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John Jackson "Jack" Helm
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Birth: 1839
Death: May 17, 1873
Union Valley
Wilson County
Texas, USA

McCracken cemetery is actually in Gonzales County at the old town site of Albuquerque. Jack Helm's was a Captain with the Texas State Police and has served as a private with Company G in the Texas Calvary during the Confederate War. Some history books list his last name as "Helm" but his grave marker list his name as "Helms". After being forced to resign as a "regulator" with the State Police, he became Sheriff of DeWitt County Texas in 1870. Helm's was quite famous during the Sutton-Taylor feud. The notorious outlaw, John Wesley Hardin, had taken the Taylor side while Helm's was on the Sutton side. Hardin and Jim Taylor found Helm's at a blacksmith's shop in Albuquerque (near present day Union Valley) Texas on May 17, 1873 while Helms was working on a cotton-worm destroying machine that Helms had invented. Some historians believe the incident took place the third week in July 1873. A gun fight erupted and Helm's was shot in the head by mulitple hand gun rounds and a shotgun blast to the chest. Hardin was wielding a double barrel shotgun which is now on display at the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum in San Antonio Texas. Helm's died with numerous 00 buck pellets to the chest and several pistol rounds to the head from Jim Taylor. According to author Karon Mac Smith, in her book "On the Watershed of Ecleto and the Clear Fork of Sandies" Bea McCracken was 10 years old when Jack Helm was buried. Bea recalled that they buried him really shallow in case his wife wanted him buried somewhere else. In 1922 while digging a grave for Felder Patterson, they unearthed several bones. They called for an old timer in the area to view the burial site. That person identified the burial site as the grave site belonging to Jack Helms. They placed all of the bones back in the hole and marked Jack Helms site with a red rock which was later replaced with a concrete marker.

Helm's was inducted into the Sheriff's Association of Texas Memorial on Panel 3, Column B, Line 8 in 1994. 
 
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 Parents:
  George Washington Helm (1809 - 1904)
  Ruth Mayo Burnett Helm (1810 - 1853)
 
 Siblings:
  Adeline Elizabeth Helm Yates (1832 - 1863)*
  John Jackson Helm (1839 - 1873)
  Marshall William Helm (1841 - 1841)*
  Sarah Ann Elmore (1842 - 1934)*
  Virginia Emily Helm Stell (1845 - 1929)*
  William Thomas Helm (1848 - 1929)*
  George Washington Helm (1853 - 1926)*
  Aletha Isabelle Helm Cellum (1859 - 1922)**
  Robert Edward Lee Helm (1862 - 1935)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
McCracken Cemetery
Union Valley
Wilson County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Gary Edwards
Record added: Dec 30, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 46142067
John Jackson Jack Helm
Added by: Gary Edwards
 
John Jackson Jack Helm
Added by: Gary Edwards
 
 
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Great Great-Uncle John Jackson "Jack" Helm.
- Maredia Haddock
 Added: Feb. 5, 2014

-Anonymous
 Added: Oct. 30, 2011
 
 
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