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 Hildreth has relocated to the West Coast earlier than I had thought.
I agree, the oil portrait looks nothing like Wyatt Earp, especially the near 30-year old Earp of 1877, and has no provenance. I suspect an enterprising rascal recently affixed the "Wyatt Earp from life" note based on the similarity to Earp's large mustache later in life. By the same token, all tintypes of men with bowler hats are Butch Cassidy, and all thin lads are Billy the Kid. Dan
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.
Re: William Albert Hildreth — Daniel Buck,Sun Jul 18 5:54
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.