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Who Shot a Sheriff? 1910 - 1911

Who Shot a Sheriff? 1910 - 1911

Posted: 1045067563000
Classification: Query
I'm trying to track down a shooting death in Karnes County, maybe Karnes City of Falls City, about 1910-11. I can't be sure if it was a sheriff or deputy. Is there a Karnes County historian reading? Who were the lawmen in that time span? Was one killed? Any newspaper accounts, &c?

Re: Who Shot a Sheriff? 1910 - 1911

archie ammons (View posts)
Posted: 1045196414000
Classification: Query
I don't have the names of any Deputies, but I have a newspaper clipping of all the Karnes County Sheriffs since 1854. It says that the Sheriff of 1868 died in Goliad in 1904, but that doesn't seem to help any. The newspaper clipping would have to be a JPEG attachment, and I believe attachments are not allowed here.

Re: Who Shot a Sheriff? 1910 - 1911

K Powell (View posts)
Posted: 1045197503000
Classification: Query
I got the jpeg email. It looks to be #21 E C Seale but there's nothing about him having died in office. We'll need to question an oldtimer to see if he recognizes the name, or possibly it was a former sheriff - or a deputy. Whooooo knows.

What this is about. Anderson Peeler OLIVER supposedly took his family and hightailed it out of Wilson County for OK after shooting a sheriff, so the family oral history goes. Anderson was still around on the 1910 US census, so it's definitely after the census date.

Re: Who Shot a Sheriff? 1910 - 1911

Posted: 1055097499000
Classification: Query
I don't think any of the Karnes County Sheriffs fit the bill. E.C. (Eli Calloway) Seale served as Karnes County Sheriff from 1902 to 1910. Eli died June 22, 1923 in Runge, Karnes Co., and is buried in the Karnes City Cemetery.

W.T. (Brack) Morris was Sheriff from 1896 to 1901, when he was killed in office by Gregorio Cortez (1982 movie "The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez"; Edward James Olmos). Morris was succeeded in office by Deputy W.C. Hunter. Seale won the election in 1902. Jim Brown followed Seale as Sheriff, and served from 1910 to 1934.

Maybe a different county?

Re: Who Shot a Sheriff? 1910 - 1911

K Powell (View posts)
Posted: 1055099379000
Classification: Query
Yeah maybe. Or could have been a deputy. I'm helping a niece with this and sometimes it comes down to family oral history, her recall is sometimes being a little different than what we find.

There is something to the tale somewhere, because I'd more recently found another married-into branch of that local family, West, I think it was, with the same story! I believe he was a named-for: Anderson Peeler WEST. Seems I recall that one hightailed it for California. Don't recall what timespan that would have been in, could be a little more recent.

Re: Who Shot a Sheriff? 1910 - 1911

Posted: 1060648486000
Classification: Query
You could contact the Karnes County Sheriff's Office. If they don't know they would be able to tell you how to look it up. Most of the Sheriff's there have lived in the area for years and some of them generations. My cousin is the Sheriff at present. His name is Bobby Mutz. Good Luck.

Re: Who Shot a Sheriff? 1910 - 1911

Posted: 1170753329000
Classification: Query
What a surprise! So we must be a family! I know that he is a descendant to Mutz families who emigrated from Upper Silesia with father Moczygemba.

Stanislas Mutz,
Upper Silesia
contact me at:
smutz@neostrada.pl
look up my family albums at:
blog: www.mutz.blog.onet.pl

Re: Who Shot a Sheriff? 1910 - 1911

Posted: 1485119974000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1485120765000
It was the Sheriff "Brack" Morris (Brack nick name) He was I believe to be the only one killed. I saw a police report on it. There was a song and movie made of this. The Mexican man was made some kind of hero. But my great great uncle would not agree.
I am looking for a picture of him.

Re: Who Shot a Sheriff? 1910 - 1911

Posted: 1485120610000
Classification: Query
Surnames: S Meyer
He died in 1901 Morris, and was buried in Karnes TX. Gregorio Cortez shot W.T. Morris. The apparent misunderstandings that led to the killing, and the extended pursuit, capture. It seems the deputy didn't translate very well.
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