Deputized Civilian William B.M. Barbee

Deputized Civilian William B.M. Barbee

Burleson County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, May 24, 1857

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William B.M. Barbee

Burleson County Precinct 3 Constable John Johnson called upon Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace William B.M. Barbee to accompany him to arrest John Carroway. Carroway was characterized by the newspaper as a notorious thief and outlaw. He was suspected of stealing a mule from the widow of John Nunn. Constable Johnson had a writ for Carroway’s arrest. Johnson and Barbee tracked Carroway to a house on Yegau Creek. They searched the house and did not find Carroway. Barbee went to search the smokehouse, and while looking between the logs was shot from inside with a rifle. The bullet grazed Barbee’s forehead and knocked him down. As Barbee attempted to rise, Carroway shot him again in the bowels with shotgun loaded with buckshot. Carroway ran from the smokehouse, but was shot by Constable Johnson. It was reported that Carroway died several hours later and Barbee died three hours later.

The newspaper reports Barbee as a respected citizen about 35 years of age who was survived by his wife and a child.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Killed by constable

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Rest in Peace Justice of the Peace William B.M. Barbee. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Burleson County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and the men and women of the Burleson County Constable PCT. 3 Department. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the bones of the scum that murdered you. May he know no peace in the after life. May his grave be infested with thorns and weeds. May he burn forever in the lake of fire!


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

May 22, 2016

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