Posse Member Judge Edward Lampley

Posse Member Judge Edward Lampley

Dewitt County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Monday, February 28, 1876

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Judge Edward Lampley

Henderson County Deputy Sheriff Goethry, called on Sheriff Weisiger of DeWitt County for assistance to arrest Joseph Allen. He was wanted for killing a man in Henderson County.

J. Agee, a DeWitt County citizen was deputized by Sheriff Weisiger to take a posse and assist Deputy Goethry in the arrest. This posse included Judge Edward Lampley.

On Monday, February 28, 1876 the posse approached the house and demanded the surrender of Joseph Allen. Special Deputy Agee found Joseph Allen hiding in the house. Allen sprung up and fired on Deputy Agee, grazing his forehead. At this point, several persons in both parties started shooting. Deputy Agee was shot in the leg with a load of buckshot, and Allen was wounded several times. After being shot, Allen was dragged into the residence. It was during this exchange of gunfire that posseman Judge Edward Lampley was killed in this shootout. It is unknown who shot him or where he was shot.

J. E. Lampley's real name was "Judge" and he was not an elected judge. He was 21 years old and was not married.


  • Age 21
  • Tour 2 days
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Unknown weapon
  • Offender Joe Allen

arrest attempt

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On today, the 140th anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of DeWitt County.


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