About this Famous Person
Veteran of the American Civil War and was a Deputy U.S. Marshal for south-eastern Arizona Territory and Tombstone City Marshal at the time of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Source : Tim DOWLING
Virgil Earp was born in Hartford, Kentucky, the second son of Nicholas Earp and Virginia Ann Cooksey. In February 1860, while living in Pella, Iowa, 16-year-old Virgil eloped with 18-year-old Dutch immigrant Magdalena C. "Ellen" Rysdam (born November 25, 1842 in Utrecht, Netherlands – died May 3, 1910 in Cornelius, Oregon). They remained together for a year in spite of her parents' (Gerrit Rysdam and Magdalena Catrina Van Velzen) disapproval. Virgil and Ellen had a daughter, Nellie Jane Earp (January 7, 1862 – June 17, 1930).
On September 21, 1861, 18-year-old Virgil enlisted in the Union Army. He served with the 83rd Illinois Infantry from July 26, 1862, to June 24, 1865. Virgil's older brother James had previously enlisted, but returned home in late 1861 after he was badly wounded during a battle near Fredericktown, Missouri. Virgil's older half-brother Newton also enlisted with the Union and served throughout the war.
In the summer of 1863, Ellen learned from her parents and the Earps that Virgil had been killed in Tennessee. She left Pella with her parents and daughter for the Oregon Territory. She married John Van Rossem, who died shortly afterward, and married once again in 1867 to Thomas Eaton in Walla Walla, Washington Territory. Virgil was reconnected with Ellen and their daughter 37 years later.