Sheriff John E. Martin

Sheriff John E. Martin

Starr County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, December 1, 1881

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John E. Martin

Sheriff John Martin and a citizen were shot to death after being ambushed while returning to Rio Grande City after serving citations.

The two had been collecting taxes and were murdered in a robbery of the tax proceeds.

Sheriff Martin had served as sheriff for a total of 3-1/2 years over two different terms. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available


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I just found out that Sheriff Martin is my GGG grandfather. His surviving son was William D Martin SR who married Liciana Martin and had 7 children in Starr County Texas. My grandpa was William D Martin JR. My father is Richard L Martin and his brother is William D Martin III. I am deeply moved and proud about this information.

Jason Richard Martin

Jason Martin
Great Great Great Grandson

January 4, 2015

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