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Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp

(1861 - 1944)

Earp was born in Brooklyn, New York, to German-Jewish immigrant parents. At age seven she moved with her family to San Francisco.  She left home first at age 17 to follow a theatre company; in 1880 she followed a bankrupt politico to Arizona.  Soon after, she fell for Wyatt Earp.  The couple wandered throughout the West together until Wyatt Earp died in 1929.  Until her death, Earp defended her husband's reputation against unfavorable biographer's portrayals and, with some assistance, wrote her own work entitled I Married Wyatt Earp. She and her husband are buried in a Jewish cemetery in San Francisco area, where Wyatt Earp's fans make his grave the most-visited site.

Sources: Jewish Women's Archive