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Edwin "Ed" Tewksbury - A gunman and lawman, Edwin moved with his family to the Pleasant Valley of Arizona in 1880 where they raised cattle. Some years later, with his father, John, and brothers, James and John, Jr., they began to raise sheep, which to the local cattlemen, was abominable. The Tewksburys quickly found themselves at odds with the Hash Knife cowboys and the nearby ranching family of the Grahams. The cowboys believed that sheep ruined grazing land for cattle and began to ambush the Tewksburys. The feud between the two factions became known as the Pleasant Valley War. The first time, when several cowboys tried to sneak up on the Tewsburys at their camp in 1887, Edwin spied them, shouted a warning and Jim Tewsbury shot and killed one of them. Later that year, on September 2nd, their camp was ambushed again and John Tewsbury, Jr. and a man named Bill Jacobs were killed. The hostilities in the area soon ended; however, years later, John Graham was shot and fatally wounded on August 2, 1892 near Tempe, Arizona. Before he died the next day, he stated that the shooters were Ed Tewksbury and John Roades. The two men were arrested but eventually were acquitted. Later, Edwin became a constable in Globe County, then deputy sheriff of Gila County. He died of natural causes in Globe, Arizona.