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Special Deputy Marshal Addison Beck

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, September 27, 1883

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Reflections for Special Deputy Marshal Addison Beck

Rest In Peace Brother. On this day 134 years since your EOW you are not forgotten

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

September 27, 2017

Deputy Marshal Beck,
On today, the 133rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 27, 2016

I am married to a distant relative of Addison Beck and have been doing research on the family. They were a very interesting bunch. My husband, Terry L Hahn and his brother Gilbert E Hahn were both in law enforcement for many years.

Their grandmother was Ada Belle Cooper Hahn. Her mother was Linna Davidson Cooper. Linna's father, Frank Davidson, was grandson of Matilda Beck Davidson, sister of Addison Beck.

Terry Hahn Effingham IL SO
Wife of gggg nephew

March 12, 2016

My Grand Mother used to refer to Addison Beck as Uncle Addison. I don't have much more information on him than that. I just know that somehow, I am distant relation.

Retired Patrolman, Gilbert E. Hahn
Decatur, Illinois Police Dept.

October 5, 2014

I stopped by Oak Cemetery while visiting Fort Smith and Judge Parker's court last week. It took a few moments and my wife had to endure me, but I was able to locate the final resting place of Marshal Beck.
I was humbled to stand in front of his tombstone and reflect upon the bravery and daring of such a man. "A resolute officer of Judge Parker's court."

Steve Stinnett
Retired Federal Law Enforcement

April 30, 2012

Logan, Addison's brother is my 3rd great grandfather. I have recently been looking into our family tree and I am finding some very nice information about our family heritage. I have a biography that Christopher had written and pictures of Logan. Through my personal family records, I have learned about Addison, but thanks to all of the kind words, I'm able to fill in some more pieces.

Karen Beck Albert

April 22, 2012

I have been asked to 'play the part' of Addison Beck by the National Park Service here in Fort Smith, in May, to honor those US Deputy Marshal's that made the ultimate sacrifice in doing their duty.

I am honored to do so as I work as a Court Security Officer/Special Deputy US Marshal at the Judge Isaac C. Parker Federal Bldg. here in Fort Smith...home of the new US Marshal's Museum.

Captain Frank G. Steinmetz, THP, retired
Court Security Officer

April 17, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 126th 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


September 27, 2009

Rest in peace.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 27, 2007

Rest In Peace.

U.S. Marshals

September 27, 2006

We are coming up on 123 years since that tragic day, but know that you will always be remembered for you sacrifice.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 22, 2006

I have been working on the Beck Family history from about my 14th birthday. Addison Beck and his Fathers family vanished from the old homestead at Herrick Illinois about the fall of 1858. Addison’s stepmother (Jemima Connel Ware) passed away. Larkin Sr. Addison’s Father made arrangements to Mary in Texas. Larkin and his three young sons, Christopher, Logan & Addison. Addison wasn’t much more than eleven years old at that time. According to Christopher’s papers Larkin Sr. married a widow Mary Marilda Barrack Ashby, she had two children. Christopher states in his memoirs, the brothers enlisted as Texas Rangers in Parker County, now Hood County Texas. Christopher goes on to say Addison was a Deputy U S Marshal for about 15 years. I have seen copies of news paper accounts of statements he made about arrest off hard cases that bare witness to a very long service as a regular Deputy, He was one of the eleven Deputies who were full time. He was acting as a process server when he was murdered. He was short of cash, a small bounty was offered for delivery of arrest warrant for the Bart Gang. I have never read where John Bart was brought to justice. It would be nice to know he was!

He was cool headed and the court had faith in his abilities. I am 69 years old I don’t know much about him, except he lived near Ozark Arkansas and is buried in Old Oak Cemetery in Ft. Smith. I have a note that gives Addison’s birth date as: 21 July 1845 D.27 Sept.1883 it states he was a child of Larkin Beck and Malinda Stark.

Addison was a true American Hero of the old West. Clint Eastwood did Christopher and Addison a great justice in the movie “Hang’em High.” The movie was truly taken from their lives. Christopher who was forced to sit astride a horse for several hours until he consented to join the rebel forces. Needless to say Grant obtained three great Spy's as he lived in the neighborhood in Illinois they came from. Christopher was in the 21 Ill. The marched to their battles and covered more miles than any other unit in the union Army.( His Moultry & Shelby Co Ill.)

Cousin,3xr John W. (Bill) Beck
Gateway Judgment Recovery, Spec.

November 27, 2005

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003). Unfortunately, I had to add the name of another friend recently. Deputy Jeffery Hewitt, Buncombe County (NC) Sheriff’s Department, E.O.W. April 4, 2004.

I want to honor all of those who gave their life in the line of duty. Although your death was many many years ago, you are still a hero.

God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti Ingle (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 9, 2004

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