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Tewksburys in Arizona    

1880 Census

Pleasant Valley, Yavapai County, ED 24, Sheet 5, 1 Jun 1880, Dwelling 2, Family 2, Lines 4-7.

Tewksbury John wm 24 head single farmer CA ME CA
  Edward wm 22 brother single   CA ME CA
  Frank wm 19 brother single   CA ME CA
  James wm 17 brother single   CA ME CA


District 16, Maricopa County, Folio 63a, 1 Jun 1880.

Tewksbury John wm 56 head married farmer ME NH ME
  Lydia wf 32 wife married   Eng Eng Eng
  Mary wf 15 dau single   CA ME Eng
  Anna wf 8 dau single   AZ ME Eng
  Thomas A. wm 6 son single   AZ ME Eng
  Gustaves wm 4 son single   AZ ME Eng


Tuesday, November 27, 1962, page 1


Globe - The widow of 'the last man' of the bloody Pleasant Valley War died yesterday in Gila General Hospital. She is Mrs. Brawley R. Tewksbury, 92, who was married to Ed Tewksbury at Dudleyville, near Globe, March 18, 1897.

He was the last man in the bitter Arizona range feud of the 1880s and 1890s. Historians list from 19 to 30 men as casualties in the vendetta between the cattle-ranching Grahams and the sheep-raising Tewksburys and their friends. Two Graham brothers died in an ambush.

The surviving brother, Tom, left Pleasant Valley in 1887 and moved to Tempe to homestead a farm near the city. He was shot in the back and killed in 1892 while hauling grain to the Tempe Flour Mill. Some witnesses identified Ed Tewksbury as his slayer.

Mrs. Tewksbury's husband was tried two times for Graham's murder. The first trial resulted in a hung jury. The second trial ended in conviction. Because of a legal technicality the verdict was deferred and in 1895 the case was dismissed.

On his return to Globe, Tewksbury married the former Brawley Lopez. But he was in failing health as a result of illness contracted during the three years he spent in jails in Phoenix and Tucson. Tewksbury died in 1904. The community of Globe held a dance, and the proceeds were turned over to his widow and four children.

Friends who were close to Mrs. Tewksbury say one of her greatest sadnesses during her last years was the picturing of her husband as a cold-blooded slayer. They say she grieved about a Saturday Evening Post fiction serial in 1960 depicting her husband as a common killer of the frontier.

The last of Mrs. Tewksbury's children died in Globe a year ago. Mrs. Tewksbury had lived with a grandson, Joseph, in Phoenix until she was admitted to the hospital in Globe Saturday.

Funeral arrangements are being made at Walker's Mortuary in Globe.



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