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William Lafayette "Billy" Nettles
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Birth: Apr. 14, 1854
Alabama, USA
Death: Mar. 1, 1892
Bowie County
Texas, USA

William's grave stone has long disappeared into the forest floor, if a stone exit it is in very deep forest debris. However, many other Grave markers are still readable and visible. The sunken burial pits, are still obvious, some have broken stones about, others just a depression in the ground, where they were laid to rest.

Deputy Sheriff William Lafayette Nettles, died in the line of duty, protecting his citizens.

William was the son of John Jackson Nettles (CSA) and mother Samantha Lorena Ann Collins.

William married Margarit (as descendant prefer to spell it), about 1875 in Bowie County Texas.

See Margarit's memorial for list of children.

Williams Siblings were:
Henry, Dactar (DD), Geneva, James,
Mary, Lela, Sallie, Della, Lula,
Minnie, Margaret.


*Story of William's death contributed by Amy:

Deputy Nettles was shot and killed while attempting to disarm a drunk man who was shooting into the air. The suspect shot Deputy Nettles in the chest.

Deputy Nettles was survived by his wife and eight children.


*Another Story by a descendant 1985:

At a WHITE Family reunion in Texarkana in the mid eighties, an elderly Collins relative related this story, as told by his father.

"Billy Nettles was called to a disturbance in a local saloon where his friend the postmaster, possibly named Mosher, was drunk and disorderly, firing his pistol in the air. Billy approached him, relieved him of his weapon and told him "to go home". The man went home and later secured another weapon. He rode by horse-back to the home of Billy Nettles and shouted for him to come out on the porch. Billy stepped outside and was shot and killed."

Note: (Mike White)
From Bowie County Postmaster records, the Postmaster of Ingersoll (later Redwater), was Giles T Moser, May 5, 1890, however, he was also the Postmaster of Redwater, Mar 13, 1903. Thus, if the reference above to Mosher the postmaster, in 1892, is true, It doesn't appear he was jailed for the matter, or it was someone else. The Bowie Co Court house was destroyed by fire in 1889, so, this case may be on file, as the William's death came in 1892. (remember the paragraph above is from 'Family Lore')


The Creed Cemetery is on Private Property, so abide by the Texas laws for visiting such cemeteries.
Family links: 
  John Jackson Nettles (1834 - 1902)
  Samantha Ann Collins Nettles (1838 - 1935)
  Margaret Mayreth Creed Nettles (1856 - 1898)
  John Howard Nettles (1877 - 1949)*
  Emma Nettles Kelly (1878 - 1960)*
  Charley Ross Nettles (1880 - 1945)*
  Myrtle E Nettles Spencer (1884 - 1964)*
  Dora Nettles Elliott (1885 - 1969)*
  Eddie Eugene Nettles (1888 - 1966)*
  Bessie Mae Nettles Taylor (1891 - 1956)*
  William Lafayette Nettles (1854 - 1892)
  James Doak Nettles (1859 - 1925)*
  Geneva Elizabeth Nettles Atwood (1861 - 1945)*
  James Wilburn Nettles (1863 - 1920)*
  Mary Ida Nettles Ing (1865 - 1900)*
  Laura Lela Nettles Park (1868 - 1887)*
  Della Lee Nettles (1873 - 1879)*
  Minnie O. Nettles Robinson (1878 - 1965)*
  Maggie Nettles Shelton (1880 - 1954)*
*Calculated relationship
Creed Cemetery
Bowie County
Texas, USA
Created by: Mike White
Record added: Sep 30, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77344597
William Lafayette Billy Nettles
Added by: Amy Caddell
William Lafayette Billy Nettles
Added by: Mike White
William Lafayette Billy Nettles
Added by: Mike White
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- Amy Caddell
 Added: Mar. 1, 2014
Rest in peace.
- Amy Caddell
 Added: Mar. 1, 2014

- Carolyn Walker
 Added: Sep. 16, 2013
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