|Death: ||Aug. 16, 1924|
Roy Daugherty, also known as Arkansas Tom Jones, (1870 - August 16, 1924) was an outlaw of the Old West, and a member of the Wild Bunch gang, led by Bill Doolin.
Born into a staunchly religious family in Missouri, his two brothers became preachers. However, Daugherty rebelled, and left Missouri for Oklahoma Territory at only 14 years of age. He called himself "Arkansas Tom Jones", claiming to have been from there. For a number of years he worked as a cowboy, which was how he met Bill Doolin. He joined Doolin's gang sometime around 1892. He was involved in several robberies, but was one of the first of the gang to fall, being captured after the Battle of Ingalls, in Ingalls, Oklahoma on September 1, 1893. He killed Deputy Marshal Thomas Hueston during that shootout, and was captured after Deputy Marshal Jim Masterson threw dynamite into where Jones was making his stand, stunning him. Deputy Marshal Hueston, whom Jones killed, along with Ford County, Kansas Sheriff Chalkey Beeson had killed Wild Bunch gang member Oliver Yantis the year before.
Daugherty was sentenced to fifty years in prison, but due to his two preacher brothers campaigning on his behalf, he was paroled in 1910. For two years he ran a restaurant in Drumright, Oklahoma, but became bored and moved to Hollywood, California, hoping to act in western films. However, that didn't work out, and he committed a bank robbery in 1917 in Neosho, Missouri, and was again captured. Released in 1921, he robbed another bank in Ashbury, Missouri that same year. He remained on the run from law enforcement until tracked to Joplin, Missouri and killed during a gunfight with lawmen on August 16, 1924.
Benton County Democrat
September 7, 1893
SPEED, Dick – For some time it has been suspected that the outlaws, Bill Dalton, Bill Doolin and George Newcome, were member of the gang that raided the Peoples Bank of this city some time ago. It was learned that their rendezvous was near the little town of Ingalls, Okla., some 65 miles from Guthrie. They made frequent visits to the town of Ingalls, as often as once a week, buying provisions, ammunition and whiskey and the people of the town shielded them through fear and desire to secure their trade. This gang was headed by Bill Dalton, the eldest one of the notorious Dalton boys, who were almost wiped out of existence at the Coffeyville, Kan. bank robbery. Bill Dalton was formerly a member of the California legislature but has long been suspected of complicity in the crimes, which ended in the death of his brothers, and recently organized the desperate gang at whose head he is. Warrants were sent from here by Sheriff Galbreaith on a complaint filed by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Dickson for the arrest of the three desperadoes above named and the officers have been laying for them for some time. Friday last the gang, Bill Dalton, Bill Doolin, George Newcome, Jack Tulsa, Arkansas Tom and "his Nibs" rode into town and went direct to the door of a hotel leaving a man on the outside to guard. Thirteen Deputy Marshals, under command of ex-Sheriff Hixon of Ingalls, closed in on the town and attempted to capture the gang. The outlaws scattered and began firing. At the first volley Deputy Dick Speed fell, shot through the heart, Deputy Lafe Shadley, of Independence, shot Dalton's horse from under him and the animal fell on him. Dalton lay perfectly still until Shadley, thinking him dead, approached when Dalton jumped to his feet and put two bullets through his head, killing him instantly. He then coolly mounted the dead officer's horse and rode away, receiving a bullet in his arm as he left town. The battle raged for over an hour when the outlaws all retreated except Arkansas Tom who was barricaded upstairs in a hotel and kept the officers at bay until 4 o'clock when he surrendered under condition that he be protected from the mob law. After the battle was over it was found that Deputy Dick Speed and a clerk named John Simmons were killed, Deputy Thomas Huston and citizen N.A. Walker were fatally shot through the body and S.W.Ransome, N.S. Murray and a boy named Briggs badly injured. Jack Tulsa was shot in four places and Saturday the dead body of George Newcome was found in a ravine five miles from town. Arkansas Tom was lodged in jail at Stillwater together with Geo. Ramsome, proprietor of the hotel, charged with aiding the robbers. Other citizens will also be arrested on the same charge. A large posse is still in pursuit of the bandits.
Plot: Unmarked - Northeast-West Division, Tier 2, Grave 10
Created by: Freda
Record added: Sep 24, 2009
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