Sheriff Alexander Ramsey

Sheriff Alexander Ramsey

Ellis County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Monday, June 7, 1875

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Alexander Ramsey

Sheriff Ramsey was shot and killed when he and a deputy encountered two horse thieves while traveling to Stockton, Kansas. They observed a horse trail in Rooks County and went to investigate to see if the county's most wanted man and horse thief was involved. They encountered two men attempting to sell horses and a shootout ensued. Sheriff Ramsey and one of the suspects were killed. The second suspect was wounded and apprehended, but acquitted at trial.

When Sheriff Ramsey's 24-year-old wife was told of his death she went into a state of shock and died a few days later. He was a Union Civil War Veteran.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I believe I am a descendant of sheriff ramsey. I am a Rose but the men in my family carry Ramsey as a middle name. But my dad told me about a famous lawman who was our ancestor. I think he is the lawman dad told me of. Would like to know more.

Patsy R Adams - Rose

November 8, 2020

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