Deputy Sheriff James W. Bell

Deputy Sheriff James W. Bell

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch Thursday, April 28, 1881

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James W. Bell

Deputy Sheriff James Bell and Deputy Marshal Robert Olinger, of the United States Marshals Service, were shot and killed during an escape attempt by the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid.

Deputy Bell is buried in Cedarvale Cemetery, White Oaks, Lincoln County, New Mexico.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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James W. Bell could possibly be my great grandfather. Upon visiting the Lincoln museum and seeing the wonderful history of this era in our country I had to stop and read again the notes below James W. Bell. My mother was a Bell from Carizo Springs, TX. My grandfather was William E Bell. I’ve, been told over the years that one of my relatives was a Texas Ranger. One is buried near me. Could this be another? I’ll be checking. If anyone has any input please contact me.

Claude T Woodlee Jr
Pleasanton, TX

September 7, 2019

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