Deputy Sheriff James Jackson Lee

Deputy Sheriff James Jackson Lee

Putnam County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, August 9, 1899

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James Jackson Lee

Deputy Sheriff Jack Lee was killed after falling into a mine shaft.

He was on his horse looking for a suspect in the dark, using a lantern. He noticed what appeared to be a large hole. He tied his horse to a tree and walked to the edge of the shaft. He slipped and fell approximately 150 feet to his death. The next morning, several workers noticed his horse tied to the tree and started to search for him. They found his body at the bottom of the shaft.


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Heard the story of my great great grandfather many times; spent many summers of my youth at his home with his daughter/my great grandmother. I visited the family cemetery to pay respects recently and will be eternally grateful for the sacrifices you made. RIP

Beth Farley Whitlock
Great Great granddaughter

April 17, 2017

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