She was born in Patterson Township, Darke County, Oh.
Annie's father passed away due to pneumonia and over exposure to freezing weather.
After Annie's father passed away, her mother couldn't take care of her and her siblings. She went to live with her Uncle.
She returned from her Uncle's to help her mother with food and money. She took her dad's rifle and shot game. Then would go to Greenville to sell it. She was able to pay her mother's mortgage on her house.
Annie married the love of her life Frank E. Butler.
Annie pick the name Annie Oakley as her stage name.
Sitting Bull attended one of her shows. He was so impressed that he offered her $65 for a photo. Later he adopted her and nicknamed her "Little Sure Shoot"
Along with her husband Frank Butler, they joined the "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show".
She was in a horrible train wreck with the Wild West show that left her with a spinal injury. She needed numerous surgery's. She was partially paralyzed for a while.
By 1902 she was able to shoot a dime that was tossed in mid-air 90 feet away. She also was able to use a .22 rifle and shoot 4,472 out of 5,000 glass balls tossed in the air.
Annie Oakley passed away at the age of 66, 18 days before her husband Frank Butler.