Looking for the truth. A mystery is unfolding regarding Charlie Bowdre’s wife. It has been assumed that Manuela Herrera was his bride. However, census documentation shows Manuela to be only about 14 years old at the time the photo of her and Charlie was taken in Las Vegas, New Mexico. It would be a stretch of the imagination to think the woman in the photo is a fourteen-year-old girl. Even if the census was a couple years off, it is hard to imagine that woman as barely a teenager. Also, interviews and probate information have conflicting information. Research is ongoing and is being evaluated. More investigation is being done to see if we can confirm her true identity. We have her name. The lady in the Charlie Bowdre photograph is 25 year old Manuela Gonzales, not the 14 year old Manuela Herrera.
An article will be forthcoming.
Was she pregnant? Strangely reminiscent of early portraiture ... while there are images of pregnant women during the 16th and 17th centuries, there are only rare examples to be found between then and... more
Robert ... I know you're still working on this, but if the photo was of a different Manuela, no wonder the young wife lost her temper ... or did Garrett find it afterwards in the bloodstained jacket that... more
In 1975, Robert McCubbin purchased the blood - stained photo from Jarvis Garrett (Pat Garrett's son). Jarvis said the photo was taken off the body of Charlie Bowdre after he was killed at Stinking Springs.... more
Thanks for the probate details ... does this century long theory include Bowdre and Scurlock marrying the two sisters? If Garrett returned the body to the "widow" [who he knew] why would he keep the... more
When Jim East brought Charlie's body back to Manuela,Jim said Manuela's mother was with her at that time....Manuela Herrera's mother died in 1873.. Charlie and Doc were not brother- in- law,that is... more
Siringo was a known teller of tales ... as you say, Manuela Herrera's mother died in 1873, but, which mother did he see [or not] see? ... which Manuela did he dance with? ... which Manuela attacked the... more