by Sean Pauzauskie, MD
An interesting historical fact, recently discovered, to share: Wyatt Earp (as in of Tombstone and Dodge City legend) was named after Elijah Stapp’s cousin.
Wyatt Berry Stapp (1813-1851, Warren Co., Illinois) was the son of Wyatt Stapp (1787-1819, Warren, Illinois), who was the son of James Stapp (1764-1819, Madison Co., Kentucky), who was the son of Joshua/Joseph Stapp (1724-1814, Orange Co., VA), who was also the father of Achilles Stapp (1755-1849, Scott Co., Kentucky), who was the father of Elijah Stapp. If that’s not confusing enough, the point is: Wyatt Berry Stapp, Wyatt Earp’s namesake, was Elijah Stapp’s “first cousin once removed”, or, the son of his cousin, Wyatt Stapp.
When Wyatt Berry Stapp formed a military unit to help fight in the Mexican-American War, he befriended Wyatt Earp’s father, Nicolas Porter Earp. Nicolas Porter Earp was skilled in the raising and handling of horses, and Wyatt Berry Stapp’s unit was a cavalry unit. So, Wyatt Berry Stapp promoted and became “war buddies” with him. After the war was over, in 1848 Nicolas Porter Earp named his fourth son “Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp”, or who we have come to know as Wyatt Earp.
It’s not a direct family connection, and descendants of Elijah Stapp are not directly related to Wyatt Earp. However, it is a piece of family lore that Wyatt Earp, as in *the* Wyatt Earp, was named after Elijah Stapp’s cousin. And that’s what I wanted to share with all of you.
Sean Pauzauskie, MD – El Paso, Texas, May 2018
Elijah Stapp was my grandmother’s (Celeste Mary Glass’s) grandmother’s (Cara Benton Stapp’s) grandfather.
For those incredulous, you may confirm where I discovered this fact, on either ancestry.com or geni.com, which both elicit the family relationship.