Billy the Kid (1859–81) was born William Henry McCarty. The exact date and place of his birth are not known but are believed to have been sometime in 1859 in New York City, perhaps on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The family's location and living arrangements between 1865 and 1873 also remain unknown. However, in 1873, the family moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Shortly thereafter, the family moved again, this time to Silver City, New Mexico, where, upon his mother's death, McCarty was uprooted and sent to live ...

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