William McCarty

William Henry McCarty (1859 - 1881)

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William Henry "Billy, the Kid" McCarty aka Bonney, Antrim
Born in New York City, New York, United Statesmap
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Fort Sumner, DeBaca County, New Mexico Territorymap
Profile last modified 11 Mar 2020 | Created 28 Jun 2014
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Biography

Records seem to agree that Billy was born sometime between September-November, 1859. But they disagree about the specifics.

Some researchers have claimed that William Henry McCarty was born at 210 Greene Street, New York City, on September 17, 1859. He was christened Henry McCarty on September 28, 1859 at the same church in which his parents had been married. His godparents were Thomas Cooney and Mary Clark.

The website www.aboutbillythekid.com disputes that information, saying: “Birth dates of November 20, 1859 and September 17, 1859 have popped up, but there's no proof or even a hint of these dates being accurate.”

Billy later adopted the surname Bonney. At various times he was also called Henry Antrim. But the name by which he was generally known was "Billy, The Kid"

At the age of 21 he was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett Patrick Floyd Garrett in 1881 at Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

In the News

Another photograph of "Billy The Kid" was discovered.

Read the article here.

'Only known photograph discovered' of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett together.

Read the article here.

Sources

See also:

  • www.aboutbillythekid.com
  • DeMattos, Jack, "The Search for Billy the Kid's Roots - Is Over!" Real West (No. 167), January 1980 - pp. 26-28, 59-60.
  • Letter from Rev. James B. Roberts, Church of St. Peter, New York City, to Jack DeMattos, March 24, 1979. The Church of St. Peter is located in Lower Manhattan, close to the World Trade Center and a short distance from the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MCWP-ZL8 : 13 December 2017), Henry Mc Carthy in entry for Patrick Mc Carthy, 1860, Manhattan First Ward, June 26, 1860, p. 176. Greene Street is located in lower Manhattan, close to the section now called "Little Italy." It is also located within walking distance of The Church of St. Peter, where Billy the Kid was baptized.
  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZT2-9LJ : 5 September 2017), Wm Bonny, Fort Sumner and Cedar Springs, San Miguel, New Mexico, United States; citing enumeration district ED 37, sheet 436B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0803; FHL microfilm 1,254,803.


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The McCarthy family shows up on the 1860 Census for New York Ward 1 District 1 Lines 34-37 of Page 176. Patrick's occupation is a day laborer. Patrick (30) and Catherine (29) are born in Ireland and Bridget (7) and Henry(1) are born in New York. Catherine doesn't have an occupation. Dwelling #325 family #1562

Since the information matches the McCarty family I would surmise that the census taker wrote what he thought was the correct spelling and after writing it wasn't inclined to change it if he was corrected.

posted by John Buck
The 1860 Census source being used has the name spelled "McCarthy". Please delete this comment if it is wrong.
posted by Robert Hock
Dates for Billy The Kid

The reason that I have a different birth date is that I based mine on Wikipedia and a letter. (I did have a typo, as well, which related to his parents’ marriage.) The commonly used birth date is actually his baptismal date a few days after his birth, which occurred on 17 SEP 1859.

I see no discrepancies in the dates of death. Billy’s “Pals” died on 19 DEC 1880, some nine months before Billy died on 14 JUL 1881, which is actually controversial, as well.

posted by Jill (Turkington) Lee
Dates for Billy The Kid

The reason that I have a different birth date is that I based mine on Wikipedia and a letter. (I did have a typo, as well, which related to his parents’ marriage.) The commonly used birth date is actually his baptismal date a few days after his birth, which occurred on 17 SEP 1859.

I see no discrepancies in the dates of death. Billy’s “Pals” died on 19 DEC 1880, some nine months before Billy died on 14 JUL 1881, which is actually controversial, as well.

posted by Jill (Turkington) Lee
I’m not sure that McCarty-931 and McCarty-1978 are the same person. The birthdates shown for the two of them are more that 8 years apart.

McCarty-931 was born on November 23, 1859, which is confirmed by:

http://www.biography.com/people/billy-the-kid-278971

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/billy-the-kid-born

http://www.notablebiographies.com/Be-Br/Billy-the-Kid.html

But McCarty-1978 shows a birthdate that is over 8 years earlier.

posted by Rick Heiser

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