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Clay Allison

Trivia powered by Prof. WalterBorn: September 2, 1840
Died: July 3, 1887

Clay Allison, was a gunfighter and well known historic figure of the American Old West.

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

  • Clay Masterson Allison
  • Marion Robert Allison
  • Robert Clay Allison
  • Claymont Bruce Allison

2) His father, a Presbyterian minister, also worked in the cattle and sheep business. How old was Clay when his father died?

  • One
  • Five
  • Ten
  • Fifteen

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) After the Civil War, what organization is Clay a member of?

  • Ku Klux Klan
  • Masonic Lodge
  • Baptist Church
  • 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?

  • Mace Bodie
  • Marvin Reynolds
  • Chunk Colbert
  • Paladin Montgomery

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

  • None
  • One
  • Two
  • Three

9) 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 are they buried?

  • Pecos Park Cemetery, Pecos, Texas
  • Gates Mills South Cemetery, Gates Mills, Ohio,
  • Highland Memorial Gardens, Bessemer, Alabama
  • Gateway Memorial Park, Rosewell, New Mexico

Clay Allison

  1. Robert Clay Allison
  2. Five
  3. True
  4. Ku Klux Klan
  5. True
  6. False. The man is named Mace Bowman.
  7. Chunk Colbert
  8. Two
  9. True
  10. Pecos Park Cemetery, Pecos, Texas

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