Josephine Earp

Josephine Earp

Actress and Dancer + Wife of Wyatt Earp
Born 1861

Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp was an American part-time actress and dancer who was best known as the wife of famed Old West lawman and gambler Wyatt Earp. Known as "Sadie" to the public in 1881, she met Wyatt in the frontier boom town Tombstone, Arizona Territory when she was living with Cochise County Sheriff Johnny Behan. She became Earp's common-law wife for 48 years.… Read More

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1860 Birth Born in 1860.
1869 9 Years Old In March 1869, Behan married Victoria Zaff, the 17-year-old daughter of Yavapai County Sheriff John P. Bourke in San Francisco, the girl's home town. … Read More


…  Much of her life from about 1874 to 1880 is uncertain; she worked hard to keep this period of her life private, even threatening legal action against writers and movie producers.
On February 6, 1875, criminal charges were filed against Sadie Mansfield for petty larceny, accusing her of stealing two German silver spoons worth $126.00. … Read More
1876 16 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In January 1876, Josephine or Sadie left Prescott, stopped at a Los Angeles hotel, and returns to San Francisco before March 6.
In the Cason manuscript, which was partly a basis for the book I Married Wyatt Earp, Josephine says she and her friend Dora joined the Pauline Markham Theater Company in 1879, when it visited San Francisco on its Western tour. … Read More


1880 20 Years Old …  In Josephine's version of her life story, she left San Francisco to join Behan to Tombstone in October, 1880, and was hoping he would fulfill his promises to marry her. … Read More
Josephine left Behan in 1881, before the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, during which Wyatt and his brothers killed three Cowboys.
She went to San Francisco in March 1882 and was joined that fall by Wyatt, with whom she remained in a common-law marriage for 46 years until his death. … Read More
1883 23 Years Old In early 1883, Josephine—or Sadie as Wyatt called her—and Wyatt left San Francisco for Gunnison, Colorado, where Earp ran a Faro bank until he received a request in April for assistance from Luke Short in Dodge City. … Read More
1888 28 Years Old …  Mattie resumed life as a prostitute and committed "suicide by opium poisoning" on July 3, 1888. … Read More


1891 31 Years Old The Earps moved back to San Francisco in 1891 so Josie could be closer to her family. … Read More
1892 32 Years Old Josephine wrote in I Married Wyatt Earp that she and Wyatt were married in 1892 offshore by the captain of Lucky Baldwin's yacht. … Read More
1896 36 Years Old With the controversy over the boxing match dogging him, Earp gave up managing race horses in San Francisco and on December 20, 1896 he and Josie left for Yuma, Arizona. … Read More


1929 69 Years Old …  After Wyatt died in 1929, Josephine traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to try to persuade the publisher to stop the release of the book.
1944 85 Years Old …  Josephine died on December 20, 1944, at 4004 W. 17th Street in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. … Read More
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