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Denison Police Officer Absolum Kyle McCarty, d. 25 Dec 1882

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Denison Police Officer Absolum Kyle McCarty, d. 25 Dec 1882

Posted: 1356903870000
Classification: Query
Surnames: McCarty, Ellis
I am a volunteer researcher for the Texas Peace Officers Memorial.


About 12 noon on Monday, 25 Dec 1882, Denison Police Officer A.K. McCARTY (reported incorrectly as McCARTHY in one newspaper) was called to the corner of Austin and Crawford streets to arrest a railroad section hand for the Missouri Pacific Railway named Charles ELLIS. ELLIS was flourishing a pistol and threatening to shoot. As Officer McCARTY arrived Ellis ordered him to throw up his hands which McCARTY refused to do. ELLIS fired at McCARTY striking him in the left side. McCARTY died in about 5 minutes.

ELLIS made his escape reportedly to the “nation” (meaning the Indian Territory – present day Oklahoma). He was described as a short, thick set man, five feet five inches, light blue eyes, sandy mustache, light hair cut short, with a scar on his hand, and a small wart under his thumb. Two hundred dollars was offered as a reward for his capture by the city council. A number of citizens went in pursuit.

The newspaper said, “McCarthy was one of the most vigilant police officers the city ever had. He leaves a family.”

It is unknown at this time if ELLIS was ever arrested or charged with the murder.

Personal Information: provided by family in Georgia & online records

Absolum Kyle McCarty was reported to have been born in 1842 in Rogersville, Hawkins County, Tennessee to parents James P. McCarty and Nancy H. Fain. He enlisted as a private in August 1861 in the 19th Regiment, Company K of the Tennessee Infantry Volunteers during the Civil War. He reached the rank of sergeant in the Confederate States of America (CSA) by 1865. He and his two brothers, James Carmicheal (Mike) and William Nicholas (Nick) McCarty, went to Texas after CSA service. James returned to Tennessee and died in 1936. William died in 1909 in Hamilton, Texas.

McCarty married Mattie McCamey (McKenis) in 1867 in Troup County, Georgia. They moved to Henderson, Rusk County, Texas where a daughter was born in 1869-1870. They then moved to Grayson County, Texas, where another daughter, Mattie, was born about 1873. His wife, Mattie, died on March 3, 1876 and she is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Whitesboro, Grayson County. He sent both daughters back to Tennessee to live with their grandmother, Nancy. In December 1876 he married Minnie Snapp in Whitesboro. They had three children, Annie Ruth, Eddie Hassen and Absolum Kyle. Minnie died in 1889 in Illinois Bend, Texas. Illinois Bend is an unincorporated community on Farm to Market Road 677 twenty miles northeast of Montague in the extreme northeastern corner of Montague County, Texas, United States.

McCarty was apparently a deputy sheriff in Grayson County. He was awarded a gun and pistol for his meritorious service (Whitesboro Democratic 16 February 1878).

The 1880 US Census for Grayson county reports K.A. McCarty, 35, born about 1845 in Tennessee, married to N. Minnie McCarty, 20, and with a daughter R. Anna McCarty, 2. His occupation was a constable.

While it is probable A.K. McCarty was buried in Grayson County and probably in Whitesboro, his place of burial is unknown at this time.

I searching for the place of burial for McCARTY. His first wife, Mattie, is buried in Whitesboro Cemetery and his second wife died in Montgue County, place of burial unknown at this time. Any information on disposition of case on Charles ELLIS is appreciated.
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