is this statement in the paragraph on Sheriff Ewing E. DUNN: "Sheriff
Dunn stated he had disposed of the outlaws Frank Cloud, John Polk, Jesse
Reese, and Tom Wesson, although he did not specify how he disposed of
I was researching my WESSON and BURT connections in
Navarro Co. when I came across the 1880 census entry for Ewing DUNN,
which includes not only his family but also the inmates in the Navarro
County Jail as of 3 Jun 1880, the census date: see
among those sixteen prisoners were Thomas WESSON (line 18) and John POLK
(line 25), so Sheriff DUNN had by that date disposed by incarceration at
least two of the four men mentioned in his profile.
An interesting side note: this Thomas WESSON, b abt 1854 in TX
(either Smith Co., where his parents m in 1852, or Polk Co., where they
lived in 1860), was the son of Thomas E. WESSON and Sarah BURT, who had
earlier been married to John A. STAPLER. Sarah's eldest child, Elizabeth
STAPLER, earlier married to H. Dempsey COOK, became the fourth wife of
Jesse Simeon WALTON, once sheriff of Navarro Co. (and profiled on the
same page as the other sheriffs, including Ewing DUNN and Jesse's own
son, James Lanier WALTON). So, Elizabeth STAPLER COOK WALTON had a
half-brother, Tom WESSON, who was jailed by one of Sheriff WALTON's
successors in Navarro Co.!
Seems Jesse S. WALTON was a
productive lawman and father: he married four times, fathering nine
children with his first wife, none with his second wife, seven (and
perhaps as many as ten) with his third wife, and five with his fourth,
the last born when Jesse was age 70 (or 71).
I am descended from Elizabeth STAPLER through her eldest child, dau
Matilda Catherine COOK, a woman known from childhood by the name Kate
Walton, although to our knowledge Jesse S. WALTON never legally adopted
her. Kate m Willis W. CURLEE of Falls Co., their union producing my
paternal gfather, Bert CURLEE.
- Submitted by: Robert R. "Bob" Curlee