23 March 2009

Samuel W. Ketchum: Cowboy, Husband, Father & Outlaw

Earlier today, George Geder of Santa Fe's African American Graveyard Rabbit posted a photo of a gravestone from Odd Fellows Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The gravestone was for Samuel W. Ketchum, and it reads:

Samuel W. Ketchum
Cowboy, Husband, Father & Outlaw
Born Jan 4, 1854 Caldwell Co, TX
Shot & Captured by Posse And
Died Santa Fe, NM July 24, 1899
Brother of Thomas E. "Black Jack" Ketchum

Here are a couple of news articles regarding his death:

Santa Fe New Mexican 27 July 1899

A SAD MISSION.
The Brother of Samuel Ketchum Came to Attend to the Burial.


This morning G. W. Shield, sheriff of Tom Green county, Tex., and G. B. Ketchum, of the same county, arrived at Santa Fe to attend to the burial of Samuel Ketchum, who died from the effect of a wound received at the hands of a posse of officers seeking the robbers who held up a train near Folsom recently.

The scene when Mr. Ketchum first saw his brother's body was very affecting. Mr. Ketchum had neither seen nor heard of his brother for many years, and had hoped that perhaps the report of death was false after all. But when he saw the body he was convinced, and tears stood in the eye of the strong man. He was unwilling to speak upon the subject, and no information could be gathered from him in reference to the early life of the dead man. Mr. Ketchum is a highly respected and wealthy citizen of San Angelo, and the manner in which his brother met death was a terrible shock to him. The remains were embalmed some days ago by order of the brother of the dead man, and this afternoon Undertaker Wagner interred the body at Odd Fellows' cemetery.

After attending to the funeral of his brother, Mr. Ketchum and Sheriff shield left for their home in Texas.

The Biloxi Daily Herald 27 July 1899

Dead Robber
Santa Fe, N.M., July 26 -- Samuel Ketchum, the train robber, recently arrested at Cimmaron, is dead at the penitentiary of blood poisoning, resulting from the wound in the arm he received in the fight with the sheriff's posse. He refused to make a statement, although he knew he was dying.

Peter R. Ketchum, Jr., uncle to Samuel, was my 2nd cousin, 6x removed, in law.

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