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Clay Allison

What do you know about Clay Allison?
Try this US Old West History Made Easy Quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

1) Clay was the fourth of the nine children of Jeremiah Scotland Allison and his wife Mariah R. Brown. His father, a Presbyterian minister, also raised cattle and sheep to support his family.
What day was he born?Clay Allison

  1. September 2, 1838

  2. September 2, 1840

  3. September 2, 1842

  4. September 2, 1844

2) Known as "Clay", what is his birth name?

  1. Clay Masterson Allison
  2. Marion Robert Allison
  3. Robert Andrew Allison
  4. Claymont Bruce Allison

3) From September 22, 1862 to May 10, 1865, he serves with the Confederate 9th Tennessee Cavalry under General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

  • True or False?

4)  What organization is Clay a member of after the Civil War?

  1. Ku Klux Klan
  2. Masonic Lodge
  3. Baptist Church
  4. Riders in the Sky

5) Allison and a mob rushed the jail in Elizabethtown, New Mexico in the Fall of 1870. They took the prisoner and dragged him through town with a rope around his neck. Allison cut the head of prisoner Charles Kennedy.

  • True or False?

6) He reportedly believes himself to be fast with a gun but changes this attitude after being outdrawn in a friendly competition with a man named Doc Holiday. Holiday and Allison became friends, and Doc Holiday is alleged to have worked with Allison to improve his "quick draw" skills.

  • True or False?

7) Who did Allison kill on January 7, 1874 at the dinner table at the Clifton House Inn?

  1. Mace Bodie
  2. Marvin Reynolds
  3. Chunk Colbert
  4. Paladin Montgomery

8) Clay Allison marries America Medora "Dora" McCulloch in Mobeetie on February 15, 1881.  How many children do they have?

  1. None
  2. One
  3. Two
  4. Three

9) On July 3, 1887, Allison is hauling a load of supplies when the load shifted and a sack of grain fell from the wagon.  Trying to catch it, Allison falls from the wagon, and the wheel roll over him.  His neck is broken, and he dies at the age of 47.

  • True or False?

10) Where was Clay Allison buried?

  1. Pecos Park Cemetery, Pecos, Texas
  2. Gates Mills South Cemetery, Gates Mills, Ohio,
  3. Highland Memorial Gardens, Bessemer, Alabama
  4. Gateway Memorial Park, Rosewell, New Mexico

Clay Allison
AnswersAngels on your pillow

1) B. 2) C. 3) True 4) A. 5) True 6) False. The man is named Mace Bowman. 7) C. 8) C.
) True 10) A.

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