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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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1861 Birth Born in 1861.
1869 8 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.
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 15 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 a book about her life, I Married Wyatt Earp (1967), she was quoted as describing events in Arizona that she was witness to that occurred before 1879, the year she otherwise said was the year she first arrived in Tombstone.
1880 19 Years Old …  When Josephine went with Behan to Tombstone in October, 1880, she was hoping he would fulfill his promises to marry her. … Read More


In early 1881, Josephine returned to Tombstone after a trip to San Francisco. … Read More
She returned to San Francisco in March 1882 and was joined that fall by Wyatt Earp, with whom she remained in a common-law marriage for 46 years until his death. … Read More
1883 22 Years Old In early 1883, Josephine—or Sadie as he called her—and Earp left San Francisco for Gunnison, Colorado, where Earp ran a Faro bank until he received a request for assistance from Luke Short in Dodge City. … Read More


1891 30 Years Old The Earps moved back to San Francisco in 1891 so Josie could be closer to her family. … Read More
1892 31 Years Old Josephine wrote in I Married Wyatt Earp that she and Wyatt were married in 1892 offshore by the captain of Baldwin's yacht. … Read More


1929 68 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. … Read More
1939 78 Years Old In 1939 Josephine sued 20th Century Fox for $50,000 in an attempt to keep them from making the film titled Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal. … Read More
1944 84 Years Old Josephine Earp died on December 20, 1944, at 4004 W. 17th Street in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. … Read More
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