Sheriff Jackson Stanland

Sheriff Jackson Stanland

Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, November 30, 1908

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Jackson Stanland

Sheriff Jackson Stanland was shot and killed at Little Shallotte when he and his posse attempted to arrest a man on a warrant for breaking into a store and for being a deserter from Fort Caswell.

Members of his posse arrested the suspect and incarcerated him in the jail at Southport.

On January 29th, 1909, the suspect, Jesse Walker, overpowered the guard and escaped from the Southport Jail. On March 7th, 1915, he was recaptured in Brunswick County when he tried to sneak back home to see his wife and child.

Two weeks later a Oklahoma doctor traveling on a train near Wilmington, overheard other passengers talking about Sheriff Stanland's murder and Jesse Walker. The talk about Walker reminded him of a patient he treated for gunshot wounds in Braggs, Oklahoma, in June of 1909. The patient known to him as Paul Williams was seriously wounded in a gunfight with three officers and killed Braggs Deputy Constable George Kirk. Williams was convicted of murder and sentenced to 30 years. In 1914 he escaped from the Oklahoma Penitentiary. The doctor went to the jail in Southport and positively identified the man as Constable Kirk's killer. The man was convicted of Sheriff Stanland's murder and sentenced to 30 years.

In 1919 the man escaped from Central Prison in Raleigh. In 1935 he simply walked back into the prison, told the warden that God had forgiven him, and was ready to settle his debt with the state. During is 16 years of freedom he got married, had children, and led a respectable life as a business man in Gulfport, Mississippi. On June 6th, 1936, he was paroled, taken into custody by Oklahoma officials, and returned to the Oklahoma Penitentiary. He was paroled on July 24, 1944.

Sheriff Stanland was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.

Bio

  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1944

burglary, deserter, warrant service

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Sorry to say it was my great uncle Jesse C Walker who shot Sheriff Stanland. There is a different family story as to why he was being arrested. Ironically one of the deputy's was John E. Robinson who is also a relative of mine. There is a hell of a story about this whole ordeal, and it did not come to rest until after Walker was pardoned in Oklahoma by the Governor. This story kept coming up until 1944 because he had escaped from jail or prison at least 3 times. I have a few pictures of JC Walker with his wife Rosa Lee Leonard Walker who was my great aunt. Rosa Lee was sister to my grandmother Lula Leonard Robinson. I have pictures of their daughter Clara who died at the age of 11 of scarlet fever. I have a picture of Deputy John E. Robinson. Had to believe after being released from prison he lived his life in Gulfport, MS with this second wife and owner a clock repair store and repaired and sold clocks. I assume he died there. In speaking to some family members no one would talk about Walker. After being sent an old newspaper clipping by another relative asking if I knew if John E. Robinson was a relative who was mentioned in the article, I discovered it was Walker who was married to my great aunt and then knew why no one knew much about him or at least would not speak of him. Then I went through family history on him and got the story.

JR Robinson
JC Walker was my great uncle.

March 22, 2022

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