head, killing him instantly.   He was
only 39 years old.


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