Original U.S. 1879 Deputy U.S. Marshal and Delta County Texas Sheriff Named Grouping

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Original Item: One of a kind set. The following are excerpts from the book Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, F. A. Battey & Company. Chicago, 1889. p. 502.

THOMAS A. LAMBETH was born December 4, 1844, a son of Meredith and Angeline (Hollinds) Lambeth. T. A. Lambeth was married in 1874 to Miss Augusta Morris, daughter of Miner Morris, of Cooper. Four children are the result of this union -- Etna, Harry, Tommie Augusta, and Davis Scott. In 1866 Mr. Lambeth began farming on the old home place in Lamar county. In 1873 he went to Cooper and engaged in merchandising, which he continued for two years, when he sold out and returned to farming. In 1879 he was elected sheriff of Delta County Texas, a position he held for six years. In 1886 he was appointed a Deputy United States Marshal of the Northern District of Texas a position he held for two years.

Mr. Lambeth, while sheriff, was noted for his bravery and coolness in time of danger. During his term of office a noted desperado defied arrest. Mr. Lambeth summoned a posse of deputies and surrounded the house in which this desperado was concealed; the latter, upon seeing the officers approach the house, began firing upon them. Mr. Lambeth was forced to shoot the desperado in order to protect his own life and the lives of his deputies.

When sixteen years of age Lambeth enlisted in Captain Sutton's company in teh Army of the Confederacy and became in the escort of General John Bankhead Magruder. He served till the close of the American Civil War.

He is a member of the Knights of Honor, which is conclusive evidence that he is a thoughtful husband and father. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church South, and is a faithful, consistent Christian, and is a great Sunday School worker. Mr. Lambeth contributes liberally to the charities of the church. He is one of Delta county's staunch citizens, and no man stands higher in the estimation of his fellow citizens.

The following items are included in the Thomas A. Lambeth grouping:

- 1873 Colt Single Action Army .45 Caliber Revolver with all matching Serial Number 90681. Also included is a letter from the Office of the Historian, Colt Archive Properties certifying that this pistol was sold to the well known retailer Hartley & Graham in New York, NY on May 15th, 1883. It features a 5 1/2 inch barrel, nickel finish and black rubber grips. Overall condition is very good and functional, with approximately 35% of the nickle finish remaining.

- Remington & Sons Model 1873 Whitmore Hammer Double Barrel Shotgun Serial number 2034. 10 gauge. 28-inch Damascus barrels. Concave smooth rib with E. REMINGTON & SONS ILION N.Y. Case-hardened top lever lifter action with non-rebounding bar action. Straight stock of slightly figured walnut. Steel buttplate with original leather lace up butt stock cover. Splinter fore-end with wedge fastening. Condition: Good. 30% blue on barrels, fading; 80% case-hardening, fading or gone; buttplate turned gray; 60% varnish on stocks with minor storage marks and imperfections.

- Original 1880s Cowboy Western Leather Double Loop Holster with detailed floral embossed design in very good condition.

- Original 1880s Cowboy Western .45 caliber 50 round ammunition waist belt with dark patina brass buckle.

- Original 1880s U.S. Marshal Badge.

- Original May 19th, 1886 dated U.S. Marshals Office, Northern District of Texas Commission naming Thomas A. Lambeth a Deputy United Sates Marshal.

- Original turn of the century framed photograph of Lambeth. Photo measures approximately 3.5 x 5.5 inches the frame measures 10 x 12 inches.

- Original oil on canvas painting of Lambeth, unknown age, approximately turn of the century, signed by Linda Lambeth Jones. Shows wear, age and flaking.

- Signed notarized letter providing provenance for the Colt revolver with serial number, the 1873 Remington Whitmore Shotgun with serial number, the photo, painting and the U.S Marshal Commission. Letter was signed by Sharon Jones Head who was the Great Great Grand Daughter of Thomas A. Lambeth. She certifies that all this material remained in her family and was handed down generation by generation directly to her. The letter is dated October 29th, 2011.

- Original Delta County Texas Cooper Review newspaper obituary dated April 21st, 1933 for Thomas A. Lambeth. All details of his service in the Confederacy under General Magruder, Sheriff of Delta County Texas and services as a Deputy U.S. Marshal are confirmed in the obituary.

- Original 10 x 8 inch family photo of Lambeth, his wife Augusta and their children with spouses and grand children on the front porch of their home circa 1910.

- Folder of dozens of pages of genealogical and historical research on Lambeth and his family.

Many people think of the Old West and conjure images of Deadwood, Tomb Stone and Wyatt Earp, but here is true American Old West history, all well documented and researched, a real Texas Sheriff then U.S. Marshal that shot dead a known Desperado, talk about a Western Movie, this is the real thing!

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