Old West Lawmen List – F

 

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Cornelius Finley (18??-1878) – U.S. Deputy Marshal for the western district, killed by Mexican bandits on September 2, 1878, along with U.S. Deputy Marshal John Hicks Adams near Davidson’s Canyon, Arizona. The suspects were chased into Mexico and apprehended but never tried or convicted in connection with either murder.

John King Fisher

John King Fisher

John King Fisher (1854-1884) – A gunman, outlaw, and lawman, Fisher gave up his outlaw ways and became the sheriff in Uvalde County, Texas in 1881. Three years later, both he and his friend, Ben Thompson, were killed in an ambush in San Antonio, Texas.

George W. Flatt (1853-1880)  – Flatt was Caldwell, Kansas ‘ first marshal in 1879, but was not well-liked. When a new mayor was elected the next year he was replaced. He was killed on June 19, 1880, by members of the “new” police force.

Camillus Sydney “Buck” Fly (18??-1901) – Best known for his photography of the Geronimo’s surrender in 1886, Fly was living and working in Tombstone during the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. He also served as the sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona for two years.

W. “Tandy” Folsom (18??-1893) – U.S. Deputy Marshal working out of the Western District in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  In September 1893 he killed a man named Captain Key Duran in self-defense. However, just a few months later, in November 1893, as Folsom attempted to arrest a man named Dave Bohannon in the Choctaw Nation, Bohannon slipped up behind the deputy and shot and killed him.

Frederick Fornoff (1859-1935) – Born at Baltimore, Maryland on February 6, 1859, Fornoff moved to Galveston, Texas in 1877. Two years later, he was working as a miner in Colorado, and in 1880 landed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he became a policeman and worked himself up to the position of Chief of Police. In 1898, he enlisted in the Rough Riders, serving with them until they disbanded.  Afterward, he became a U.S. Deputy Marshal, while simultaneously working as a deputy sheriff of Bernalillo County, New Mexico.  He then moved on to the New Mexico Mounted Police where he became a Captain. In that position, he was tasked with investigating the murder of Pat Garrett on February 29, 1908. Fornoff concluded that Garrett had been killed by hired killer, Jim Miller, although others disagreed. He later served in a number of capacities for the Federal Government and for the Santa Fe Railway. He died on November 26, 1935 in Sheridan, Wyoming.

Mary Frances “Mamie” Fossett – Appointed as a U.S. Deputy Marshal by C.H. Thompson of Guthrie, Oklahoma. Fossett was the daughter of Bill Fossett. and one of the few women to be appointed as a deputy during the 19th century.

William “Bill” or “Will” D. Fossett (1851?-1940) – A lawman in various capacities for over 50 years, Fossett served as a U.S. Deputy Marshal and should be recognized as much as more famous lawmen, such as Heck Thomas and Bill Tilghman.

Charles Fox – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned at Tecumseh, Oklahoma Territory in July 1894 serving under Marshal Evett Nix.  He rode with lawmen Heck Thomas and John James in November 1895 to capture the Graves Gang, who was wanted for murder. In the end, they arrested four gang members who were sent to Fort Smith, Arkansas for trial.

Friar Frair – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned in Indian Territory in the 1880s. On January 19, 1886, he was required to serve an arrest warrant on fellow U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves, for the murder of Reeves’ cook, William Leech. However, when Reeves stood trial, he was cleared when the death was ruled as accidental.

George A. “Bud” Frazer (1864-1896) – The son of George Milton Frazer, Bud enlisted in the Texas Rangers at the age of 16 and later served as a deputy in Pecos County, Texas. When he was 26 years old, he was elected as the sheriff of Reeves County, Texas in 1890. In 1891, he made the fatal mistake of hiring the infamous killer, James B. Miller as a deputy. He was soon forced to fire him, which resulted in the deadly Frazer-Miller feud which would last for several years. Miller killed Frazer in 1896.

George Milton Frazer (1828-1908) – Born at Brownsville, Tennessee on January 5, 1928, Frazer was in Texas in 1835, where he first lived at San Augustine and later in Sabine County. In May 1846, he joined the army in the Mexican-American War for two years. He then settled at Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he worked as a wagon master and did some mining. He later settled in southern New Mexico, opening an express business from Mesilla to Pinos Altos. Close to the Arizona state line, he commissioned a company of Arizona Rangers to fight the Indians in 1861. The Arizona Rangers were mustered into Confederate service at Fort Fillmore, New Mexico in August 1861 and fought in several battles, primarily against the Indians. He eventually achieved the rank of captain and after the Civil War, he settled in San Antonio, Texas, before moving to Pecos County, where he worked in the ranching and mercantile business. Later, he resided at Toyah, Texas where he served as a judge before his death on August 2, 1908.

W. George Frazier – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned in the Western District of Arkansas under Judge Parker at Fort Smith, Arkansas. He became a deputy after U.S. Deputy Marshal West Harris was killed and though he spent numerous hours trying to solve the mystery, the killers were never captured.

William B. Freeman – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned on July 19, 1869, serving in the District Court at Van Buren, Arkansas under Marshal William A. Britton. By 1894, Freeman was working out of the Southern District Court of Indian Territory at Paris, Texas when he took part in a posse of deputy marshals that attempted to arrest Bill Dalton near Ardmore, Oklahoma on June 8, 1894. As the posse approached Bill’s home, the fugitive, with a pistol in hand, jumped out of a window and ran toward the posse, ignoring orders to halt. He was killed immediately.

Reuben M. Fry – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned on February 11, 1884, in the Western District at Fort Smith, Arkansas serving under Marshal Thomas Boles.  In July 1888, he was riding with Deputy Marshals Trammell and Wheeler near Black Springs, Arkansas, trying to locate whiskey stills when they were ambushed by bootleggers and Trammell was killed.

 

By Kathy Weiser-Alexander, updated February 2020.

Also See:

Adventures in the American West

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