Billy Clanton

William Harrison Clanton (1862 - 1881)

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William Harrison (Billy) Clanton
Born in Hamilton County, Texas, United Statesmap
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[children unknown]
Died in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Oct 2014
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American Outlaw killed in gunfight at the O.K. Corral

American Folk Figure. Billy Clanton was a reluctant combatant in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. When becoming knowledgeable about the intentions of his older brother Ike to foster a confrontation with city lawmen, he attempted to calm him then persuade him to leave town. Unsuccessful, he would stay and participate in the gunfight while witnessing his brother fleeing from the scene after starting the altercation before dying in a hail of bullets.

The number of participants and the manner the shoot out unfolded has propelled the event into the forefront of lore, myth and folk tales of the lawless American west. All of the members involved became legendary due to the enormous publicity generated by books, newspapers and periodicals printing stories, most mainly fabricating mere fiction. Hollywood movie makers cranked out numerous films with dubious and embellished scenes.

The conflict was the result of suspicion by Tombstone Marshal Wyatt Earp that the Clanton family and their associates were a gang engaged in rustling and then selling stolen cattle plus the belief that they had stolen one of his horses. On the side of law was the three Earp brothers...Wyatt, special deputies Virgil and Morgan with Doc Holliday. The opposition was the Clanton family... Billy and Ike, McLaury brothers Tom and Frank with Billy Claiborne. Facts and results of the shoot out...McLaury family members Tom and Frank were killed as was Clanton family member Billy. They were embalmed and placed on display in the window of a Tombstone hardware store in an attempt to generate sympathy and initiate murder and malfeasance charges against the Earps.

Both the Clanton and McLaury families were prosperous cattle ranchers and well known in the area. The funeral for the threesome would be a major event in the Arizona boom town and their interment in the town cemetery was attended by hundreds of sympathetic mourners. The McLaury brothers were placed in a single grave with Billy nearby. The casualties on the side of the law were Special Deputies Morgan Earp, wounded in both shoulders and Virgil shot in the right calf while Doc Holliday was only grazed on his hip.

Billy was the youngest of three Clanton brothers born into a family of six in Hamilton County, Texas during the civil war to Newman Hayes and Mariah Kelso Clanton. Billy was the youngest of seven children and at age three the family began a relatively nomadic existence with a move to Fort Bowie in the Arizona Territory and quickly uproot and move to Ventura, California.

At his age of nine, the family was now living in Port Hueneme, California then his father would move his entire family back to Arizona with a plan of starting his own farming community in the Gila Valley. He would call the site Clantonville and actively farm while trying to entice others to settle here. This venture would end up in failure with the family splitting and the oldest son would move back to California while those remaining would move down the San Pedro River to Lewis Spring near Charleston. The site would become known as the Clanton Ranch and Billy now fifteen would help his father construct a large adobe house..." bio credited to FindaGrave member Donald Greyfield].


  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 August 2017), William H Clanton in household of N H Clanton, Charleston Village, Pima, Arizona, United States; citing enumeration district ED 2, sheet 190A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0036; FHL microfilm 1,254,036.
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On 12 May 2015 at 00:43 GMT Beryl Jacobs wrote:

Clanton-175 and Clanton-134 appear to represent the same person because: These match and should be merged. Thanks!

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