|Death: ||Aug. 24, 1861|
John B. York was probably the first peace officer killed in the line of duty in Tarrant County. Elected twice, He built the first county jail at the present day corner of Jones and East Belknap Streets. Acting as sheriff, he died of stabs and gunshot wounds on Aug 24, 1861.
Sheriff York was buried in the Mitchell Cemetery, located between two active railroad tracks behind the Fort Worth Grain Exchange on old Decatur Rd at 28th Street. The grave is unmarked and the Historical Marker has been stolen. Sheriff York's family moved away shortly after his death.
Tarrant County, Tx Sheriff
By Tarrant County (Tex.). Sheriff's Office, Tarrant Co. Sheriffs, Sheriff's Office, Turner Publishing Co, Tarrant County (Tex.), Turner Publishing Co
Compiled by Turner Publishing Company
Published by Turner Publishing Company, 2004
ISBN 1563119420, 9781563119422
In Old Fort Worth, by Mack Williams, includes some interesting material about Hiram Calloway:
"…Calloway figured in one of the most sensational slayings in Old Fort Worth. Bitterness and enmity engulfed Birdville after voters in the election of November, 1856, moved the county seat from Birdville to Fort Worth. The flourishing settlement of Birdville withered on the vine, with the court house gone. A few months after the election, a political barbecue attended by Birdville and Fort Worth residents was held at Cold Spring to hear the candidates speak. At the barbecue, Hiram Calloway and A. Y. Fowler, a Fort Worth lawyer, got into an argument. Calloway pushed Fowler and the lawyer fell, breaking his arm. Sheriff John B. York refused to file charges against Calloway, saying Fowler had started the argument. A feud quickly developed between Fowler and Sheriff York.
A few days later they met face to face on the Court House Square. Both men reached for their pistols and fired.
Both men died…."
Julia Ann Gilmore York (1826 - 1906)
Created by: Matt
Record added: Oct 14, 2008
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