Jose Chavez y Chavez
(1851 – 1924) was an outlaw
from the U.S. state
of New Mexico
. He was said to be of Mexican-American
and Native American
ancestry. Chavez y Chavez became an outlaw at a relatively young age, when he joined Billy the Kid's
Chavez y Chavez joined Billy the Kid in his twenties, having already committed a number of small robberies and other crimes, Chavez y Chavez would prove useful to Billy the Kid's gang. Together with Billy and the four other members of the gang, Chavez y Chavez engaged in the Lincoln County War
that lasted from 1878 to 1879.
Chavez y Chavez met Billy the Kid
, Jim French
, Fred Waite
, Charlie Bowdre
, John Middleton
, and Tom O'Folliard
after he decided to join the Tunstall-McSween group in their war against the Dolan group. Inside the Tunstall-McSween group, another group was formed, to try to give the Tunstall-McSween group an edge over the Dolans. The Lincoln County Regulators
, as they were known, were forty five gunfighters that included Jose Chavez y Chavez. During some point of his tenure as a member of the Regulators, Chavez y Chavez met Billy the Kid and his other friends, joining the group thereafter.
On February 28, 1878, John Tunstall was murdered. On April 1 of the same year, Lincoln's
sheriff, a Dolan backer, was killed by the Kid's gang, and Chavez y Chavez credited himself with this killing.
Eventually, more killings from both sides followed, leading to the burning
of the McSween home on July 19. Fourteen... Read More