Tom O'Folliard

Tom O Folliard (1858 – December 19, 1880) was the best friend of outlaw William Bonney, a.k.a. Billy the Kid. Both were members of the Regulators during the Lincoln County War.

Tom O'Folliard
Tom O'Folliard circa 1875 retouched and cropped.jpg
O'Folliard circa 1875
Thomas O. Folliard Jr.

DiedDecember 19, 1880(1880-12-19) (aged 21–22)
Cause of deathGunshot wound
Resting placeOld Fort Sumner Cemetery
34°24′13″N 104°11′37″W / 34.40361°N 104.19361°W / 34.40361; -104.19361 (Billy the Kid's Gravesite)
Other namesTom O'Folliard
OccupationRanch hand, gunfighter, outlaw
  • Father: Thomas O. Folliard Sr.
  • Mother: Sarah Cook

After the war ended, they became cattle rustlers, forming the Bonney gang with fellow outlaws Dave Rudabaugh, Charlie Bowdre, Tom Pickett, and Billy Wilson.

Folliard , a Texan, was a participant in the Lincoln County War and survived the famous Five-Day Battle in Lincoln during July 1878.

He is said to have been wounded by a gunshot to the shoulder while escaping from the McSween residence, which had been set on fire, with Bonney and three others.

He was shot in the chest by sheriff Pat Garrett on December 19, 1880, at Fort Sumner, dying approximately 45 minutes later. He was interred at Old Fort Sumner Cemetery in a plot he later shared with Bonney and Charlie Bowdre.[1]

Portrayals in the mediaEdit


  1. ^ Utley, Robert M. Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life. p. 195. ISBN 0-8032-4553-X