Sheriff Samuel Lee Lockhart

Sheriff Samuel Lee Lockhart

Llano County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, January 9, 1858

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Samuel Lee Lockhart

Sheriff Lockhart was stabbed to death after telling several men to stop gambling. As he started to walk away one of the men ran up behind him, reached around to his front and began stabbing him with a butcher knife. The suspect was arrested by a deputy in Williamson County and returned to Llano County.

Sheriff Lockhart had been sheriff for only two years. A granite dome near where he was killed was named Lockhart Mountain in his honor.

He was survived by his wife, daughter, and other children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Apprehended

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Sheriff Sam's murderer, William Taylor, was tried and found guilty. He was tried in San Saba County. Taylor was then incarcerated in the old Huntsville prison. He was sentenced to 6 years. After two years, Taylor was fully pardoned by Governor Sam Houston. He then moved back to Llano. Family lore says Taylor left and was out in the Llano Estacado. Sam's brother, Joseph tracked Taylor out there and killed him.

Margaret Gross
4th great granddaughter

October 2, 2020

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