Special Deputy Marshal Sam Roberts

Special Deputy Marshal Sam Roberts

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

End of Watch Friday, July 5, 1907

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Sam Roberts

Special Deputy Marshal Sam Roberts was shot and killed near Porum, Indian Territory (modern day Oklahoma), during a July 4th picnic.

He and another deputy attempted to search a soda stand for illegal liquor when its operators opened fire on them. Deputy Marshal Roberts was killed and the other deputy was wounded.

Two subjects turned themselves in later in the evening.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Oklahoma
  • Incident Date Thursday, July 4, 1907
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Arrested

alcohol violation

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Samuel Roberts is my paternal grandmother's grandfather, which makes him my great-great grandfather. I have numerous newpaper articles regarding his death and the details surrounding it, as well as the subsequent posse hunt and arrest of the perpetrators. My grandmother's name was Opal, and her father (Samuel's son) was named Elgin Roberts. The photo above, which I submitted, the original is in the hands of a relative and is accompanied by the original pardon given to Samuel Roberts for killing a man in the line of duty. If anyone is interested in copies of the newpaper clippings that I have you can email me at [email protected] I'd be happy to share what I have.

Corinne L. Daniel
Great-great granddaughter

May 18, 2018

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