Special Deputy Marshal Samuel Elgin "Sam" Roberts

Special Deputy Marshal Samuel Elgin "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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Samuel Elgin "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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My name is Anthony Thomas and the great grandson of Sam Roberts.
I provided The photo of “Sam Roberts”.
My mother, M. J. Thomas is the granddaughter of Sam Roberts and states that his real true name “was” James Samuel Roberts and there was “NO” Elgin in his name.
My mother is still living at 97 years old in Edmond, OK.
Anthony Thomas
9716 Smoking Oak
Edmond,Ok, 73025

Anthony Thomas
Great Grandson

May 11, 2021

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