Benjamin Harleman
Unfortunately, no
Thu Feb 16, 9:05

Hi gobs,

The link supports the known information about Daniel S Miller in the Tombstone and Charleston area, but doesn’t touch on anything about possible time in or around Dodge City.

Dave DeHaas and Don Chaput have done a bit lately on some of the known Earp associates, and it got me wondering about this guy who Lee Silva wrote about, suggesting Daniel S. Miller and Daniel Miller Ferguson were the same person. I emailed Dave last night to ask him if he knew anything about the man. Something I suppose I should have started with.


  • Daniel Samuel Millergobs, Thu Feb 16 7:41
    Robert ... thanks again after your success with Bold v Bowles ... does this answer Benjamin's question? ... I no longer have the Lake ... who is Daniel Miller Ferguson? ... take care
    • Unfortunately, no — Benjamin Harleman, Thu Feb 16 9:05
      • Coeur d' Alene , IdahoRobert Buckley, Thu Feb 16 18:06
        In this newspaper, D.S. Miller has returned to Lake Valley, New Mexico from Coeur d'Alene,Idaho. more
        • Coeur d' Alene , Idahogobs, Sat Feb 18 8:14
          Fairly recent book Deborah Cuyle - Murder & Mayhem In Coeur d'Alene & the Silver Valley The History Press (July 4, 2022) Paperback ‏ : ‎ 144 pages ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1467149136 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1... more
          • Coeur d' Alene , Idahogobs, Wed Mar 01 11:54
            Big disappointment ... short sensationalist stories ... no index ... repeats the "fact" that Wyatt was a claim jumper rather than the whole legal entanglements involved ... see "Wyatt Earp & Coeur D'Alene... more
            • There was more than one suit filedButch Badon, Fri Mar 10 13:19
              against Wyatt Earp. And most of those suits were still pending when Wyatt Earp left that area. Eventually, Wyatt lost most of those suits, but it didn't matter. Wyatt had picked those claims clean and... more
              • There was more than one suit filedgobs, Fri Mar 10 14:27
                Butch ... all I CLAIMED is that the article repeats the "fact" that Wyatt was a claim jumper rather than the whole legal entanglements involved ... in a battle between a multitude of claim jumpers and... more
                • YesButch Badon, Sun Apr 09 18:06
                  And my only point was an is that Wyatt Earp was a claim jumper. One can take the position that he was challenging Prichard's claims - and Prichard made more than one claim. Prichard eventually won all... more
                  • Yesgobs, Mon Apr 10 3:59
                    Butch ... All I've ever ascertained is that Prichard and his associates [it isn't clear who actually discovered the initial claims) made countless illegal claims by proxy for people living outside the... more
          • Re: Coeur d' Alene , IdahoRobert Buckley, Sat Feb 18 14:31
            Thanks Gobs...I've been looking at contemporary newspaper accounts of Dan Ferguson killing Thomas Steele . The newspapers state that Dan Ferguson was 23 years old and from Nebraska . His father's name... more
            • Stuart Lake letterBenjamin Harleman, Sat Feb 18 23:59
              Gobs and Robert, Silva cites a letter from Stuart Lake saying that Danny Ferguson served with Wyatt as deputy sheriffs in Coeur d'Lane, so it sounds like that makes it a lock. However, I'm curious what... more
        • Re: Coeur d' Alene , Idahogobs, Fri Feb 17 11:01
          Thanks again Robert ... I had my suspicions about then Earp neophyte Isenberg and presumed he got his information second-hand There's nothing in there that Tefertiller hasn't covered, but according to... more
          • Re: Re: Coeur d' Alene , IdahoBenjamin Harleman, Sun Feb 19 0:12
            Thanks for the insight here. I have the Coeur d'Lane Gold book, but unfortunately I only have a handful of my books with me at the moment due to a lot of traveling. Ben
      • Unfortunately, nogobs, Thu Feb 16 10:04
        Thanks Ben ... and I should have dug out Fattig and Silva ... are the DeHaas and Chaput investigations connected to the next WYATT EARP A BIOGRAPHY OF THE LEGEND or is this a very old man's wishful thinking?... more
        • DeHaas & SilvaBenjamin Harleman, Sun Feb 19 0:10
          Without wanting to misrepresent my good friend, I'd say probably wishful thinking. The last time I talked to David about the upcoming Silva volumes was just after he retired and he had a lot of his own... more
          • DeHaas & Silvagobs, Sun Feb 19 10:10
            Ben ... thanks for the info ... nice to know [or think I know] Name: Daniel C Miller Birth Date: Jul 1852 Birthplace: Virginia Father's Birthplace: Virginia Mother's Birthplace: Virginia Spouse's... more
            • In 1881.....Robert Buckley, Sun Feb 19 10:58
              In 1881, Daniel Samuel Miller was in and around Tombstone, Arizona. In 1881, Dan Ferguson was in North Platte, Nebraska. more
              • Robert Buckley In 1881.....gobs, Sun Feb 19 11:15
                Thanks again Robert ... more complications ... yes, father and son in Nebraska ... this affair is mentioned in the Coeur D'Alenes book ... it happened on October 10, 1881 and Bill Tucker was a known hardcase... more
                • In 1921...Robert Buckley, Sun Feb 19 21:43
                  In 1921, Daniel M. Ferguson was 62 years old and living in Alameda, California. On Sunday, April, 17,1921, The San Francisco Examiner reported that a shipyard guard in Alameda named Daniel Miller... more
                  • In 1921...gobs, Mon Feb 20 3:32
                    Robert ... so "Daniel M. Ferguson was born October 1, 1859 in Pennsylvania" is now the correct date for at least one individual ... cheers
                    • Leon Daniel FergusonRobert Buckley, Thu Feb 23 17:57
                      Daniel Miller Ferguson had a son named Leon Daniel Ferguson. Leon was born December 31,1896. Leon was a wing walker who performed stunts at aerial shows. He died in 1920 performing at the Sonoma fair.... more
                      • Re: Leon Daniel Fergusongobs, Fri Feb 24 5:17
                        Robert ... daring the devil could only end one way ... one definite tidbit ... Daniel M. Ferguson was Captain of the shipyard guards ... and more deaths in Belfast and trouble with the New York longshoremen... more
                        • Fingers are near to triggers and Alturas looks for tragedyRobert Buckley, Wed Mar 01 19:40
                          More Daniel Miller Ferguson,a.k.a Danny Miller at Alturas. more
                          • Robert ... another great photo ... how many of them wore the same fake moustaches in 1902? ... can't wait for the "not guilty" verdicts ... again, on Google more
                            • Danny Miller and Wyatt EarpRobert Buckley, Thu Mar 02 17:32
                              • Danny Miller and Wyatt Earpgobs, Fri Mar 03 2:31
                                How was this missed? Where's Kenny? The paper said that Julian offered five names--Hiram Cook, Billy Jordan, Bob McArthur,... more
                                • Re: Danny Miller and Wyatt EarpRobert Buckley, Fri Mar 03 3:55
                                  In the 1890's, Danny owned a couple of race horses. He was well known in the race track circles. The newspapers reported him to be a gambler, gunfighter and a horseman. His name was being reported during... more
                                • Re: Danny Miller and Wyatt EarpRobert Buckley, Fri Mar 03 3:25
                        • Daniel Ferguson's wife , Tillie...Robert Buckley, Wed Mar 01 1:17
                          Daniel M. Ferguson had a wife named Tillie. In 1906, she and her nine year old son,Leon,went to a restaurant. At this restaurant, Tillie tried to kill herself by drinking Lysol. Here is a newspaper... more
                          • Daniel Ferguson's wife , Tillie...gobs, Wed Mar 01 4:42
                            Robert ... I know how thorough you are and will have read these found on Google ... it appears to have been a popular local pastime more
                            • Re: Daniel Ferguson's wife , Tillie...Robert Buckley, Wed Mar 01 7:44
                              Thanks Gobs,...and I thought Texas had a lot of rope. With the newspapers stating that Daniel Ferguson was well known around the race track, I'm curious if we will find him and Wyatt together around... more
                          • Daniel Ferguson's wife , Tillie...gobs, Wed Mar 01 1:57
                            Robert ... blimey ... you have been busy ... and another photo you've found ... only pity is that he looks respectable
                  • Re: In 1921...Benjamin Harleman, Sun Feb 19 23:45
                    Wow, lots of good stuff, thanks guys. Dave just emailed me some clippings and comments from Chaput, and I only briefly looked it over so far, but I believe one of the articles he sent addresses the issue... more
                    • Thomas Bowles ShannonRobert Buckley, Thu Feb 23 14:56
                      Daniel M. Ferguson's mother was Ellen Mary Shannon Ferguson. Her brother was Thomas Bowles Shannon. Thomas Bowles Shannon was a 49ner in the California gold rush. He was also in Congress during... more
                    • Re: In 1921...gobs, Mon Feb 20 9:18
                      Ben ... it was in Silva, The Cowtown Years page 626 Lake lost his notes on Miller but wrote to to Vestal: "During the War years of 1917-1918 Danny was hired as a special officer, or guard around the... more
                      • Re: Re: In 1921...Robert Buckley, Mon Feb 20 9:29
                        Gobs, I have the newspaper clipping for the shooting in 1921 on my newspaperdotcom account. I also have a clipping of a letter Daniel wrote to the editor of the North Platte newspaper in April of 1884... more
                    • Re: In 1921...gobs, Mon Feb 20 4:08
                      Ben ... this was in one of the books I checked ... of course, I can't remember which "In 1921, Daniel M. Ferguson was 62 years old and living in Alameda, California. On Sunday, April, 17,1921, The San... more