Constable Jesse P. Matthews

Constable Jesse P. Matthews

Panola County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, September 4, 1937

Jesse P. Matthews

Panola County Precinct 2 Constable Jesse P. Matthews, 55, was on duty to maintain order at a singing convention about one mile east of Beckville. Two vehicles collided and the drivers started arguing. Constable Matthews attempted to settle the dispute when one of the drivers shot and killed him. The man fled the scene. Texas Rangers were sent to the county to calm down vigilantes looking for the killer. No information has been located as to whether anyone was ever arrested or tried for the murder.

Constable Matthews was first elected constable in Precinct 2 on November of 1914 and was serving his 12th term. He was survived by his son and two daughters. He was buried in Tatum, Texas.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 24 years, 10 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Unknown weapon
  • Offender unknown

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Rest in Peace Pct 2 Constable Jessie P. Matthews. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Panola County and The Great State of Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and those brave souls who have chosen to follow in your footsteps. I also Pray that the scum that murdered you burns forever in the lake of fire!


Senior Special Agent Barry Sherwood Ret.
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

September 23, 2016

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