Deputy Sheriff Nelson Maxey

Deputy Sheriff Nelson Maxey

Washington County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Friday, November 19, 1869

Nelson Maxey

Deputy Sheriff Nelson Maxey, a deputy sheriff and appointed constable of the precinct, was attempting to preserve order in the courtroom of Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace J. W. McCowan in Washington-on-the-Brazos. Robert (Bob) Gooden and James Shapard pulled six-shooters and killed the lawman and attempted to kill the judge. Both men escaped. Military authorities attempted to locate them. Very little information is known about the incident or the disposition of the two suspects. Nelson Maxey had been a deputy sheriff at least since 1860.

Deputy Sheriff Nelson Maxey was survived by his wife, two daughters and one son. He was reported by the family to have been buried in Washington County, but no gravesite has been located.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender escaped

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Deputy Sheriff Maxey,
On today, the 146th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Washington County.


United States Border Patrol

November 19, 2015

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