Deputy U.S. Marshal Floyd Wilson

Deputy U.S. Marshal Floyd Wilson

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

End of Watch Tuesday, December 13, 1892

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Floyd Wilson

Deputy Marshal Floyd Wilson was shot and killed near Lenapah, Indian Territory (modern day Oklahoma).

The suspect was apprehended and convicted but was pardoned for Deputy Marshal Wilson's murder in 1903 for his assistance with talking a man into surrendering during an 1895 gunfight in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in which Guard Lawrence Keating, also of the United States Marshals Service, was murdered.

It is believed that Marshal Wilson and the suspect were part of the marshals posse under Marshal Bob Dalton before Bob Dalton turned outlaw. After being pardoned the subject continued to rob banks and was shot and killed during a bank robbery in Arkansas in 1921. A relative of the suspect also killed United States Bureau of Indian Affairs Police Officer Frank West in 1893.

Deputy Marshal Wilson had served with the United States Marshals Service for seven years and had previously served with the Little Rock Police Department.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Oklahoma
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Not available

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Thank you. The photo just about took my breath away... my Uncle, the late John Roy Wilson III, looks *exactly* like my Great Great Grandfather, and his Great Grandfather. It's stunning.

I learned all of this just today, so I'm still kind of in shock. All I knew was that my Great Grandfather, John Roy Wilson's Dad died young, and that he went to live with his Maternal Grandparents. Thank you so much for this photo and for remembering Floyd Wilson. All I could find until now was talk about the person who took his life, and many photos of that ... person.
God bless all of you, and thank you, so so much for this. I know my Mom, Terri Wilson Hunt, will be glad to see that Floyd has not been forgotten.

And T F, thank you so much for the information about where he was buried. I've looked for so long, this is all sort of surreal still. But thank you, so much!!

Amy Hunt

March 17, 2021

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