Just been reading a bit ...
There doesn't seem to be any reliable information about his origins, nor his death. That's why I asked.
It appears he was a mature adult (say at least 16) by 1870, and had a criminal career over the next 12-15 years (The Earp Vendetta Ride & the death of O'Rourke were in 1882). Eventually, say 1885, he was arrested for some more minor offenses, was briefly imprisoned, and then disappeared.
If someone really wanted to get involved, there should be prison and court records to check, and perhaps an army enlistment -- the New Mexico History Museum, Angélico Chavéz History Library, has a listing in their New Mexico Vertical Files for "Rations – see U.S. Army Commissariat Charles Ray/Pony Deal" and then, "U.S. Army – Commissariat (1)". This Ration mention could just be from when he was "fencing" processed rustled beef in El Paso for the Kinney Gang (was it sold to the US Army?).
Anybody need an excuse to take a trip to The Palace of the Governors? Should be a balmy 55º in Santa Fe tommorow, with only a very slight chance of overnight snow tonight.
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