Special Deputy Constable Jack B. Archer

Special Deputy Constable Jack B. Archer

Grayson County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, July 12, 1871

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Jack B. Archer

Special Deputy Constable Jack B. Archer was serving in the place of Constable J.L. Hall who was transferring prisoners from Grayson County to the Texas State Prison in Huntsville. Several days earlier, Deputy Constable Archer had arrested Harvey Adams for carrying pistols. On July 12th, Deputy Constable Archer was attempting to arrest a man named Corhorne for interfering in the earlier arrest of Adams. Adams now came to assist Corhorne, and shot and killed Deputy Constable Archer. Archer had lost his right arm serving for the Confederacy in the Civil War, and had only his left arm to defend himself.

Deputy Sheriff Caywood and a posse of about thirty citizens followed and caught up with Adams in Johnson County, a few miles south of Cleburne, Texas. Adams refused to surrender, and was shot and killed. No records were found to determine the disposition of the charges against Corhorne.

Special Deputy Constable Archer was survived by his wife. No cemetery records have been located.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender killed by posse

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Deputy Constable Archer,
On today, the 150th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Grayson County.


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July 12, 2021

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