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Maud Wagner (1877 - 1961)

Wagner was an aerialist and contortionist, working in numerous traveling circuses. She met Gus Wagner—a tattoo artist who described himself as "the most artistically marked up man in America" wh...

8/26/2015 8/26/2015

Zishe (Siegmund) Breitbart MP (1893 - 1925)

"Iron King"

Siegmund Breitbart (22 February 1893 – 12 October 1925) (Yiddish: זיגמונד ברייטברט), al...

1/9/2014 4/8/2015

Homer S Woodworth (1842 - 1941)

Biography Woodworth was born on December 28, 1842 in a log cabin in Angola, Indiana. When his father finally built a large frame house, it served as a primitive hotel for travelers. It was during the...

3/17/2015 3/18/2015

Daniel Decatur Emmett (1815 - 1904)

"Dan Emmett"

Best known for writing "Dixie." Other songs written by Dan Emmett include "Old Dan Tucker," "The Blue Tail Fly," and "Turkey in the Straw." Daniel Emmett was a minstrel, song writer, and entertainer. B...

8/25/2011 3/14/2015

William Clifford Shyrigh (1869 - 1930)

William was known professionally as Billy Clifford and had appeared in musical comedy and vaudeville for many years. He had teamed with his former wife, Maud Huth. At 10 years of age Billy joined a cir...

3/5/2015 3/5/2015

Barney Davis (1827 - 1912)

"Plutanor", "Wild Man of Borneo"

from Wikipedia: Waino and Plutanor were actually Hiram W. and Barney Davis, two mentally disabled brothers from a Pleasant Township, Knox County, Ohio farm, born in 1825 in New York and 1827 in Ohio re...

2/7/2015 2/7/2015

Hiram W. Davis (1825 - 1905)

"Waino", "Wild Man of Borneo"

from Wikipedia: Waino and Plutanor were actually Hiram W. and Barney Davis, two mentally disabled brothers from a Pleasant Township, Knox County, Ohio farm, born in 1825 in New York and 1827 in Ohio re...

2/7/2015 2/7/2015

Eng Bunker MP (1811 - 1874)

"The Chinese Twins", "The Siamese Twins", "Cheng-Eng (sometimes listed as ONE person)"

Eng means "right" in Chinese. No case history of conjoined twins can be complete without mention of the Bunker brothers, the original twins from Siam (present-day Thailand). Born on May 11, 1811 in a...

7/13/2008 12/22/2014

Chang Chun Bunker MP (1811 - 1874)

"The Chinese Twins", "The Siamese Twins", "Cheng-Eng (sometimes listed as ONE person)"

Chang means "left" in Chinese. No case history of conjoined twins can be complete without mention of the Bunker brothers, the original twins from Siam (present-day Thailand). Born on May 11, 1811 in ...

7/13/2008 12/22/2014

Fred Stone (1873 - 1959)

Fred Andrew Stone (August 19, 1873 – March 6, 1959) was an American actor. Stone began his career as a performer in circuses and minstrel shows, went on to act on vaudeville, and became a star...

11/18/2014 11/18/2014

Ken Maynard (1895 - 1973)

Kenneth Olin "Ken" Maynard (July 21, 1895 – March 23, 1973) was an American motion picture stuntman and actor. Biography Maynard was born in Vevay, Indiana, one of five children, another o...

6/16/2010 11/2/2014

Eddie Albert MP (1906 - 2005)

"Eddie Albert"

(1) findagrave.... ; ; en.wikipedia... ; Edward Albert Heimberger was born in Rock Island, Illinois, on April 22, 1906, the oldest of the five children of Frank Daniel Heimberger (1874–1970), ...

3/1/2009 10/27/2014

Arthur Silverlake (1860 - 1920)

Arthur Silverlake and his brother toured with a circus in an aerial act known as "The Flying Silverlakes". His wife, Edith Goodwin, was an actress. Arthur and Edith later appeared in vaudeville in a ...

10/25/2014 10/25/2014

Fern Andra (1893 - 1974)

"Fern Andra"

Fern Andra (November 24, 1893 – February 8, 1974) was an American actress, film director, script writer and producer. Next to Henny Porten and Asta Nielsen she was one of the most popular and ...

9/2/2014 9/2/2014

Tod Browning (1880 - 1962)

Tod Browning (born Charles Albert Browning, Jr.; July 12, 1880 – October 6, 1962) was an American motion picture actor, director and screenwriter. Browning's career spanned the silent and talk...

8/25/2014 8/25/2014

Nan Aspinwall (1880 - 1964)

Nan Jeanne Aspinwall Gable Lambell was born in New York on February 2, 1880. She lived in Liberty, Nebraska for most of her early years. Later publicity during her career would state that she was raise...

7/25/2014 7/25/2014

John Tom Branson (1902 - 2000)

Ran a circus Links

11/14/2008 2/8/2014

Thomas Sackett/Scott Baldwin MP (1857 - 1923)

"Captain Tom"

Thomas Scott Baldwin (June 30, 1854 – May 17, 1923) was a pioneer balloonist and U.S. Army major during World War I. He was the first American to descend from a balloon by parachute. Early car...

10/12/2013 10/12/2013

Courtney Ryley Cooper (1886 - 1940)

Courtney Ryley Cooper (October 31, 1886 – September 29, 1940) was an American circus performer, publicist and writer. During his career he published over 30 books, many focusing on crime; J. E...

8/15/2013 8/15/2013

Terrell Jacobs won fame as the “Lion King,” for his record-setting act involving 52 lions, tigers and leopards in one arena. In a Ringling Bros./Barnum & Bailey poster of the 1930s, a d...

4/16/2013 4/16/2013

Mabel Stark (1889 - 1968)

"Mabel Stark"

Mabel Stark, whose real name was Mary Haynie (December 10, 1889 – April 20, 1968) was a renowned tiger trainer of the 1920s and she was referred to as the world's first woman tiger trainer/tam...

4/16/2013 4/16/2013

Annie Oakley MP (1860 - 1926)

"Little Sure Shot", "Little Missie", "America's Sweetheart"

GRAVE Alt Grave with real name Sharpshooter. She was born Phoebe Mosey in Darke County, Ohio. She never attended a regular school and was introduced and taught to shoot by her father in the woods aro...

5/9/2008 4/14/2013

Bird Millman (1890 - 1940)

"Bird Millman"

Bird Millman O’Day (October 20, 1890 – August 5, 1940) was the most celebrated female high-wire performer of all time. During the “Golden Age of the American Circus,” she ...

4/14/2013 4/14/2013

Tom Mix MP (1880 - 1940)

"Tom Mix"

See also Along a lonely stretch of desert highway between Florence and Tucson, Arizona is a small oasis with a statue of a sad horse named Toni, Jr. This is the Tom Mix Memorial. Just a couple hundre...

3/17/2009 4/14/2013

Lavinia Warren (1841 – November 25, 1919) was an American proportionate dwarf and the wife of General Tom Thumb. Early life Warren was born at Middleborough, Massachusetts as Mercy Lavinia...

6/15/2007 4/14/2013

"Buffalo Bill" Cody MP (1846 - 1917)

William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (February 26, 1846 – January 10, 1917) was an American soldier, bison hunter and showman. He was born in the Iowa Territory (now the American state of Iowa)...

10/30/2007 4/14/2013

Clyde Beatty (1903 - 1965)

Clyde Beatty (June 10, 1903 - July 19, 1965) joined the circus as a cage cleaner as a teen and became famous as a lion tamer and animal trainer. He also became a circus impresario who owned his o...

3/30/2010 4/14/2013

Hachaliah Lyman Bailey (1775 - 1845)

Hachaliah Bailey (pronounced heck-a-LIE-uh) (1775–1845) is the eponym of Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia and a relative to several famous individuals involved in early American circuses (having ...

6/23/2010 4/14/2013

James Anthony Bailey (1847 - 1906)

"James Anthony Bailey"

James Anthony Bailey (July 4, 1847 – April 11, 1906) was a circus ringmaster. Life and career Orphaned at the age of eight, James Anthony McGuinness was working as a bellhop in Ponti...

4/14/2013 4/14/2013

Edmund Newell (1857 - 1915)

Edmund Newell (July 27, 1857 – December 23, 1915), better known as General Grant Jr. or Major Edward Newell, was a 19th century dwarf who gained fame as an associate of P.T. Barnum. He was bor...

7/11/2011 4/14/2013

Minnie Warren (1849 - 1878)

Profile photo: pictured with Commodore Nutt Huldah Pierce Warren Bump (June 2, 1849 – July 23, 1878), better known as Minnie Warren, was a 19th century dwarf who gained fame as an associate ...

7/11/2011 4/14/2013

Count Primo Magri (1849 - 1920)

Profile photo: Count Primo Magri (left) with Lavinia Warren and Baron Magri (right) in about 1885 Count Primo Magri From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Count Primo Magri (1849-1920) and Count...

1/7/2010 4/14/2013

Wallace Fitzgerald Beery (1885 - 1949)

Wallace Fitzgerald Beery was an American actor, known for his portrayal of Bill in Min and Bill opposite Marie Dressler, his titular role in a series of films featuring the character Sweedie, and his t...

2/16/2008 4/13/2013

David Russell Strathairn (born January 26, 1949) is an American actor. He was nominated for an Academy Award for portraying journalist Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck. He has appeared i...

9/20/2012 4/13/2013

Margaretha Geertruida 'Mata Hari' Zelle, barones MP (1876 - 1917)

"Grietje", "Mata Hari"

Mata Hari is Maleis voor 'OOG van de DAGERAAD, ofwel ZON (in Dutch) (in English) google images

3/2/2008 4/13/2013

Joseph Elmer Skelton (1880 - 1913)

Joseph Skelton was a grocer; he had once been a clown with the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus.

1/2/2009 4/13/2013

Red Skelton MP (1913 - 1997)

A vaudeville and burlesque performer who worked his way up from the bottom of the rung clubs and show boats to play the Paramount Theatre in NYC, Red Skelton entered films in 1938 and went on to appear...

1/2/2009 4/13/2013

Honus Wagner MP (1874 - 1955)

"The Flying Dutchman", "Hans", "Hannes", "John"

One of five men who were the original inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936, Honus Wagner was a stocky, clumsy-looking athlete who had surprising agility and unsurpassed baseball ac...

8/16/2011 4/13/2013

Roscoe Turner (1895 - 1970)

Roscoe Turner b. 29 Sep 1895, Gift, Alcorn Co., MS, m. (1) 29 Sep 1924, Carline Stovall, m. (2) 18 Dec 1946, Margaret M. Miller. Roscoe died 1970. He was a world air speed racer in 1929. The airpor...

12/18/2008 4/13/2013

Steve McQueen (1930 - 1980)

Nicknamed “The King of Cool,” Steve McQueen was a macho, laconic American movie star of the 1960s and '70s. His "anti-hero" persona, which he developed at the height of the Vietnam counte...

6/19/2008 4/13/2013

Frank Butler (1852 - 1926)

GRAVE Frank E. Butler (February 25, 1852 – November 21, 1926) was a marksman in Wild West variety shows. He was married to sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Butler was born in county Longfor...

5/9/2008 4/13/2013

Elvira gikk på line sammen med sin søster Maria ( Maja ). Hun var tre år da hun startet med trening. Hun debuterte da hun var fem år. Hun assisterte sin far i knivkasternumm...

7/7/2009 4/13/2013

"Diamond Jim" Fisk (c.1835 - 1872)

"(aka", ""Big Jim", "" "Diamond Jim", "" and "Jubilee Jim")"

) James Fisk, Jr. (April 1, 1835 – January 6, 1872) – known variously as "Big Jim," "Diamond Jim," and "Jubilee Jim" – was an American stock broker and corporate executive who ...

2/14/2012 4/13/2013

Fred Fenton Bays (1882 - d.)

He was a lawyer. Resided Sullivan co., In. He at one time owned a circus. He was manager of the World Champion Fly-weight Boxing Champion from terre Haute. He did exploration of oil and gas wells in th...

12/11/2011 4/13/2013

Lucille “Dixie” Willson MP (1890 - 1974)


[ Find a Grave Death: 1974 Dixie was the eldest of three children born to John David Willson and Rosalie Eliza "Rose" Reiniger. She was a famous writer. Her brother Meredith was famous for "The Mu...

6/18/2012 4/13/2013

Johnny Eck, the Half Man (1911 - 1991)

The twin sons of Baltimore couple Amelia and John Eckhardt, Robert and John Jr., were born on August 27, 1911. Twenty minutes after the delivery of Robert, John Jr. appeared, to the horror of his paren...

3/24/2011 4/13/2013

John Harold Muir (1905 - 1991)

Dad was born John Harold Muir, but he changed it due to the confusion with people always knowing him as Harold. He was officially Harold John Muir." from daughter Arlene Corriveau. Hazel and Harold joi...

1/11/2010 4/13/2013

Burrell G. Morehart (1865 - d.)

Burrell worked as a railroad fireman. Living in San Francisco, CA in 1936, in the Laguna Honda Home (Relief Home for Aged and Infirm) 4 May 1899, Eagle County Blade, p. 4-- Eagle From the Exami...

9/30/2009 4/13/2013

William Banning (c.1858 - 1928)

6/27/2011 4/13/2013

3/12/2009 4/13/2013

Oren Arms Curtis (1829 - 1898)

"Captain Jack"

also was a Civil War veteran, had been a Captain, (so he was nicknamed Captain Jack) Co. F, 15th Regiment Cavalry, Ks Volunteers, received a general court-martial April 1865, spent one month in militar...

7/5/2008 4/13/2013

Daniel Milton Dowker (1865 - 1947)


Residence High River, , AB, CAN Residence Oyen, , AB, CAN Residence Aft 1940 Langley, , BC, CAN - Brown Rd. Marriage ended by death of husband In the 1886 and 1890 "London City Directory" he is...

4/29/2009 4/13/2013

Philippe Adélard Nicol (1881 - 1940)

Philippe Adelard Nicole was born on September 27, 1881 at St Henri, Levis County, Quebec. He was the 6th child of Alexandre Nicole and Josephine-Philomene Brousseau He was born with a peculiarity; ...

12/15/2009 4/13/2013

Ai Newell Staniel Colby (1848 - 1914)

"Ai", "Newell", "Staniels"

Ai Newell Staniel COLBY was born on 11 AUG 1848 in Waterbury, Washington County, Vermont. (SOURCE: General index to vital records of Vermont, early to 1870.) He appeared in the census in 1850 in Morris...

4/4/2010 4/13/2013

Zaha (b. - c.1983)

2/20/2007 4/13/2013

Texas Jack, Jr. (c.1860 - 1905)

) Texas Jack Jr., (1860 appr. to 1905), adopted son of Texas Jack Omohundro, is best known for running a Wild West show and circus where he gave Will Rogers his start as an entertainer. Not long af...

6/5/2011 4/13/2013

William Rankin (1845 - d.)

Stage name - Scottish Terror. Toured the world with Hackenschmits circus as a wrestler. And Buffalo Bills circus. Fought Gunboat Smith (world champion) on board a train travelling through America and w...

4/12/2009 4/13/2013

Margit Reinsch (1917 - 2005)

Margit Reinsch passed away. Margit Reinsch passed way on 5. November 2005. She was born on 9 October 1917 and performed as a trapeze artist under the name Lazana. For a while she was married to Ernst M...

2/6/2010 4/13/2013

Albert Austin (1903 - d.)

3/12/2009 4/13/2013

John Franklin Robinson (1843 - 1921)

Managed the John Robinson Circus, bare back rider, tumbler, leaper

8/7/2012 4/13/2013

Hyman Glaser (c.1893 - 1960)

1914-1919 87 Bathurst St Denison Tas 1928 176 Elizabeth St Denison Tas joined AIF 40th Battalion on 10/2/16..had a colourful enlistment,amongst other things he was wounded and gassed in action

2/13/2009 4/13/2013

Charles Edward Ringling (1863 - 1926)

Charles Edward Ringling (December 2, 1863 – December 3, 1926) was one of the Ringling brothers, who owned the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was in charge of production and g...

2/3/2012 4/13/2013

Maria Rasputina , born Matryona Grigorievna Rasputina (March 27, 1898 – September 27, 1977), was the daughter of the Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin and his wife Praskovia Fyodorovna Dubrovina. ...

12/22/2010 4/13/2013

Marian Meanwell MP (c.1849 - 1912)

At the time of the 1911 census Marian was living on her own at 60 Walterton Road, Paddington North, London, a 61 year old widow, working as a Milliner and Dressmaker. She gave her birthplace as Ramsbot...

4/12/2012 4/13/2013

JEM MACE (Boxing Champion) (1831 - 1910)

"The Gypsy"

Jem - James Mace Height 176 cm (5 ft 9.3 in) Born 8 April 1831 @ Beeston, Norfolk, England Died 30 November 1910 (aged 79) A middleweight, he succeeded in outboxing heavier opponents thanks to his da...

4/17/2011 4/13/2013

Find-A-Grave memorial #12673549 BURIAL: 1. Find A Grave. Gilbert Rex Robertson "Birth: Jun. 13, 1915 Maumee Jackson County Indiana, USA Death: Sep. 10, 1993 Jeffersonville Clark C...

2/2/2011 4/13/2013

Masaichi Takahashi (1888 - 1938)

6/19/2009 4/13/2013

John (Jack) J Joyce (1910 - c.1970)

Jack Joyce was an animal trainer with Ringling Bros. & Shrine Circus. He handled camels and lamas.

11/12/2008 4/13/2013

Otho Vialls Twigg (1856 - 1913)

10/9/2008 4/13/2013

Isadore Gradus Samson (1884 - 1933)

"Samson the Great"

Isadore Gradus ( Samson ) Born Isadore Gradus on the 16th of April 1884 in Warsaw Poland. Migrated to England in 1899 to join his sister a Mrs Lauterstein a mid wife . Isadore worked in London for abou...

9/11/2007 4/13/2013

Darthula Martha Bruss (1889 - 1982)

Thula was married first to Charles Ambrose Sadleir, when she was 18 years old. They were married when on tour. Charles put on street shows. They were later divorced. Thula joined the Ringling Brother...

9/8/2012 4/13/2013

John Ringling North (1903 - 1985)

on the right in profile photo John Ringling North (14 August 1903 - 4 June 1985) was the owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from 1937 to 1943 and from 1947 to 1967. In 1967 he s...

2/3/2012 4/13/2013

Ramesh Raman (1949 - d.)

6/19/2008 4/13/2013

John F. Robinson (1807 - 1888)

Founder and owner of the John Robinson Circus John Robinson ran away from home at an early and at age 15 began working with Colonel Page’s Menagerie. He worked four years with with Page and Mc...

8/7/2012 4/13/2013

Mavis Bourke (1925 - d.)

Mavis Bourke ran away from home (so the story goes) and joined a circus. She subsequently had a son to one of the circus people, John Shields. The boy was born on the 5th February 1943 and was known as...

5/20/2009 4/13/2013

lina lijnberg (1860 - 1948)

lina lijnberg was een acrobate ,haar zoon was clown in het circus en haar 2 dochters acrobates in het circus

5/9/2011 4/13/2013

circus performer, assistant manager of the John Robinson Circus, he was a director of the Cincinnati Zoo

8/6/2012 4/13/2013

Jakob (Jackie) Gerlich (1918 - 1960)

"Jacob", "Jack", "Jackie"

Jackie was a Little Person and actor who appeared as a Munchkin in the original MGM film The Wizard of Oz as a member of the Lollipop guild group. He worked as a clown for Ringling Brothers Barnum and ...

9/2/2012 4/13/2013

David Edwin Winder (1845 - d.)

8/22/2008 4/13/2013

Édouard Beaupré, The Willow Bunch Giant (1881 - 1904)

"Willow Bunch Giant"

Edouard Beaupré was a circus and freak show giant, strongman, and a star in Barnum and Bailey's circus:

10/1/2010 4/13/2013

Grady Stiles, the Lobster Boy (1937 - 1992)

"Lobster Boy"

Grady Stiles II came from a long line of males born with a disfiguring condition called Electrodactyly (fingers and toes are fused to look like claws). Following in his father's footsteps, Grady joined...

12/15/2009 4/13/2013

James Leo Duffy (1882 - 1940)

"Bert Leo"

James started in the circus business through his friendship with the famous Diamond brothers (Musicians and performers on vaudeville). He became an acrobat on vaudeville for a brief time before joining...

1/24/2012 4/13/2013

Arthur Oscar Lindauer (1867 - 1944)


Arthur Oscar Lindauer (1867-1944) Circus Trapeze Performer in 1900 under the name of "Bandy and Tune" and an Actor in 1910, and an Athletic Coach in 1920; Bachelor (b. August 23, 1867, Plainfield, Unio...

10/22/2009 4/13/2013

Mama Fina's Life (Prepared by Daniel Chavez, based on interviews with MamaFina during the month of December 2005) On April 7th David Cardona forgot her daughter's birth date and told the person who...

6/29/2008 4/13/2013

George Wallet (1815 - d.)

(born Hull, 1815) travelled with a circus as a clown or comedian up to about 1860 when he settled in Monkwearmouth, Durham as a coal miner. Several of his children appear to have emigrated to South Afr...

3/8/2008 4/13/2013

Lottie Grant MP (1849 - 1899)

"Lottie Grant"

Obituary/death notice, 18 Aug 1899 "Courier" of Coldwater, Michigan; text: " Mrs. Frank Whitlock of Batavia township died at her home Wednesday, of dropsy. She was probably largest woman in the Unite...

9/5/2011 4/13/2013

Harry Goran Lamkin (1879 - 1980)

LAMKIN, HARRY B., SR. (1849,1854, or 1856?-February 25, 1886) Ran away with M. O’Conner’s Circus, so by age 15 had already launched his career and was practicing as a bareback rider; firs...

2/24/2012 4/13/2013

Seth Howes MP (1815 - 1901)

Seth Benedict Howes (1815 - 1901) - Circus owner, entrepreneur and showman This amazing man was a showman and entrepreneur and when he died in 1901 left a fortune by today's standards, let alone thos...

3/27/2013 4/13/2013

P. T. Barnum MP (1810 - 1891)

"Prince of Humbugs"

Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman, businessman, and entertainer, remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the circus that became the...

11/26/2007 4/13/2013

John Ringling MP (1866 - 1936)

John Nicholas Ringling (May 31, 1866 – December 2, 1936) now is the most well-known of the seven Ringling brothers, five of whom merged the Barnum & Bailey Circus with their own Ringling Broth...

2/3/2012 4/13/2013

General Tom Thumb MP (1838 - 1883)

"Tom Thumb", "General Tom Thumb"

General Tom Thumb was the stage name of Charles Sherwood Stratton (January 4, 1838 – July 15, 1883), a midget who achieved great fame under circus pioneer P.T. Barnum. Stratton was a son of a ...

6/15/2007 4/13/2013