Mattie Blaylock

American prostitute Mattie Blaylock

Celia Ann "Mattie" Blaylock was a prostitute who became the romantic companion and common-law wife of Old West lawman and gambler Wyatt Earp for about 8 years. Knowledge of her place in Wyatt's life was concealed by Josephine Earp, his later common-law wife, who worked hard to protect her and Wyatt's reputation in their later years.
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03 July 1888
Death Place
Pinal, Arizona

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  • 1888
    Age 38
    Died on July 3, 1888.
  • 1882
    Age 32
    Mattie left Tombstone with other Earp family members for Colton, California. She apparently expected to receive a telegram from Earp telling her where to meet him, but it never arrived. Instead, Earp went to San Francisco in late 1882 and began a relationship with Josephine "Sadie" Marcus, who had been the common-law wife of Johnny Behan in Tombstone.
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    After the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and following the March 18, 1882 assassination of Morgan Earp, Wyatt Earp, his youngest brother Warren, and a posse of other deputies took the law into their own hands and began a vendetta.
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  • 1872
    Age 22
    Court records show that she adopted prostitution as her profession beginning in 1872 in Fort Scott, then later in Dodge City. Mattie may have met Wyatt as early as 1871 and perhaps as late as the fall of 1873. She continued to work as a prostitute during their early years together. In the 1880 United States Census Mattie is listed as Wyatt's wife though there is no record of a legal marriage.
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  • 1870
    Age 20
    Celia, or "Celie" as she was known as a child, attended Sunday school, learned Biblical parables, and was taught to live by the Ten Commandments. When her older sister Martha Jane was 17 she married Charles Probst on July 1, 1870.
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  • 1868
    Age 18
    In mid-1868, Celia ran away with her younger sister Sarah to avoid farm life.
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  • 1850
    Age 0
    Born in 1850.
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