Family tree of Mattie BLAYLOCK


AmericanBorn Celia Ann BLAYLOCK

American prostitute who became the romantic companion and common-law wife of Old West lawman and gambler Wyatt Earp

Born on 1850 in Johnson County, Iowa, USA , United States

Died on July 3, 1888 in Pinal City, Arizona, USA

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Mattie was born in Monroe Township, Johnson County, Iowa, near Fairfax, Iowa, to Henry Blaylock and Elizabeth "Betsy" Vance. She was their third child and second daughter. The family lived on a small farm that Henry had obtained in 1846. Henry and his wife were stern parents and adhered to the principle, "spare the rod and spoil the child," and "children should be seen and not heard."

Celia, or "Celie" as she was known as a child, attended Sunday school, learned Biblical parables, and was taught to live by the Ten Commandments. When her older sister Martha Jane was 17, she married Charles Probst on July 1, 1870. Celia had no desire to live on a farm the rest of her life.

Runs away

In mid-1868, Mattie ran away with her younger sister Sarah to avoid farm life. Mattie was a reasonably skilled seamstress and may have sought work in that field, but both girls found life on their own very difficult. There were few employment possibilities for young girls. They likely headed west to one of the growing towns along the Kansas-Iowa-Missouri border area.

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