Old West Lawmen List – C

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Bynum Colbert – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned on June 10, 1889, in the Western District at Fort Smith, Arkansas serving under Marshal Jacob Yoes. Bynum rode in a posse led by Columbus Ayers into the Cherokee Nation to arrest Johnson Jacks, who was wanted for the murder of U.S. Deputy Marshal Beck in October 1883.

Paden Tolbert Colbert – Paden Colbert – U.S. Deputy Marshal for Indian Territory in the 1880s and 1890s. He led the posse that killed Ned Christie.

Charles Francis Colcord (1859-1934) – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned in 1889 under Marshal Richard L. Walker and assigned to Oklahoma City. In 1893 Colcord was placed in charge of the 4th District at Pawnee, Oklahoma and three years later, in charge of the Perry District in February 1896.  By 1891, Colcord was serving as Sheriff of Oklahoma County.

Captain Neal Coldwell – A soldier and lawman, he was made captain of Company F of the Texas Rangers under Major John B. Jones in June 1874, captain of Company A in 1876, and resigned in 1883 to become a rancher.

James N. Cole – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned out of the Western District at Fort Smith, Arkansas. At one point, he and several other deputies arrested Belle Starr, and were ambushed while transporting her to Fort Smith. However, the officers fought off her gang and she was delivered.

James R. Cole (1856-1925) – Cole was born on March 31, 1856, in Warsaw, Missouri. He grew up to become a U.S. Deputy Marshal in Indian Territory who was known to have often dispensed his brand of frontier justice from the point of his gun. Commissioned on July 31, 1886, in the Western District at Fort Smith, Arkansas, he initially served under Marshal Jacob Yoes. On November 27, 1887, Cole was riding with and Deputy Marshal Frank Dalton (the brother of the notorious Dalton Gang members) when they went to arrest a horse thief named Dave Smith. They found Smith with two men named William Towerly and Lee Dixon, and Dixon’s wife. When Smith resisted arrest, the guns started blazing and Frank Dalton was killed. Though Cole was hit in his side, he returned the fire and killed both Dave Smith and Dixon’s wife. Dixon was also critically wounded and died from his wound while awaiting trial in the Fort Smith, Arkansas jail. Towerly managed to escape but was later killed in another shootout. Several years later on September 11, 1880, Cole would be in another gunfight with a man named Rhody was drunk and shooting of his pistol on a ferry boat. When the boat landed, Cole was waiting for him and the drunken gunman began to shoot at the officer, who fired back, dropping the man dead. Cole died on October 14, 1925, and was buried at the Oak Cemetery in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Ben Collins (18??-1906) –  Collins served as an Indian policeman in the Choctaw Nation of Indian Territory, and in 1898 he received an appointment as deputy U.S. Deputy Marshal in the Southern District of Indian Territory under Marshal John S. Hammer. Collins made a number of sensational arrests, including an incident in which he was forced to shoot Port Pruitt, an influential resident of Emet, Oklahoma. Collins was charged with assault with intent to kill but was cleared by the court and the case was dismissed. Partially paralyzed, Pruitt and his brother Clint, a prominent citizen from Orr, swore revenge against Collins. In 1905 a gunman acquaintance of Collins told the officer that he had been hired to kill him. The gunman, who had already received $200 for the killing, and was to receive $300 more when it was complete, then skipped town. However, Collins’ enemies were determined and the next year he would not be so lucky. On the evening of August 1, 1906, Collins was ambushed while traveling to his home. Allegedly killed by Jim “Killer” Miller, and other assassins, he was buried at Colbert, Oklahoma. Miller would later meet justice after ambushing U.S. Deputy Marshal Gus Bobbitt in an assassination similar to Collins.  In 1909, Miller and three other men were dragged from jail in Ada, Oklahoma and hanged.

John Conely – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned sometime before 1893. John was killed in a gun battle at a saloon in Cushing, Oklahoma by a man named Johnson, the saloon owner.

Charles Conklin – Deputy Marshal in Las Vegas, New Mexico, whose pursuit of twelve train robbers in 1879 led to their arrests.

Ben Connally – A U.S. Deputy Marshal in Indian Territory, Connally rode with fellow Deputy Marshals White, Petty and Rutherford in Cherokee country to serve a warrant of arrest to John Barber, who was wanted dead or alive for the killing of three sheriffs in Texas. Locating the fugitive near the Spring Creek, some 25 miles north of Tahlequah, Barber began firing his rifle when the officers demanded his surrender. Deputy Marshal Connally returned fire as Barber fled the scene on horseback dropping the outlaw from his horse and killing him. The officers divided the $4000 reward. Later, Connally was one of 16 deputy marshals that ambushed Ned Christie’s fortress, killing the wanted man in November 1892.

Charles T. Connedy – City Marshal of Coffeyville, Kansas when the Dalton Gang attempted to rob the town’s two banks.  He was killed in the gunfight that erupted after the attempted robbery.

Bernard “Barney” M Connelley (18??-1891) – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned in the Western District at Fort Smith, Arkansas. He rode with fellow Deputy Marshal Gideon White to arrest Kep Queen and John Barber in 1888, for charges of train robbery and murder. However, the outlaws resisted arrest and were able to escape from the marshals. Both fugitives were later killed in two separate shootouts. On August 19, 1891, Connelley had an arrest warrant for former U.S. Deputy Marshal, Shepherd Busby, of the Cherokee Nation for adultery. Busby, along with his son, resisted the arrest warrant and fired on Connelly, killing him. Busby was hanged for his crime on April 27, 1892, at Fort Smith, Arkansas. Busby’s son was charged with manslaughter and sentenced to serve ten years in the penitentiary at Detroit, Michigan.

David J. Cook (1842-1907) – Denver, Colorado Marshal, responsible for over 3,000 arrests.

Harry G. Cook (1869?-1848) – U.S. Deputy Marshal in Indian Territory, Marshal was born in California but migrated to Indian Territory in about 1883. He took part in several of the Oklahoma land runs and after servings as a deputy marshal, operated a real estate business. He published his autobiography Boomer-Sooner in 1939. He died in December 1948 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

Thalis T. Cook (1858-??) – A lawman, Cook served in Company D of the Texas Rangers for several years in the 1890s, during which he killed many outlaws including Fine Gilliland and the Friar brothers.

Scott Cooley (1845-1876?) – A lawman and gunfighter, he killed Deputy Sheriff Worley during the Mason County War in Texas in 1875. When the Texas Rangers were brought in to settle the “war,” Cooley disappeared, only to mysteriously die a short time later.

Harry Cooper  – A deputy marshal in New Mexico, who was accused of stealing courtroom evidence in 1899.

James A. Cooper – A U.S. Deputy Marshal under Evett Nix, Cooper was working in the Kingfisher District in 1893. In July 1895, Cooper was with a posse that went into the Gloss Mountains west to try to capture the notorious Dick Yeager and Ike Black gang.