Special Constable Benton Nance

Special Constable Benton Nance

Cooke County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, March 10, 1878

Benton Nance

On Sunday, March 10, 1878, a Cooke County justice of the peace appointed Benton Nance and William Moran as special constables and gave them a warrant to arrest Ferdinand Lamb. The two lawmen located Lamb in Dexter, Texas in Cooke County. Lamb resisted arrested and shot Special Constable Nance with a double-barreled shotgun. Nance died shortly thereafter.

Lamb was arrested and charged with murder. The disposition of the case is missing from the county records.

No family information or a grave site was located on Benton Nance. One newspaper reported, "Mr. Nance, the party killed was a worthy and respected citizen, and his untimely death is much regretted."


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Ferdinand Lamb

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Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends as another year passes. May they know that you will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 10, 2010

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