Sheriff William Read McMullen

Sheriff William Read McMullen

Angelina County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, May 19, 1866

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William Read McMullen

Shortly after sundown, Sheriff William R. McMullen along with his son, Foster, responded from his residence to reports of gunshots in the area of the town square in Homer. Shortly after the sheriff entered the town square he was shot and killed by an unknown person. As soon as the sheriff was shot, all the shooting stopped and those involved fled the scene.

Various reports in the newspapers and history books reported the shooting resulted in the death of as many as five people, and eighteen wounded. The shooting of Sheriff McMullen occurred shortly after the Civil War ended when factions who supported both the north and south were feuding in Angelina County. Locally the fighting became known as the Gilley War. Gilley family members were feuding with Windham family members. The person or persons responsible for the death of Sheriff William Read McMullen were not identified.

Sheriff McMullen was survived by his wife and six children. He is buried in the Homer Cemetery in Angelina County, Texas. He was a Civil War Veteran who was a first lieutenant in the 13th Texas Calvary, Company F.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 2 years, 9 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Unknown weapon
  • Offender unknown

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What a lovely discovery. You are the 5th time great grandfather of my daughter-in-law. She has been torn emotionally by the calls against police officers of late. Unable to reconcile the news and dreadful happenings. Drawn into the outrage. It's like finding your story from Ancestry was bringing me a light to illuminate a little of the shadow she finds herself in. I don't yet know what she has made of your story or her relationship to an officer of the law that was murdered, But I believe It was fate that I should stumble across your story now. God bless and rest easy - you are not forgotten. Hope there's a photo of you out there somewhere. But we will honor your memory on our family wall regardless.

Juliet Schultz
L I.E Veterans Administration

August 7, 2020

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