Posseman John Savage West

Posseman John Savage West

United States Department of the Treasury - Office of Internal Revenue, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, February 10, 1915

John Savage West

Posseman John West was shot and killed from ambush as he and two other federal revenue officers destroyed a still near Roberts Siding, between Boma and Silver Point, in Putnam County, Tennessee.

The officers were fired on from ambush and Posseman West was killed. The other officers were able to retreat to safety and left the scene to get assistance. A posse returned to the scene and recovered Posseman West's body.

Posseman West was employed by the Office of Internal Revenue to assist with raiding stills. He was survived by his wife and several grown children.


  • Age 59
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Tennessee
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Arrested

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John Savage West's daughter stated that John (1853-1915) and wife Parsetta were blessed with 7 children and lived in the Falling Water Community in Putnam County, Tennessee. John's grandfather built a grist mill in Falling Water upon arrival in Putnam County during the early 1800's. During the years 1870-1905, John worked in and later managed the grist mill built by his family. He acquired a job as a Federal Revenue Officer around 1907. John died in the line of duty February 10, 1915. The person who murdered John Savage West was never determined or brought to trial.

William C. Huddleston
Grandson of John Savage West

September 6, 2015

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