Sheriff Robert Maxwell

Sheriff Robert Maxwell

Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, November 12, 1797

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Robert Maxwell

Sheriff Robert Maxwell was shot and killed after being ambushed while on his way to court. The suspects ambushed him because he was a law enforcement officer. One man was arrested and was tried and acquitted.

Sheriff Maxwell was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. He was survived by his wife and son and is buried in the Maxwell family cemetery, on what was his plantation near Ware Place, Greenville County, South Carolina.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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Robert Maxwell was a direct ancestor of mine. I searched out his grave, near Ware Place. The grave had long ago been desecrated, and the body removed, leaving only the ledger and the brickwork.

Jim J.

Direct descendant.

January 31, 2021

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