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 Nathaniel Kimball Boswell

Nathaniel Kimball Boswell

East Haverhill, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 12 Oct 1921 (aged 84)
Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming, USA
Burial Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming, USA
Plot Row UO Lot 61 Space 1
Memorial ID 25908899 · View Source
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Wyoming pioneer and lawman.

His obituary from the Daily Boomerang no. 241 October 13, 1921, page 1 & 8:

Nathaniel K. Boswell, pioneer resident of Laramie, died at his home here at 6:30 o'clock last evening, death being brought on by complications resulting from old
age, chief among the ailments being a stroke of paralysis. The immediate illness which brought on death was of five weeks' duration.

Nathaniel Boswell was 85 years of age, being born in East Haverhill, N.H., on November 4, 1836.

Searching down the records of Wyoming history it would indeed be hard to find a person who has occupied a more prominent place than did Nathaniel Boswell. His
courageousness and unflinching determination to see the law obeyed and carried out made him one of the most famous of sheriffs and marshals the great West has ever seen.

In the early days when trouble in certain parts of the state or in other states grew beyond the control of officers in this or that locality, the cry went up,
"send for Boswell." And Boswell was sent for and Boswell would end the trouble. Without doubt during the time he was sheriff here and United States marshal or deputy marshal, he was the most feared man who desperadoes had to contend with.

And during his long life here, Laramie has never been able to point out a citizen more respected, more patriotic and more dutiful. It was such men as Nathaniel Boswell that have made the spirit of the West what it is now known to
be. He was a man of men, whose pages of life are free from stain of cowardice or fear. He was Albany County's first sheriff, being appointed by Governor Campbell.

On February 21, 1858, the deceased was married to Martha Salisbury, the wedding taking place in Wisconsin. Mr. Boswell when a real young man having moved to Elkhorn, Wis. This young couple moved to this country long before there was a city and since the day of their arrival have been instrumental in the progress of this section. Mrs. Boswell preceded her husband in death.

Surviving the deceased is one daughter, Mrs. C.D. Oviatt, wife of the Albany county senator. A sister lives in New Hampshire, and a cousin, Mrs. Carrie Simpson, has her home in Laramie and is well known here.

N. K. Boswell was a member of the Masonic lodge, being made a master Mason at Elkhorn, Wis., in 1860. He is also a member of the Chapter, Knights Templar, Scottish Rite and Shrine.

Funeral services will be held from Stryker's mortuary Saturday afternoon, burial being in the local cemetery. The services will be in charge of the Blue Lodge,
the Knights Templar forming the escort.

So highly was the deceased respected, so noble is his life's record, and so beloved by all was he, that the hearts of the entire community are filled with
grief at the news of his death. And to the surviving relatives the kindest expression of sympathy is extended.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 25908899
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nathaniel Kimball Boswell (4 Nov 1836–12 Oct 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25908899, citing Greenhill Cemetery, Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming, USA ; Maintained by George Bacon (contributor 46523227) .