Tintype of Joseph Hardin Clements, Texas Cowboy and Outlaw, Plus

Sixth plate image of Joseph Hardin Clements and two cowboy buddies. Note inked on plate at bottom indicates he is about 20 years of age. This image has appeared elsewhere, particularly Bartholomew's Biographical Album of Western Gunfighters.

Born 1 Dec. 1849, Joseph Hardin Clements was named for Col. Joseph Hardin, great grandfather of John Wesley Hardin. Hardin's father's sister married Emmanuel Clements, and the Hardin and Clements cousins were close. Little is known of Joseph Clements' early life, but in 1871 he and brothers Mannen (Emmanuel) and Gip (John Gipson) convinced Hardin to accompany them on a cattle drive to Abilene, KS. Hardin admits to killing several men on that drive, and Mannen killed two of the Clements' cowboys, for which he was arrested. Hardin had become acquainted with Hickok in Abilene, and made arrangements with Wild Bill for Mannen to escape. John Wesley and Mannen often rode together, piling up indictments wherever they appeared. One or more of the other Clements boys occasionally joined the "party," so much so that the individual activities are not clearly discernable. Joe seems to have been part of the general mayhem perpetrated by the Clements clan for the last quarter of the century. They all fought on the Taylor side of the Taylor-Sutton feud, and Joe signed the "peace treaties" of 1872 and 1874. About 1899, he moved to Hope, south of Roswell, NM. By the 1920s he was a successful sheep rancher. [Thrapp, Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography, Vol. I, pp 283-4] The second image in this lot is of an older Clements with his wife, Sallie. He died in 1927.

Condition:Tintype with bends and scratches, but none seriously affect the portraits. The later image is torn from something else and adhered to black paper.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
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