John Wesley Hardin’s Little Brother Gip had his own strange tale.

gip hardin death certificate true west magazine

John Wesley Hardin’s youngest brother Gip—like most of the men in the family—led a
strange life. He was a Texas school teacher in 1896 when he killed a friend (who was also
a lawman) during a dinner argument. Gip was sentenced to 35 years in prison, but a new
trial cut that to two years.

When he got out, Gip moved around for many years. He worked on a horse transport
ship during WWI. In 1918, he was crushed to death (see death certificate) by a boxcar in
Philadelphia, PA, where he was buried.

Mark Boardman is the features editor at True West and editor of The Tombstone Epitaph.

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