Follow Up On Billy The Kid's Maysville Connection
Martha Poe Walls said...
My brother sent me the link to this blog, and I really need to thank him. I've enjoyed reading, found the article on John William Poe neat, since my brother and I are 1st cousins twice removed from him. We still have family in Maysville, our father grew up there in the early teens and twenties on Pleasant Ridge. This is a great site for someone looking for Maysville history, or just looking into the day to day goings on in Maysville.
Please continue writing, we're eating up your words, and liking every one.
Thanks Martha! We'll keep on telling stories as long as there's folks willing to read them. The greatest reward in writing this blog is finding people like yourself, scattered across the world, but tied to Maysville Kentucky.
I also wanted to say thanks for giving me an excuse to do a follow up on this story. One thing that stuck out when re-reading the account is this line: "Waiting outside, Poe saw William Bonney (Billy the Kid) enter the ranch house, though he did not recognize him." I feel that may be important because I've always been intrigued by the idea, famously covered in the movie Young Guns II, that Billy the Kid wasn't actually killed that day, but instead was allowed to escape by Pat Garrett.
Poe watched someone enter the ranch, but didn't recognize him as William Bonney. That seems odd. You would think that someone like Poe would have recognized Bonney since he was directly connected to those involved, even if he had never met Bonney in person. Did Garrett intentionally kill someone else and pass him off as Billy the Kid so that Bonney could escape? Did Poe realize this? Is this one line from the account evidence of the idea that Billy the Kid survived with help from Garrett? The truth is probably lost to history.