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Origin of the word "sheriff"
Over 1000 years ago in England, the shire, was formed when groups of hundreds banded together. The shire was the forerunner of the modern county. Just as each hundred was led by a reeve (chief), each shire had a reeve as well. To distinguish the leader of a shire from the leader of a mere hundred, the more powerful official became known as the shire-reeve.

The word shire-reeve eventually became the modern word sheriff.  Read More


Spelling of the word "SHERIFF"

Sheriff seems to be one of those words which is often misspelled.  Common misspellings include sherrif, sherif, and sherriff.  The correct spelling is SHERIFF.


 

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Tennessee Past Sheriffs

Blount County Sheriff's Office Story

Features a brief history, with some photos and information about some early law enforcements officers in the Blount County, TN Sheriff's Office.

 

Carter County, TN - Early County Officials

This list of Early County Officials in Carter County, TN includes a list of past Sheriffs of Carter County for years 1796-1899.

 

Chattanooga Police Department History

A well done and in-depth look at the history of the Chattanooga police department includes information about past marshals, police chiefs and other law enforcement officials along with historic photos and artifacts.

 

Cheatham County, TN - Early County Officials

Features a list of early county officials in Cheatham County includes a list of sheriffs who served Cheatham County from 1856 to 1998.

 

Carter County, TN - Early County Officials

This list of Early County Officials in Carter County, TN includes a list of past Sheriffs of Carter County for years 1796-1899.

 

Cocke Police Department History

A list of Cocke County's early officials includes past sheriffs of Cocke County  between 1815 and 1884.

 

Davidson County Past Sheriffs

Features a list of past sheriffs 1782 to 2002. Includes an extensive timeline and history of law enforcement in Davidson County, TN.

 

Hamilton County - The Sheriffs of Hamilton County
Includes Hamilton County, TN sheriffs 1819 to present.

 

Henderson County Officials and Appointees

Hosted at Genealogy Trails, this page lists past officials of Henderson County for years 1822-1879.  Includes past sheriffs.


Jefferson county Past Sheriffs 1792 to present

Memphis Police Department History

History pages detail the early days of the Memphis Police Department and reveals details of past constables, town marshals, police chiefs and other law enforcement officials.

 

Obion County Elected Officials of the Past

List of elected officials which include: Circuit Court Clerks, County Court Clerks, Registrars and Office of Sheriff in Obion County, Tennessee.  Years covered are 1824-1940.

 

Rutherford County Past Sheriffs

Features a list of sheriffs of Rutherford County from 1804 to present.  Includes many photos of past sheriffs.  Also see a brief history of the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department.

 

Shelby County Sheriffs Office History

Features an extensive amount of history resources and includes old yearbooks and a page for an Officers Memorial.

 

U.S. Marshals - Eastern District of Tennessee History

Lists all past U.S. Marshals in the Eastern District of Tennessee 1801 to current.

 

U.S. Marshals - Western District of Tennessee History

Lists all past U.S. Marshals in the Western District of Tennessee 1801 to present.

 

Washington County Sheriff's Office History

Provides a well-written history of the Washington County, TN Sheriff's Office along with a list of all past sheriffs 1778 to present day.

Texas Past Sheriffs

I find it interesting to note.... while gathering these links, Texas was the only state where I found a woman listed as sheriff.  In fact, I located five women who served in the capacity of sheriff.  One in Bexar County, one in Collin County, two in Gray County  and  and in Glasscock County, I find Amy M. Teele who completed her husband's (Walter Teele) term as sheriff during WWII.  All of these women completed their husband's term for various reasons.  Usually it occurred when the sheriff died.  Letting the wife complete the term seems to have been the order of business when a sheriff in Texas was lost.

 

Austin County Sheriffs 1837 to 1990s

Austin County Sheriffs History

 

Bandera County Early Sheriffs

Lists the early sheriffs of Bandera County, Texas from 1856-1904.

 

Bosque County Past Peace Officers
Includes past sheriffs, marshals and deputy sheriffs in Bosque County, TX for years 1856 to 1886.

Officially Speaking
County Officials in Bosque County, Texas which includes county commissioners, county clerks, county treasurers, judges, jurors, mayors, postmasters, tax assessors and more.

 

Brazos County Office of the Sheriff History

Features a history of the office of sheriff 1800s to present day and a list of past sheriffs beginning with the first appointed sheriff in 1841.

 

Burnet County Past Sheriffs
Includes former sheriffs of Burnet County, TX 1852 to present along with some photos.

 

Cherokee County Sheriffs

List of past sheriffs in Cherokee County, Texas 1846 to present day.

 

Clay County, TX Early County Officials

Features lists of early officials of Clay County which includes Sheriffs who served from 1861 to 1901.

 

Collin County Past Sheriffs 1846 to present

Features a list of past sheriffs who served Collin County, Texas and a history of the Sheriff's Facility and Detention Center.

 

Colorado County Elected Officials

List of elected and appointed officials from the past in Colorado County, TX.  Includes Constables, Chief Justices, Sheriffs, Militia Captains and others.  Located at the Nesbitt Memorial Library.

 

Cooke County Official 1849-1948

Cooke County Officials 1945-1991

Features lists of all county officials in Cooke County including past sheriffs 1849-1948 and 1945-1991.

 

Coryell County Sheriffs

Lists past sheriffs in Coryell County, TX.

 

El Paso, Texas Sheriffs

List of past sheriffs in El Paso, TX 1852-2001.  Includes a history of the El Paso Sheriff's Office.

 

Gainesville county Former Sheriffs
Lists the past sheriffs of Gainesville County, TX from 1905-1988.


Galveston County Sheriff's History

Their home page relates the history of the office of sheriff in Galveston and provides a list of past sheriffs from 1838 to present day.  Also see the Memoriam page.

 

Gillespie county Former Sheriffs
Features a list of past sheriffs in Gillespie County, TX from 1848 to 2009.

 

Gray county Former Sheriffs
Includes photos and facts about the former sheriffs of Gray County, Texas 1902 to present along with pictures of the old county jail and sheriff's office.

 

Gregg County Sheriffs

List begins with the first sheriff of Gregg County in 1873 through the year 1996.

 

Grimes County Sheriffs History

 

Hall County Sheriffs

Located at Hall County USGW Archives, it includes sheriffs who served in Hall County from 1890-1938.

 

HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS SHERIFFS

1837-1841 John W. Moore

1842-1843 Magnus T. Rodgers

1844-1846 John Fitzgerald

1846-1850 David Russell

1850-1853 James B. Hogan, Jr.

1854-1856 Thomas M. Hogan

1856-1858 John R. Grymes

1858-1861 George W. Frazier
1862-1865 B. P. Lanham

1866 John Proudfoot

1866 I. C. Lord

1866-1873 A. B. Hall

1873-1875 Samuel S. Ashe

1876-1883 Cornelius M. Noble

1884-1886 John J. Fant

1887-1895 George W. Ellis

1896 Albert Erichson

1897-1898 W. M. Baugh

1899-1912 Archie R. Anderson

1913-1918 Marion Frank Hammond

1919-1936 Thomas A. Binford

1937-1942 Norfleet Hill

1942-1948 Neal Polk

1949-1973 C.V. (Buster) Kern

1973-1984 Jack Heard

1985-1995 John Joseph (Johnny) Klevenhagen, Jr.

1995-present Tommy Thomas

 

Harrison County Sheriffs

List of sheriffs elected in Harrison County, Texas 1840-1998.

 

Hood County Yesteryear Sheriffs

Features some history with a list of past sheriffs who served Hood County, Texas with some historical photos.

 

Hunt County Sheriffs

Lists past sheriffs 1850 to 1937 who served Hunt County, TX.  Also see Hunt County Officials 1846 to 1860.

 

Kent County Jail and Courthouse in Clairemont 

Features photos and information about these Kent County landmarks along with some information about early law enforcement in Kent County, Texas.

 

Lamar County 1840-1940

Features a list of officials who served in Lamar County, TX including law enforcement officers and sheriffs.

 

Madison County Past Sheriffs

Provides a list of past sheriffs of Madison County from 1854 to 1996.

 

Marion County Sheriffs

List of former sheriffs 1860-1988 in Marion County, Texas.  Includes some additional information about the time they served.

 

McLennan County Past Sheriffs
Includes past sheriffs from McLennan County, TX 1850 to present.

 

Menard County Past Sheriffs

Features a list of past sheriffs who served in Menard County from 1869 to present time.

Menard County Past Office Holders
Includes lists of all past county officials including past county sheriffs, clerks, attorneys, judges, justices and treasurers.

 

Midland County Sheriff's History and Past Sheriffs

Features a brief history detailing the office of sheriff along with photos and names of past sheriffs of the Midland County Sheriff's Office. Also see History of the Midlland County Jail and Courthouse.

 

Montgomery County Sheriffs History

Provides a brief history with lists of past sheriffs 1837 to current time.

 

Nueces County Sheriffs History

Lists past sheriffs 1847 to current.

 

Parker County Sheriffs

Lists all sheriffs 1856 though 1988 who served in Parker County, Texas.

 

Pecos County Sheriffs

Lists all sheriffs 1872 though 2001 who served in Pecos County, Texas. Includes photos.

 

Potter County Sheriff History

Includes some early history of law enforcement in Potter County, Texas along with historical photos.  See the complete list of Sheriffs Past and Present with photos.

 

Rains County Past Officials

Includes sheriffs, constables, judges, justices of the peace and other officials who served Rains County between 1870 & 1958.

 

Rockwall County Officials & Elections

Lists all sheriffs 1872 though 2001 who served in Pecos County, Texas. Includes photos.

 

San Antonio Chief Marshals and Chiefs of Police

Complete historical account of all past marshals, and police chiefs in San Antonio.  You will also find the History of the San Antonio Police Department of interest.

 

Shelby County  Sheriffs

List of all sheriffs serving in Shelby County, TX from 1841 to 1988.

 

Starr County Elected Officials of the Past

Lists Starr County officials of the past including sheriffs, judges, constables, justices and more between the years 1848 & 1876.

 

Sterling County Sheriffs

Lists Sterling County sheriffs from 1891 to present time.

 

Tarrant County Historical List of Past Sheriffs

Features a comprehensive list of all past sheriffs of Tarrant County 1850 to present time.

 

Texas Eastern District - U.S. Marshals History

Listing of all U.S. Marshals 1857 to 1994 in the Eastern District of Texas.

 

Texas Rangers Unit Commanders includes a historic list of commanders and rangers beginning in 1823.

 

Texas Southern District - U.S. Marshals History

Listing of all U.S. Marshals 1902 to present time in the Southern District of Texas.

 

Texas Western District - U.S. Marshals History

Listing of all U.S. Marshals in the Western District of Texas 1857 to now.

 

Travis County Past Sheriffs

Lists all past sheriffs of Travis County, Texas from 1840 to present along with a history of the agency.

 

Tyler County Sheriffs

List of past sheriffs of Tyler County, TX 1848-2007.

 

Sterling County Sheriffs

Lists Sterling County sheriffs from 1891 to present time.

 

Upshur County Sheriffs Past to Present

Sheriffs of Upshur County 1848 to present day.

 

Upton County, TX Lawmen

Provides a list of lawmen who served in Upton County, TX.

 

Van Zandt County Sheriffs

Features a list of past sheriffs 1848 to present time.

 

Victoria County Former Officials
Includes former sheriffs, mayors, postmasters, attorneys and Doctors in Victoria County, TX as early as 1838 while still under the rule of the Republic to the mid 1900s.

 

Webb County Sheriff History and Past Sheriffs

 

Wise County Past Sheriffs

Includes all former sheriffs 1858 to present day with photos and mini biographies for most.  Also see Officers Killed in the Line of Duty.

 

Yoakum County Sheriffs

Lists Yoakum County sheriffs from 1907 to present time.

Utah Past Sheriffs

Cache County's Sheriff's Office History

Complete list of all former sheriffs includes photos and biographies along with some history about women in Utah law enforcement.  Also see In Memory for information about those who died in the line of duty.

 

Davis County Sheriff's Office History

Brief history covers the time of inception in 1850 to present time.

 

Utah Former U.S. Marshals

Lists all past U.S. Marshals for the District of Utah beginning in 1850.

 

Washington County Sheriffs Archive

Lists all past Sheriffs who served Washington County 1856 to present day.

 

Weber County Sheriff's Office History

Great history page devoted to Weber County sheriffs in Utah's history.  Lists all past sheriffs 1852 to present with photos and some brief biographical information.

Vermont Past Sheriffs

Caledonia County Sheriffs History

Features a list of past sheriffs who served Caledonia County, Vermont 1808 to present.

 

Chittenden County Sheriffs

List of past sheriffs of Chittenden County, VT 1787 to present time.

 

Prince William County Sheriffs History

Nicely done list of sheriffs who have served in Prince William County, Virginia from 1731 to present day.   Includes photographs and biographies.

 

Rutland County Sheriffs Office History and Past Sheriffs

Provides a list of of past sheriffs 1787-2009 and a brief history of the Rutland County Sheriff's Office.

 

Windham County Sheriffs History

Features a brief history of the Windham County, VT Sheriffs Office.

 

Vermont U.S. Marshals History

Lists all previous U.S. Marshals of Vermont from 1791 to present time.

Virginia Past Sheriffs

1699-1702 Virginia Sheriffs List

 

Albemarle County Sheriffs History

Includes a complete list of past sheriffs 1745 to present with photos and a brief history of law enforcement in Albemarle County, VA.

 

Charles City County Sheriffs of the Past

 

Culpeper County Past Sheriffs (Post Civil War) 1864 - present.
Includes short biographies of the sheriffs and a brief history of the Culpeper County Sheriffs Office.


Eastern District of Virginia U.S. Marshals History

Listing of all U.S. Marshals of the Eastern District of Virginia beginning with 1789.

 

Fauquier County Sheriffs
Includes past sheriffs 1759 to present with some photos and facts about Fauquier County sheriffs.

 

Grayson County Sheriffs

Lists sheriffs 1793-2006 for Grayson County, VA.

 

Norfolk - History of the Norfolk Sheriff

The site features a brief history of the Norfolk Sheriff's Office and includes a list of past sheriffs 1640 to present day.

 

Prince William County Sheriffs History

A brief history of the Prince William County Sheriff's Office which includes a list of past sheriffs 1731 to 2004 and a historical timeline,

 

Roanoke County Past Sheriffs

Features a list of past sheriffs of Roanoke County, VA from 1838 to present time.

 

Southampton County Past Sheriffs 1854 to present
Includes a brief history of the Southampton County Sheriff's Office.
Also see: Southampton County History

 

Stafford County Sheriffs History

Interesting article features a list of past sheriffs and information about fallen officers.

 

Sussex - Sheriffs of Sussex County, Virginia.

 

Western District of Virginia U.S. Marshals History

Listing of all U.S. Marshals of the Western District of Virginia from 1789 to present.

Washington Past Sheriffs

Clark County Sheriff's Office History

This in-depth history of the Clark County Sheriff's Office presents information about early sheriffs to the sheriffs of present day.  Also of interest is the Jail History.

 

Eastern District of Washington U.S. Marshals History

Lists all U.S. Marshals of Washington Territory, District of Washington and the Eastern District of Washington from 1853 to present day.

 

Jefferson County History Timeline

Includes past sheriffs in Jefferson County, WA.

 

Lewis County Past Sheriffs 1845 to present
Historical timeline provides information about past sheriffs and marshals of Lewis County, Washington.  Includes some photos.


Thurston County Sheriffs Office History

Nicely written history features a time line of the Thurston Sheriff's Office complete with historical photos and names of past sheriffs.

 

Western District of Washington U.S. Marshals History

Lists all U.S. Marshals of Washington when it was a territory, Washington District and the Western District of Washington from 1853 to current.

West Virginia Past Sheriffs

Mineral County Sheriffs at RootsWeb   

Listing of past sheriffs 1866 to present day for Mineral County, WV. 

Wisconsin Past Sheriffs

Appleton Police Department History

This history timeline beginning in 1853, lists early town marshals and other past officers along with some brief history facts.

 

Beloit Police Department History

Includes past sheriffs, marshals and other law enforcement officials of Beloit, Wisconsin from 1857 to present time.

 

Racine County Sheriff's Department History

Great history page provides an historical listing of sheriffs of Racine County 1836 to present.

 

Trempealeau County Sheriff's History

Provides a list of past sheriffs who served Trempealeau County from 1855 to present day.

 

Walworth County Sheriffs History

Brief history of the Walworth County Sheriff's Department includes a listing of past sheriffs 1839-present day, some photo history and an officer's memorial.

Wyoming Past Sheriffs

Goshen County Sheriff's History

Features photos of past sheriffs who served the Goshen County Sheriff's Department and information about the Old Jail.

 

Laramie County Sheriff's Department History

Contains a list of past sheriffs 1867 to present time with biographies and photos.  Also see the Memorials Page.

 

Wyoming U.S. Marshals History

Includes all U.S. Marshals in the district of Wyoming 1869 - current.

 


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Behind the Badge of a Deputy Sheriff - Police Officer Memorial

History of the Office of Sheriff

Tribute to Fallen Officers
US Marshals Killed in the Line of Duty

 


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