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SHERIFF JOHN MACON  POAG - KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY -
APRIL 12, 1905


Tate County Sheriff's Office has two sheriff in it's history that were killed in the line of duty.  On Wednesday, April 12, 1905 Sheriff John Macon Poag was shot and killed by a mob of masked men who entered his jail for the purpose of liberating a murder suspect.  The sheriff's order that the men leave was met with a refusal, whereupon Sheriff John  Poag fired, wounding one man.  The mob returned fire killing the sheriff, and then left without the prisoner.

Eventually 13 men were charged with Sheriff Poag's murder.  Newspapers of that day reported that most if not all escaped punishment.  Sheriff Poag was 47 years old at the time of his death.

SHERIFF WILLIAM FRANKLIN BRAY - KILLED IN LINE OF DUTY - MARCH 20, 1898

March 20, 1898 Sheriff  William Bray was killed and Deputy Sheriff Homer Gilmore dangerously wounded when an arguement began with Ashely Cocke, a prominent and wealthy planter of north Mississippi. Cocke emptied his pistol at Gilmore striking him three times.  Cocke then walked across the street, reloading his pistol.  Sheriff Bray, hearing the shooting, hastened to the scene and getting within a few feet of Cocke, drew his pistol and ordered Cocke to throw up his hands.  Cocke yelled back at the sheriff not to come any further.  Bray fired, but missed and then Cocke, took aim and shot the sheriff through the heart.

DEPUTY SHERIFF JEFF WALKER WILLIAMS - KILLED IN LINE OF DUTY - OCTOBER 16, 1932

Sunday, October 16, 1932 Deputy Sheriff Jeff Williams, 23, was shot and killed by a man he arrested for robbery at a home seven miles south of Senatobia.  Just after the officer made the arrest the suspect grabbed Deputy Williams' pistol and shot him.

Deputy Williams' father, the Tate County Sheriff, organized a posse of more than 75 men who surrounded a nearby home where the suspect was thought to be hiding.  When someone in the house opened fire the posse returned fire killing four men inside the home.  The men, a father, his two sons, and his son-in-law were relatives of the suspect.  The suspect was not there.  He was captured in Memphis, Tennessee, December 13, 1932.

PHOTO AND INFORMATION

Any information that would assist us in providing accurate dates, photographs or terms of former sheriffs would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact us so we may continue to share with our community.

 


Sheriff Josiah Dailey
1873 to 1874

Sheriff N. S. Love
1874 to 1874

Sheriff R. J. Carter
1874 to 1876

Sheriff J. E. Matthews
1876 to 1880

Sheriff W. B. Wright
1880 to 1882

Sheriff P.M.B. Wait
1882 to 1896

Sheriff W. F. Bray
1896 to 1898

Sheriff Berry B. Brooks
1900 to 1904

Sheriff J. M. Poag
1904 to 1905
 
Sheriff W.G. Cocke Sr.
1908 to 1912
 
Sheriff R.D. Williams
1912 to 1916
 
Sheriff J. A. Still
1916 to 1920
 
Sheriff  R. D. Williams
1920 to 1924
 
Sheriff W.G. Cocke Sr.
1924 to 1928
 
Sheriff M.C. Campbell
1928 to 1929
 
Sheriff Lil Campbell
1929 to 1932
 
Sheriff C. A. Williams
1932 to 1936
 
Sheriff J. R. Quinn
1936 to 1940
 
Sheriff John Young
1940 to 1944
 
Sheriff L. E. Samuels
1944 to 1948
 
Sheriff W. W. Davis
1948 to 1952
 
Sheriff W. T. Freeman
1952 to 1956
 
Sheriff Joe Taylor
1956 to 1960
 
Sheriff E. M. Williams
1960 to 1964
 
Sheriff Albert Blair
1964 to 1968
 
Sheriff Joe W. Taylor
1968 to 1976
 
Sheriff Herbert McIver 
1976 to 1984
 
Sheriff Shelton Ingram
1984 to 2008
 
John Macon Poag
New York Times Article
 
Article on Sheriff
Campbell
 
Sheriff M.C. Campbell
and Deputy Bud Ellis
 
Sheriff M.C. Campbell
early years
 
Mrs. M.C. "Lil" Campbell
 
First Tate County Jail
 
2nd Tate County Jail
 
News article on arrest of
moonshiners
 
Arrest includes 238
gallons of moonshine
   
Sheriff Pete Freeman
swearing in Joe Taylor
as Chief Deputy
 
Tate County
Courthouse
Completed 1875
 
1959 Sheriff's Election
 
Marlin Stanford
Tate County's 1st
D.A.R.E. Officer
     
2010 Tate County Patch

 

 
 
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