Deputy Collector Thomas L. Brayton

Deputy Collector Thomas L. Brayton

United States Department of the Treasury - Office of Internal Revenue, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, July 20, 1881

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Thomas L. Brayton

Deputy Collector Thomas Brayton was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man while raiding a still near Central, South Carolina.

The raiding party had located the still shortly before dawn, and then went to the man's home nearby to arrest him. When they arrived the man informed them that if he were going to have to go to Greensville, he would get eat breakfast and get ready first.

As the officers waited for the man to finish his breakfast, the man's wife started creating a disturbance. Deputy Collector Brayton, who had been waiting outside, told the man he must come out and started walking towards the house when he was shot in the chest without warning. The occupants of the house continued firing at the other officers as they retreated from the scene.

The subject who shot Deputy Collector Brayton fled the area. It is not known if he was ever captured.

Deputy Collector Brayton was a Union Army veteran of the Civil War and had served with the Office of Internal Revenue for four years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location South Carolina
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Thomas L Brayton used his position to force hardship on families in Pickens SC if history articles are correct and the family in the home at the time fled and were respected in the area of the U.S. they settled in . That happened 150 years ago and 15 years after the civil war. Had the war ended like WWII when the allies supported the recovery of Germany and Japan- history would be different even today

Don L

March 21, 2021

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