Peter Brand lives in Sydney, Australia and is a keen student of the Earp/Tombstone story. He has a particular interest in uncovering the lives of the men who rode with Wyatt Earp on the so-called "Vendetta", after the attempted assassination of Virgil Earp, and the murder of Morgan Earp.

Peter's well-researched articles on the Earp Vendetta riders have appeared in the Western Outlaw Lawman Association Journal, the National Outlaw Lawman Association Quarterly and True West magazine. He may be contacted at PO Box 1030, Meadowbank, NSW 2114, Australia.

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Jean Smith was born and raised in Waverly, Iowa and moved to Arizona after graduation from high school. She owns and operates a music store and Radio Shack Franchise, while raising a family of 4 children. Jean has a Business Administration degree & has been a genealogist for many years, completing genealogical courses from Brigham Young University. She is also a member of the National Genealogical Society.

After meeting Peter Brand from Australia in Tombstone, she became interested in the Old West history & has helped him research the articles he's had published.

Jean is married to Chuck Smith, an Old West history buff also, and together they spend many weekends in Tombstone and on research trips around the country.

Jean may be contacted at 993 East Jennings Street, Safford, AZ 85546

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Chuck Smith is a transplant from Vermont to Arizona. He has lived in Southeast Arizona (Safford) for over 50 years. He has a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. Chuck has worked for the Phelps Dodge copper mining industry for 33 years in Morenci, AZ, 2 years for the Large Binocular Telescope (University of Arizona) on Mt Graham in Safford, and is currently teaching Electronics and Electricity for Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, AZ.

Chuck has always been interested in Old West History from childhood days. He has spent many years as a genealogical researcher and then moved into the historical research arena. He has authored two articles for the National Outlaw Lawmens Association (NOLA) revealing new information on Florentino (Cruz), a victim of the Earp Vendetta, and the second article has groundbreaking information dealing with Graham County AZ lawmen and their relationship with the Arizona Rangers.

Chuck is currently working on a biography of James V. Parks, who was one of the most famous sheriffs of Graham County. He is also on the Graham County Historical Society Board of Directors.

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Doug Vermillion is a lifelong Madison County, Indiana, resident, a retired educator, and a former newspaper journalist. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in United States History and Political Science from Anderson College (Anderson, IN) in 1973, and a Master's Degree in Political Science from Ball State University (Muncie, IN) in 1978. He currently works beyond his family research as an adjunct professor at the community college in his hometown. He has 40 years of genealogy experience, building a sizeable data base of his ancestral history. His interest in the Earp Vendetta Posse began in high school where a teacher challenged him to pursue "the mystery" of Texas Jack Vermillion's true identity. Beginning in 2009, he and Peter Brand were introduced and have collaborated in the effort to establish the life timeline of John Wilson Vermillion that led to the award-winning "Duty Bound" article in 2010. Doug continues to assist the Tombstone Vendetta team through his research work.

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Jennifer Lewis was born and raised in Muncie, Indiana and has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Ball State University. She has been an over-the-road truck driver since 1995. Her interest in the Old West came primarily from traveling the western states and taking in the local cultures.

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