A.F. Burke – Deputy sheriff in Tombstone, Arizona in the 1880s.
J. Steve Burke – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned at Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory by Marshal Evett Nix in 1893. On September 1, 1893, Burke was one of the 13 deputy marshals that rode into Ingalls, Oklahoma and confronted the Bill Doolin Gang in what is known as the “Battle Of Ingalls.”
James Burkitt – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned in the Western District of Arkansas on July 13, 1892, under Marshal Jacob Yoes. He was one of the sixteen deputy marshals that stormed Ned Christie’s home near Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation, in November 1892.
Charles Burns – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned in the Western District of Fort Smith, Arkansas. He served as a jailer in the Fort Smith federal jail, from 1871 to 1882. In this capacity, Burns foiled an escape attempt by Orpheus McGee, shooting the prisoner. McGee was crippled until he was later executed.
Holm O. Bursum – Served as sheriff of Sorocco County, New Mexico Territory in the 1890s.
John Millard Burton – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned in the Southern Indian Territory Court at Ardmore, Oklahoma. Assigned to Mill Creek, a hell-raising cattle town in the Chickasaw Nation, he replaced U.S. Deputy Marshal John Poe, who was killed by whiskey dealers. Another deputy marshal had also been wounded by men running illegal alcohol in Mill Creek, who had declared war on the marshal’s force because they were not allowed to operate freely. When Marshal Benjamin H. Colbert of the Southern District wanted to stop the flow of liquor, he enlisted Deputy Marshal Burton who was successful in stopping illegal liquor operations.
Matthew “Matt” Burts (18??-??) – A lawman and outlaw, Burts rode with Burt Alvord, Billie Stiles, and the Owens brothers. He served briefly as a deputy town constable in Pearce, Arizona in 1899. He was imprisoned for robbery, and killed by a ranching neighbor in California in November 1925.
W.M. Burwell – Served as a Texas Ranger in 1896.
Shepherd “Shep” Busby (18??-1892) – A U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned in the Western District of Arkansas, Busby was first assigned to the Cherokee Nation of Indian Territory. For several years, Busby was known as a good officer and made a number of arrests, including robbers, Gordon Sanford and Lewis Maddox, and murderer, Dick Anderson. However, Busby’s upstanding reputation would be ruined when fellow officer, U.S. Deputy Marshal Barney Connelley arrived at his home on August 19, 1891, to serve Busby with a warrant of arrest for adultery. Busby, along with his son, resisted the arrest warrant and fired on Connelly, killing him. Busby was executed for his crime on April 27, 1892. Busby’s son was charged with manslaughter and sentenced to serve ten years in the penitentiary at Detroit, Michigan.
Edward “Ned” Wilkerson Bushyhead (1832-1907) – Bushyhead was a Cherokee miner, publisher, and lawman who traveled on the Cherokee Trail of Tears to Oklahoma and later became the Chief of Police in San Diego, California.
W. Hesson “Hess” Bussey – U.S. Deputy Marshal in Indian Territory. While riding with fellow U.S. Deputy Marshal George Lawson of the Eufaula District on December 4, 1896, the two planned to arrest Dan “Dynamite Dick” Clifton, the last of the Doolin Gang, who they knew to be hiding out on Sid Williams’ farm about sixteen miles from Newkirk, Oklahoma. However, when they found the outlaw, Clifton fired on them with his rifle and Lawson returned the fire hitting Clifton in the arm and knocking him from his saddle. “Dynamite Dick” then fled through the woods taking refuge in a small cabin. In pursuit, the lawmen trailed him to the cabin and when the injured Clifton tried to escape again, he was gunned down by the two officers and died just moments later. Two years later, in February 1898, when Bussey and U.S. Deputy Marshal Gabe Beck were attempting to arrest members of the Miller Gang at Inola, Oklahoma, both lawmen were shot and the Cherokee Advocate in Claremore, Oklahoma reported they had both probably been killed. However, that was not the case, as both officers survived. Just two months later, on March 17, 1898, Hess was riding with fellow U.S. Deputy Marshal William Arnold at Claremore when the two tried to arrest a man named Bill Johnson who resisted arrest. When Johnson shot and killed Deputy Arnold, Hess Bussey returned the fire and killed Johnson.
By Kathy Weiser-Alexander, January 2019.
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