Daniel, I know nothing about the painting or W.A. Hildreth. Do you know if he was any relation to Samuel Clay Hildreth. Sam was born in Independence,Mo . His father owned a stable of race horses and Sam would become known for race horses. For a time , Sam had Frank James working for him . After Sam died, his widow Mary remembered when Wyatt gave her a gold nugget, said he got the nugget in the Klondike.
Dan, this is the only person with the surname” Hildreth “ that possibly had a connection to Wyatt that I can come up with.
Up on eBay as we speak, at $1,500, an 1877 oil portrait said to be, per a helpful note on the canvas reverse, "Wyatt Earp from life," said note written it what is possibly a modern attempt at 19th cen... more
Samuel Clay Hildreth — Robert Buckley,Sat Jul 17 15:30
interesting. I had never heard of the surname Hildreth before, but once I began truffling on Ancestry, newspapers.com, I found it more often than I would have imagined. Unfortunately, there... more
Dan, Sam Hildreth had a family member named William Hildreth, 1844-1925. By 1870, William was living in Illinois. I'm not sure if he painted .
Best I can determine, the painter & stage actor William A. Hildreth was born ca. 1854 in Eastport or Gardiner, Maine, and died 5 September 1914 in Santa Monica, California. He married Jennie... more
Dan,I think the reason you didn't find a family tree on Ancestry for W.A. Hildreth is because the person who posted the tree listed his birth year at 1855.
Robert, many thanks.
Ancestry's software works in mysterious ways: my search for William A. Hildreth, born in Maine ca. 1854 had turned up nothing. The tree is quite helpful, and indicates that ... more
Turned out the search fail was my error, not Ancestry's: I searched for exact first and last name "William A. Hildreth," which failed to match the family tree for "William Albert Hildreth."
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Speaking of the Earps, JRESIN has up on eBay for a bargain $375,000 -- free shipping!! -- a tintype of the Earp brothers.