Parker,  Robert Leroy "Butch Cassidy"

Parker, Robert Leroy "Butch Cassidy"

Male 1866 - 1937  (70 years)

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  • Name Parker, Robert Leroy "Butch Cassidy"  [1
    Born 13 Apr 1866  Beaver, Beaver County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 1937  Spangle, Spokane County, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I601  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 11 Jan 2017 

    Father Parker, Maximillian,   b. 08 Jun 1844, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1938, Circleville, Piute County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Gillies, Annie Campbell,   b. 12 Jul 1847, Edinburgh, Midlathian, Scotland or New Castle, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 May 1905, Panguitch, Garfield County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 12 Jul 1865  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F180  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Apr 1866 - Beaver, Beaver County, Utah, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1937 - Spangle, Spokane County, Washington, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Butch Cassidy
    Butch Cassidy
    Butch Cassidy & Gang
    Butch Cassidy & Gang

    Documents
    Butch Cassidy Wanted Poster
    Butch Cassidy Wanted Poster

  • Notes 
    • Like most things in his life, Butch Cassidy's name was stolen. He was born Robert LeRoy Parker, but learned cattle rustling and gunslinging from his mentor, shady ranch hand Mike Cassidy. To distance himself from his family, he adopted the last name Cassidy, and took the nickname 'Butch' from an honest job he held as a young adult, as a butcher's apprentice.

      His first serious crime was probably an 1887 train robbery near Grand Junction, CO, followed by a long litany of bank, train, and payroll robberies with an ever-changing group of fellow outlaws. In the early 1890s Cassidy used his ill-gotten gains to purchase a ranch near the now-well-known "Hole in the Wall", a remote, secluded mountain area in Wyoming, accessible only via narrow, winding trails. His ranch never made a profit, but the "Hole in the Wall" served as a near-perfect hideout for Cassidy and numerous criminal characters.

      An advocate of organized crime, Cassidy founded a group he called the Train Robbers' Syndicate, which held its first meeting of over 200 leading outlaws in 1896. The Syndicate, more casually called "The Wild Bunch", was eventually led by Cassidy, with his friend and fellow outlaw Harry Alonzo Longabaugh, better known as The Sundance Kid. By 1902 the group had disbanded in the face of relentless police pursuit, and Cassidy fled to England, and later South America, where he re-teamed with Longabaugh. It is generally accepted that Cassidy was killed in a blazing gun battle with local police in San Vicente, Bolivia, in 1908 or 1909.

      Or he may have survived that battle. Cassidy's sister swore that he visited her in Circleville, UT, in 1925, some 16 years after his purported death. In his book In Search of Butch Cassidy, historian Larry Pointer presents somewhat compelling but inconclusive evidence suggesting that Cassidy assumed the name "William Phillips" and became a trapper, prospector, and eventually a businessman in Spokane, Washington. Phillips died of cancer in 1937, and left an unpublished manuscript for a biography of Cassidy, which described him as a life-long friend.

      Cassidy was played by Paul Newman in the classic but largely fictionalized movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and by Tom Berenger in the forgettable prequel Butch and Sundance: The Early Days.

  • Sources 
    1. [S66] Ancestry Family Trees, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.;), Database online.
      Record for Annie Campbell Gillies