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 James W. Bell

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James W. Bell

  • Birth 1853 USA
  • Death 28 Apr 1881 Lincoln, Lincoln County, New Mexico, USA
  • Burial White Oaks, Lincoln County, New Mexico, USA
  • Memorial ID 8364624

Frontier peace officer. J.W. Bell was a deputy sheriff of Lincoln County, NM under Sheriff Pat Garrett in 1881. Bell, along with fellow deputy Robert Olinger, was killed in the line of duty by Billy the Kid when he escaped from custody in Lincoln while awaiting hanging for the murder of the previous sheriff, William Brady. The murders of Bell and Olinger have been dramatized in the various Hollywood treatments of Billy the Kid. Deputy Bell is memorialized on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC at Panel 13, W3.

Bell's grave was unmarked for over 100 years, but was located and an impressive headstone erected in 2003.


Inscription

James W. Bell Deputy Sheriff Born - 1853 - Died April 28, 1881 Murdered by William Bonney A.K.A. "Billy the Kid" during his escape from the Lincoln County Jail Lincoln N.M.

Gravesite Details Recent research (as of 2010) has cast doubt on whether this is actually Bell's grave site. It may be appropriate to characterize this headstone as a cenotaph rather than an actual grave marker.

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  • Created by: George Bacon
  • Added: 7 Feb 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8364624
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James W. Bell (1853–28 Apr 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8364624, citing Cedarvale Cemetery, White Oaks, Lincoln County, New Mexico, USA ; Maintained by George Bacon (contributor 46523227) .