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Did Tombstone diarist George W. Parsons ever marry the girl he referred to as “Natalie?”

Ken Bock
Mansfield, Ohio

Christine Rhodes, Cochise County recorder in Bisbee, Arizona, says: “George adored the company of women, but never married. He had numerous female friends and enjoyed escorting them to church and various social venues. My close friend, the late Carl Chafin, studied the Parsons journals for about 30 years and felt George was awaiting financial stability before he would consider marriage. I know that Natalie was deemed to be the ‘love of his life’ in Cochise County Stalwarts by Lynn Bailey and Don Chaput.”

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official state historian and the vice president of the Wild West History Association.  His latest book is Arizona’s Outlaws and Lawmen; History Press, 2015.

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