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Sheriff Jackson Stanland

Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, November 30, 1908

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Sorry to say it was my great uncle Jesse C Walker who shot Sheriff Stanland. There is a different family story as to why he was being arrested. Ironically one of the deputy's was John E. Robinson who is also a relative of mine. There is a hell of a story about this whole ordeal, and it did not come to rest until after Walker was pardoned in Oklahoma by the Governor. This story kept coming up until 1944 because he had escaped from jail or prison at least 3 times. I have a few pictures of JC Walker with his wife Rosa Lee Leonard Walker who was my great aunt. Rosa Lee was sister to my grandmother Lula Leonard Robinson. I have pictures of their daughter Clara who died at the age of 11 of scarlet fever. I have a picture of Deputy John E. Robinson. Had to believe after being released from prison he lived his life in Gulfport, MS with this second wife and owner a clock repair store and repaired and sold clocks. I assume he died there. In speaking to some family members no one would talk about Walker. After being sent an old newspaper clipping by another relative asking if I knew if John E. Robinson was a relative who was mentioned in the article, I discovered it was Walker who was married to my great aunt and then knew why no one knew much about him or at least would not speak of him. Then I went through family history on him and got the story.

JR Robinson
JC Walker was my great uncle.

March 22, 2022

Hi Elizabeth, my husband is the great son of Jackson Stanland. Unfortunately I don't have any other pictures of him either. I do have quite a bit of information on him which I would be glad to share with you. His daughter Murthy was my husband's mother.

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October 28, 2016

Jackson Stanland was my great-grandfather. My son is named after him. Its my understanding that he was a kind and good man. I would love to see other pictures of him and show them to my son as none are left in the family now.

Elizabeth A All
great-granddaughter of Jackson Stanland

May 4, 2015

I had an interesting encounter tonight at the Lattimer House in Wilmington. I met the granddaughter of the Sheriff who took over after Sheriff Stanland was shot. She said that her grandfather Knox had been called to his bed when he was dying and was asked to take his place as sheriff of Brunswick County. I told her that ironically I had always been told that a distant relative of mine had been involved in this story and that I believed it was a man named Walker... yes my relative was the man who shot him. We cannot choose our roots and their seems to always be a black sheep in every family and I guess this Walker man was him. It was interesting to gain a bit of information about this family story from Brooks Newton Preik the grand daughter of Sheriff Knox.

Alisa Duncan
distant relative of the Walker man who commited the murder

October 27, 2012

I had an interesting encounter tonight at the Lattimer House in Wilmington. I met a woman who had written a book about ghosts in Wilmington, Brooks Newton Preik. She had been the grand daughter of the Sheriff Knox who had taken the place of Sheriff Stanaland. I told her that I believed I was somehow connected to someone involved with this story and believed it was a man who's name was Walker... yes that would be the man who murdered Sheriff Stanaland. It really is a small world in Brunswick County. I'm sorry for what this relative had done, but we can't help our roots.

Alisa Duncan
distant relative of the Walker man who commited the murder

October 27, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 101rst anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 30, 2009

Rest in peace hero

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 30, 2007

A plaque honoring Sheriff Jackson Stanland hangs on the wall in the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.
Hero-Brother. Never Forgotten.

Deputy Steve Brogden
Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, Brunswick County North Carolina

March 14, 2005

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