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 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 man overpowered the guard and escaped 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 after the man's capture, a doctor who attended to the wounds of Deputy Constable George Kirk in Braggs, Oklahoma, was traveling on military orders and was on a train near Wilmington, North Carolina, when he overheard passengers talking about an escaped murderer who had been captured near Wilmington and was in jail in nearby Southport. The doctor learned that the murderer had escaped from the Southport Jail on January 29th, 1909, just days after he Sheriff Stanland.

As the doctor learned more about the suspect and about the man's gunshot wounds from the past he became convinced the suspect was the same man who murdered Deputy Constable Kirk, but had been incarcerated under a different name before escaping from an Oklahoma prison. The doctor had also treated the man's wounds following his shootout with Deputy Constable Kirk.

The doctor went to the Southport Jail where he positively identified the suspect as the same man. The man was convicted of Sheriff Stanland's murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison in North Carolina. In 1919 he escaped from the Central Prison in Raleigh. He relocated to Mississippi where he remarried and assumed a third identity. In 1935 he voluntarily returned to prison and admitted his real identity and past to his wife. On June 6th, 1936, he was paroled in North Carolina and then returned to the Oklahoma Penitentiary to complete his sentence there. He was paroled in Oklahoma on July 24th, 1944.

Sheriff Stanland was survived by his wife and seven children.


  • 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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