Bob - Was Kate related to the Rafferty family in Tombstone? Capt. John P Rafferty was politically active in Tombstone in the early 1880s. His daughter Nellie dressed up as "Goddess of Liberty" to celebrate New Year's with the Fire Department (Jan. 1882).
J P's son, George, stayed around Tombstone long enough to become the foreman of the Lucky Cuss in the '90s and early '00s.
Great family - but are they related to Kate? Just riffing off the name! - paul
I think the only source for Kate seeing the street fight is in her alleged letter to her niece, Lillian Rafferty. She says she viewed the fight from her window in Fly's boarding house, not from an upp... more
All I know is that Kate's niece was named Lillian Rafferty and she is who Kate is supposed to have written the letter to. Here are some archived posts on the letter.
I have Kate’s niece as Lillian May Lane Rafert ( 1879-1940) . Lillian’s mother was Kate’s sister, Rosalia. Her father, Ephriam Lane, died in 1879,same year Lillian was born . Rosalia married two more ... more
Robert, I think I found where "Rafferty" got put into the mix:
Gary Roberts cites "Raffert" with two f's in his Do... more
If there is any truth to the story of her, Kate, observing the shoot-out from Fly's boarding house window, depending on her shaky relationship with Holliday...why would not the Defense want her for a ... more