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Pinto Colvig (1892 - 1967)

DeBar Colvig Sr. (September 11, 1892 – October 3, 1967), professionally Pinto Colvig, was an American voice actor, newspaper cartoonist, circus and vaudeville performer, whose schtick was playing the c...

11/30/2019 10/6/2021

Reuben Castang (c.1880 - d.)

Reuben Castang emmigrated to USA 1904 with Hagenbeck Animal Show at St. Louis Worlds Fair. He had charge of Hagenbeck's animal exhibit during the St. Louis World's Fair, where he worked in eleven acts ...

8/14/2021 8/14/2021

Herbert Hagenbeck (1911 - 1941)

7/30/2021 7/30/2021

Carlo Hagenbeck (1908 - 1948)

7/30/2021 7/30/2021

Lorenz Hagenbeck (1882 - 1946)

7/30/2021 7/30/2021

Wilhelm Hagenbeck (deceased)

Wilhelm Hagenbeck was an animal trainer who founded Circus Wilhelm Hagenbeck. He was the first trainer to bring Polar Bears into the circus ring.

7/30/2021 7/30/2021

Carl Hagenbeck (1844 - 1913)

7/30/2021 7/30/2021

Nathan Alva Howes (1796 - 1878)

Howes began his circus career at 15 becoming an assistant to a tight rope walker, and funded Nathan Howes & Co.s Circus in 1826 with Aaron Turner and Sylvester Reynolds, funded 1832 Nathan Howes & Co.'...

3/21/2014 7/29/2021

Egbert Howes (1831 - 1892)

was from the famous Howes' family in New York who were some of the first circus people in America. He and his twin brother Elbert "carried on the circus tradition with the Howes Great London Circus, to...

7/29/2021 7/29/2021

Elbert Howes (1831 - d.)

was from the famous Howes' family in New York who were some of the first circus people in America. He and his twin brother Egbert "carried on the circus tradition with the Howes Great London Circus, to...

7/29/2021 7/29/2021

Rebecca Pinder (1860 - 1955)

7/14/2021 7/14/2021

John Sanger (1854 - 1929)

7/14/2021 7/14/2021

George James Sanger (1868 - 1947)

7/10/2021 7/14/2021

Jean Léonard Gautier (1797 - 1866)

4/9/2012 7/10/2021

Jean Baptiste Gautier (1758 - 1822)

Årstafruns dagbok: 25 Februari 1805: Måndag. Snöyra förmiddagen, sedan ett härligt Solskensväder, men ett odrägeligt elakt vägelag, då Min Son, Jag och Hägerström med slädar furo till Staden att se Ele...

6/10/2007 7/10/2021

Barbara Jane Pinder (1875 - d.)

7/10/2021 7/10/2021

"Lord" John Sanger (c.1815 - 1889)

7/10/2021 7/10/2021

James Sanger (c.1780 - c.1849)

Reputed to have been a sailor at one time on HMS Victory at Trafalgar, but became a travelling showman. George Sanger started Sangers Circus in 1821, which was taken over by his son "Lord" George Sange...

7/10/2021 7/10/2021

George Sanger (1827 - 1911)

7/10/2021 7/10/2021

As a young lady, 'Vicky' had established a good reputation within the circus industry before the outbreak of the First World War. As a bareback rider, she worked with a large group of elephants, compri...

7/10/2021 7/10/2021

Vittorio Ferrero (deceased)

6/24/2021 7/7/2021

6/24/2021 7/7/2021

Joseph Terry McCaddon (1859 - 1938)

man, connected to Barnum & Bailey Circus, Forepaugh-Sells Brothers Circus and Buffalo Bill's Wild West showsBrother-in-law of James A. Bailey (his sister Ruth was married to Bailey)

6/9/2021 6/9/2021

August Wagner MP (1872 - 1941)


GUS WAGNER "World's Champion Hand Tattoo Artist and Tattooed Man," was one of the most exuberant figures in the history of American popular culture. As tattooist and showman, he adorned thousands of cu...

8/26/2015 6/8/2021

Viktor Helpiö (1915 - 1991)

"Jakke", "Hodijeff"

- Viktor Viljo Helpiö. Lähtö Raumalta laivalla nimeltä "Hamina". Saapuminen New Yorkiin 14.11.1949.- Viktor Viljo Helpiö. Lähtö Kotkasta laivalla nimeltä "S/S Hamina". Saapuminen Bostoniin Massachusett...

7/5/2013 2/13/2021

George Francis Eihinger (1906 - 1928)


George was unique, born with one head, one heart, two bodies, two stomachs, three legs, four kidneys, and 15 toes.George weighed 14 pounds and had a strong appetite -- eating six hearty meals a day to ...

1/21/2021 1/21/2021

Al Tomaini (1912-1962), born Aurelio Tomaini, was a claimant to being the world's tallest individual. Tomaini claimed a height of 8 feet, 6½ inches; however, Guinness World Records stated he was really...

10/20/2010 5/16/2020

Berniece Evelyn "Jeanie" Smith was born in Blufton, Indiana on August 23, 1916. She was born without legs and both of her arms were twisted. She began performing at age 3, exhibited by her parents at f...

7/16/2013 5/16/2020

William Stanley Aponick (1931 - 1996)

5/26/2019 5/26/2019

John Carson (b. - 1950)

5/26/2019 5/26/2019

Jean Carroll (1908 - 1972)

"Carson", "The Tattoo Queen"

5/26/2019 5/26/2019

Frank Hopkins... Best of Endurance Riders? (c.1865 - 1951)

"Best of Endurance Riders"

Frank Hopkins From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia * Frank T. Hopkins Find A Grave * Hidalgo film From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia* *

1/21/2015 9/4/2018

Lady Emma Herbert (1969 - d.)

Emma Vickers (née Herbert; born 12 March 1969) is a British circus trapeze artist, stuntwoman, and teacher of circus arts.Early lifeThe daughter of Henry Herbert, 17th Earl of Pembroke, Herbert was bro...

6/5/2018 6/5/2018

Harry William Swanström (1903 - 1957)

Biography== Harry William Swanström was born on December 1, 1903 in Chetek, Barron County, Wisconsin, United States and was baptized in December 1907 in Osage City, Osage County, Kansas, United States....

5/10/2009 4/22/2017

Harry LeVine (1889 - 1973)

Athlete and acrobat in Hunt's Circus in Baltimore. Was a more recent member of the The Flying Karamazov Brothers, a juggling and comedy troupe who have been performing since 1973.

2/7/2009 3/2/2017

Adam Forepaugh, Jr. (deceased)

Was an elephant trainer

2/13/2017 2/13/2017

Adam Forepaugh (1831 - 1890)

Adam John Forepaugh (February 28, 1831 - January 22, 1890) was an American entrepreneur, businessman, and circus owner.Forepaugh owned and operated a circus from 1865 through 1890 under various names i...

2/13/2017 2/13/2017

Lewis Sells (1841 - 1905)

1/30/2017 1/30/2017

Allen William Sells (1836 - 1894)

1/30/2017 1/30/2017

Ephraim Sells (1834 - 1898)

1/30/2017 1/30/2017

Peter Sells, Jr. (1845 - 1904)

1/30/2017 1/30/2017

Caleb Sutton Angevine (1798 - 1859)

Caleb S. Angevine was a partner in the famous menagerie, June, Titus, Angevine & Co., part of the New York Zoological Institute, existing until 1842. These owners and a few others were called Flatfoots...

10/27/2016 10/27/2016

Residence: 1910 in McPherson Ward 4, McPherson, Kansas Residence: 1880 in Clay Center, Clay, Kansas, United States Residence: 1900 in McPherson City, McPherson, Kansas

3/21/2015 10/23/2016

Yuriy Vladimirovich Nikulin MP (1921 - 1997)

Yuriy Nikulin (also Yuri ) is a well known Soviet actor, clown, TV host, comedian, and writer. He has a circus in Moscow named after him. He has a prolific filmography.He held the following titles: Peo...

9/28/2016 9/28/2016

Mikhail Nikolayevich Rumyantsev (Karandash) MP (1901 - 1983)

"Karandash", "Karan D'Ash"

Михаил Николаевич Румянцев лучше известен под своим профессиональные псевдонимом Каран Д’Аш и позднее Карандаш был известным советским клоуном и актёром цирка. Родился он 27-го ноября 1901 года по юлиа...

6/21/2016 6/21/2016

Belle Bennett (1891 - 1932)

"Ara Belle Macy"

Belle Bennett (April 22, 1891 – November 4, 1932) was a stage and screen actress who started her professional career in vaudeville. She was born in Coon Rapids, IA .Stage actressBennett appeared in cir...

8/24/2014 6/1/2016

Lulu Bell Parr (1876 - 1955)

World Champion Lady 'Bucking Horse' Rider. Best known performances with Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show, Col. E.T. Cummings Brighten Tour, England, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, 101 Ranch Wild West Show,...

3/4/2016 3/4/2016

Maud Wagner MP (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" while tra...

8/26/2015 8/26/2015

Zishe Breitbart MP (1893 - 1925)

"Iron King"

Breitbart (22 February 1893 – 12 October 1925) (Yiddish: זיגמונד ברייטברט), also known popularly as Zishe or Sische Breitbart (Yiddish: זישה ברייטברט), was a Polish-born circus performer, vaudeville st...

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 MP (1815 - 1904)


Daniel Decatur Emmett born 1815 in Mount Vernon, Ohiodied June 28, 1904 in Mount Vernon, Ohioburied in Mound View Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Ohio parents- father: Abraham Emmettmother: Sarah Zerrick wives...

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 Chun 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 t...

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 a ...

7/13/2008 12/22/2014

Fred Stone (1873 - 1959)

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 on Broadway a...

11/18/2014 11/18/2014

Ken Maynard (1895 - 1973)

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

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), a realt...

3/1/2009 10/27/2014

Arthur Silverlake (1860 - 1920)

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 skit "Fam...

7/18/2012 10/25/2014

Fern Andra (1893 - 1974)

"Fern Andra"

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 best-known act...

9/2/2014 9/2/2014

Tod Browning (1880 - 1962)

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 talkie eras. Best...

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 circusLinks*

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 careerHe was ...

10/12/2013 10/12/2013

Courtney Ryley Cooper (1886 - 1940)

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. Edgar Hoover consid...

8/15/2013 8/15/2013

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 dapper bow-tied Jacobs ap...

4/16/2013 4/16/2013

Mabel Stark (1889 - 1968)

"Mabel Stark"

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/tamer.BiographySta...

4/16/2013 4/16/2013

Annie Oakley MP (1860 - 1926)

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

Wikipedia * Find-A-Grave * Alt Grave with real name Find-A-Grave Sharpshooter. She was born Phoebe Mosey in Darke County, Ohio. She never attended a regular school and was introduced and taught to shoo...

5/9/2008 4/14/2013

Bird Millman (1890 - 1940)

"Bird Millman"

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 was a premiere attraction with the ...

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 hundred ...

1/14/2009 4/14/2013

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

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), near ...

10/30/2007 4/14/2013

Clyde Beatty (1903 - 1965)

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 own show that...

3/30/2010 4/14/2013

Hachaliah Lyman Bailey MP (1775 - 1845)

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 founded one of his ...

6/23/2010 4/14/2013

James Anthony Bailey MP (1847 - 1906)

"James Anthony Bailey"

Anthony Bailey (July 4, 1847 – April 11, 1906), born James Anthony McGinnis, was an American circus ringmaster and impresario.Life and careerOrphaned at the age of eight, James Anthony McGuinness was w...

4/14/2013 4/14/2013

Edmund Newell (1857 - 1915)

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 born in Chicago, Il...

7/11/2011 4/14/2013

Minnie Warren (1849 - 1878)

Profile photo: pictured with Commodore NuttPierce Warren Bump (June 2, 1849 – July 23, 1878), better known as Minnie Warren, was a 19th century dwarf who gained fame as an associate of P.T. Barnum. Her...

7/11/2011 4/14/2013

Count Primo Magri (1849 - 1920)

photo: Count Primo Magri (left) with Lavinia Warren and Baron Magri (right) in about 1885Count Primo MagriFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaCount Primo Magri (1849-1920) and Count Rosebud were the s...

1/7/2010 4/14/2013

Wallace Fitzgerald Beery (1885 - 1949)

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 titular r...

2/16/2008 4/13/2013

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 in many o...

9/20/2012 4/13/2013

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

"Grietje", "Mata Hari"

Margaretha Geertruida Zelle: von Weber, born 1734, Zell im Wiesenthal: Franz Anton von Weber Zell, Rhineland-Palatinate: Mata Hari is Maleis voor 'OOG van de DAGERAAD, ofwel ZON (in Dutch) * goog...

3/2/2008 4/13/2013

Joseph Elmer Skelton (1880 - 1913)

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)

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 airport at Indian...

12/18/2008 4/13/2013

Steve McQueen MP (1930 - 1980)

"Steve McQueen"

Stephen McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980) was an American actor. McQueen was nicknamed "The King of Cool", and his antihero persona developed at the height of the counterculture of the 1960s ...

6/19/2008 4/13/2013

Frank Edward 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 Longford, Ireland and mov...

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 knivkasternummeret ( Tio Jack ) etter at m...

7/7/2009 4/13/2013

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

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

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 has been referred to as one of th...

2/14/2012 4/13/2013

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: 1974Dixie 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 Music M...

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 - 1924)

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--EagleFrom the ExaminerBurrill ...

9/30/2009 4/13/2013

William Banning (c.1858 - 1928)

GEDCOM Note ===William was born about 1858. No birth certificate or baptism has been found to confirm his age nor his parentage. He gave his place of birth on the Census' as Liverpool, Lancashire. Pres...

6/27/2011 4/13/2013

3/12/2009 4/13/2013

Capt Oren Arms “Capt. Jack” 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, CANResidence Oyen, , AB, CANResidence Aft 1940 Langley, , BC, CAN - Brown Rd.Marriage ended by death of husband In the 1886 and 1890 "London City Directory" he is listed, wi...

4/29/2009 4/13/2013

Philippe Adélard Nicol (1881 - 1940)

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 BrousseauHe was born with a peculiarity; he was of smal...

12/15/2009 4/13/2013