Town Marshal Henry Hartford

Town Marshal Henry Hartford

Corbin Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, December 9, 1899

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Henry Hartford

Town Marshal Henry Hartford and another man were shot and killed by two brothers while he was investigating a saloon fight. Both suspects, well known feudist from Clay County, were apprehended a short time later. They said they shot Marshal Hartford to show people how they have fun back in Clay County.

Both were tried and acquitted. In 1902 one was sentenced to life for killing a man in 1899 in Kentucky.

Marshal Hartford was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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My great uncle was a Town Marshal aka City Police Officer. Over the years my two sisters, have been searching through our family linage. We had been informed by other family members of this loss in our family. He was the son of Hoses Hartford, (Bulls Gap, TN) his father whose name is in the book about the Civil War called "6th New Hampshire Infantry Volunteer’s" that our great uncle had been shot and killed, in the line of duty. He had two brothers T.J. Hartford, who served as the Chief of Police, and my grandfather George Hartford both from Appalachia, Va. We have had other family members who have served in Law Enforcement throughout the United States. What a wonderful tribute you have made to my great Uncle. We have no Picture of him and it is said to learn he was so young. May God Bless and guard all who serve in uniform. From my family, thank you to the people, of Corbin, Ky for honoring him in this way.

Officer/Retired; Harold L. Hartford
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Great Nephew

October 18, 2021

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