Constable Samuel Thomas Tobias

Constable Samuel Thomas Tobias

Clarendon County Magistrate's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, September 2, 1899

Samuel Thomas Tobias

Constable Samuel Tobias succumbed to injuries sustained seven days earlier when he encountered two horse thieves he had been searching for.

Constable Tobias and three other men had been posted at a railroad causeway in an attempt to intercept two notorious horse thieves who had just escaped from the state prison farm. At daybreak, the officers split up and Constable Tobias started walking across the causeway when he encountered the two. Before he was able to react the men shot him in the head. Constable Tobias fell and dropped his gun in the swampy water below.

The men then left him for dead. Despite being critically injured, Constable Tobias was able to crawl approximately one mile to the switch shack on the railroad. When he did not arrive at home, his family went looking for him and found him there. He died as a result of his head injuries five days later.

The following day a posse went after the killers; although it unknown what happened to the men they were never seen again.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Saturday, August 26, 1899
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Not available

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Constable Tobias,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Clarendon County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 2, 2017

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