Born and raised in Waverly, Iowa, Jean developed an interest in the Old West after moving to Arizona and spending time in Tombstone. She is a genealogist, who believes thorough family background research is as important as thorough historical research in developing a story.
Jean and Australian Peter Brand worked together on the Wyatt Earp Vendetta Posse story, resulting in several published articles and two books.
Also, she has now partnered with Ron Woggon on several published articles. The most recent is “A Portrait of Justice Jim Burnett: Arizona’s Outlaw Judge” Wild West History Association Journal, September 2017. A future book about Burnett is in the works.
Jean is one of the organizers of the annual Tombstone Territory Rendezvous held in Tombstone in October.
Jean has a degree in Business Administration and is a bookkeeper for her family’s businesses. She has completed genealogical courses from Brigham Young University and is a member of the National Genealogical Society. She and her husband, Chuck, have a combined family of five children, fourteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Jean Smith may be contacted by mail at:
993 E. Jennings St.
Safford, AZ 85546
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Born in Vermont, Chuck moved to Arizona when he was nine years old. He is a graduate of Thatcher High School and Eastern Arizona College with a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology.
Retiring from Phelps Dodge Mining Company after 33 years, he worked for two years at the Large Binocular Telescope on Mt Graham as Sr Electronic Technician, and then was hired as an Electrical Industrial Instrumentation Associate Professor at Eastern Arizona College. After teaching there for 13 years, he is now retired.
Chuck has always had an interest in Old West History and has studied various aspects of Arizona history, concentrating on Graham and Cochise counties. He has had two articles published in NOLA, Mutiny On the High Seas? Or Making Waves On the Desert? and One For Morg.
He has spoken at various events, including the annual Tombstone Territory Rendezvous in Tombstone, Arizona and the Graham County Historical Society Symposiums.
He currently is working on a book about James Parks, an early sheriff of Graham County. Chuck is on the Board of Directors of the Graham County Historical Society.
He lives in Safford, Arizona with his wife, Jean.
Chuck Smith may be contacted by mail at:
993 E. Jennings St.
Safford, AZ 85546
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Peter Brand lives in Sydney, Australia and has been researching the Earp/Tombstone topic for over 20 years. He has a particular interest in uncovering the lives of the men who rode with Wyatt Earp on the so-called "Vendetta", after the attempted assassination of Virgil Earp, and the murder of Morgan Earp. His research has also uncovered new information on the life of Doc Holliday and Doc’s enemies such as Perry Mallon and Johnny Tyler.
Peter's well-researched articles have appeared in the Western Outlaw Lawman Association Journal, the National Outlaw Lawman Association Quarterly, True West and Wild West magazines, the Tombstone Epitaph and the Wild West History Association Journal (WWHA). Three of his articles for the WWHA Journal have been the recipient of the WWHA award for excellence.
Peter Brand may be contacted by mail at:
PO Box 1030, Meadowbank, NSW 2114, Australia.
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Doug Vermillion is a lifelong Madison County, Indiana, resident, a retired educator, and a former newspaper journalist. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in United States History and Political Science from Anderson College (Anderson, IN) in 1973, and a Master's Degree in Political Science from Ball State University (Muncie, IN) in 1978. He retired after 30 years in public education and devoted 20 years to teaching in the local community college.
He currently works beyond his family research as a dual credit instructor at an adult high school in his hometown of Anderson, IN. He has more than 40 years of genealogy experience, building a sizable data base of his ancestral history.
His interest in the Earp Vendetta Posse began in high school where a teacher challenged him to pursue "the mystery" of Texas Jack Vermillion's true identity. Beginning in 2009, he and Peter Brand were introduced and collaborated in the effort to establish the life timeline of John Wilson Vermillion that led to the award-winning "Duty Bound" article in 2010. Doug assisted in researching and editingThe Story of Texas Jack Vermillion and continues to assist with the Tombstone Vendetta team’s research work.
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