Deputy U.S. Marshal Samuel L. L'Estrange

Deputy U.S. Marshal Samuel L. L'Estrange

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, November 21, 1890

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Samuel L. L'Estrange

Deputy Marshal Samuel L'Estrange was shot and killed in Webster, Florida, while serving an arrest warrant on a man for postal violations in which the suspect had sent threatening post cards to government officials in Washington, DC.

The suspect was convicted of the postal violations but not charged with Deputy Marshal L'Estrange's murder.


  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Florida
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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It has been several years since I first researched Deputy Marshal Samuel L. L'Estrange and to this day I continue my quest to find any living family descendents of his to tell them of his burial in my city and give them the newspaper accounts of his service, death, and burial. Very little info has been found regarding Samuel but, just yesterday, I was able to find proof that he had a wife named Louisa. I first found them living in Orlando, FL in 1887 near where the Church Street Station is today. At the time of his death he was living in Jacksonville, FL. When I found them in 1887, there was no way of telling how they were related but, yesterday I found a record that names Louisa as his wife and the document is dated six months after Samuel died. The document was recorded six months after his death which occurred Nov. 21, 1890, the date of the document is May 22, 1891. The document says that Louisa was living in New York City, NY when the document was written. The document was written by Napolean Bonapart Broward, Sheriff of Duval Co., FL. Samuel's surname shows differently on different documents I have for him, sometimes as Estrange and other times as L'Estrange. Louisa's middle initial was given as L. so I tend to believe that with both having a middle initial of L., that the correct spelling of the surname is L'Estrange. I look for records using several variations of the spelling so as not to miss any
records. Samuel is buried in the Old City Cemetery here in Jacksonville, FL and there is no stone to mark his grave. The cemetery records for the time of his burial are missing so there is no way to know at this time which grave is his. I will continue to do my best to find his grave and place a marker on it one day in honor of his sacrifice for law-abiding citizens.

Rest in peace Deputy Marshal Samuel L'Estrange

Yvonne Johnson

January 23, 2013

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