Deputy U.S. Marshal John S. "Speed" Hamilton

Deputy U.S. Marshal John S. "Speed" Hamilton

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, April 28, 1892

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John S. "Speed" Hamilton

Deputy Marshal Hamilton succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained five days earlier near Ling's Creek in Owsley County, Kentucky. He was shot from ambush by four men in revenge for several recent moonshining arrests he had made in the county.

A young boy who was traveling with Deputy Marshal Hamilton was wounded in the arm.

Deputy Marshal Hamilton was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Kentucky
  • Incident Date Saturday, April 23, 1892
  • Weapon Rifle; Winchester
  • Offender Not available

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This is my Great-Great Grandpa. I remember my grandma Polly Ann (Hamilton) Campbell telling me the story of his death. He was very brave!

Glenna (Campbell) Bryant
Great-Great Grandaughter

October 12, 2018

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