Phineas Fay "Phin" Clanton B. 1843 D. 01/05/1905

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1843 - Newman Haynes "Old Man" Clanton and his wife Mariah have their second son. Phineas Fay Clanton, known as "Phin," born in Callaway County, Missouri.

1851 - The family moves to Adams County, Illinois.

1853 - The family moves to Texas.

1865 - The family moves to Fort Bowie, Arizona Territory.

1866 - The family moves to San Buena Ventura, California. Phinís mother Mariah dies on the way.

1869 - Phin living in Lone Pine, California with his oldest brother John Wesley and his wife Nancy.

1873 - Phin moves back to Arizona to help his family with Clantonville, a farming community created by his father.

1877 - Phin moves down on the San Pedro River, up river from the town of Charleston, Arizona Territory.

1877 - Phin helps his father build a large Adobe house near Lewis Springs, about five miles south of Charleston. This would become known as the Clanton Ranch.

1880 - Phin is still living in the Lewis Springs ranch house, near Charleston, working as a Freight driver.

August 13, 1881 - Phinís father Newman Haynes "Old Man" Clanton is murdered in Guadalupe Canyon, New Mexico. He was buried where he fell.

October 26, 1881 = Phin's little brother Billy is killed by the Earps and Doc Holliday in a vacant lot behind the OK Corral. Phin was not in Tombstone when the gunfight took place.

ctober 28, 1881 - Billy is buried in the Boothill Graveyard in Tombstone, Arizona Territory.

December 28,1881 -Tombstone Police chief Virgil Earp is ambushed while crossing fifth street in Tombstone. He would survive the attack, but was crippled for life in his left arm. Phin and his brother Ike, were both arrested for this attack, but witnesses confirmed that they were both in Charleston, some 12 miles away when the shooting took place.

1882 - Phin Clan and Ike travel to Guadalupe Canyon, exhumed their fathers body and re-bury him in the Boothill Graveyard, next to his youngest son Billy.

November 23, 1882 - Phineas Fay "Phin" Clanton registers to vote in Cochise County.

Late 1882 - Phin and Ike move two hundred miles north of Tombstone to Apache County, Arizona. They both acquired 160 acres in an area known as Cienega Amarilla. Their little sister Mary Elsie lived near by in Springerville with her husband Ebin Stanley, who began working in the cattle business with Phin and Ike.

July 7, 1883 - Phin Clanton and Ebin Stanley are indicted by a grand jury for cattle rustling. The accuser said that the two illegally branded one calf with there "PU" brand. The two were arrested, the trial took place and they were both found not guilty.

December 27, 1885 - During the night, the Apache County treasurerís office safe was broken into and itís entire contents stolen. Deputy treasurer Francisco Baca claimed that masked robbers came to his house, took him down to the treasurerís office and made him open the safe. He claimed he knew the robbers were Phin and Ike Clanton, Ebin Stanley and Lee Renfro of Springerville, and Mr. Buck Henderson of St. Johns. The men were taken into custody, immediately posted bonds and it went to trial. The court found that ex-treasurer Francisco Baca concocted the whole story himself. Ultimately Baca was found guilty of embezzling $11,166.54.

September 1887 - Phin is convicted on one indictment of grand larceny. He is sentenced to ten years in the Yuma Arizona State Prison.

October 7, 1887 - Phin arrives at the Yuma prison to start serving a ten year sentence.

March 15, 1889 - After serving one year and five months of a ten year prison sentence, Phin is pardoned by Governor Meyer Zulick. It was found that the main witness against Phin lied on the stand to collect a two hundred and fifty dollar reward!

March 24, 1889 - Phin is released from the Yuma prison.

1889 - After his release from prison, Phin and his friend Peter Spencer begin working as business partners raising goats on Phinís ranch in Globe, Arizona.

1891 - A Clifton newspaper reporter wrote that Phin was shot and killed by Ballard Peason at St. John. No particulars were given.

May 15, 1894 - Phin is indicted on a robbery charge. The charge was for assault upon a China man named Sam Kee. Kee claims that Phin Clanton robbed him of a gold watch valued at $40, two bars of silver bullion, each valued at $15, one gold bracelet, valued at $20 and $320 in money.

1894 - Phin was found not guilty by a jury on robbery charges and released.

October 15, 1902 - Phin marries Laura Jane Neal in Globe, Arizona.

January 5, 1905 - Phin dies at the age of 61 in Webster Springs, Gila County, Arizona and is buried in the Globe Cemetery.

April 2, 1910 - Phinís widow Laura Jane marries his best friend and business associate Peter Spencer.


February 16, 1898
Arizona Republican newspaper

Phin Clanton, whose name is associated with many of the most 
stirring events in ARizona, fifteen to twenty years ago when 
Arizona was wilder than it had ever been before. He was about 
Tombstone in its silver days when the Earps and Doc Holiday 
were wading in slaughter pretending to keep the peace. Clanton 
was one of them and none was more reckless and skillful than 
he.  He could stand in a street melee with a dozen men shooting 
at him without disturbing either the quickness or accuracy of 
aim.  Those were times when outlawry ahd to be met with outlawry 
and the one kind was conducted under the cover of the law.  
The killing of a man in cold blood was not exactly a crime 
if the victim was given any sort of a chance for his life or 
if the killing was actuated by revenge.  Some of the killers 
had been peaceable men in other communities and when the 
storm of lawlessness was over many of them became peacable 
again. Some of them  became robbers and open violiators of more 
firmly established laws and at first all of them were easily 
suspicioned of crimes whose commission requied nerve.

Clanton himself was arrested for a desperate offense of some sort, 
but he always swore he was innocent. Judge W.H. Barnes who 
defended and acquitted him has always said that he never had 
any doubt of his innocence.  AFter it was all over Clanton said 
the accusation and prosecution nearly drove him into the camp 
of the outlaws. He had been on the balance so long that it is 
a wonder with the incentive of which he complained he did not 
enroll himself among the desperate criminals.

He is rather glad now that he did not. He has been industrious 
and fairly prosperous and is the owner of a good herd of 
cattle in the eastern part of the territory.



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