|Death: ||Jun. 4, 1918|
David L. Anderson, also known as Billy Wilson and "Buffalo Billy" was reportedly born in Ohio in 1861 (headstone shows 1860, while a 1900 census gives the year of birth as 1852). Author James A. Browning gives the birth date as: November 23, 1852, while www.angelfire.com shows the birth date as: November 23, 1861. He moved with his family to Texas while still a child. As a young man he began rustling livestock. He changed his name to Billy Wilson and went to Dodge City, Kansas where he hooked up with Dirty Dave Rudabaugh around 1878.
In late 1879 or early 1880 they went to Lincoln, New Mexico and joined up with an outlaw gang called the Rustlers which was led by Billy the Kid (William Bonney). On December 23, 1880 at a rock house in Stinking Springs, New Mexico Billy Wilson, Billy the Kid, Dirty Dave Rudabaugh and Tom Pickett were captured by a posse led by Pat Garrett.
Convicted of counterfeiting and robbing the U.S. mail Wilson was sentenced to serve 7 years. He escaped in 1884 and wound up in Sanderson where he married and started a family. He also opened a bar. In 1885 he ran into Pat Garrett who was living in Uvalde. Garrett recognized him and after talking for awhile he became convinced Billy Wilson had become a decent law-abiding citizen. He used his influence to get David Anderson AKA Billy Wilson a presidential pardon from Grover Cleveland in 1906. Before receiving the pardon Billy Wilson had been elected sheriff of Terrell County in 1905. He became one of Sanderson's most beloved citizens.
In June of 1918 Sheriff "Billy Wilson" went to the Sanderson train depot to quell a disturbance. A drunken ranch hand named Ed Valentine, whom Wilson knew, was brandishing his pistol and threatening to shoot anyone who tried to enter the depot. When he saw Wilson coming he fled to a shed. He shot Wilson in the chest as Wilson tried to talk him into surrendering. Billy Wilson died within an hour. The enraged town folk captured Valentine and he was hung an hour later.
In his later years, Anderson also served as a U.S. customs inspector.
Sources: Sanderson, Texas, chamber of commerce; author James A. Browning, and www.angelfire.com.
Note: Headstone shows year of birth as 1860; the 1900 census for Terrell County, Texas, gives 1852.
Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Cemetery
GPS (lat/lon): 29.31518, -100.40453
Created by: C. Fahey
Record added: Jul 05, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39115666
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