Daniel Buck
Re: Samuel Clay Hildreth
Sat Jul 17, 17:59

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.

Just found on WikiTree a "Hildreth Name Study," here, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Hildreth_Name_Study
but I have not explored it.

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

    • Samuel Clay HildrethRobert Buckley, Sat Jul 17 15:30
      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
        • Re: Re: Samuel Clay HildrethRobert Buckley, Sat Jul 17 18:36
          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 . https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/9055... more
          • Re: Re: Re: Samuel Clay HildrethDaniel Buck, Sun Jul 18 3:25
            Robert, 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
            • William Albert HildrethRobert Buckley, Sun Jul 18 5:13
              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. https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/pe... more
              • Re: William Albert HildrethDaniel Buck, Sun Jul 18 5:54
                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
                • Re: Re: William Albert HildrethDaniel Buck, Sun Jul 18 9:06
                  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." Live a... more
                  • Relisted - Only $500Mel Graf, Sat Jul 24 18:37
                    The note looks absolutely clownish. As an aside, I see “The Lost Story” portrait of “Earp” hasn’t gained the once promised traction. It appears that one of the authors has passed.
                    • Earp phto -- $375,000, free shipping!!Daniel Buck, Wed Jul 28 0:51
                      Speaking of the Earps, JRESIN has up on eBay for a bargain $375,000 -- free shipping!! -- a tintype of the Earp brothers. https://www.ebay.com/itm/255068245867?hash=item3b63408f6b:g:w5wAAOSwdMRghJ... more
                    • Re: Relisted - Only $500Daniel Buck, Sun Jul 25 3:20
                      When the price drops to $50, for a 19th century oil of an anonymous man by the seriously obscure Maine portraitist W.A. Hildreth, it might be a fair price.
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