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    Lot of two items, Cattle Queen Sue E. (McSween) Barber, Lincoln County New Mexico Territory ca 1880s - Susan McSween (Barber) was born Susan Ellen Hummer in Adams County, Pennsylvania on December 30, 1845. After the Civil War ended, she left Pennsylvania to Ohio to live with her sisters there. In 1870, in Illinois, she met Alex McSween, and they soon became engaged. She went with him to Kansas, and there they married on August 23, 1873. They left for New Mexico shortly after, settling in Lincoln. Like her husband, she was an important figure in the Lincoln County War. Unlike her husband, she was not afraid to speek her mind and was far more realistic about what was going on. She was hated by every Murphy-Dolan-Riley man. After the war and after her husband was killed and her home burned to the ground, she hired a lawyer named Huston Chapman to bring the men she blamed to trial. At the top of her list was Lt. Col. Nathan A. M. Dudley, who was a Dolan man and who was present at the Five-Day Battle in Lincoln, in which her husband was killed and her home destroyed. During the battle, she had pleaded to Dudley to help her husband, but he basically laughed in her face. Her lawyer, Chapman, was murdered by Dolan and three other Dolan men, one of which basically announced he was hired to kill Chapman by Dudley. Dudley did go to trial for arson, but was acquitted. Before that, he faced a court of inquiry to decide whether he should be court martialed for his activities during the Five-Day Battle. Susan got past this and became the owner of not only her late husband's property, but that of the dead Tunstall and Dick Brewer's as well. She started a ranch near Three Rivers, New Mexico and became known as a cattle queen. She married a man named George Barber in 1880, but later divorced him. She died in White Oaks, New Mexico on January 3, 1931.

    This Lot consists of two receipts written to Sue E. Barber. One receipt is for $8.00 for the search of Tunstall Cattle. 5.25" x 4.25". Second Receipt for $62.50 being payment for two and one half (2 ½) Months for herding Tunstall cattle 8" x 6". Two great Lincoln County New Mexico receipts.

    Condition: Fine, two punch holes top of larger receipt and tear in fold


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    June, 2008
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