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's no family tree for William A. Hildreth (ca. 1854 -- 1914) on Ancestry so I do not know what other Hildreths he might be related to.
A colleague this afternoon found a 1914 Variety obit for William A. Hildreth indicating that he was also a stage actor. That led to notice about him in an 1885 Boston newspaper.
All interesting in the distracting, rabbit-hole way we encounter when we try to puzzle out a minor mystery.
The bottom line is that William A. Hindreth was most likely in 1877 a young painter, early 20s, up in Maine, when he did that oil of the anonymous mustachioed man, to which someone later affixed the "Wyatt Earp from life" note. Dan
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 S... more
Re: Samuel Clay Hildreth — Daniel Buck,Sat Jul 17 17:59
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.