Burrell Roberts was born about 1839 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He died in Jun 1861 in Brown Co, Texas.
Parents: Archibald Roberts and Nancy Tharpe Roberts.
Appointed Sheriff by a Judge in Brown Co Texas 4/15/1860 to 8/17/1860. He ended up being killed by Sheriff Jessie Sutton (Sut) Harris in a gun fight, because Sut whipped his brother. He drew on Sut and Sut Harris killed him with a shotgun. (Something about Brown, A History of Brown Co, TX by T R Havins, Banner Printing Co, Brownwood, TX pg. 16-17)
Burrell ROBERTS was appointed April 7, 1860, and served until August 6, 1860. Contributed by Patsy Johnson in Brownwood at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheriff Harris, in the line of duty, had previously had some difficulty with the brother of the former sheriff, Burl Roberts. The two men came to blows at which time Sheriff Harris gave his opponent a beating. Burl Roberts became so angry over what he considered the bad treatment of his brother that he sent word to Harris that he would 'get him' before sundown the next day. He warned that he was coming for the current sheriff with a 'brace of colts.'
Court was in session at the time. (This would have been in the second courthouse on the Connell farm.) The next morning Sheriff Harris carried a double-barreled shotgun and a six-shooter with him when he went to the courthouse. Just as he leaned the shotgun against a wall in the corner of the courtroom, he glanced out the window and saw Roberts approaching.
Harris picked up the shotgun and, stepping out of the courtroom, placing himself at the entrance of the building. Roberts, the former sheriff, came within ten feet of him and then halted. Harris told Roberts to go on about his business, that there was no reason for their having trouble. Roberts reached for his six-shooter and as he did, Harris raised his shotgun and pressed both triggers. (One account of this story said that Roberts was only wounded. Others stated that he was killed. The latter seems more believable. A quotation from C.V. Harris, nephew of Sutton, substantiated this view. "Roberts replied by reaching for his gun in no uncertain manner. My uncle let him have both barrels of the shotgun, blowing the man's breast entirely away.) (The Nice and the Nasty in Brown County, A collection of Stories by Ruth Griffin Spence; Banner Printing Co, Brownwood, Texas; pg 22)
1. Richard Marion Potter, JR was born about 1832 in South Carolina. He died in 1864 in Civil War. Elected sheriff of Brown County May 1856. (The Nice and the Nasty in Brown County, A collection of Stories by Ruth Griffin Spence; Banner Printing Co, Brownwood, Texas; pg 2)
Elected sheriff of Brown County 1858. (Frontier's Generation by Tevis Clyde Smith, (Brownwood, Texas, 1931; 2d ed. 1980), pg 8.)
Elected sheriff of Brown County 1858. The sheriff R.M. Potter resigned on April 6,1860, and the court appointed Burl Roberts in his stead. (Something about Brown, A History of Brown Co, TX by T R Havins, Banner Printing Co, Brownwood, TX pg 16) R. M. Potter was elected on August 2, 1858, and served until April 7, 1860. Contributed by Patsy Johnson in Brownwood at email@example.com
During his term of office, the first taxes were collected in Brown County yielding $66.90. (Something about Brown, A History of Brown Co, TX by T R Havins, Banner Printing Co, Brownwood, TX pg 16) Nov 1857, is the date of the first Indian raid into Brown County. (Frontier's Generation by Tevis Clyde Smith, (Brownwood, Texas, 1931; 2d ed. 1980), pg 8.)
1850 US census - Milam Co, Texas - Milam and Williamson Dist - with parents 1860 US census - Coryell CO, Texas Owl Creek
Bell County Minute Men, 1859. (Roll incomplete)-Volunteers served without pay, furnished, armed and mounted themselves. They divided into two squads, about 10 or 12 men in each and stayed out, usually, about 10 days at a time. At Pidcock's on the upper Cow House, in Coryell County, their extra supply of guns and ammunition was kept and the two squads generally camped together there, one going out, the other coming in. Not always did the same men form a squad, Dave WILLIAMS usually commanded one squad, Green DAVIDSON the other, though Dr. Jno. W. EMBREE and Col. John Henry BROWN sometimes commanded. They ranged over the western portions of Bell and Coryell Counties and the Counties of Lampasas, Hamilton, Brown and Comanche, including the present County of Mills. They were the immediate predecessors of the organization know as the "Bell County Rovers."
Section 3-Scattering List. Bell County men not included in Rolls of Bell County Companies for want of authentic information or who enlisted elsewhere: POTTER, Richard Marion, Herrings Waco Company. There was a R M Potter in Co B 15 Texas Infantry who was a 1st Lt then 2nd Lt.
Richard Marion4 Potter (Richard Marion3, Rufus Ephraim2, Ephram1) was born Abt. 1832 in SC, and died 1864 in the Civil War. He married Kathryn Dalton, daughter of Michael Dalton and Permelia Kell. She was born 24 Feb 1839 in IN, and died Before 1862 in TX. Notes for Richard Marion Potter: Went by "Marion Potter." Notes for Kathryn Dalton: Catherine Dalton
Children of Richard Potter and Kathryn Dalton are: i. Martin Cylvestor Potter, born 19 May 1859 in Brownwood, Brown, TX; died 06 Dec 1954 in Crosbyton, Crosby, TX. He married Demeris Parilee Poe; born 08 Sep 1863 in San Saba, TX. ii. Nettie Cordelia Potter, born 03 Jan 1861 in Coryell Co., TX; died 11 May 1936 in Norton, NM. Richard married Kathryn Dalton daughter of Michael Dalton and Pamelia Kell. Kathryn was born on 24 Feb 1839 in Indiana. She died about 1861 in Texas. Richard and Kathryn had the following children:
2M i. Martin Cylvestor Potter was born on 19 May 1859 in Brownwood, Brown CO, Texas. He died on 6 Dec 1954 in Crosbyton, Crosby CO, Texas. Martin married Demaris Paralee Poe daughter of Jesse Poe. Demaris was born on 8 Sep 1863 in San Saba CO, Texas.
3F ii. Nettie Cordelia Potter was born on 3 Jan 1861. She died on 5 Nov 1936.
3. Nettie Cordelia Potter (Richard Marion JR) was born on 3 Jan 1861 in Coryell Co, Texas. She died on 5 Nov 1936 in Quay CO, New Mexico.
Nettie married Albert Kauffman Latham son of Thomas Jefferson Latham and Hannah Condie Parker on 25 Dec 1876 in Coryell Co, Texas. Albert was born on 6 Jun 1855 in Texas. He died on 16 May 1897 in Claude, Texas.
Family folklore has it that Albert and the ranch hands were out tending to a herd of cattle when a thunderstorm came up and lightning struck, killing Albert and the Ranch foreman. The youngest child is believed to have been named for her father and was born after he died. This information was supplied by a descendent Samantha Wilson, (off Rootsweb.com from Michael K Hendrix firstname.lastname@example.org)
Albert and Nettie had the following children:
4M i. John Sidney Latham was born on 20 Jan 1878 in Crosby Co, Texas.
5F ii. Callie Carrie James Latham was born in Apr 1879 in Coryell Co, Texas.
6M iii. Thomas J Latham was born on 28 Feb 1883 in Coryell Co, Texas.
7M iv. Charlie Latham was born in Feb 1887 in Texas.
8F v. Edna Latham was born in Mar 1889 in Texas.
9M vi. Walter Darworth Latham was born on 2 Mar 1892 in Floyd CO, Texas.
10F vii. Ina Latham was born in Dec 1893 in Texas.
11F viii. Ruth Albert Kauffman Latham was born on 6 May 1897 in Texas.